Before Only God Forgives and Drive, visionary Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn made a strong impression worldwide with his 2009 English language film Valhalla Rising. The film, starring Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), takes place in 1,000 AD and follows a Norse warrior named One-Eye and a boy as they travel with a band of Christian Crusaders looking for the Holy Land. Instead, they find themselves in an unknown and unfamiliar land.
The soundtrack to Valhalla Rising was never made available to the public. For the first time fans will be able to discover the full soundtrack to this cult film featuring a hypnotic and dark score by Peter Peter & Peter Kyed (who had previously scored Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy).
The album mixes beautiful ambient soundscapes and rock-infused industrial sounds, creating a unique musical atmosphere. Nicolas Winding Refn’s cinema is visual and contemplative. Music is not only decorum, but also a full on character embodying the emotions and the underlying themes. The soundtrack to Valhalla Rising is a perfect illustration of that pure cinematic language practiced with one of the most exciting filmmaker of our time.