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Windir

Hailing from Norway's Sogndal region, Windir (meaning "Primal Warrior") combined the vicious fury of black metal with Scandinavia's rich folk music, history, and mythology. Masterminded in 1994 by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terje "Valfar" Bakken, Windir issued a couple of demos before debuting with 1997's Sóknardalr, on which Steingrim played drums and Steinarson provided clean vocals sung not in English, not in Norwegian, but in the Saognamaol dialect. Unveiled two years later, their second effort, Arntor, was a full-fledged concept album inspired by a local warrior legend of the same name, but unlike its predecessor, compositions were now sung in English, with an eye for the international market.

Following its release to generally rave reviews, Valfar decided to properly flesh out Windir for the purpose of performing live, and guitarists Strom and Sture, keyboardist Righ, and bassist Hvàll were added in time for 2001's 1184. Clean vocals were handled by one Cosmocrator this time out, and though still thematically steeped in regional Norse subject matter, Windir's folk music leanings also took a noticeable back seat here, making way for a return to more cohesively metallic direction -- also utilized on the band's fourth effort, 2003's formidable Likferd.

The latter, especially, was termed an unmitigated triumph by the worldwide press, and the future seemed incredibly bright for Windir, but on January 14, 2004, Valfar set out on foot to his family's secluded cabin at Fagereggi and never arrived. His worried family contacted local authorities, who organized a search party and, on the 17th, found Valfar's body at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. Apparently surprised by the inclement weather and deep snow, he had attempted to turn back toward home, but died from exposure and hypothermia on the way. Needless to say, these tragic events sadly spelled the end for Windir, whose remaining members solemnly organized a benefit concert to celebrate their lost leader, as well as a final CD (2004's Valfar, Ein Windir) containing Windir outtakes and leftovers meant to raise funds for Valfar's family. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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One of the best secrets from Norway. THIS IS TRULY EPIC SOUND FORMATION.
Unbelievable . . . s o beautiful.
A tragedy of epic proportions. .
They sound pretty cool
best albums.....1 1 8 4 and arntor!!!!!
The world lost an incredible artist when it lost Valfar. R.I.P.
come on 1184 doesn't touch Svartesmeden Og Lundamyrstro l l e t
R.I.P. Valfar
If you don't like 1184, you don't really like Windir.
The only reason I got pandora was because of Windir, the hell with slacker radio
Thank you Pandora for introducing me, too, but I think I bought the way wrong album: 1184. Was expecting more after hearing, e.g. the more complex and inspired I Ei Kristallnatt and Journey to the End (on the album, but a stand out). Won't give up on them though. There's substance there, but I know why I missed them the first time around.
My Pandora account includes, a couple Folk, Death, Power, and then a SHITLOAD of Black Metal. Who knew Pandora would have been good for something. Also, R.I.V. Valfar. Vahalla awaits thee.
luke.crawfor d 6 6
Died like a true Norwegian. In the northern winter forest.
Eargasmic!!!
by far an amazing band and a tragic end this is some of the most unique music out there
Personal win finding this band. F*cking amazing, complex sound. Never heard anything like them before.
lrehfeldt7
Finally this plays. Such an amazing song.
RIP Valfar. He was so talented.. This band would have been HUGE. More than before.. Still great tunes to jam to. \m/
Really enjoying this band thus far.
k@!keR______ _ _ !
cuernos arriba!
Ya know whats funny? Wiggers...
Amazing.
Windir really captures the mood - I do not tire of hearing intense drums like those on the 1184 album. Thanks Pandora for turning me onto this band! Cheers! \m/
F**king Windir is amazing. This is real black metal with meaning and power!
This band is AWESOME!! 1184 is my favorite album!
@blackmagi2: I hear ya. Winder has a very complex and interwoven sound which demands concentratio n to fully appreciate its beauty.
Jingle bells, jingle bells

GODSMACK all the way..

Oh what fun it is to play

TRUE metal all the way, HEY!

If you like Windir try Ensiferum or Eluvietie
There aren't many black/death metal bands that I like. This is one of the few.
Hands down one of the greatest bands. Their amazing unique music combined with the fantastic paintings equal an experience like none other. While maybe you can get an epic trip/journey like Summoning these guys certainly make their own. Singing about their culture and embodying what it means to be a scandinavian black metal band.
Valfar was a genious. When I listen to Windir, I absolutely must devote all my attention on the music.
Holy s**t, where has this been all my life?!
Above average ... what's more, they have a distinct original sound that says the can hold their own just fine among the greats of Black Metal.
the_cadaver
...Less than average.
Awesome band!
arico.gabe
Why do the good die young? I feel like throwing myself into this music, to fight against that fate.
I love the combination of the folk church organ with the extreme black metal guitar riffs and the extremely fast drummer. These guys did an incredible job at putting together this type of music. I like it that they went on their own to produce a genre that is different from anyone else and it sound sweet.
I think with Windir and the very very sad and tragic death of Valfar that we can at least somewhat safely assume that these guys are/were (?) the quintessence of what Scandinavian mtal is all about. Because they were while not the pioneers but they took it and made it truly their own genre and now are legends. Most definitly a great listen and awesome. Oh yeah the clean vocals are just classic and what this genre's vocals should be.
His passing was a reflection of his music. I shiver in empathy at the thought of the music that was passing through his mind during his last moments. Hail Valfar
I think the church organ is a beautiful instrument.. . Anyway, so far this is the only band that I've heard that does this kind of music (folk/viking metal) without sounding bad.
foxaeon
"Journey to the End". . . does it not say everything all at once without saying a word at all ? The sorrow and the brutality of life. The unwavering fortificatio n to stand up in the face of religious conditioning . . .Many Hails to Valfar! I curse the woeful winds of Norway that expelled the very last breath from his body. Pure Genius album after album.

Is it blasphemous to mention Vreid in the same breath ? Respect goes to them for putting Windir to rest with his death. Worth a listen. =***)
Awesome norwegian black metal with folk/viking inspiration. R.I.P. Valfar.
Rest in harmony, was a great band. Well, guy, really.
unusual band xD but i like it lol
After hearing the whole song, it's like Hawkwind that died and went to Heaven.
What a sad loss! Very interesting, unique music. Rewarding to experience.

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