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Extreme Pagan Metallers FORTID are celebrating the start of 2014 with the release of a video for the title track from their 2012 album “Pagan Prophecies”.  The video was filmed and edited by Hannu Mikola of Visual Vortex and includes footage of the band performing live during their 2013 tour of Finland, as well as a series of images that point to the doom of mankind .  Mikola accompanied the band throughout the tour and filmed their performance of the song each night.  “Pagan Prophecies” can be seen below and on FORTID’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/xC_ptz5mAb4

 

FORTID was originally formed by Icelandic musician Einar Thorberg (CURSE, DEN SAAKALDTE) as a solo project in 2002, and the subsequent release of what is known as the Völuspá Trilogy, comprising three full-length albums, “Thor’s Anger”, “The Arrival of Fenris” and “Fall of the Ages”, established FORTID’s reputation and led to Thorberg’s move to Norway between the release of the second and third parts of the trilogy, where he recruited a permanent lineup.  Aside from Thorberg on guitars and vocals, FORTID’s current lineup includes Øystein Hansen (ex THORNBOUND) on guitars, Rikard Jonsson (FORSEFED HORSEHEAD, ex DEJECT) on bass and Daniel Theobald (CURSE, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHEREAL FOREST) on drums.

Work on the band’s fifth full-length album has just been completed and is ready for the mixing stage, and, whilst not wanting to go into too much detail yet, Thorberg recently revealed that the lyrics for the, as yet unnamed,  album will be in Icelandic.

Commenting on the video Thorberg, who was recently announced as the new frontman for Norwegian Black Metallers DEN SAAKALDTE, said that the best way to explain the concept behind “Pagan Prophecies” would be through the lyrics for the track, which are as follow:

Pagan Prophecies

Brothers and sons
Fathers and gods
Creators of time and space
The vision of our people
Who foresaw humanity
Fallen from grace

In the void, a primitive being
Was spawned in the chaos of fire and ice
The antonym elements, forcing existence
Yet struggling towards self demise

From this very beginning
Empires were built
Upon blood and bones of the fallen
In pursuit of structured domination

Towards the ancient
Sunless shores
I travelled through the worshipped sky
To where my fathers strifed
To leave monuments of strenght and pride

…All in vain

Tyrant demigods still reign with bottomless hunger
A black hole, pressuring upon destruction
As the elements of life and death collide

We are the children of murderer sons
Legacy of the deceitful ones
Like vultures feeding on the dead
Ones death is anothers bread

So as foretold
The world grows weary and old
And the tree of life shall fall
As the fire becomes enraged
Turning from servant to god

…Burning the idols of war
Sisters and daughters
Mothers and whores
Defiled by their very own kin
The pagan prophecies
Show us the broken path
Of what might have been

We are the children of murderer sons
Struggling towards self demise

More information about FORTID can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fortid

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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fortidofficial
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Band Contact and Booking: ehrecords@yahoo.com
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Einar Thorberg, founder and frontman of Norwegian Extreme Pagan Metallers FORTID has issued an update on the progress of the band’s fifth full-length album.  “The drums have been finalised, and we’re well into the pre-production stage and happy with the way things are progressing.  With this album I didn’t want to make a repeat of 2012’s “Pagan Prophecies”,  or any of our other albums come to that, so there will be more diversity in tempo, and maybe even an occasional flirtation with pop/rock, but not enough to upset our fans.  The lyrical concept of the album deals with the quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of oneself and the universe through Nordic tradition and the story of Odin.  The lyrics will be in Icelandic, which is my mother tongue and allows me to express myself more personally and deeply than I could in any other language”.

Thorberg formed FORTID in Iceland in 2002, essentially as a solo project, and released the first two parts of the Völuspá Trilogy, the full-length albums “Thor’s Anger” and “The Arrival of Fenris”, before moving to Norway and releasing the third part, “Fall of the Ages”.  By this time FORTID had a permanent line up which today includes Thorberg on guitars and vocals Øystein Hansen (ex THORNBOUND) on guitars, Rikard Jonsson (FORSEFED HORSEHEAD, ex DEJECT) on bass and Daniel Theobald (CURSE, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHERIAL FOREST, SARKOM) on drums.   More information about FORTID can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fortid

As well as FORTID, Thorberg has a number of other projects he is involved in, one of them being MIDNATTSVREDE which has largely remained dormant since 1994, but is now active again, and set to release a split album with another of his projects, CURSE.  MIDNATTSVREDE’s contribution will be 4 tracks, one of which will be a cover of VED BUENS ENDE’s “Carrier of Wounds” a song that Thorberg is particularly excited about, having laid the groundwork for it back in 2007.  As he explains:  “Finally the piece is going to come to light, and we’ll be interpreting it in a whole different way.  The track blends perfectly with MIDNATTSVREDE’s own material and if you know VBE you’ll get some kind of idea of what to expect – but only partly!”  CURSE’s contribution will be one very long song which is divided into four separate tracks dealing with a blend of philosophy and science.  It won’t be in the Black ‘n Roll style of CURSE’s last album, but will hark back to the more atmospheric style that the band used on the split with SYKDOM.  More information about CURSE can be found at http://curse.helviti.com/

In July Thorberg will hit the stage at the Eistnaflug Music Festival in Reykjavík , Iceland, with POTENTIAM, the band that he fondly refers to as “the slowest working band there is”.  Despite this, after 16 years POTENTIAM is still going strong, with drums and half the guitars already recorded on what will be the band’s fourth full-length album which will feature eight tracks in the gloom-laden style for which POTENTIAM is known.  More information about POTENTIAM can be found at https://www.facebook.com/potentiam

If FORTID and three other projects were not enough, THORBERG has also finished recording an album with Gudmundur Óli Pálmason from SÓLSTAFIR for UNKOWN CIRCLE, a band he calls his new “experimental pet project”.   No decision has yet been taken as to how to proceed with UNKOWN CIRCLE, but the album is ready and waiting.   More information about UNKNOWN CIRCLE can be found at https://www.facebook.com/UnknownCircle

Live footage of the FORTID playing the track “Ragnarök Army from the East” from the album “Völuspá Part III Fall of the Ages” can be seen below

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fortid
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/FortidNorway
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/fortid
Web Shop: http://fortid.bigcartel.com/
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/fortid
Band Contact and Booking: ehrecords@yahoo.com
Management and Booking: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

Extreme Pagan Metallers FORTID have begun work on what will be the band’s fifth full-length album.  Recording is set to take place in the early summer, and, whilst not wanting to give too much away, the band have revealed that all the lyrics for the album will be in Icelandic and that they already have a lot of material, more so than for previous albums.  The as yet untitled album will be the follow up to 2012’s much lauded “Pagan Prophecies”.

Formed in Iceland in 2002 by Einar Thorberg as a solo project, FORTID’s reputation was firmly established following the release of three full-length albums. Collectively known as the Völuspá Trilogy, the three albums, “Thor’s Anger”, “The Arrival of Fenris” and “Fall of the Ages”, were released between 2002 and 2010. Between the release of the second and third parts of the Trilogy, Thorberg moved to Norway where he recruited a permanent line up and FORTID became a fully functioning studio and live band.   Aside from Thorberg on guitars and vocals FORTID’s current lineup includes Øystein Hansen (ex THORNBOUND) on guitars, Rikard Jonsson (FORSEFED HORSEHEAD, ex DEJECT) on bass and Daniel Theobald (CURSE, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHERIAL FOREST, SARKOM) on drums.

FORTID is set to play the remaining three dates of the NORTHERN CHAOS TOUR in May along with Sweden’s GRÁ and Finland’s ANTAGONIST ZERO.  Dates as follows:

Thu 09 May, PRKL Club, Helsinki, Finland
FRI 10 May, Taidetehdas, Porvoo, Finland
Sat 11 May, Club Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia

More information about FORTID can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fortid

Live footage of the FORTID playing the track “Ragnarök Army from the East” from the album “Völuspá Part III Fall of the Ages” can be seen below or on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/T_7TByVWx0o

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fortid
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/FortidNorway
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/fortid
Web Shop: http://fortid.bigcartel.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fortidofficial
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/fortid
Band Contact and Booking: ehrecords@yahoo.com
Management and Booking: patriciathomas@btinternet.com