German Metal Minstrels CORVUS CORAX ERA METALLUM, Featuring Guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, Reveal New Single and Video
German neo-medieval-meets-metal ensemble CORVUS CORAX ERA METALLUM has revealed the second single and video “Yggdrasill,” from their upcoming self-titled album, due out September 4.
The single will be available tomorrow, Friday, April 24, but Revolver is offering a preview of the video today at https://www.revolvermag.com/music/corvus-corax-era-metallum-new-song-yggdrasil-kreator-guitarist. "Yggdrasill” is the lyrical depiction of the self-sacrifice on the world ash tree in honor of Odin. Embedded with sawing guitar riffs and hypnotic flute and bagpipe sounds, vocalist Castus Karsten Liehm’s sonorous singing conveys victim’s experience - being intoxicated by toadstools and henbane, hanging on the tree, bleeding and in trance, announcing the wisdom of the all-father Odin.
Pre-order/pre-save “Yggdrasill” at https://corvuscoraxfeatsami.lnk.to/Yggdrasill.
Two days prior to the impending German shutdown due to COVID-19, CORVUS CORAX ERA METALLUM performed their first-ever streaming concert at a medieval countryside house. The band will re-stream the concert tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT at https://youtu.be/5qlcmIP9OnY.
“This is the last concert by CORVUS CORAX recorded before in quarantine,” says vocalist Castus Karsten Liehm.
Already known for mighty drums, impressive stage shows and an imposing bagpipe wall, CORVUS CORAX is going one step further with CORVUS CORAX ERA METALLUM. Blending the epic sound that CORVUS CORAX has come to be known for with the force of metal, CORVUS CORAX ERA METALLUM is a unique experience. With passionate metal guitars (courtesy of Kreator guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö) and skillful, progressive drums, CORVUS CORAX ERA METALLUM shapes their well-known playing styles into a successful symbiosis of traditional instruments and heavy metal. If the Vikings had had electric guitars, this is the form of metal would probably have been produced.
The first single from the upcoming album debuted in February. Watch the video for “Ragnarök” at https://youtu.be/jCd7Cd8aYnU.
Since 1989, CORVUS CORAX has contributed significantly to the development medieval music. With mystical and myth-enshrouded albums like Mille Anni Passi Sunt, CORVUS CORAX awakened old gods and legends, while records like Sverker and Gimlie invoke Celtic and Nordic traditions and present the Viking culture in modern times.
The creative heritage conservation of CORVUS CORAX even caught the attention of Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean), who approached the group to write music for the film Ironclad. The band’s bagpipes and drums can be heard in the BBC documentary The Crusades, presented by Monty Python-legend Terry Jones, as well as in the computer game "Dragon Age." Producers of HBO’s mega hit series Game of Thrones were also so impressed by CORVUS CORAX that they invited them to play live on set for a scene in the pilot episode, which sadly did not make it into the final cut.
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