Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok

 
Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok is our current project: a Norse mythology themed CD focusing on the death of Baldur. The songs fit together to form a narrative, beginning with the creation of the world and dramatizing the disastrous consequences of the falling-out between the Allfather Odin and his blood-brother Loki. The lyrics and stories draw directly on the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda, the two oldest primary sources of Norse mythology.(The image to the left is a temporary cover.)
Progress Report:First of all, all of the songs are now complete! If you want to hear them, then come to Balticon 2013, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, where we will perform on stage, for the first time, the complete song cycle, staged as a play with costumes and characters.  All of the songs on the album will be woven together into a narrative, tracing the rise and fall of the Norse cosmos. The play will be narrated and the stories presented by cast members representing the two major authors of our surviving Icelandic myth primary sources: Snorri Sturlson, author of the Prose Edda, and the Seeress who narrates the Völuspá or Seeress’s Prophecy, one of the core sections of the anonymous Poetic Edda.Because the music is so complicated and its mythological references sometimes subtle, we want the CD to have a thorough lyrics booklet, with the complete lyrics for all the parts in all the songs along with notes explaining the mythology.  Because this will make producing the CD an expensive project, we are planning to use Kickstarter to raise money to help us cover costs for this and the play production.  We aim to launch the Kickstarter in Fall 2012, and will be very grateful for support from our friends to help us make this project a success.  If you want to be notified about the kickstarter, please subscribe to our updates here, or like us on Facebook.Four of the songs appear in on earlier CDs, and two more are available as streaming preview tracks through Bandcamp, so you cannot purchase them yet but you can listen to them.

 

Completed Songs

  1. Hearthfire
  2. Ice & Fire
  3. Gift of Life
  4. The Futhark Song I 
  5. Sundown
  6. The Futhark Song II
  7. My Brother, My Enemy
  8. Here’s to Valhalla
  9. Abandoned
  10. If I Could Ask You
  11. A New World (Frigg’s Song)
  12. Longer in Stories than Stone
Futhark