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‘Assassin’s Creed 4’ Trailer – What’s the Song?

XL Recordings

The video game ‘Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’ — the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s ‘Assassin’s Creed 3’ — takes players on an exciting journey of land and naval exploration. The game is due out this fall, and its trailer features the haunting tune ‘Brennisteinn’ by Icelandic greats Sigur Ros.

The song is from their forthcoming album, ‘Kveikur,’ which drops on June 18 via XL Recordings. Its dark, foreboding sound pairs well with the gripping clip (watch below), which clocks in at just under four minutes.

In a recent review, Pitchfork wrote that the track incorporates “fractious time signatures, clanking percussion and detuned, tremor-inducing guitars that more typically serve as a backdrop for scorched black-metal howls rather than Jonsi’s typically glistening, ascendant vocals. And yet, this heaven/hell juxtaposition feels like the most logical step imaginable for Sigur Ros in light of last year’s ‘Valtari,’ a Calgon bath of a record that suggested that the band had run out of ideas.”

If you’re digging the tune, head over to Amazon to stream ‘Kveikur’ in its entirety. The disc is also available for pre-order and includes a digital download of the album on its release date.

Hear Sigur Ros’ ‘Brennisteinn’ in the ‘Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’ Trailer

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