Västerled is Grimner’s new single taken from their upcoming album Urfader. This heavy but supremely melodic, folk metal song gives you a ride of joy, party and drama. As always, Grimner continues to sing in their native language Swedish giving that extra authentic touch to the band’s music
“We are happy to share VÄSTERLED with the world. We put a lot of effort into this song and think it gives a good representation of the new Grimner sound. We had a very good time recording the music video in the beautiful longhouse of Ale Vikingagård in Sweden, which added an authentic atmosphere. We gathered a lot of Vikings and a few monks at the scene to illustrate what the lyrics are all about.”
Grimner returns with fire and power. Their roots and influences of Swedish death metal and their love of heavy and power metal is weaved together with enchanting folk melodies and pagan choirs to create their own unique sound once again – all sung in their native Swedish, as always.
‘Västerled‘ (translated to ‘Westbound’) will be Grimner‘s first single release of the fourth full-length album ‘Urfader’. The crisp and fresh new sound of this album really makes you hear what Grimner is all about. Thrashing guitar riffs, the mix of powerful clean and harsh vocals, pounding drums, all mixed with beautiful and distinct flutes and other folk instruments make for an atmosphere that fits the tales of the old Norse gods and folklore alike. The single will be released 26 August.
Grimner’s fourth album ‘Urfader‘ will be released later this year. “We have never put this much effort into the production of an album previously. Truly, blood sweat and tears have been added to make this release what it has become. Finally, we are happy to share it with the world”// Grimner
More about Grimner:
Grimner, founded in 2008, shows that the past with few years of silence and pandemics hasn’t been for nothing – silence means working. In the wake of a plague, Grimner emerge battle-scarred to release new tunes and tales to the world, inspired as always by ancient Nordic myths and history. At the same time, this album certainly brings something special to the genre.
It all started in the Swedish town Motala by lead guitarist and vocalist Ted together with the drummer Henry. The first demo “A Call For Battle” (2010) was sung explicitly in English but was soon to be replaced by their native tongue Swedish. As time progressed and new records being released (EP “Färd” (2012), acoustic EP “De Kom Från Norr” (2015), full-length album “Blodshymner” (2014), Grimner has steadily made a name for themselves. One example is being tour support for the legendary Korpiklaaniduring their shows in Sweden in 2015.
In 2016 Grimner released their praised album “Frost Mot Eld” (Despotz Records), an album that brought a totally new sound to the music community. The album received outstanding reviews world-wide, with songs that to this date have reached millions of streams. With the album and their fantastic overall concept, Grimner has been invited to perform at festival stages around Europe. In 2018 the band celebrated their 10th anniversary and releases a new full-length album ”Vanadrottning” (Despotz Records) on February 9th.
Album artworks by Henrik Rosenborg
Band photos by Jens Rydén
The album was recorded and mixed by Jakob Hermann at Top Floor Studios.
Mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios.
Ted Sjulmark – Vocals, guitars
Martin Boe – Vocals, guitars
David Fransson – Bass, backing vocals
Johan Rydberg – Flutes, mandola
Kristoffer Kullberg – Keyboards
Henry Persson – Drums