Monday, January 29, 2024

Stiklestad By Ask Askr




Ask Askr

Written by

Steve Sheppard


This has to be one of the most fascinating and unique new singles I have had the pleasure of both listening to and writing a review for. Stiklestad by Ask Askr has some sublime instrumental moments within its arrangement and a historical narrative that relates to the country of Norway, in a truly special new single from the artists.

It’s excellent to see Ask Askr back on the scene again; I remember all too well their last successful single entitled Distant Veil. This post-rock ambient trio certainly know how to produce riveting material in a genre that is growing daily. Today they take us back in time to the Battle of Stiklestad; however it’s hard to believe, but back in the 9th century a nowadays peace filled Norway was ravaged by war, and under the reign of several kings, and rising up from the ashes there came about a civil holy war led by King Olaf II, which in time would bear the fruit of some interesting political and religious juxtapositions.

That you will have to research for yourself, but rest in the knowledge that you now have the soundtrack for that event through this new single, one with some sublime interchanges on guitar, and some extremely creative multi-instrumental moments of magic, this makes Stiklestad by Ask Askr not only one to watch, but an incredibly exciting new immersive instrumental single to thoroughly enjoy.

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