2018 sees Swedish Viking/folk metallers Grimner celebrate their 10th anniversary with the release of a new full-length album ‘Vanadrottning’ (Despotz Records) on February 9th.
First single ‘En Fallen Jätte’ was released December 15th and showcases everything that makes Grimner such a unique musical force.
A heavier, more powerful and rhythmic sound, together with a fantastic new voice brought by their latest addition Martin. Expect a dynamic, fresh and thrilling album with the band pushing the boundaries and taking their unique music to a new level.
With ‘Vanadrottning’ and their 10th anniversary celebrations, the Grimner Vikings continue their journey towards new adventures!
‘Vanadrottning’ translates to ‘queen of the Vanir’, referring to the goddess Gullveig from the Norse mythology. She is known mostly from the tale of the war between the Aesir and the Vanir, when she was captured and burned alive by Oden and his herd. Each time they burned her she would be born anew, dying three times and resurrected three times, each time in immense agony. This album has been an absolute joy to create, but like the goddess Gullveig, we have also endured a great deal of pain for it. We hope you will love the album as much as we ourselves do!’ // Grimner
Swedish Vikings Grimner give a unique mixture of folk and metal, incorporating catchy melodies, folk instruments and heavy riffs into their own, yet aggressive metal. With their dynamic and captivating music, with lyrics sung in Swedish, and looking like they have recently arrived from a fantasy world, they have taken enthusiasts of both metal and folk music by storm. Grimner’s lyrics revolve around Norse mythology, folklore, historical adventures of Vikings and life in the same era. With some songs dark and brooding; others fast, jovial and folkish, Grimner’s music is as awesome as it is entertaining.
Grimner live in the UK
15th – Hammerfest
16th – Fulford Arms, York
17th – The Angel Microbrewery, Nottingham
18th – Nambucca, London
In 2008, Grimner was put together 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 exclusively 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, including being picked as main support for the legendary Korpiklaani during 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 scene. 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.
Ted – Vocals & Lead Guitar
Martin – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
David – Bass Guitar
Kristoffer – Keyboards
Johan – Flutes, Mandola, Bagpipes
Henry – Drums