Viking melodic death metal band Vanir have released a lyric video for “See The Dragons Ride”, featured on the band’s new album, Sagas, out now via Mighty Music. Watch the clip below.
Written and recorded during the pandemic, mixed and mastered by Rune Stiassny (Iron Fire, Saturnus), Sagas is primarily focused on Norse mythology, but also has a song dedicated to one of history’s most important fantasy writers – JRR Tolkien – who himself was greatly inspired by Norse mythology and Denmark. On the other hand, a song like “Black Clad” is a double-edged sword; written as a tribute to Norse god Brage, but also as a tribute to metal fans.
The fans who support the scene and who will be the backbone of live shows in the post-pandemic world. Martin Rubini, lead singer of Vanir, comments: “During the pandemic, the music world has been turned upside down. This album was our anchor in the creative part of our lives, at a time when all our concerts were canceled and we still had to be creative and do what we love, play metal. With Sagas, we are continuing the path we charted with Aldar Rök and Allfather and the vision we have for Vanir.
This is the Vanir approach to themes in 2021/2022: melodic and fierce soundscapes, with lyrical strings tied to mythology and pagan paganism, but that doesn’t stop there. Sagas’ work depicts him with a mixture of various Norse mythical images. It is inspired by the idea of fate and the Norns, who are here interpreted as a singular being, displaying various aspects of fate, while being intertwined in its threads. It displays an elegant, feminine and strong imagery.
The work, which can be seen above, was produced by bassist Lars Bundvad. “For this album, I didn’t write any music,” he explains. “Having been sidelined due to the pandemic – my immune system isn’t very robust – I wanted to go the extra mile and push myself for the artwork. The Norn represents a strong female character and a sage who holds both wisdom and power. And I am very happy with the result”.
Sagas is available on CD, LP (two different colors, each limited to 300 units) and digitally through Mighty Music.
(Photo – Tine Hviid Roger)