German neo-medieval-meets-metal ensemble CORVUS CORAX has revealed the latest single and video from the upcoming Era Metallum album, “Yggdrasill.”
“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.
Drummer Norbert “Norri” Drescher explains:
“Yggdrasill, the tree of life, connects the entire world. It is where Odin was sacrificing himself by drinking his own blood mixed with honey vine, hanging in that tree for nine nights. It is where Odin died and resurrected to get the eternal wisdom of Yggdrasill.”
Download/stream “Yggdrasill” at https://corvuscoraxfeatsami.lnk.to/Yggdrasill.
Already known for mighty drums, impressive stage shows and an imposing bagpipe wall, CORVUS CORAX is going one step further with the upcoming Era Metallum album. Blending the epic sound that CORVUS CORAX has come to be known for with the force of metal, Era Metallum is a unique experience. With passionate metal guitars (courtesy of Kreator guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö) and skillful, progressive drums, CORVUS CORAX 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 Era Metallum, which is set for release on September 4, debuted in February. Watch the video for “Ragnarök”: