Jethro Tull is a band that have been longer than I have, and they’re still going strong. After taking two-decade hiatus during the first part of this century, they returned last year with The Zealot Gene, which is a truly excellent album.
They have recently announced that their next album, RökFlöte, will be released in April this year.
Ian Anderson and the band are returning with a 12-track record based on the characters and roles of some of the principle gods of the old Norse paganism, and at the same time exploring the ‘RökFlöte’ – rock flute – which Jethro Tull has made iconic.
They have also released the first single from the album, Ginnungagap, which is inspired by the god Ymir, a primeval being thqt lived in the grassless void of Ginnungagap.
The video is superb, both visually and musically, and it reminded me that I haven’t talked nearly enough about The Hanged God trilogy by Thilde Kold Holdt. These are fantasy novels, but so well grounded in Norse culture and mythology that they have a solidity that really brings home the events described.
And what events they are. This trilogy tells a truly epic tale that follows multiple characters as they head towards the inevitability of Ragnarok. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.