Heilung
Futha


4.5
superb

Review

by Scheumke USER (14 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2019 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gal anda viðr, gangla viðr, riðanda viðr, viðr rinnanda

Utter darkness. Ruins of an age long past, almost lost. A man and a woman meet, not even their contours showing. They feel each other, know where they are, know what’s going to happen. No word needs to be spoken. Their breathing steadies, the ritual about to commence firm in their minds, and it begins. Voices intertwine. Hers a monotone droning, his a serpentine snarl, as some feral creature learned in the tongues of men. Their voices belong together, become one, and speak of the history of mankind, its future and the destruction of all things. Without prejudice, without discrimination, they accept what has happened, what will happen. The voices do not speak of good or of evil, for in nature there is no good or evil. They simply speak of survival and of the path of life. Simple. Pure.

It is the interlude to an ancient shamanistic ritual, one that will have the world tremble in its wake. The blowing of horns announce its commencing and soon others join in. Ritualistic rhythmic snarls, growls and grunts form the backbone for big drums to form a counterpoint. As the first ritual progresses, male and female vocals take turns in chanting and blessing what is to come, creating a hypnotic tidal wave that leaves one with visions of a distant, cold land in a time long gone.

‘Futha’ is first and foremost a ritual celebrating the feminine inner strength, and as such, it only takes this first opening ritual before the vocals of Maria Franz take center stage on Norupo. Her sweet but strong voice is like a force of nature, soaring and sweeping untamed by the rhythms that try to keep her earthbound. The more they try, the more she resists until a grandiose climax erupts and all is left bare and raw and broken. These are just the first two rituals out of nine, and they already took me to a completely different place and time in my mind’s eye.

The “amplified history” of Heilung is among one of the most original and inspired music acts to come out of the last couple of years. Taking the texts of ancient runes to enact real shamanistic rituals of ancient Scandinavia only works if it somehow ‘feels’ authentic. Anyone who ever witnessed a live-show by this group knows that this is the case when it comes to Heilung. Everything, from the primitive instruments to the outfits to the actual performance, screams authenticity and attention to detail. Heilung take great lengths to ensure that it is so, and one needs only listen to their earlier work ‘Ofnir’ or their new record ‘Futha’ to know this for a fact.

When compared to the more masculine ‘Ofnir’, ‘Futha’ offers a lighter and more immediate approach. Because the focus of the music lies more on the female vocals this time around, the songs feel more inclusive and accessible. This directly results in a record that will grab more new listeners by the throat, yet it is still far from traditional accessible music. This is a record to hypnotize and entrance you. It does have the added downside that it gets very difficult to talk about the individual songs.

Highlights do occur though, in the more electric sounding urgency of Svanrand, in the buildup of the aforementioned Norupo and in the grandiose finale Harmer Hippyer. It is the music of Mother Nature, but that does not mean that it is pretty, for at points it certainly is not. Some of the male vocals (and even some of the female) are downright terrifying and call to mind early age black-metal rasps, like in the beginning of Harmer Hippyer. There are also two spoken word ‘stories’ that breathes some air in between the drums and chants and give the album as a whole a more conceptual vibe. Without the translation (which I do not have), they do not make a lot of sense though, since it is all in spoken in the ancient languages of the time.

All in all, ‘Futha’ is a wonderful record for those who are open for something organic and primeval. It may not always be catchy, accessible or pretty. It is, however, pure and free from political view, religion or creed. It is music to be experienced for oneself, not to be described. Take yourself to a quiet place, put on ‘Futha’, and let yourself be immersed in ancient ‘amplified’ history.



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Scheumke
July 3rd 2019


947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I found it really difficult to go into the specifics of what makes this special, and special it is (at least in my eyes). So I focused on getting across the vibe of the album. Just listen for yourself and let me know what you think. Feedback is welcome as always!

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TheNotrap
July 3rd 2019


11423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was just going over this right now. I don't know if I'll finish the review or focus on another album ;)



Amazing release. I'll read the review later.

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Scheumke
July 3rd 2019


947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Owh sorry man! I always hate when that happens. Yeah this is fantastic

Davil667
July 3rd 2019


3797 Comments


Very good read, and a real teaser for the album. Looking forward to checking this out. Found the live album immensely more engaging than Ofnir though...

Papa Universe
July 3rd 2019


22234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

POSung

Excited for the album.

Scheumke
July 3rd 2019


947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tnx bros. @Davil yeah LIFA adds a whole other dimension to their music, but I feel the music alone gives me room for my own interpretation in what the rituals would look like, which I like in its own right.

zaruyache
July 3rd 2019


21122 Comments


I don't think I like this band. The actual folk is great but there seems to be way too much lone growl-whispering sections and I really hate those.

Scheumke
July 3rd 2019


947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More people need to get in on this.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2019


16295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jamming now, their live show is astonishing, let's see how it translates into record.



Btw I think "Nerupo" is "Norupo" (or at least that's what Apple says).



Great review man, you are prolific af. Hard pos.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2019


16295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This gets darker and oppressive the deeper you go. Elivagar and the first half of Elddansurin sucked though, the rest is really good.



Still, this live would be an easy 5, on record, well... nope.

Scheumke
July 4th 2019


947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dewi, it is indeed Norupo. Wow that was a dumb mistake. Tnx for the kind words, If you get the chance go see them live!

TheNotrap
July 5th 2019


11423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, have an ancestral pos

osteporosis
July 5th 2019


515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is massive

DDDeftoneDDD
July 9th 2019


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Hum...checking in

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DDDeftoneDDD
July 10th 2019


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Intense listen!

Rev is really good Sheumke

Papa Universe
July 10th 2019


22234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LIFA 2 when?

DDDeftoneDDD
July 10th 2019


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

LIFA is this experience increased?

DDDeftoneDDD
July 10th 2019


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

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AMAMA HIPIPIPI!?

AMAMA HIPIPIPI!?

AMAMA HIPIPIPI!?

AMAMA HIPIPIPI!?

TheBarber
July 14th 2019


3802 Comments


Even better than LIFA

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TheNotrap
July 14th 2019


11423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it’s amazing



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