The Vikings of the Swedish metal band Grimner celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2018 by releasing a new full-length album Vanadrottning through Despotz Records today. This album gives a new touch to their discography: a heavier, more powerful and rhythmic sound, together with a fantastic voice brought by their new member Martin. One can expect a dynamic, fresh and thrilling album where the band is pushing the boundaries and takes the music to a new level. With Vanadrottning and their tenth anniversary celebrations, the Grimner vikings continue their journey towards new adventures!
“Vanadrottning translates as “queen of the Vanir”, referring to the goddess Gullveig from 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.
Grimner give a unique mixture of folk and metal, incorporating catchy melodies, folk instruments and heavy riffs into their own, 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, the 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 entertaining.
More About the Band
In 2008, Grimner was conceived in the Swedish town Motala by lead guitarist and vocalist Ted together with the drummer Henry. Throughout the years, Grimner has grown to become a strong group of six housecarls. 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, with new records being released -the EP Färd from 2012, an acoustic EP De Kom Från Norr (2015)and the full-length album Blodshymner (2014), Grimner have steadily made a name for themselves. One example is being tour 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 music community. The album received outstanding reviews world-wide, with songs that to this date have claimed millions of streams. With the album and their fantastic overall concept, Grimner has been invited to perform at festival stages around Europe.
Live Shows 2018
09/02/18 – Gothenburg, SVE – Sticky Fingers
10/02/18 – Linköping, SVE – Palatset
15/03/18 – Pwllheli, CYM – Hammerfest
16/03/18 – York, ENG – Fulford Arms
17/03/18 – Nottingham, ENG – The Angel Microbrewery
18/03/18 – London, ENG – Nambucca
05/04/18 – Berlin, DEU – Blackland
06/04/18 – Lichtenfels, DEU – Ragnarök Festival
07/04/18 – Bomal, BEL – Durbuy Rock Festival
08/04/18 – Tilburg, NED – Little Devil
11/05/18 – Stockholm, SVE – Debaser Strand
18/05/18 – Odense, DAN – Kansas City
20/05/18 – Hamburg, DEU – Bambi Galore
21/05.18 – Leipzig, DEU – Wave Gotik Treffen
18/08/18 – Barth, DEU – Barther Metal Open Air
07/09/18 – Erfurt, DEU – Club From Hell
08/09/18 – Berlin, DEU – MAZE
11/09/18 – Prague, CZR – Vagon Klub
12/09/18 – Poznan, POL – Klub u Bazyla
13/09/18 – Lodz, POL – Magnetofon
14/09/18 – Warsaw, POL – VooDoo Club
15/09/18 – Bielsko-Biała, POL – Rudeboy Club
16/09/18 – Banská Bystrica, SVK – Rock Klub Tartaros
16/09/18 – Ostrava, CZR – Barrák Music Club
19/09/18 – Brno, CZR – M13 Klub
20/09/18 – Budapest, MAG – Dürer Kert
21/09/18 – Vienna, AUT – Escape
22/09/18 – Saint-Maurice, SUI – Manoir Pub
23/09/18 – Paris, FRA – Le Klub