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Paganfest with Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsótt
What name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means "Swordbearer"?
In April 2012, the latest Ensiferum album 'Unsung Heroes' was completed.With more shows and tours announced in support of the new album, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for Ensiferum.
Few could have envisioned the bright future that the Norns had in store for HEIDEVOLK. Since its inception in Arnhem (The Netherlands) a decade ago, HEIDEVOLK came, saw, and conquered stages throughout Europe with their very own brand of folk metal. The instantly recognizable dual clean male vocals and irresistibly catchy songs have ignited the pagan fire in the souls of many on the continent. They deliver their songs on divine matters and profane pleasures with equal integrity, fueled by a folkloric fire and pagan pride.
"Týr's musical mission is to break down the walls that are erected between all the kinds of metal that have arisen over the years.... Walls and labels do nothing but fill people with prejudice."
One weekend in 2003, in Oslo, Norway, a bunch of goons became bored with the selection of party music that was available to them, and, helped along by the consumption of large quantities of alcohol, the soon-to-be members of TrollfesT decided to take matters into their own hands. One website and six songs later, a German label, which at the time was called Solistium, recognised the potential in the madness and got in touch. With the immortal words “what the heck, let’s give it a go” TrollfesT agreed to a deal and started writing new material. By 2005 “Willkommen Folk tell Drekka Fest!!” hit the streets. And life as we know it was never the same again.
Helsótt is a melding of American Thrash/Death and Pagan Metal. Very melodic and very brutal music sets the pace for a high energy live act that can only be described as crushing.