Lakeshore Records in partnership with Ubisoft is set to release Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Weft of Spears featuring music by Norwegian musician Einar Selvik of folk/world band Wardruna. The album is a collection of Selvik’s unreleased music and acoustic tracks found in Ubisoft’s smash hit game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The album is available digitally November 26.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players can take advantage of new features inspired by the Viking Culture, including raids, assaults, growing their settlement, building their power and expanding their influence. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a renewed combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before.
Says Selvik: “A year has passed since the game came out and it has been fantastic to see how well the music has been welcomed by the Assassin’s Creed community and in general. Many observant players have noticed that there are still unreleased songs from the game and it feels great to finally be able to share these with you as well! ‘The Weft of Spears’ is a selection of the remaining original songs I wrote for the main game along with some of the acoustic songs. Hope you will enjoy!”
Einar Selvik is a Norwegian composer, and the main musician and founder of the Norwegian musical constellation Wardruna, a project renowned for their innovative and genre-creating renditions of older Nordic traditions. By using the oldest Nordic instruments, poetry and poetic metres in a contemporary soundscape, Einar has managed to merge the scholarly with the pop-cultural, reaching audiences world-wide and stretching the limitations of musical genres. Einar has lectured about his work with historical music in Universities such as Oxford, Denver, Reykjavik, and Bergen; and his work is used to exemplify how music might have been executed in earlier times in Scandinavia by Top international scholars on Old Norse studies.
Einar and Wardruna have contributed extensively on the soundtrack and music for History Channel´s TV-series VIKINGS, where he also appeared in two episodes as a singer. The massive musical contributions to the show have exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide. Since then, they have performed sold out shows worldwide, including major festival headline appearances (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, Roadburn, Rock oz Arenes, Rock the Coast and many more). Wardruna has previously charted in both Germany and the UK and topped the North American Billboard World-music chart for several consecutive weeks.
Einar was recently awarded the EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020. The prize is a national honorary award that was created in memory of the Norwegian musician, composer and cultural bearer Egil Storbekken. It can be given to people who have made an extraordinary effort in various work with Norwegian folk music, and especially the older folk instruments.
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