Dark Essence Records have today released a second single from HELHEIM’s upcoming album “Rignir”. As can probably have been guessed by its title, which translated means “Rain”, the new album has been inspired by the weather in their notoriously rainy home town of Bergen, and the new single, titled “Kaldr”, takes a look at another aspect of the local climate – “Cold”.
“Kaldr” can be streamed or downloaded from https://orcd.co/kaldr
Alternatively, you can listen to it on YouTube either below or at https://youtu.be/ATpKLPsNt4I
“Rignir” was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, with long-time collaborators Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) mixing and producing the album alongside the band , and Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) handling the mastering.
Ole André Farstad makes a guest appearance on the album, playing Lap Steel Guitar on the track Ísuð, and, with artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “Rignir” is as follows:
HELHEIM have once again turned to their Norse heritage when writing the poems that form the lyrics for “Rignir”, drawing inspiration from the ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas. As the band recently explained:
This time around we have been very inspired by the local weather of Bergen. The autumn and winter seasons can summon the darkest of feelings within oneself, and this backdrop served as the fertilizer that would germinate the seeds of our lyrical ideas. Exploring the darkness of nature as something that can be seen, as well as sensed, it became a canvas where the pen drew words that rose from the depths of solemnity and alienation. Although each track depicts an ever growing intensity of suffering and loss, there’s still a dialogue on how to maintain some sort of sanity or inner peace.
Let the rain fall heavily upon you.
To mark the release of “Rignir”, HELHEIM will embark on a European tour alongside VULTURE INDUSTRIES and Dark Essence Records label-mates MADDER MORTEM. Titled the “Strange Rain” tour, it will be the first time the band has toured for some considerable time. Routing is as follows:
Apr 12 Kvarteret , Bergen, NO
Apr 21 Dark Easter Metal Meeting , Münich, DE (Helheim only)
Apr 25 Quantic Club , Bucharest, RO
Apr 26 Flying Circus , Cluj Napoca, RO
APR 27 Vörös-Kék Yuk, Budapest, HU
APR 28 Nova Chmelnice , Prague, CZ
APR 29 Backstage, Paris, FR
MAY 01 The Underworld , London, UK
May 02: Logo, Hamburg, DE
MAY 03 Konfus, Esbjerg, DK
MAY 04 Skullcrusher, Dresden, DE
Set for release on the 26 April “Rignir” will be available in CD, Blue Vinyl (limited to 500 copies), and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from: