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MÅNEGARM announces album Ynglingaättens Öde, release of single and music video “Ulvhjärtat”

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Swedish folk metal stalwarts Månegarm have made a name for themselves on the international scene releasing nine albums since their debut, Nordstjärnans tidsålder, in 1998. times long forgotten. on 2019’s chart-topping successor Fornaldarsagor with their upcoming 10th studio album, Ynglingaättens Öde (EN: The Plight of Ynglinga Parents), released April 15 via Napalm Records.

In their multi-faceted sound world, Månegarm incorporates pagan-inspired lyricism based on the Old Norse poem Ynglingatal, which describes the fate of an ancient Norse dynasty – the House of Ynglinga. Ynglingaättens Öde offers balanced variety and atmosphere, breathing new life into ancient myths.

To sink deep into this once-in-a-lifetime occasion and to keep the Viking flame alive, the trio have just released their stunning new track, titled “Ulvhjärtat” (EN: the Wolfheart), complete with a gripping official music video. An acoustic introduction acts as a prelude to a driving but catchy anthem with hard riffs, engaging drums and anthemic melodies, as Månegarm once again underlines his spearhead position in the world of Viking metal.

Månegarm on ‘Ulvhjärtat’: ”Ulvhjärtat’ is about Ingjald Illråde, who was the last king of the Ynglinga dynasty that ruled Uppsala and Svetjud. As a young boy, Ingjald was weak and frail but during a great feast, the midvinterblot, Ingjald was advised by his adoptive father, the blind Svipdag, to eat the heart of a wolf to gain strength. Ingjald took the old man’s advice, but the result was not only that Ingjald became hardened and stronger…he also took on the wolf’s spirit and temper.

Ingjald grew to be an ambitious king determined to grow his kingdom, but his mind grew increasingly dark. His treacherous spirit caused him to invite nearby kings just to burn them alive and expand his kingdom, his fierce and ruthless rule contained betrayals and oath breaking and he was eventually styled ‘Ingjald the Illruler’…”

Watch the official video for “Ulvhjärtat” below.

On Ynglingaättens Öde, singer Erik Grawsiö tells the stories of kings, warriors and battles with a clear voice and contrasts them with sinister growls and fierce battle cries! With the uncompromising ten-minute opus “Freyrs blod”, Månegarm takes the listener deep into antiquity. The track spans a wide arc between elements of black metal flowing into more melodic parts and even acoustic interludes with guitar and violin tunes, only to once again morph into thunderous soundscapes. With this majestic opening, Månegarm show why they are rightly considered pioneers of the Swedish genre, as they manage in an inimitable way to combine vicious black metal bases with classical and Viking folk elements. Along the way, acoustic intros echo, like on “Stridsgalten,” serving as preludes to intense metal songs with hard riffs and engaging drums, underlined by anthemic melodies. “Stridsgalten” marks another highlight of the album, as it features outstanding contributions from distinguished guests Jonne Järvelä (Korpiklaani), Robse Dahn (Equilibrium) and Pär Hulkoff (Raubtier/Hulkoff). All recognized in the folk and pagan metal scenes, together they proudly present a track telling the story of a bloody battle to honor Odin. “Vitta vettr” features black metal marks like blast beats and chilling riffs, creating a darker atmosphere. On the other, the ballad “En snara av guld”, transporting melancholy through the soft vocal harmonies of Lea Grawsiö Lindström (daughter of singer Erik Grawsiö). This very sublime moment lines up with powerful tracks like the pounding “Auns söner” and the heroic “Adils Fall”. The album ends with the acoustic “Hågkomst av ett liv”, evoking an atmosphere of sitting in front of a warm, sparkling fire while listening to tales of days gone by, formed by the haunting vocal duo of singers Ellinor Videfors and Grawsiö. With Ynglingaättens Öde, Månegarm once again underlines its position as a spearhead of the Viking metal world and continues pagan traditions, even after 25 years of existence.

Månegarm on the album: “Thousands of hours of work have gone into this beast – our new album, Ynglingaättens Öde. We really think this album is our strongest and most complete album to date and despite the dark days of the pandemic, we have created a concept album that is 100% Månegarm and filled with strong melodies, powerful riffs and choruses. This time, we explore an ancient Swedish dynasty of Norse rulers where we detail their deeds, reign, and most importantly – their deaths.

So join us on this journey and meet the destiny of Yngliga parents!

Ynglingaättens Öde will be available in the following formats:

– Wooden Box (incl. Digipack, 7″ Single, album cover flag, logo patch) – limited to 500 copies worldwide
– 1LP Gatefold Marbled Gold & Black – limited to 300 copies worldwide
– 1LP Gatefold BLACK
– Shirt and digipack set
– CD Digipack
– Complete digital album

Pre-order here.

Ynglingaättens Öde track list:

“Freyr’s Blood”
“Ulvhjartat”
“Adil falls”
“In snara av guld”
“Stridsgalten”
“Auns soner”
“Vitta vet”
“Hågkomst av ett liv”

Video “Ulvhjärtat”:

Månegarm are:

Erik Grawsiö – vocals and bass
Markus Andé – guitars
Jakob Hallegren – drums

(Photo – Isak Skagerström)