Archive for the ‘HELHEIM’ Category

Bergen-based DARK ESSENCE RECORDS, the Norwegian label whose roster features not only some of the most respected and long- standing Black and Extreme Metal artists in the business, but also some of the most talented upcoming bands, showcases no less than seven of its bands at this year’s Inferno Festival.  One of Europe’s foremost music festivals Inferno takes place annually in Oslo, and this year runs for four days from the 27th to the 30th March http://www.infernofestival.net

Opening night of the festival, which is effectively the club night, sees four of the bands appearing at Blå .  Post Rockers KRAKOW (http://www.krakowofficial.com/), whose critically acclaimed sophomore album “diin” was release in Autumn of last year, kick off  the evening at 21:00, followed by Melodic Extreme Metallers COR SCORPII (http://www.corscorpii.net/ ), who are currently working on their next album.   Third band on will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES (http://www.vulture-industries.net/ ), a band whose skilled interpretation of avant-garde extreme metal, coupled with the highly theatrical and manic performance of frontman Bjornar Nilsen, makes for a fascinating live show.  Topping the bill will be HELHEIM (http://helheim.com/ ) one of the original Norwegian Viking Metal bands who celebrate their historical roots both in their music and in the visual effects used in their live performances, and who have been together for over twenty years.  Information about how to get to Blå can be found at http://www.blaaoslo.no/

Thursday 28th sees another band celebrate its twentieth anniversary when TAAKE headlines on the Rockefeller stage at 23:00.   TAAKE frontman HOEST will also be holding a signing session at 15:00 in the Shadowland record store (http://www.shadowland.no/ ), Torggata 36 (200 meters from the Rockefeller). Formed in 1993, TAAKE’s contribution to the Norwegian Black Metal Scene has been considerable; with founder Hoest remaining true to his Black Metal roots, whilst still being able to breathe life and originality into the genre even after twenty years.  The band recently released  “Gravkamre, Kroner og Troner” (Tombs, Crowns and Thrones),  a  double Anniversary CD which feature exclusive new tracks as well as rare and previously unreleased material, alternative versions of previously released tracks and recordings that have, until now, only been available on vinyl. More information about TAAKE at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

AETERNUS will hit the Rockeffeler stage on Friday 29th at 19:45, a few days in advance of the release of “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, the band’s seventh full-length album.  Founded in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares, AETERNUS has re-emerged seven years after the release of their last album “Hexaeon” with a new line up that comprises Ares on guitars and vocals, Phobos (GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) on drums and Specter on guitars.  One of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, AETERNUS’ sound combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes.  More information about AETERNUS can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Saturday 30th, the last day of the festival, also sees the last of the DARK ESSENCE RECORDS bands to appear.  HADES ALMIGHTY will play on the Rockefeller Stage at 19:45, and incidentally they were one of the bands who performed at the very first Inferno Festival in 2001.  Apart from the occasional live appearance from the trio of Janto on Bass and Lead Vocals, Jorn on Guitars and Synth and Remi on Drums and vocals, things have been relatively quiet since the re-release in 2004 of their 2001 classic “The Pulse of Decay”, but the band has been busy behind the scenes working on the next album.  More information about HADES  ALMIGHTY can be found at http://www.hades-almighty.com/

Tracks from all the releases of the above bands on DARK ESSENCE RECORDS can be heard on the player at the top of this page or  at  http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records-bands-at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.darkessencerecords.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Contact: post@karismarecords.no

 

Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM are set to celebrate their 20 year history with a special concert at the Inside Rock Café in their home town of Bergen on Friday 2nd November.  The event will also feature local bands and special guests, and, according to the band, the venue, with its intimate surroundings, has been especially chosen so that it becomes a true celebration amongst fans and friends.   However, after receiving many messages from fans outside of Norway who would obviously not be able to attend, HELHEIM have decided to stream the performance live on their website at http://www.helheim.com/live and the stream will begin at precisely 22:00 Norwegian time and will remain available to be viewed for a period of time after the event.

NARROWHEAD, whose frontman has frequently guested on vocals for HELHEIM, along with the all-girl rock band FAIRY and punk rockers BEINKJØR will also be playing at the event.  There will be other guests throughout the evening, but according to HELHEIM: “we prefer to keep it all as a surprise.  It wouldn’t be a real party if there weren’t a few surprises for everyone!”

Rather than being one of the manufactured Viking acts that proliferate on the scene these days, HELHEIM, have, throughout their 20 years of existence, always remained true to their Norse Heritage.  As one of the oldest of Norway’s Viking bands, HELHEIM, with their majestic epic songs convey an accurate and proud sense of past, not just through their lyrics and music, which often includes the use of traditional instruments,  but also in their stage performances, which feature VJ effects that enhance the themes and concepts explored by the band.  More information about HELHEIM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.helheim.com

The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver” which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA:

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim  YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Booking: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Promo & Additional Info: post@karismarecords.no

Above is the track “Viten og Mot (Stolthet)” from the album “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”.

With their new album “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr” already out in Norway, and with a world-wide release date set for the 23rd May, Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM will stream the entire set of their release party concert live.  Far from being an ordinary set, the show will be much longer than usual, and will involve the use of two drum kits, concert drums, timpani and French horn players, as well as state of the art VJ’ing and the best sound and light technicians available in Norway.  With several superb guest artists also due to make an appearance, the whole event promises to be something very special.   The concert will take place on Saturday 09th April at the Kvarteret in Bergen, and can be watched at http://www.helheim.com/live/ Streaming will commence at 22:00 Central European Time and the concert itself will start at 22:30. To check the time in your area you can use http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

“Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, is the natural sequel to the MCD “Åsgards Fall”, which was released on Dark Essence Records in November of last year.  The first edition of the album will include a bonus DVD which contains HELHEIM’s live shows from the Full Force and Inferno Festivals, as well as the official videos for ”Dualitet og Ulver”, ”Stones To The Burden” and ”Jernskogen”.  The nine track album features guest appearances from Hoest (TAAKE), who also appears in the ”Dualitet og Ulver” video,  Gunnar Emmerhoff (EMMERHOFF & THE MELANCHONY BABIES) amongst others.  “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studio in Bergen with producer Bjørnar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and was mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).

More information about HELHEIM can be found on the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway

Below you can see the video of HELHEIM’s “Dualitet og Ulver” which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim  YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Promo & Additional Info: post@karismarecords.no

Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM are set to debut a track from their upcoming album “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr” on Derek Rice’s “Raise the Dead” show on the US Community Radio station KDVS, Davis 90.3FM.  As well as debuting the track, titled “Viten og Mot (Stolthet)”, the show will feature an interview with HELHEIM vocalist/bassist V’gandr (TAAKE, AETERNUS).  “Raise the Dead” will air at midnight on Friday 18th March California time / 08:00 a.m. Saturday 19th Central European Time – and can be streamed live at http://www.kdvs.org/show-info/1466.  Following its airing on the show, the track will be available on the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway

“Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr” will be HELHEIM’s seventh full-length album, and it follows on last November’s release of the MCD “Åsgards Fall”, which served as an introduction to the new album.  Recorded at Conclave and Earshot Studio in Bergen with producer Bjørnar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at the helm and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED), the nine-track album includes guest appearances from TAAKE’s Hoest, Gunnar Emmerhoff (EMMERHOFF & THE MELANCHONY BABIES), PV Staff and Trine Mjanger.  The first edition of  “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”  will include a bonus-DVD containing concerts from the 2009 With Full Force and Inferno Festivals, as well as the videos for ”Dualitet og Ulver”, ”Stones To The Burden” and ”Jernskogen”.

Due for release in Norway on the 1st of April and world-wide on the 23rd of May, “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”  will be the band’s first release to be sung entirely in Norwegian since ”Blod og ild” in 2000.  Commenting on the track that the band will debut, V’gandr explained:  “Viten og Mot (Stolthet)” means Knowledge and Courage (Pride).  It is one of four lyrics on the album that are based on the words of Odin (Håvamål).  Stolthet (Pride) is about preparing yourself to meet your enemies armed with both wisdom and skill.  It’s about looking your enemies straight in the eyes and showing them who you are, rather than looking towards the heavens for protection or guidance.  In the long run we are all alone and only through Knowledge, Courage and Pride can we achieve our goals”.

Below you can see the video of HELHEIM’s “Dualitet og Ulver” which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim  YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Promo & Additional Info: post@karismarecords.no

Following the release in November of “Åsgards Fall”, Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM have released a video for a track taken from the MCD.  “Dualitet og Ulver”,  which features a guest appearance by TAAKE’s Hoest, both on the track itself and on the video, was filmed in the mountains surrounding the band’s home town of Bergen.  The video can be seen on HELHEIM’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_fw_nsSHeA

Always a band that celebrates and respects its ancient Nordic heritage, HELHEIM has taken the story of two wolves, Hati and Skoll, for “Dualitet og Ulver”, which translated means “Duality and Wolves”.  Legend has it that the two wolves tried swallow the sun and the moon, and the song uses this imagery to illustrate that there can be no light without darkness and no day without night. If either is destroyed, be it by natural catastrophe, or human actions, only primordial chaos will remain.  Both are hanging by a fragile thread that can easily be torn apart by the wolf, which is one of earth’s natural predators.  The duality of light and darkness must therefore be preserved and balanced not only by nature, but also my humans.

The six-track “Åsgards Fall” MCD, which was released on Dark Essence Records, contains two epic new tracks, written especially for this release, as well as a new recording of the HELLHEIM classic “Jernskogen”, originally found on the “Blod & Ild” album. “Dualitet og Ulver” itself is the video-mix of the track that will appear on the band’s forthcoming full-length release “Heiðenðomr ok Motgangr”, due out at the beginning of 2011.  Recorded at the Conclave and Earshot studios in Bergen, “Åsgards Fall” was produced by HELHEIM and Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), and was mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE).

The next live appearance by HELHEIM will be at the launch of “Heiðenðomr ok Motgangr” at Kvarteret, Bergen.  More information about the band can be found on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway

Below you can see the video of HELHEIM’s “Dualitet og Ulver”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/helheimnorway
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Promo & Additional Info: post@karismarecords.no