Exclusive Track Premiere: King of Asgard, “Death and a New Sun”
Over the course of their three full-length albums, Swedish metallers King of Asgard have evolved into quite the unique animal. Their music will always be rooted in black metal, viking metal and melodic death, but as so often happens when bands have been churning for a while, they’ve really started sounding like themselves rather than a mix of other influences. That King of Asgard have introduced two new members since 2014’s Hark — guitarist Ted Sjulmark and drummer Matthias Westman — doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect on their core sound at all.
Today, MetalSucks is pleased to premiere “Death and a New Sun” from the band’s forthcoming album Taudr, and it’s the perfect mix of everything we’ve come to expect from this band. King of Asgard bassist Jonas Albrektsson offered the following on the track:
“‘Death and a New Sun’ is probably a very typical song for King of Asgard when considering our back catalog. The thing is, and what is new, is that it has all the features in this one song. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something stolen. By combining very melodic and folkish parts with straight blackened metal, carefully arranged, it really enhances all of our typical elements and exalts in epic grimness, reflecting to the very end. We’ve also featured two guest appearances in this song: the intro is performed on hurdy-gurdy by Mikael Lindström, and there’s a speech from the poem “Völuspá” by Eldar ‘Vikingskog,’ So, all in all, not much more to mention but letting you delve together with us into the dark past of the Norse. A song we’re extremely proud of to present to thee, containing three languages, solos, guests and classic King of Asgard crafts within six minutes. Lean back and hark… and with this fresh in mind, beware of : t a u d r :“
Check out the track below. Taudr comes out on March 17th via Troll Music, a division of Prophecy Productions; pre-order here.