Heilung: new album and upcoming Europe tour
Since the release of their debut album “Ofnir” in 2015, the German-Danish-Norwegian collaboration around Kai Uwe Faust, Christopher Juul and Maria Franz has been gathering momentum. Their first performance at Castlefest 2017 was frenetically celebrated and immortalized in the form of a live recording. The year 2019 will be yet a new milestone for the band, with numerous live shows and a first tour through Europe (see dates below) as well as a new major release. This new album called “Futha” is expected to be released on June 28th via the label “Season of Mist”:
“Ofnir” was a very masculine album. To create it, HEILUNG took a big part of the lyrics from preserved rune inscriptions on weapons and armour. “Futha” is the counterpart, the balance point, the feminine side. Here, the lyrics originate from old Icelandic poetry, in which the holy women chant magic spells and offer their blessings. Hence, female voices are more prominent on “Futha”.
The word “Futha” is taken from an artefact, that is still controversially discussed. Big names in runology like Düwel and Heizmann can agree neither on the deciphering nor the meaning of the description.…The word is engraved in a gold bracteate from Skåne (SE), which was produced around 500-530 AD. It was discovered in 1831 and these medals or coins were divided into different categories by the Swedish archaeologist Oscar Montelius. The bracteate in question is a so-called C-bracteate named Schonen II-C (Schonen is the German Name of Skåne) with a horse and a face. The rune inscription is between the hind-legs of the horse. Interesting to mention here is the fact that the majority of full rune set inscriptions start with “futh”, which also is the first three 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 a surplus of theories. This brings us to a runic staff found in Bergen, which was given the rather unpoetic archaeological classification B011. It carries the inscription: “felleg er fuþ sin bylli Fuþorglbasm”, which means: “Lovely is the cunt, may the cock fill it up”. Also interesting is that the Högstena amulet, which we use in the song “Galgaldr”, has an alternative deciphering of the word “futh”, which in this context means “cunt”. All this leaves us with two hints: magic potential and the female genitalia. The great healing power of the female wild strength is evoked in “Futha”. Those who have been present at a birth or seen a lioness hunting, know the spirit. The spirit of the “wilde Weiber” (German), the wild wise women. “Futha” endeavours to connect to a time before the female was degraded to a birth-machine and carrier of eternal inherited guilt.
“Futha” was three years in the making and was finished for production and print at midwinter, the very darkest day of the solar year, the 21st in the 12th month at 21:00.
A glimpse of the upcoming album
Heilung has so far released two single releases of the album. The song “Norupo”:
and a song called “Othan”:
Upcoming shows and tour dates 2019
|Jun 29||Heilung||Finland||Helsinki||Tuska Open Air Metal Festival||Bandpage|
|Aug 9||Heilung||Czechia||Jaromer||Brutal Assault||Bandpage|
|Sep 7||Heilung||Germany||Selb||Festival Mediaval||Bandpage|
|Okt 17||Heilung||France||Nancy||'L''Autre Canal Nancy'||Bandpage|
|Okt 19||Heilung||Germany||Hameln||Autumn Moon||Bandpage|
|Okt 26||Heilung||Germany||Essen||Colosseum Theater||Bandpage|
|Okt 28||Heilung||Germany||Munich||Circus Krone||Bandpage|
|Okt 30||Heilung||Czechia||Prague||Divadlo Hybernia||Bandpage|
|Nov 1||Heilung||Germany||Halle||Händel Halle||Bandpage|
|Nov 3||Heilung||Austria||Vienna||Globe Wien||Bandpage|
|Nov 7||Heilung||Germany||Kiel||Kieler Schloss||Bandpage|
|Nov 14||Heilung||Netherlands||Utrecht||Tivoli Vredenburg||Bandpage|
|Dec 6||Heilung||Ukraine||Lviv||Lviv State Circus||Bandpage|
|Dec 8||Heilung||Ukraine||Kyiv||Center of Culture and Arts NAU||Bandpage|