HEILUNG Donates Items Towards Operation Amazonia, Helping to Protect Endangered Rainforest Tribes

 
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Enigmatic world music collective HEILUNG are now announcing their collaboration to the ‘Operation Amazonia’ project, which was recently launched by GOJIRA. The project’s mission is to fight for the struggle of the local indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest, who are in danger from deforestation. HEILUNG are now offering selected items for auction, to help raise money for the project. The band comments:

“Drum for Trees

Dear Brothers and Sisters.
We’ve all known this for some time: The rainforest is about to end. 
So, when our colleagues in Gojira asked us to take part in their Operation Amazonia, an online auction by bands and artists to collect money for the people trying to protect what’s left, it was an easy YES. Of course. We love trees, they eat carbon and shit air, what’s not to like..?

We are therefore auctioning two items that are very dear and personal to us:

1 The frame drum: 
We will build and decorate a custom shamanic frame drum similar to the ones we use during our rituals on stage and at home. The drum will be built from the ground up with uttermost care, love, and respect for this and the other side, exactly as our own drums.

2 The broken skin of the drum that started it all: 
After our ritual on Wacken we were heartbroken to witness the death of our most belloved frame drum when a random stage technician accidentally stepped on it in the dark backstage. It has been hanging wounded on the wall at Kai´s home ever since, waiting to do its last magic and its final voyage. It feels natural to us that this once beating heart of ours now maybe can help protect a tiny corner of the breathing lungs of this earth.

The auction ends in 9 days. If your wealth allows it, go spend it here.

Remember, that we all are brothers
All people, beasts, trees and stone and wind
We all descend from the one great being
That was always there
Before people lived and named it
Before the first seed sprouted

Love Heilung “

More info about Operation Amazonia is explained by GOJIRA front-man Joe Duplantier HERE
Link to the auction can be found HERE

Following an extremely successful first ever tour of North America, in which every venue sold out, HEILUNG are returning to the states for one spectacular evening! The Danish formation will be bringing their mesmerizing ritual to the historic, century-old Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO on October 5, 2021. Tickets for the 2020 show will be honored at the new date. For every ticket sold, One Tree Planted will plant a tree in Colorado. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Last year, HEILUNG shared their first ever music video for the Independent Music Award-winning song “Norupo,” which is taken from 2019’s critically-acclaimed release, ‘Futha!’ The video was shot at the Neolithic standing stones at Les Menhirs de Monteneuf in France. You can watch the stunning video at THIS LOCATION.

“Norupo” is composed around the ancient runic poem with the name ”The Norwegian Rune Poem”. The poem was preserved in a 17th-century copy of a now lost 13th-century manuscript and gives a complete description of all sixteen runes of the younger Futhark.

HEILUNG will be supporting their 2019 release, ‘Futha,’ which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseeker charts and #4 on the Billboard World Music Charts, placing on a total of seven Billboard charts within the first week of its release.

During 2020’s Game Awards, HEILUNG announced that they will be working with U.K.-based gaming company Ninja Theory on the soundtrack for their upcoming game, ‘Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.’ The announcement trailer for the new game features HEILUNG‘s song ‘In Maidjan,’ which is taken from their debut album, ‘Ofnir.’ Watch the trailer HERE.

In addition, they secured another video game collaboration with MY.GAMES and Booming Tech for the new season of the ‘Conquerer’s Blade’ video game, ‘VII: “Wolves of Ragnarok.” The trailer for the game, featuring the track “Galgaldr,” can be found HERE.

With lyrics recorded in Old Norse and inspired by Völuspá – a prophecy of Ragnarok from the Poetic Edda – HEILUNG’s atmospheric sound will immerse players in a dark new era for ‘Conqueror’s Blade.’ HEILUNG will also see their name being eternalized in one of the new combat map locations, which is now officially called ‘Heilung Fjord,’ and serves as a place for healing.

More info on the game can be found HERE.
The band’s music was featured in a trailer for the final season of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. It can be viewed HERE.

This was not the first time HEILUNG‘s music has been featured in a commercial, as “Krigsgaldr” was featured in a 2018 commercial for the Adidas x Alexander Wang collaboration. Watch the commercial HERE!

‘Futha’ was released on June 28 and can be streamed HERE and ordered HERE.

 
HEILUNG live:
10/06/20: Denver, CO (USA) @ Red Rocks Amphitheater [TICKETS]
 

Speaking about ‘Futha,’ BILLBOARD wrote, “Tracks like ‘Norupo,’ which is led by female vocals, is beautiful and melodic, and the choir and tribal percussive background of ‘Othan’ is trance-like.” You can read the full feature, which includes an interview with HEILUNG‘s Kai Uwe Faust, HERE.

Upon its release, ‘Futha’ has been met with international critical acclaim. Here is what the press is saying:

“There’s an earthy aura surrounding the record, not just from the sounds of nature but the primal energy it evokes, trying to wake something long lost to the ravages of time… the power and conviction of these chanted tales connect on a deeper level than mere riffs. You just have to let it in.” – Kerrang

“‘Futha’ is consequently more a gentle, comforting blessing than it is an album: an escape from contemporary concerns and a reminder that there is still magic in this world.” – Pure Grain Audio

“‘Futha’ leaves no stone unturned in its quest to experiment and bring its own true experience to the table. That said, it is easy to fall into a trance and with eyes closed to be transported to the past world that Heilung brings back to life. That is why Cryptic Rock gives Futha 4 out of 5 stars.” – Cryptic Rock 

“Indeed, I have no better word for the music than ‘spellbinding.’ The combination of the hide-drum and electronic rhythms, the contrasting vocals of Faust and Franz, the mystical keyboard layers, and the dark and ethereal melodies is wonderful.” – No Clean Singing

Heilung have just the ticket with their new record, ‘Futha’ (Season of Mist), which layers ancient Germanic chants six feet deep for total disembodied bliss.” – Free Williamsburg

“Hypnotic and evocative, this preview of Heilung’s upcoming album ‘Futha’ hints that another tradition-steeped masterpiece from the fascinating collective is to come.” – Revolver Magazine

Line-up
Kai Uwe Faust 
Christopher Juul
Maria Franz

For more on HEILUNG, visit their FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE pages.

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