Windir (Primal Warrior in English English language ) was a folkloric folk metal black metal band from Sogndal, Norway. The band combined black metal with folk music and mythology. The band was formed in 1994 and released its debut album in 1997. Windir was a project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terje "Valfar" Bakken.
Windir produced four albums in their almost ten years of existence, each more complex and successful than the last. The band broke up when Valfar died of hypothermia.
Many of Windir's lyrics are written in Sognamål.
On January 14th, 2004, Terje "Valfar" Bakken went to his family's cabin at Fagereggi, Norway by foot. On January 17th, his body was found at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. He died from hypothermia. He was buried on the 27th of January at Stedje Church in Norway. In March of 2004 Windir officially disbanded.
A compilation album containing Windir outtakes and B-Sides, Valfar, ein Windir, was released in 2004 as a tribute to Valfar. On September 3rd 2004, in Oslo, Windir's remaining members performed their last concert to go back to their roots and keep base with what they thought was real. Enslaved Enslaved (band) , Finntroll, Notodden All Stars, Weh, E-Head and Mindgrinder were the guest bands. Two bands would be formed by some of the remaining members of Windir, Vreid and Cor Scorpii.
*Valfar Terje Bakken - vocals, accordion, and additional instruments
*Hvàll (Jarle Kvåle) - bass guitar
*Steingrim (Jørn Holen) - drums
*Sture Dingsøyr - rhythm guitar
*Strom (Stian Bakketeig) - lead guitar
*Righ (Gaute Refsnes) - keyboards
*Sorg - guitars
*Cosmocrator - clean vocals on 1184 1184 (Windir Album) and Likferd
*Vegard - vocals (some songs on SognaMetal DVD) (Vegard is Valfar's brother)
The demos feature Valfar on vocals, Sorg on guitars, and Steingrim on drums.
*Det Gamle Riket (1995)
*1184 1184 (Windir Album) (2001)
*Valfar, ein Windir (2004, compilation album, a tribute to deceased founding member Valfar)
*SognaMetal (DVD, 2005)
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