Under the eclipsed snow moon, this project long under development has come to life. In less than a week I laid down five scratch tracks. Structural sketches for myself and collaborating musicians to follow and develop into final pieces.
URD references the well of knowledge. The waters of fate. And the paths required to get there. Positioning this against the territories I’ve been in for the last decade, it goes into more visceral territories.
It is rooted in metal. Specifically Black Metal in ethos and tone. Purists can argue, but my intent is not to conform to a genre. It is to channel the darkness and aggression that augments the themes of the Utangard, and the underworld journey associated with the paths to knowledge. There are the folk elements of ancient instrumentation and structure.
While some of what I have done with Ashagal and my neo-medieval expressions has an historic and mythical sort of darkness, that music is inherently festive. It has an ecstatic energy of wild places and moonlit forests. That band is about an ancestral and mythological tapestry.
Urd is not about Norse mythology. It is not about golden haired gods and mead halls. You don't gain true knowledge and dominion by remaining servile and comfortable. It is about The Giants. It is about speaking with Dragons and the restless dead. It is not about exaltation. It is less about the natural divine (though that theme is inherent in any tribal mystic practice) and more about personal paths through darkness, to power. It is about going far out to the edges, beyond the safety of daylight, and ascending. That is the real lesson secreted in the ancient histories.