01 May, 2009

A new world will arise from the sea... Naglfar sets sail.

It's not a secret. I've been a fan of mythology since I was old enough to read. Among my favorite is Nordic Mythology, especially the tale of Naglfar.

Naglfar was a ship made entirely from the fingernails and toenails of the dead. During Ragnarök, Naglfar will be freed from the land and sailed to Vígríðr, the battlefield, by Hrym along with an army of jötunn. The ship will lead hordes against the gods in the last war at the end of time, before a new world will arise from the sea.

Now, flash forward to the year 1992 in Umeå in the far north of Sweden where the bitter cold nights of
winter arrive much earlier and linger longer than ever. In cool Stockholm the two friends Kristoffer W. Olivius (bass) and Jens Rydén (vocals) start to lay down the keel of the band Uninterred.

Shortly, thereafter, Naglfar raised up from the depths and sailed toward the battlefield. Now, as a complete outfit, they enter legendary Abyss Studio (owned/operated by Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy/The Abyss/ Pain/Bloodbath/etc... fame) in 1995 to record their first album entitled Vitra. Now, 14 years and five albums later, Naglfar is still going strong. Granted, their last album came out in 2007 (Harvest), I patiently await the release of their next album.

In the meantime, you should get to know this wonder, albeit underrated, METAL force. To get you started, click the video below and enjoy:

Naglfar - The Perpetual Horrors (from the album Pariah)

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