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Heilung Announce Live at Red Rocks

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Heilung invoked the spirits of the old world for the first time at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre back in 2021. Today, they’re announcing Lifa Iotungard, a live album that captures that unforgettable night under the starry Colorado sky on CD and vinyl. 

Watch the video of their live performance of “Traust”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viqXlfkbWmQ

Lifa Iotungard comes out on CD and vinyl on August 9, 2024.    

Pre-order & Pre-save: https://orcd.co/lifaiotungard

Recorded live at Red Rocks in October 2021, Lifa Iotungard captures Heilung’s sacred ritual. As torches blazed and drums echoed between the sandstones, a sacred space was created, linking the hearts of the present with the spirits of the past.

“Remember that we all are brothers”, Heilung recite during their opening ceremony. “All people, beasts, trees, and stones and wind. We all descend from the one great being”.

“Traust” unfolds in a powerful surge of throat singing, primordial rhythms and mystic chants. This song – which first appeared on their second studio album Futha – transports listeners back to a time where the veil between worlds was thinnest. Christopher Juul, Maria Franz, Kai Uwe Faust, and their battalion of warriors, equipped with the lore of ages, cast a spell that reverberates through the bones of the Earth itself.

Tracklist
1. Opening Ceremony (1:03)
2. In Maidjan (12:30)
3. Alfadhirhaiti (7:23)
4. Krigsgaldr (9:04)
5. Hakkerskaldyr (3:33)
6. Svanrand (3:31)
7. Norupo (5:42)
8. Othan (10:21)
9. Traust (9:41) [WATCH]
10. Elddansurin (7:25)
11. Hamrer Hippyer (13:32)
Total runtime: 37:06

Style: Live Amplified History

HEILUNG don’t play shows. They perform a ritual. Every performance begins with Kai Uwe Faust leading Christopher Juul, Maria Franz and the rest of the Nordic collective in an ancient prayer. Soon after, the audience is swept into rapture, swayed by incense and throat singing, primordial rhythms, subtle electronic textures, a mesmerizing light show, an army of warriors and bursts of fire.

Since they began in 2015, Heilung have been paving melodic paths to the past with their unique and mystifying sound. Evading all conventional genre tags and the confines of any specific labels, the group aptly self-describes their sound as “amplified history,” emphasizing their ability to connect modern society with the rudiments of humanity’s beginnings through music.

“Our ancestral Nordic civilizations did not just pop up, exist and disappear in isolation”, says Faust, a throat singer and one of Heilung’s three composers. “With singing these primordial songs we want to give tribute to these cultures, reconnect to the beginnings and remember that we all, from East to West, from past to present, are connected through the exchange of ideas and inspiring each other”.  

While Heilung features authentic and archaic instrumentation that ranges from rattles and ritual bells to human bones and throat singing, their captivating brand of music is far from primitive. Producer and founding member Christopher Juul implements subtle electronic elements that elevates the musical atmosphere and provides a more in-depth and layered soundscape.

Indeed, Heilung’s success has been unprecedented, achieving milestones in its few short years of existence that many do not see in a lifetime. The collective already had rapidly been growing a buzz upon the self-release of their first full-length Ofnir in 2015, but their dizzying upward trajectory really took off from the moment they set foot on the stage at Castlefest in 2017 for the now-legendary debut of their live ritual. Luckily for those who were not fortunate enough to bare witness to this magical event, the full ceremony was captured on film, having since been viewed by tens of millions of fans across the globe.

As Heilung trekked across Europe and brought their mystifying experience to new audiences, talk of this new band and their stunning ceremony made way to Season of Mist label owner Michael Berberian, who quickly offered the band a record contract after seeing their undeniable musical impact for himself.

By 2019, Heilung launched their second full-length record, Futha, which contrasted the masculine and battle-heavy themes of their debut with a feminine counterpart that celebrated fertility and female energy. Upon the first week of the record’s release, it graced the Billboard charts with coveted numbers, debuting at #3 on the Heatseekers Charts and #4 on the Billboard World Music Chart, placing on a total of seven Billboard charts while meeting critical-acclaim from the press on a global scale.  

Their music has even appeared in places that extend far beyond typical concert venues. From hit television series like Game of Thrones and Vikings to video game giants like Conqueror’s Blade VII: Wolves of Ragnarök and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II to the blockbuster Robert Eggers film The Northman, Heilung’s music has risen far above the underground and has transcended into a greater world. Even a global pandemic couldn’t slow down Heilung’s success; it only strengthened them and gave them the gift of time to complete work on their third album. In English, Drif translates as “Gathering”. The music embodies this philosophy by tying together the beginning of civilization with today’s modern society.   

Heilung now perform their rituals all over the world. They sold out their first North American tour in 72 hours. Upon returning to the United States in 2021, they were greeted by another sold-out crowd, this time at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This performance will be released on vinyl, CD and Blu-ray in 2024, along with another performance at the Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith, London.  

During the lead-up to the new LIFAs, Heilung will embark on headlining tours of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, they will cast their spell over more of the world’s biggest stages, including Roskilde Festival, Download Festival and Glastonbury. But no matter where they are, Heilung always begin their performance with a humbling reminder of where we all come from.     

“Remember, we are all brothers. All people, beasts, tree and stone and wind, we all descend from the one great being that was always there, before people lived and named it, before the first seed sprouted.” 

Available Formats:
Digital Download
2CD Digipak
2×12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Crystal Clear and Black Marbel
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Silver
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Gold and Orange Mixed
2×12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Red Rocks Sand-Filled

Line-up:
Kai Uwe Faust
Christopher Juul
Maria Franz

Links:
Official Website: https://www.amplifiedhistory.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amplifiedhistory
Instagram: https://instagram.com/amplifiedhistory
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7sTKZr30LqC928DZ5P9mNQ
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Heilung
Bandcamp: https://heilung.bandcamp.com/music
Bandsintown: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/1977594-heilung

Pre-order & pre-save LIFA Iotungard:https://orcd.co/lifaiotungard

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New Music From Jo Quail, And Kalandra, Reissue For Mari Boine Via By NORSE MVSIC

Jo Quail releases ‘Invocation’ and ‘Supplication’ Order now

Award-winning composer and cellist Jo Quail has released Invocation and Supplication, two three-song cycles in the form of an album. On Invocation, you’ll be able to hear Maria Franz (Heilung) as a guest vocalist. Supplication features the vocal contribution of Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari.

Listen to “The Calling” taken from ‘Supplication’ below.

Jo Quail comments: “Invocation and Supplication have been by my side, weaving through my life for many months now. From the initial solo acoustic cello starting point each note and phrase seemed to flow, finding its space, augmented and brought to life by the incredible performances from all my guests. I offer these songs to you with gratitude for your support and your time in listening, and I hope they bring you a landscape in which to explore your own richness and depth. With love.”

Listen to Invocation here and to Supplication here


Kalandra release new single ‘Bardaginn’

Watch here Norwegian pop/rock group Kalandra have released a brand new single, “Bardaginn”. The title means ‘fight’ or ‘battle’, whether it’s experienced from within or out in the real world. The meaninglessness of it all, yet the importance for humans to find meaning in fighting for something, or someone.

The release is accompanied by a stunning music video by Ragnarok Film which can be viewed HERE. The single is out on all streaming platforms HERE.

Vocalist Katrine was curious about making a timeless lyrics using the Old Norse language. She teamed up with Norwegian lyricist and language consultant Alexander Lykke, and together with guitarists Jogeir and Florian and drummer Oskar, they’ve created a song unlike anything Kalandra has ever composed before.

The band comments: “For our next single release we all knew it was important for us to try and challenge ourselves creatively, and yet still somehow manage to keep that light playfulness in the creative process, where absolutely anything was allowed. Although it at times seemed like an impossible task to piece together, it feels as if we’ve managed to really pull out the best in every member of the band, and really showcase what we’re made of, both individually and as a team.

Bardaginn is fun, but also bloody serious. We’re very proud of each other and what we’ve made, and we can’t wait to play it live.”


By Norse to reissue Mari Boine’s iconic album ‘Gula Gula’

Pre-order now

By Norse will be reissuing Mari Boine’s iconic album Gula Gula. Originally, Gula Gula -Hør Stammødrenes Stemme (translated: Hear the voices of the Foremothers) was released on the label that the Norwegian singer founded with her former husband. The album was then discovered by Peter Gabriel and released worldwide on his label Real World Records, introducing the folk artist to international audiences, who welcomed her with open arms. Mari Boine won her first Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award) in 1989 with this record.

For this exclusive re-issue, the original recording tapes from 1989 were located and two previously unreleased tracks from the Gula Gula studio sessions were discovered. The original producer Tellef Kvifte mixed the two songs. The authentic producer notes have been included in this edition and the artwork has been re-envisioned by the original designer Madla Hruza.

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Tours

HEILUNG Announce US Tour

HEILUNG are bringing their acclaimed live performance to 10 U.S. cities this fall. Many they’ve never played before, including Florida, Alabama, New Orleans and Missouri, while others will be welcoming back the pounding, rhythmic, Nordic collective at larger venues.

The tour will commence in Greensboro, NC, on October 17. HEILUNG will then travel along the Southeast coast before heading west and performing the final night of their spellbinding ritual on November 5 in Denver, Colorado.

HEILUNG have a tradition of donating one dollar for each ticket sold to planting trees. The proceeds from this tour will also support reforestation. More details coming soon.

HEILUNG will be playing songs from their entire discography, including ‘Drif’, which came out last fall. The album is available on vinyl, CD, cassette and as a digital download through the Season of Mist store.

TOUR DATES
10/17: Greensboro, NC @ Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts [TICKETS]
10/19: Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome Theatre [TICKETS]
10/21: Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium [TICKETS]
10/23: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall [TICKETS]
10/25: Huntsville, AL @ VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall [TICKETS]
10/27: New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre [TICKETS]
10/30: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater [TICKETS]
11/01: St. Louis, MO @ The Factory [TICKETS]
11/03: Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre [TICKETS]
11/05: Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom [TICKETS]

Tracklist:
01: Asja (05:17)
02: Anoana (04:57) [WATCH]
03: Tenet (13:05)
04: Urbani (02:55)
05: Keltentrauer (08:26)
06: Nesso (07:54)
07: Buslas Bann (05:03)
08: Nikkal (03:04)
09: Marduk (08:34)
Total Running Time: 00:57:55

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Reviews

Heilung, An Experience To Remember

Written By Timothy Voldemars
Johnston

Photo By Timothy Voldemars
Johnston

What an incredible night. Heilung was more than music, it was an experience. It was like Wardruna mixed with Cirque du soleil (in a good way).

So, to start my story off, let’s start at the beginning. I got off work at 4 and by 5, I was headed downtown in Toronto Ontario. As it was rush hour traffic, I knew I needed to give extra time to get down there and wanted to be at the venue early as I’ve never been there before. I arrived around 6, found parking easy enough, grabbed a quick Subway sandwich for dinner and headed to the venue.

The Meridian Hall is huge. Looks like a high class theater venue. Odd choice for a show like this I thought for a band that is so earth/forest/nature based, so, my hopes were somewhat lessoned. I got in the venue at 7 and headed right into the merch line. It wasn’t long before I got into a conversation about music with two fascinating folks behind me and my evening started looking up. It must have been 30 minutes before we got to the front of the line. I got myself a hoodie and a couple CDs.

As I wandered the lobby I ran into some friends and had good conversation with them. Then it was time. Headed into the auditorium and found my seat. I started up a conversation with the people beside me and settled in. Then I get a text from a good friend who is on her way and wanted to know if the show had started. I told her not yet and I’d let her know when the lights went off. Still having time I checked my Facebook. I saw another one of my friends was coming to the show. I liked the post. Not 30 seconds later I look beside me and there she is sitting down beside me LOL! What! That’s crazy. And she is such a fascinating person to talk with in person so, the Norns definitely had a hand in this. Shortly after, lights go down. The invocation begins. I text My other friend to let her know the shows about to start. From there the journey of Heilung began.

A trance-like journey back in time. Their rythmic beats and chanting building and changing, the ebb and flow drawing us all in. It was beautiful, it was magical, it was awe-inspiring and when the final song began, a wave of bodies rose and I rose with then, cheering and swaying to the beats. It was something else. An experience I wish you had all been able to feel.

After the show I wandered and ran into friends and hung out for a bit outside. Overall, quite an amazing night. And the venue turned out to be perfect for the show. The sound was amazing.

Photo By Timothy Voldemars
Johnston
Photo By Timothy Voldemars
Johnston
Photo By Timothy Voldemars
Johnston
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Music News

Heilung Records The world’s Oldest Song

I first discovered Heilung through a search for the band that did music for the History channels hit series Vikings. They are featured in episode 10 of Season 6 featuring multiple fragments of the tracks ‘Fylgija Ear’, ‘Hamrer Hippyer’ and ‘Alfadhirhaiti’. I since went fiwn the rabbit hole and listened to more of their music.

Germanic-Nordic group Heilung, before their formation met at a Viking re-enactment societies and formed the band with Kai Uwe Faust, a Viking-inspired tattoo artist, in 2014. Its safe to say this band is very familiar and experienced with Viking style theatrics, elaborate costumes and authentic music. Their music videos are hauntingly beautiful and visually stunning.

Heilung resurrect the music of Viking, iron age and bronze age cultures, inspired by an extensive library of artefacts and texts owned by Franz, who is also the band’s archivist.

“I think that we can learn something by looking backwards,” says Juul, speaking alongside Franz in an interview with The Guardian. “A lot of what we do is about respecting the ground under our feet and, also, some basic human emotions that I think – if you are too busy, living in this too-hectic reality – might get lost to you. Turning back time also slows time down.”

Juul was the son of a goði. A priest of Norse paganism. “In Scandinavia, it’s still an accepted religion to work within the old beliefs,” Juul explained. “My father married people and baptised children. We did the blót” – a Norse pagan ritual to mark the start of the summer and winter half-years – “twice a year. It was completely normal.”

The oldest piece of written music found is 4,000 years old and despite being a complete song, Hymn to Nikkal has been a subject of controversy since it was published in full in 1968. There are many disagreements on how to play it. The song is written in Hurrian language and it baffles archaeologists. The Germanic-Nordic experimental folk band Heilung have taken on the challenge with their forthcoming third album, Drif.

Nikkal, Heilung’s interpretation of Hymn, the wife of the moon god worshipped in the ancient Middle East. “Most songs are created as a way to remember,” says Juul. “We’ve seen it in Iceland, where people have composed these incredibly long songs that repeat over and over again, created as a way to detail a lineage. I’m pretty sure that a song like Hymn to Nikkal would have been written down to teach adults and children about this subject: this moon goddess.”

For Heilung, the preservation of Hymn to Nikkal is all the more important. “My wish is that people will really feel the emotion behind the ancient pieces we are reinterpreting,” she continues, “because we’re travelling through the whole spectrum of human emotion. Music is one of the tools that we can use to reconnect with ourselves, our surroundings and the people around us.”