With a genuine pride and belief in their Norse heritage, HELHEIM have spent over 25 years honing their craft, and making use of old Norse legends and traditional instruments to rise far above the plethora of bands that make up the genre, and who succeed in coming across as mere cartoon-like parodies of the real thing.
And the start of 2018 certainly finds HELHEIM’s lineup of V’gandr on bass and vocals, H’grimnir on guitar and vocals, Hrymr on drums and Noralf on guitars reaping the rewards of all their hard work and dedication to their craft, with two excellent pieces of news. Starting off with a nomination for the 2017 Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy’s) in the Metal category for their ninth full-length album “landawarijaR” which was released on Dark Essence Records in January of last year.
The album, which was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED), includes guest vocals from William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE), Bjornar E Nilsen and Ottorpedo. Through “landawarijaR’s” music and lyrics, as well as through the two accompanying videos, HELHEIM express the need to include the Norse Heritage into modern life by emphasising the importance, mystery and never-changing wonder of the Runes.
More information about the Spellemann nominations can be found at http://spellemann.no/nominerte-spellemann-2017/
The second piece of news may not be new to HELHEIM’s US fans, but certainly their European fans will not know yet that a track from the band has been used in a high-profile CBS TV series, which has been snapped up by SKY for the UK market – with news still awaited regarding its appearance in other European and Scandinavian countries. The series, SEAL Team, stars DAVID BOREANAZ (Bones, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and follows the exploits of an elite S.E.A.L. team. The track “Jormundgand”, from HELHEIM’s album of the same name, which was originally released in 2006 and re-released on Dark Essence Records in 2008, features in Episode 7. Titled “Borderlines” the track forms the music to a couple of (somewhat controversial) torture training scenes!
More information about SEAL Team is available at http://m.imdb.com/title/tt6473344/
The track “Jormundgand”, can be heard below and on BandCamp at http://helheim.bandcamp.com/track/jormundgand
The two videos directed by Guilherme Henriques, for the tracks”Baklengs mot intet” and “Ymr” from the album “landawarijaR” can be seen below and on YouTube at the following:
“Baklengs mot intet” at https://youtu.be/kRiimctYXiQ
“Ymr” at https://youtu.be/ikkKoB56JVM