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Sunday, January 7, 2018
releasing this week: Hamferð
[Below is the official information about the new album by Hamferð from the Faroe Islands.]
Metal Blade Records
12 January 2018
Hamferð refers to an apparition: the image of a person facing death, appearing before his or her loved ones as an omen.
"Faroese doom metal" is a powerful sound. Exclusive to this self-styled tag is Hamferð. For nearly a decade, the funereally dressed sextet has been casting a unique expression rooted in conceptual tragedy and intense, narrative doom metal.
"Hamferð is heavily inspired by our natural surroundings and our cultural heritage. Those aspects combine into unique feelings and atmospheres which we attempt to describe through our music." - Theodor Kapnas
With an ambitious lyrical and conceptual approach, Faroese language, history and folklore are mixed together with grand atmospheres and weather-beaten grimness; a trademark that has earned worldwide attraction. Stages at festivals such as Inferno, Midgardsblot, Tuska, Summer Breeze, Wacken and many more have been turned into funerary ceremonies, and touring with the likes of Amorphis and Moonsorrow has further garnered the band a respected reputation due to strong yet solemn live performances.
Armed with a massive new album, the hour has arrived for Hamferð to close a conceptual trilogy which commenced with the 2010 EP Vilst er síðsta fet and continued with the internationally acclaimed 2013 full-length album Evst.
Támsins likam is the epic conclusion – or perhaps rather beginning – of this story.
"This album marks the beginning of the end. It's the third and final part of our reverse chronological saga, which explores mortality and the perverting nature of loss through the lens of Faroese culture and mythology." - Jón Aldará
Roughly translated as Body of the Mist, Támsins likam is an attempt to create the most intriguing, honest and unique Hamferð experience yet. It is nothing less than a pinnacle; a culmination of many years of refining both sound and songwriting, spearheaded by a strong desire to keep progressing and expanding. This has resulted in an album bustling with elements ancient and familiar, violent and strange, earthen and spectral – all the while fiercely seeking to surprise and move the listener.
Once again recorded in Studio Bloch in the Faroe Islands, but this time mixed by the legendary Swedish sound wizard Daniel Bergstrand in his Dugout Productions studio, Támsins likam exhibits a rawer and more mature version of the known Hamferð sound. The somewhat harsh and bare soundscape deliberately contrasts with the refined compositions, while at the same aligning with the increasingly honest and violent lyrical content.
Jón Aldará - Vocals
Theodor Kapnas - Guitars
John Áki Egholm - Guitars
Ísak Petersen - Bass
Remi Kofoed Johannesen - Drums
Esmar Joensen - Keyboards
Vilst er síðsta fet - TUTL, 2010
Evst- TUTL, 2013
Támsins likam- Metal Blade, 2018