By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
Experimental world music group Heilung have announced the title for their upcoming album to be released in May 2019 via Season of Mist. The title will be Futha; the group explained the meaning in a recent press release saying, “The majority of full rune set inscriptions start with ‘Futha’ and is known to us as the first four letters in all runic alphabets. It is considered that our forefathers saw magic potential in engraving the full rune line, but there is also great significance in the beginnings. Science has no key for the meaning of only engraving the first couple of letters yet, but there is, of course, a surplus of theories. One of the theories we found inspiration in, is that ‘Futha’ holds the meaning of fertility and female gender. As ‘Ofnir’ focused on war and masculine notions, the great healing power of female wild strength is evoked in ‘Futha’. Those who have been present at a birth or have seen lionesses hunting know the spirit, and we welcome and embrace it in the sounds that were born during the creation of ‘Futha’.”
An artistic impression of Heilung can be seen in their video for the song “Krigsgaldr”, from their 2015 album Ofnir.
Heilung released their first album, Ofnir, in 2015, and had no way of anticipating the level of success they would see with the album. The Danish band produce visually stunning live shows, and they have received critical praise along with a massive amount of buzz in the underground scene. All these elements came together to create a high demand for Ofnir, a level of success that is anticipated to be repeated once Futha is released.
The group’s name, Heilung, means “healing” in the German language, and is considered the core of the band’s sound. The music takes the listener on a journey that can be calming yet turbulent at times, all with the main goal of relaxing the mind.
Heilung relies heavily on the past for inspiration, drawing influence from the Northern European iron age and Viking period to develop their sound. The band uses unconventional instruments and means of creating their unique sound; items such as running water via human bones, reconstructed swords and shields, along with ancient frame drums and bronze rings all play a role in the band’s music.
Their lyrics contain texts from ancient rune stones, preserved spear shafts, amulets, and other artifacts. The use of ancient translated poems also provides fuel for Heilung’s lyrical content. Heilung’s goal is to connect with the audience based on a time before Christianity and modern political ideology.
HEILUNG performances 2019
02/22: Wacken (DE) @ Wacken Winter Nights (Exact date TBC)
04/11: Tilburg (NL) @ Roadburn Festival (Exact date TBC)
04/17: St. Petersburg (RU) @ Aurora
04/19: Moscow (RU) @ Arbat Hall
06/20: Copenhagen (DK) @ Copenhell Festival 2019 (Exact date TBA)
06/29: Helsinki (FI) @ Tuska 2019 (Exact date TBA)
08/18: Borre (NO) @ Midgardsblot 2019 (Exact date TBA)
09/07: Selb (DE) @ Mediaval Festival 2019 (Exact date TBA)
10/19: Hameln (DE) @ Autumn Moon Festival 2019 (Exact date TBA)
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