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The Reach

Journey to the remote stronghold of the Hunters, the guardians of olden lore and demonic exorcism. This track resonates with the raw, natural beauty of snow-capped mountains and the disciplined echo of drums, reminiscent of a land where honor and duty come before all. The melody pays homage to the Hunters’ noble past, their unwavering […]

Black Shadow

Black Shadow is about the apprentice’s final confrontation with the dark within and without. An encounter of epic dimensions that will change everything.

Out of the Nest

This song is packing some action, I imagined a druid apprentice giving its first steps into an unknown world. Not without its perils and challenges.


This is the end of the journey for the apprentice. The promised land, love, and wisdom. Finally within reach.

The Priestess

This song is part of Folk, a 12 song album (2 of which were first released in Venture Forth, Chapter 1). It’s also the start of a new series, in collaboration with Chibbin Grove; Folk is a collection of colorful and eclectic characters for you to add to your tabletop endeavors. GET THE EXCLUSIVES AT […]


This Viking song is about blacksmithing, the Norse didn’t have a Viking god per se but Wayland the Smith was a strong figure related to smithing, and so I chose to write this song inspired by him.


The Varangian Guard was an elite unit of the Byzantine Army from the tenth to the fourteenth century and its members served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors.

Valhalla’s Dream

This Viking song is about death, a warrior’s death. In all its glory and grief. I imagined a Viking funeral, the loved ones saying farewell and wishing good passage to Valhalla for the great warrior soon to be entering Odin’s hall without fear nor remorse.


This Viking song is about the jötunn Ægir from Norse mythology and host of the Æsir. Will writing it I imagined the gods having a feast, gathered at Ægir’s court.

The Sea Wolves

This Viking song is about the struggle in the Vikings Age: combat, raiding, and whatnot. For this song, I ended up recording some vocals and a real tagelharpa I recently bought.


This particular track is meditative in a way. It’s about traveling and discovering. Both outside and inside ourselves.


This Viking song is about the mountains, the cold, the challenge, and its journey.


This songs is inspired by the old norse word Drengr. According to Jackson Crawford, there is no higher compliment in Old Norse than to call a man or woman a ‘drengr,’ which in the sagas implies both reckless courage and a code of fair play. The word is also common in Viking-Age runic inscriptions.

A Warrior’s Death

For this Viking song I imagined a Viking funeral and a choir of warriors singing, wishing their friend a good journey to Valhalla.