How often has primeval black metal been announced dead in the last twenty years? With their debut album, Ett Fjärran Kall (“A Call From Afar”), Sweden's Fornhem prove those predictions pointless. A hypnotizing journey in four chapters, Ett Fjärran Kall reflects the mysteries of life and death, of sacrifice & wisdom, and of nature, all from a genuine Nordic perspective. The album will see an August 25 release via Trollmusic HERE. Today, Decibel premieres the track "Úrdjupets Svärta", calling it, "hypnotic and familiar, yet unique." Hear Fornhem's "Úrdjupets Svärta" at THIS location.
Fornhem was established in 2013 with a desire to conjure up the mysteries of nature. While Fornhem members Vafthrudner (drums, vocals) and Solbane (guitars, bass, stringed instruments) undoubtedly owe a lot to the aesthetics originally crafted by the pioneers of Scandinavian black metal, they nevertheless create their own approach and style by interpreting influences from a broad spectrum of folk and rock music in a consciously minimal and almost hypnotizing way. The band's lyrics are in Swedish and inspired by history, Norse mythology, nature and Swedish poetry.
“Our aim is to make music that moves forward, even if it’s minimal and repetitive, and we think that adding something or making slight alterations in a riff or chord progression makes it come alive and breathe, so to speak, which would be the whole meaning of music-making", explains Vafthrudner. “Black metal in general is quite beautiful music behind all the layers of noise and we want to enhance that by using minimalism. Quieter moments or acoustic instruments create interesting dynamics that oppose the ‘wall of noise’.
Reflecting the folk aspect of Fornhem, Solbane adds: “I think folk music -- as well as metal -- has an inherent catchiness to it. It’s simple and direct music that comes from the heart. We are certainly influenced by a wide variety of Nordic folk and 70's and 80's classic hard rock and metal, but our main influence is old school black metal. Most notably Burzum, Darkthrone and Bathory." For more, check out a new Fornhem interview at this LOCATION.>HERE!
Fornhem is available to speak with interested media. To chat with the band and/or request a review copy of Ett Fjärran Kall, simply contact Carl Schultz at ACTION! PR.
"it's rare to find something that simultaneously is so primeval but also so well put together and modern. 'Et Fjarran Kall' is the sort of dynamic record that encapsulates why we live this music and I can't let it go." - TWO GUYS METAL REVIEWS