KALANDRA – announce new release
Kalandra to release “Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Lands Extended Soundtrack”, from the official video game “Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Land”!
Stream / download the new KALANDRA song ‘Helheim’: https://orcd.co/kalandra_ktc
Link to the single: https://orcd.co/helheim
Norwegian Alternative band Kalandra is excited to present “Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Lands Soundtrack (Extended)”, from the official video game “Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Land” for which Kalandra composed the entire score! This epic endeavour will be released digitally and on CD on April 8th and on vinyl on June 24th via By Norse Music.
Composed as the original soundtrack for the game Kingdom Two Crowns and its new world called Norse Lands, Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Lands Soundtrack (Extended) is Kalandra’s second studio album and comes as a very unique and different project from their debut album “The Line” (2020, By Norse Music). Released to players on the 16th of November 2021, Norse Lands takes place in an environment inspired by Norse Viking culture from year 1000 C.E. Players can unleash abilities drawn upon Norse Gods, control powerful forces, building Viking-inspired armaments, solving challenging puzzles etc.
To transform the original game soundtrack into this new album, the band has extended some tracks and given them a new mix, for the purpose of giving the listener (and non-players) a more holistic experience of the music. The band has collaborated with local Norwegian Folk musicians such as John Stenersen and Kenneth Lien, using old instruments like Hurdy-Gurdy, Nyckelharpa and Moraharpa.
Kalandra states: “We’ve long been interested in taking on a project like this, and we were intrigued by the possibility to expand our musical horizons. This has been an immensely fun project to be a part of, and we’ve embraced all the challenges that came with trying to fit our own sound into a game series with an already solid fanbase and existing mythos. We hope both new and old listeners will enjoy our contribution as much as we’ve enjoyed making it”.
The band is also excited to release the first single “Helheim”, and comment about the song: “In the making of the soundtrack for the game ‘Kingdom Two Crowns – Norse Lands’, we were tasked with composing shorter pieces that would fit within the timescale of the game. When given the time and opportunity to expand upon the ideas we had made, Helheim was the first track that came to mind and one that represents the album and its creation as a whole. It is named after the location of the afterlife in Norse Mythology, and we hope that it will take you as a listener on an epic journey, through the depths, and back again.”
Kalandra is an alternative Nordic pop band spearheaded by four Norwegian/Swedish musicians (Jogeir Daae Mæland, Katrine Stenbekk, Florian Döderlein Winter and Oskar Johnsen Rydh) weaving ethereal melodies into raw and eerie musical landscapes.
After «balancing rocks» as band members for a decade already, 2020 was the year from which we could finally enjoy the fruits of their labor with the release of their acclaimed debut album ‘The Line’ (2020, By Norse Music).
Kalandra is scheduled to join Wardruna and Lindy-Fay Hella & Dei Farne on a tour through Europe summer 2022.
Mørke Skoger (Extended)
“Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Lands Soundtrack (Extended) is out on April 8th on CD Digipack and Digital and on June 24th on vinyl.