[Cover photo credit to Ronny Zeisberg]

Last month, Nordic Dark Folk duo Nytt Land released their new album Ritual, bringing us a new slice of Scandinavian and Siberian folklore and culture from Napalm Records. They’ve followed that with a video for single “Blood of the North” that focuses on the “spiritual journey” of Ritual.

The goal of the “ambient soundscape” of “Blood of the North” is to “build on trance-like visuals and a dark sound that truly feels like a ritual”.

The band comments on the making of the video:

“This instrumental track is a culmination of the album Ritual. A very deep, epic composition plunging into a trance with the beats of drums and the hoarse voice of talharpa. The visualization of this composition was conceived even before the release of the album. Exactly like that. With mystic, faceless imagery and nature as the most important part of NYTT LAND’s creativity.”

The band’s seventh studio album, Ritual, is out now via Napalm Records and the eight-song collection tells “tales of gods and heroes, born centuries ago and preserved in traditions”, expressed in a way that Nytt Land describe as “Shamanic Dark Folk”.

They say about the album:

“All our songs are, first of all, our personal experience, how we perceive reality around us. Ritual is the release of inner, primal energy through music, words, dances and images. This is what the world and the universe was born into. And we want to share our part of this energy with you.”