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News from Voluspaa

Voluspaa are currently working with new songs for a new album. 2014 was a very quiet year for Voluspaa. We decided not to play concerts because we would concentrate on the new album. It was actually not done too much work on the album in 2014, which means that we most likely will not play concerts in 2015 either. But with that said, we have received several offers from promoters that tempts us, so one can not ignore the fact that we might show up in a city near you ...?

It's been a lot of back and forth about the future of Voluspaa, what do we do, where are we and where are we going to go. Right now we are at the stage we were before we released the album Asa. Making sure that we take the time to create the music that feels just right for Voluspaa.

History of Voluspaa

It was 1994 when Voluspaa first saw the day of light after Freddy Skogstad decided to form a band with a unique sound blending elements of Black and Viking metal with acoustic and more traditional folk music.

He teamed up with his good friend Thomas Støen to createVoluspaa’s first release Volvenes Spådom (1994), a demo consisting of four powerful songs of the Black / Viking metal genre.Then after a year of touring and writing songs,Voluspaa recorded a second demo called T.Å.E.M.E.N. which has a more old-school Black metal sound with some Viking influences hanging over. Sometime after T.Å.E.M.E.N. was released Voluspaa was laid on ice, though Freddy continued to write new material.

Voluspaa later signed a deal with Sonicdeath Armageddon to publish T.Å.E.M.E.N. as a limited edition digipack (2006).

Then two years later Voluspaa released a promotional CD entitled En Tid Tilbake (2007), containing 6 songs of new material that ranges from extreme Black metal, rhythmic Viking through to acoustic folk.

Voluspaa re-worked the material on En Tid Tilbake, adding new songs for a second promo Norwegian Metal (2008). This combines the atmosphere of En Tid Tilbake with the additional female vocals by Hildr Valkyrie (of Folkearth). This release really brought to life what Voluspaa’smusic is about. It interweaves harsh Black with Viking metal with the intricate melodies of acoustic folk music to create a truly unique sound.

In early 2009 Voluspaa started discussing the possibility of a full-length recording with Aurora Australis, and after some consideration a deal was struck with Koia studio located in Åsa,Norway to engineer the recording.

So now we have “Åsa” named after the place where the recording took place and the rootword of
Åsatru”, whose spirit can be heard alive and well in this release. Voluspaa have had a journey since their first demo back in 1994, but they have raised themselves from the burning Norwegian churches to enter the battlefield to fight and defend Norway!

What is Voluspaa?

Voluspaa sounds like what I want to call Norwegian Nationalromantic Black Metal. It's mixed with acoustic music, black, viking and folk metal. Voluspaa expresses a atmospher you can feel and all most touch. The lyric's are from Freddy's view, how he look upon the world and his love for Norway... it's nature and ancient history. 

As a live band Voluspaa can be more aggressive. It expresses the love forNorway and want's you to get the kick and satisfaction, the norse feeling upon you.


Völuspá (Prophecy of the Völva) is the first and best known poem of the Poetic Edda. It tells the story of the creation of the world and its coming end related by a völva addressing Odin. It is one of the most important primary sources for the study of Norse mythology. 

The poem is preserved whole in the Codex Regius and Hauksbókmanuscripts while parts of it are quoted in the Prose Edda. It consists of approximately 60 fornyrðislag stanzas.

For more info: www.wikipedia.org


Vikings

Freddy Skogstad - Vocals, keys, drums and strings
Oscar Tronrud - Strings

Session:
Kenneth Mellum - Drums
Hildr Vaklkyrje - Vocal

Fallen Warriors
Some played one concert and some were steady members

† Thomas Støen - guitar (1994-96)
Per Erik Holt
- bass/keys (1994-95)
Jarle "Uruz"Byberg - drums (1994-95)
† Sub
- drums (session 1995)
Geir Myklebust
- drums (session 2008)
Andreas Heieren - bass (2008-09)
Jari Kainulainen - bass (2009)
Sareeta - Violin and vocal (session 2009)
† Anette Gulbrandsen
- vocal (session 2009)
Jon Robert Solbakken - guitar (2008-10)
Ronny Haug - drums (2009-10)
† Ole Kristian Odden - synth, piano & cello (2008 - 10)
† Jarle Fremstad - bass (session 2009-2013)
† Eirik Kjøs Usterud -
bass (session 2013)
† Inge Reehaug
- bass (2011-2013)
Peter Haugen - Keys (2011-2013)

Ferden Går Videre (7" vinyl split with Myrkgrav)

Get your copie now!

A. Sjuguttmyra*
Ferden Går Videre B. Ferden Går Videre

*This is the song from Myrkgrav

Release: 28-04-2011
Format: 7" vinyl
Lable: Einheit Production

Recorded @ Koia Studio, in the woods of Åsa, winter 2010-2011
Engineered by Lars Jensen & Freddy Skogstad
Mastering by Markus Skroch in Kalthallen

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - Vocal, keys, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Oscar Tronrud - Guitar, bass, writing and arranging
  • Lars Jensen - Drums and backing vocal

Reviews: www.legacy.de (D) (19 April 2011)

Myrkgrav - SjuguttmyraSjuguttmyraFerden Går Videre
Åsa
Voluspaa - Åsa

Åsa, named after the place where the recording took place and the rootword of Åsatru, whose spirit can be heard alive and well in this release.
Voluspaa have had a long journey since their first demo back in 1994, but they have raised themselves from the ashes of burning Norwegian churches to enter the battlefield to fight and defend Norway!

Get your copie now!
  1. Av Sin Klokskap
  2. Hennes Røst
  3. Reis Deg Min Herre
  4. Hvorfor...
  5. Djupet
  6. En Hymne Til Våre Udødelige Forfedre
  7. Ei Folkevise
  8. Mens Månen Lyser Opp
  9. Min Plikt Som Far
  10. Vandring
  11. En Tid Tilbake

 

Release: February 2010
Format: CD
Lable: Aurora Australis Records

Recorded @ Koia Studio, in the woods of Åsa and @ Freddy's cabin, in the woods of Hønefoss.
April-November 2010.
Engineered by Lars Jensen & Freddy Skogstad
Mastering by Markus Skroch in Kalthallen

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - Vocal, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, synth, lyric's,
    writing and arranging
  • Oscar Tronrud - Guitar
  • Jon Robert Solbakken - Guiar and acoustic guitar
  • Ole Kristian Odden - Piano, synth and cello
  • Lars Jensen - Drums and backingvocal
  • Hildr Valkyrie - Female vocal
  • Anette Gudbrandsen - Female vocal
  • Cat - Female vocal
  • Sareeta - Violin
  • Eldur - Voice
  • Scott Skogstad - Voice
  • Leon Skogstad - Voice

Review:
95/100 Valhalla Promotion (31-aug-10)
aristocrazia webzine (Jul 2010)
84/100 www.metalreviews.com (Jun 2010)
www.mysticmetal.com.au (24 jun 2010)

Av Sin Klokskap (Digital Single)
Voluspaa - Av Sin Klokskap

In early 2009 Voluspaa started discussing the possibility of a full-length recording with Aurora Australis, and after some consideration a deal was struck with Koia studio located in Åsa, Norway to engineer the recording.

Following the release of Åsa in February 2010, this single featuring the tracks "Av Sin Klokskap" and "Reis deg min herre" from the CD-album plus a previously unreleased track "Til Det Hederlige Folk" from the same recording now available as digital downloads.

The bonus track "Til Det Hederlige Folk" originally appeared on the "En Tid Tilbake" demo from 2007.

  1. Av Sin Klokskap
  2. Reis Deg Min Herre
  3. Til Det Hederlige Folk

Release: 2010
Format: Digital single
Lable: Aurora Australis Records

Recorded @ Koia Studio in the woods of Åsa, April-November 2010.
Engineered by Lars Jensen & Freddy Skogstad

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - Vocal, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, synth, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Oscar Tronrud - Guitar
  • Jon Robert Solbakken - Guiar and acoustic guitar
  • Ole Kristian Odden - Piano, synth and cello
  • Lars Jensen - Drums and backingvocal
  • Hildr Valkyrie - Female vocal
  • Anette Gudbrandsen - Female vocal
  • Cat - Female vocal
  • Sareeta - Violin
  • Eldur - Voice
  • Scott Skogstad - Voice
  • Leon Skogstad - Voice
Norwegian Metal
  1. En Tid TilbakeNorwegian Metal
  2. Min plikt som far 
  3. Av sin klokskap
  4. Dypet inn i deg selv
  5. Mens månen lyser opp 
  6. Hvorfor er det slik...

 

Release: 2008
Format: CD-R
Lable: Self-financed promo release

Recorded @ Freddy's cabin, in the woods of Hønefoss.
Engineered by Freddy Skogstad

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - All instruments and male vocal's, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Hildr Valkyrie - Female vocal and additional keys
En tid tilbake
  1. En Tid Tilbake (Intro) En Tid Tilbake
  2. Av sin klokskap 
  3. Hvorfor er det slik...
  4. Mens månen lyser opp
  5. Til det hederlige folk 
  6. Hennes røst*

 

Release: 2007
Format: CD-R
Lable: Self-financed promo release

Recorded between 2005-2007 @ Freddy's cabin, in the woods of Hønefoss.
Engineered by Freddy Skogstad

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - All instruments, vocal's, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • *Frode Løken - Guitar / writing and arranging
Celtiberia Belica - War 1 (Compilation cd)

This is compilation cd from the lable Celtiberia Belica Records. Celtiberia Belica - War 1
Voluspaa had one song on this cd, En Tid Tilbake

Release: 2007
Format: CD
Lable: Celtiberia Belica Records

Recorded @ Freddy's cabin, in the woods of Hønefoss.
Engineered by Freddy Skogstad

Layout and design:

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - All instruments and male vocal's, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Hildr Valkyrie - Female vocal and additional keys
T.Å.E.M.E.N.
  1. De kristene i jerngrep T.Å.E.M.E.N.
  2. Vandring 
  3. Over en stygg og hatfull gård 
  4. 1349 
  5. Vigurd*

* only on the 1995 release

Listen to the MCD @ Spotify

Release: 1995 / 2006
Format: Cassette tape / MCD
Lable: Self-financed demo release / re-released as a digipack MCD,
in 500 handnumberd copies

Recorded inside a church in Hønefoss, under the full moon on friday the 13th, 1995
Engineered by Freddy Skogstad & Thomas Støen

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - Guitar, vocal, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Thomas Støen - Guitar, writing and arranging
  • Sub - Drums

*It's on the 1995 demo release


En hymne til våre udødlige forfedre
  1. En Hymne Til Våre Udødlige ForfedreVolvenes Spådom
  2. Immortality
  3. Tordenfrost 
  4. Plauge

 

Release: 1994
Format: Cassette tape
Lable: Self-financed demo release

Recorded @ Freddy's cabin, in the woods of Hønefoss in 1994
Engineered by Freddy Skogstad & Thomas Støen

Design and Artwork by Freddy Skogstad

Line-up:

  • Freddy Skogstad - Guitars, keys, vocal, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Thomas Støen - Guitar, writing and arranging
  • Per Erik Holt - Bass, keys, lyric's, writing and arranging
  • Jarle "Uruz" Byberg - Drums
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Voluspaa Live
Jevnaker, Glassheim 26.04.2008 (Click to open and close)
Halden, FeelGood 28.03.09 (Click to open and close)
Jevnaker, Glassheim 04.04.09 (Click to open and close)
Releaseparty of Åsa. Hønefoss, Alfred 29.01.10 (Click to open and close)
Fredrikstad, Halden 12.02.10 (Click to open and close)

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