Heilung will be releasing their next studio album, ‘Futha,’ on June 28 via Season of Mist.
The band have released a poetic album teaser in advance of the release, which you can see below.
The band comments, ‘Futha’ was three years in the making and was finished in the dark, Danish midwinter. But after darkness comes light, after winter comes spring, after suffering comes relief, after ‘Ofnir’ comes ‘Futha.’ Here’s what the spirits have to say about it!”
On the meaning of the album title, Heilung explains:
“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.'”
Album details will be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can purchase merchandise and their last album, ‘Ofnir,’
Heilung Festival Performances 2019:
04/11: Tilburg (NL) @ Roadburn Festival
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)
Heilung European Tour 2019:
10/22: Palladium (PL) @ Warschau
10/24: Berlin (DE) @ Admiralspalast
10/26: Essen (DE) @ Colosseum Theater
10/28: Munich (DE) @ Circus Krone
10/30: Prague (CZ) @ Hybernia
11/01: Halle (DE) @ Händelhalle
11/03: Vienna (AT) @ Der Globe
11/05: Zurich (CH) @ Volkshaus
11/07: Kiel (DE) @ Kieler Schloss
11/10: London (UK) @ Roundhouse
11/17: Brussels (BE) @ AB
11/20: Paris (FR) @ Elysée Montmartre
When Heilung self-released ‘Ofnir‘ in 2015, the Danish band could hardly have anticipated the breakthrough success of their debut album.
Spectacular live shows, strong critical acclaim, and a massive underground buzz added to the constantly high demand for this full-length are the reason why their new label Season of Mist does not hesitate to re-issue ‘Ofnir‘ in several collector’s edition formats.
Heilung means “healing” in the German language and this also describes the core of the band’s sound. The listener is supposed to be left at ease and in a relaxed state after a magical musical journey that is at times turbulent.
Heilung reach far back in time to the Northern European iron age and Viking period to create their sound experience.
The band utilises many means in their songs: from running water via human bones, reconstructed swords and shields up to ancient frame drums as well as bronze rings.
Heilung‘s lyrics contain original texts from rune stones, preserved spear shafts, amulets, and other ancient artefacts.
Furthermore, the band uses poems, which either deal with historical events or are translations and interpretations of the original texts.
Any attempt to link the band with or bring their music into a modern political or religious context is pointless, since Heilung try to connect their listeners with a time before the coming of Christianity and modern political ideologies.
Kai Uwe Faust