VARG, Germany’s top-notch pagan metal force, returns stronger than ever on their new album, entitled Ewige Wacht (Engl. Eternal Vigil), to be released on October 13, 2023 via Napalm Records. With their last and most successful record to date, Zeichen (Engl. Signs, 2020, #16 in the German album charts), VARG put the thematic and musical focus completely on their pagan roots. On their brand new brainchild, the wolves follow this path unwaveringly, honestly, authentically and raw, and impressively manifest their reincarnation and matchless standing on top of the scene!
The eighth studio album transports Nordic mythology as well as values like honesty and loyalty. VARG once again show themselves to be an invincible unit, as the first single and opening track “Immer Treu” (Engl. Always Faithful) already is proof of. Upon very first listen, it becomes apparent how involved singer Fylgja has been in the full album process this time around. Her valkyrie-like singing expands the band’s sonic spectrum and forms a perfectly harmonizing contrast to Freki’s razor-sharp screams and growls.
Fylgja on “Immer Treu”: “’Immer Treu’ is a song that stands for many things. For fortitude, strength and loyalty. But it also underlines that hate, based on different views like for example in terms of religion, is absolutely bad and senseless. In the end we are all the same and should accept and respect each other. It stands for the freedom to be what we want to be.”
Watch the official music video for “Immer Treu”HERE:
Songs such as “Schildmaid” (shieldmaiden), “Fylgja” and “Eisenseite” are emblematic of the striking interplay between both vocalists and the path VARG have been treading since Zeichen. “Weltenfeind” (enemy of the world), “Tyr” and “Hammer”resound as powerful hymns, uncompromising with mercilessly brute nagging and cutting riffs. The folky melodies in “Morgenrot” (dawn) lead to the epic “Siegreiches Heer” (victorious army), which once again sharpens the idea of unity that runs like a red thread through Ewige Wacht. The title track forms the final climax and combines pagan themes, haunting melodies and the engaging power of the wolves to end this outstanding sonic adventure, leading into promising times for the German horde.
Freki adds: “Ewige Wacht is both our most emotional and strongest album. It is a journey through Nordic mythology that tells of old stories and the protection and preservation of the flame of our ancestors. Traditions and values like family, fortitude and desire are like a common thread running through the entire record. Uncompromising harshness meets epic and sustaining melodies. Authentically raw production and yet more powerful and mighty than ever. This album will pierce the hearts of our fans, because it comes deeply from ours.”
VARG undoubtedly stand as a firmly rooted, leading entity in the German pagan scene that has been gathering fans around the world for over 18 years of the band’s existence, touring Europe and North America, and have always driven their following upwards through numerous gigs at Europe’s biggest festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, Party.San and Metalfest. Even after all these years, Freki (vocals), Fylgja (vocals), Morkai (guitar) as well as the newest additions to the line-up, Ulvar (guitar, bass) and Rohgarr (drums,) still manage to provide incomparable sonic surprises to their devotees. The revitalized line-up with two highly talented and innovative musicians brings a breath of fresh air and leads VARG into a new chapter in the band’s history. Grown artistic maturity meets a unique feeling of common bond between band and fans, which is reflected thematically in the new album. Ewige Wacht tells of myths and legends of long forgotten times and transfers them into the here and now in trademark multifaceted pagan garb.
VARG live 2023:
Don’t miss VARG live on stage in 2023, performing their first show ever with the new line-up and a very special set at Wolfszeit festival, before heading out on their headline tour with labelmates NACHTBLUT and folk metal band Sagenbringer, kicking off October 7 in Erfurt.
24.-26.08.23 DE – Eisfeld / Wolfszeit Festival (only festival show this year + special set)
Wolfsfest Tour w/ Nachtblut & Sagenbringer
07.10.23 DE – Erfurt / From Hell
20.10.23 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
21.10.23 DE – Bochum / Matrix
27.10.23 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
28.10.23 DE – Munich / Backstage Werk
10.11.23 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
17.11.23 DE – Berlin / ORWOhaus
18.11.23 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
24.11.23 CH – Pratteln / Z7
25.11.23 AT – Vienna / SimmCity
Ewige Wacht will be available in the following formats: Deluxe Box (incl. Digipac, drinking horn, bottle of mead, pendant) – limited to 500 copies 2-CD Digipac in Slipcase (28 pages, bonus: guest vocal album) 1- LP Gatefold (Marbled) – limited to 100 copies 1- LP Gatefold 1- CD Jewel Case Digital Album
[Deluxe Box (incl. Digipac, drinking horn, bottle of mead, pendant)]