Norwegian melodic rock project Solnedgang explore different aspects of afterlife on new EP “Valkyrie”
ˇValkyrieˇ, the debut EP from Norwegian, London-based act Solnedgang, the album is available on all streaming platforms. Inspired by Norse mythology, the 4 tracks explore different aspects of the afterlife. Immersive, atmospheric and melodic, the music transports the listener to other worlds inhabited by gods, spirits and monsters.


Track by track

Folkvangr: ‘Folkvangr’ is Freyja’s domain, and half of those who die in battle go here (the other half go to Valhalla). The track symbolises the fallen warriors’ journey there; the atmospheric soundscape represents the spiritual voyage through the ether, escorted by Valkyries.

Draugr: ‘Draugr’ are the undead in Norse mythology – reanimated corpses rather than ghosts. The aggressive sound evokes the feeling of fear one feels seeing these creatures, while the calmer section brings a slightly eerie moment of respite before it kicks o again.

Lament: This track represents how families grieve over those they have lost. Melodically it is quite melancholic, but with a glimmer of hope – just as one might have when looking back on fond memories, while at the same time grieving.

Niflhel: The fog-filled realm of the dead, Niflhel is cold and desolate place filled with men who died of old age or sickness – particularly evil men. Dense and atmospheric, the track encapsulates the sensations and impressions of someone who has just arrived in Niflhel. The aggressive sections represent the dread they feel having just arrived, while the calmer sections symbolise their acceptance of their fate. Having these sections interwoven gives a feeling of not quite knowing what comes next, or indeed what is hiding in the fog of Niflhel.