Helheim Raunijar on Limited Edition LP
Over their 20 plus years of existence, Norwegian metal pioneers Helheim's lineup of V'gandr on bass/vocals, H'grimnir on guitar/vocals, Hrymr on drums and Noralf on guitars have made use not just of story lines taken from folklore, but they have enhanced these with the use of traditional instruments to give a realistic Viking feel to their epic music, which many acknowledge to be one of the most authentic, if not the most authentic, in the genre.
The follow up to 2011's Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr, Raunijar brings to a close the Åsgards Fall storyline that began with the EP of that name in 2010, and also completes the themes that have woven their way in and out of Helheim's music since the very beginning. They have spent their time wisely between releases, honing and developing their dark and atmospheric sound, and further enhancing it with additional clean vocals by V'gandr, which now allows the two vocalists to combine their clean vocals to add yet another interesting new dimension to Helheim's sound.
Featuring Alfahanne's Pehr Skjoldhammer and Norwegian musician William Hut on guest vocals, as well as additional guest musicians on violin, piano and horns, the album was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studio by Vulture Industries' Bjørnar Nilsen and mastered by Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen. Artwork for the album is by Helheim's own H'grimnir.