The wolves of VARG set an uncompromising sign and
deliver their most furious work to date!
On their authentic masterpiece Zeichen, the wolves of VARG return to their roots and embark on a journey further down a new road. Within the first seconds of the album opener breaking loose, VARG draws the listener into the year “793” that heralded the ferocious era of the Vikings. In contrast, “Fara Til Ranar”, including additional female vocals, is a melancholic, captivating saga about the Nordic sea goddess Rán, who pulls wandering sailors down into her wet grave. “Verräter”, on the other hand, emphasizes the suffering and vengeance towards former allies with rapid guitar leads, and ultimately, the album culminates in the mighty title hymn “Zeichen”.
In addition to the ten new tracks, the mediabook contains a bonus CD featuring alternate versions of each song the band recorded with renowned guest musicians from Eluveitie, Nachtblut and Equilibrium among others. Looking at the final opus, it’s not surprising why VARG took four years after the publication of Das Ende Aller Lügen (which hit number 17 on the German charts) to regather their forces, and today, Zeichen shows that Freki, Fenrier, Morkai and Garm consciously took their time to realign their inner compass and are not afraid of musical and intellectual freedom.
Singer Freki states:
“In Norse mythology, the earth cleanses itself in fire and rises from the ashes – Zeichen is the rebirth of VARG. Based on our pagan metal roots, we have lyrically discarded all modern elements and simultaneously lifted vocals, melody and musical hardness to a whole new level. The path we walk on Zeichen is raw, pagan, authentic and completely dedicated to the Viking cult, runes and the old gods. Can you hear the murmuring? The runes have awakened!”
Zeichen will be available in North America in the following formats:
2 CD mediabook
1 CD jewelcase
2 LP gatefold black
2 LP gold/black spotted (Napalm shop exclusive)
Wooden box set (Napalm shop exclusive) SOLD OUT
Music cassette SOLD OUT
03 Auf die Götter
05 Fara Til Ranâr
06 Wildes Heer
07 Feld der Ehre
Freki – vocals, guitar
Fenrier – drums
Garm – rhythm guitar
Morkai – lead guitar