The Gleaming Sword
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The Gleaming Sword

The Myth and Metal of the Norse Afterlife

Fólkvangr takes listeners on a heavy metal tour of life after death.

Everyone knows the Norse gods are the most badass gods — as well as the most metal. Ever since Led Zeppelin sang about Valhalla in the inimitable “Immigration Song” in 1970, musicians of the heavier sort have turned to Norse mythology for inspiration. One example is the folk metal outfit Fólkvangr. On its recent EP Hel’s Demise, the band devotes four tracks to the Norse afterlife. Take up ax and shield, don your over-ear noise-isolating…




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J.P. Williams

J.P. Williams

I write about the intersection of arts and ideas, my small contribution to the #ThinGraphiteLine between civilization and its collapse.

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