GJALLARHORN

GJALLARHORN

Folk Scandinavian Folk Finnish Viking Metal Nordic
There is more than one artist with this name: 1) Gjallarhorn is a Folk band from Finland, born in 1994. The band's music echoes the ancient folk music tradition of Scandinavia with medieval ballads, minuets, prayers in runo-metric chanting and ancient Icelandic rímur epics in a modern way. The band hails from Ostrobothnia, a Swedish-speaking region on the west coast of Finland, one of the four regions of the historical province of Ostrobothnia and the only region in Finland outside the Åland Islands where more people speak Swedish than Finnish. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Ranarop
    Ranarop
  • Sjofn
    Sjofn
  • Grimborg
    Grimborg
  • Rimfaxe
    Rimfaxe
  • Nordheim
    Nordheim
  • Awakening
    Awakening

GJALLARHORN. Artist Bio

There is more than one artist with this name:

1) Gjallarhorn is a Folk band from Finland, born in 1994. The band's music echoes the ancient folk music tradition of Scandinavia with medieval ballads, minuets, prayers in runo-metric chanting and ancient Icelandic rímur epics in a modern way. The band hails from Ostrobothnia, a Swedish-speaking region on the west coast of Finland, one of the four regions of the historical province of Ostrobothnia and the only region in Finland outside the Åland Islands where more people speak Swedish than Finnish.
The music of the band remains Swedish in character. Most of their repertoire is the acoustic folk music of these Swedish-speaking Finns, from the unique minuets and ballads that have only survived in Ostrobothnia, to the old traditional waltzes. The didgeridoo and sub-contrabass recorder offer an underlying drone, a technique shared by some other Nordic bands such as Garmarna.
The narrative of Gjallarhorn's songs springs primarily from Norse mythology. The Gjallarhorn is the sounding horn used by the god Heimdallr, guardian of the Bifröst bridge to Asgard, to announce the onset of the destructive conflict of Ragnarök. Heard throughout all worlds, it will awaken the gods to counsel and battle against the assembled enemies of the gods.
Gjallarhorn was formed in 1994 on the west coast of Finland, in the Swedish speaking area, by Jenny Wilhelms, Christopher Öhman (viola, mandola) and Jacob Frankenhaeuser (didgeridoo). The band started as a trio but became a quartet with percussion in 1996. The band has been a quartet ever since.
In 1997 the first CD Ranarop was released. The group was selected "Folk music group of the year 1997" and the CD was "Folk music CD of the year 1997" in Finland. In 1998 the band started touring frequently on a professional basis with performances at international world, folk and jazz music festivals. Gjallarhorn has toured in Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan.
The second CD Sjofn was released in 2000 and the third CD Grimborg in 2002. In 2003 Grimborg was awarded the French "Academie Charles Cros" prize and Gjallarhorn was nominated for the music prize of the Nordic Council of Ministries.
In 2004 the band made a 10th anniversary tour, and the Swedish Cultural Fund of Finland selected the band with Jenny Wilhelms for their annual honor award, given to artists in different fields of cultural and educational work.
In 2005 the band started working on new material. The fourth album Rimfaxe was released in 2006. The album was mixed in the USA by Bruce Swedien. The didgeridoo was replaced by Göran Månsson's sub contrabass recorder as the drone effect and bass of the band.

2) Gjallarhorn is an Italian Epic / Viking Metal band, whose lyrical themes mainly deal with those of Ragnarok. They have only released one album, "Nordheim" in 2005. Their style is somewhat reminiscent of Hammerheart-era Bathory, with slow epic songs performed with clean vocals. Three members of Gjallarhorn also play in the Epic Metal band DoomSword.

3) Gjallarhorn is a Viking / Black Metal band from Russia, released "Фолькванг" in 2011.

4) Gjallarhorn is a Black Metal band from Ukraine, released "Awakening" in 2009.

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