"some music was meant to stay underground..."


From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Winterhymn News

Below is our complete Winterhymn news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Winterhymn Posts Full Album Online

Winterhymn's new album "Blood & Shadow" officially drops tomorrow, but today the entire release has come online for advance listening - check it out below. If you like what you hear, the album is still available for pre-order here.

The band will also embark on the "Blood & Shadow" east coast tour tomorrow with Yesterday's Saints and Khaotika. Dates are as follows:

6/17 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's
6/18 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
6/19 - Richmond, VA @ 25 Watt
6/21 - Detroit, MI @ New Dodge Lounge
6/22 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies
6/23 - Washington, DC @ The Pinch
6/24 - Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
6/25 - Allentown, PA @ Jabber Jaws
6/26 - Salem, MA @ Koto More...

Read more...  |  0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn Reveals New Album Details

The American heathen metal overlords from Winterhymn have unveiled the artwork, track list, and a preview of the track “Dream of Might” from their sophomore album "Blood & Shadow," which is currently in the final stages of production at Hofmann Studios in Germany.

The twelve-track saga follows their 2011 debut "Songs for the Slain" and is comprised of both never-before-heard material as well as four songs fans will recognize from the 2014 Paganfest sampler EP.

“The only issue we’ve encountered with the title ‘folk metal’ is that it’s one that’s very resilient to change,” says violinist Umbriel. “Many people have a fixed conception of what that means – what’s allowed and what isn’t. With this album we’re hoping to help change that.”

The preview of “Dream of Might” showcases a distinct shift in the band’s sound. “It’s straightforward, barbaric metal with half the pomp and twice the balls,” adds singer/guitarist Draug. “It’s darker and more expressive, without sacrificing any of the guts and glory. It’s the purest our voice has ever been and speaks to what we are: A metal band that made a folk album, not the other way around.”

The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Blood of the Moon
2. The Summoning
3. Huntsman
4. Dream of Might
5. The Wolf’s Head
6. Blood Burner
7. In Shadow We Ride
8. Seafarer
9. Into the Depths
10. Silenced by the Northern Winds
11. Legacy in Flames
12. The Chosen End More...

Read more...  |  0 Comments - Discuss

Turisas Kicking Off Paganfest America Tour

Finnish battle metal outfit Turisas will return to North America this week with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) Korpiklaani for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour. Turisas is touring in support of latest album "Turisas2013" (reviewed here).

Also joining the two titans will be Chthonic (Taiwan), Varg (Germany), and Winterhymn (USA). See below for all confirmed dates.

April 25 - Empire - Springfield, VA
April 26 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
April 27 - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
April 28 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
April 29 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC
April 30 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
May 1 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
May 2 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
May 3 - Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
May 4 - Skyway Theater - B - Minneapolis, MN
May 5 - Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
May 7 - The Republik - Calgary, AB
May 8 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
May 9 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 10 - Toxic Lounge - Portland, OR
May 11 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
May 12 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
May 13 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
May 15 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
May 16 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
May 17 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
May 18 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA

0 Comments - Discuss

Shadowstrike Added To Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization, announced that newly discovered Long Island, NY power metal band, Shadowstrike has been confirmed for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII, which takes place at O'Sheckys Live Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio from June 27th-28th.

ShadowStrike guitarist and vocalist Matthaus Krais states: "We are all very excited to be a part of Warriors Of Metal Fest VII. This will not only be our first time performing in Ohio, but it will be our first time performing in the Midwest period. There are many amazing bands playing this festival and we can't wait to see them all perform as well as share the stage with them and of course bring our music to all the fans!"

The band previously posted "Gales of Winter" off their forthcoming EP "Infinite Power," which can be heard at this location.

More information about the festival, including ticket information can be found over here. The latest lineup for the festival includes:



Read more...  |  0 Comments - Discuss

Paganfest America Tour Dates Announced

Paganfest America part V will feature Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, Varg, and Winterhymn. Today the dates for the trek have been announced, which will be as follows:

04/25/14 Springfield, VA Empire
04/26/14 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
04/27/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
04/28/14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/29/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial
04/30/14 Montreal, QC Metropolis
05/01/14 Toronto, ON The Opera House
05/02/14 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
05/03/14 Joliet, IL Mojoe's
05/04/14 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater - B**
05/05/14 Winnipeg, MB Zoo Cabaret
05/07/14 Calgary, AB The Republik
05/08/14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
05/09/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
05/10/14 Portland, OR Toxic Lounge
05/11/14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
05/12/14 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
05/13/14 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
05/15/14 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
05/16/14 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
05/17/14 Detroit, MI Harpo's
05/18/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium More...

Read more...  |  1 Comment - Discuss

Winterhymn Added To WOM VII Pre-Fest

The Warriors of Metal Fest just announced that folk metal band Winterhymn has been confirmed to play the Pre-Fest Showcase scheduled for the eve of this year's Warriors Of Metal Fest VII.
Band vocalist and guitarist Draug states:

"I am writing from the frost-clad, windswept mountains and untamed forests of Cincinnati, Ohio to inform our legions that we will have the honor of performing at the Pre-Fest Showcase of the Warriors of Metal Festival VII! Myself and the rest of Winterhymn are overjoyed to announce this and to join such a prestigious event!

We will be fresh off the road from Paganfest America V where we will be touring North America with Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, and Varg, and will be looking to revisit the classic blood-soaked, booze-drenched, battle-hardened Columbus metal hospitality that we have grown to love! We are sounding the call for all of our fellow Ohioans to meet us in Columbus, Ohio on June 26-28 and bring an early winter's chill to the summer!"

The official video for "Stand Your Ground," from Winterhymn's penultimate release, "Songs for the Slain," is now playing below.

0 Comments - Discuss

Paganfest America Reveals 2014 Tour Lineup

Promoters Rock the Nation announced the lineup for the upcoming 2014 edition of the Paganfest America Tour, the fifth year of the traveling event, which will occur this spring.

The lineup is as follows:

Korpiklaani (FIN)
Turisas (FIN)
Chthonic (TAI)
Varg (GER)
Winterhymn (USA)

Dates and venues are expected to be announced soon. More...

Read more...  |  4 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn To Miss Tonight's Show

Winterhymn has issued the following announcement about missing tonight's tour date:

"We regret to inform you that we will not be able to play the Alestorm show tonight. On our journey to Columbus, we were beset on all sides by goblin marauders. Despite Valthrun's skills in hand to hand combat and Alvadar's attempts to appeal to the bandits' carnal lusts, they made off with our trailer tire.

"We apologize to everyone who came to see us and to CEG, and thank you all for your understanding and hope to see you soon. Have a swashbuckling night!"

For more info on Winterhymn and upcoming live activity, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn Releases New Single

Winterhymn has released the new single "Huntsman," which can be heard below or downloaded at Bandcamp here.

"Huntsman" is the first track to feature new lead guitarist Varrik (Elimination, Imperial Vengeance), drummer Valthrun (Schallkrieg), and bassist and vocalist Alvadar (Schallkrieg), since former members Ulfr, Sieven, and Warg departed at the beginning of 2013. More...

Read more...  |  0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn To Release New Single

American folk metallers Winterhymn will release new single "Huntsman" on September 9th, 2013. "Huntsman" is the first track to feature new lead guitarist Varrik (Elimination, Imperial Vengeance), drummer Valthrun (Schallkrieg), and bassist and vocalist Alvadar (Schallkrieg), since former members Ulfr, Sieven, and Warg departed at the beginning of 2013.

"If you compare the material from Songs for the Slain to ‘Huntsman’ it is easy to hear both the influence of the new members as well as a natural maturation of the band," comments guitarist/vocalist Draug. "One of the goals we set after SFTS was to create a greater sense of cohesion between the folk and metal elements of the music. We wanted the violin and keys to feel just as natural in the mix as the more traditional instruments, complimenting each other rather than one supporting the other, and they definitely do in ‘Hunstman,’ both thanks to the songwriting and Kevin Brown’s mixing. The finished product is more intricate and thoughtful, while at the same time more aggressive and driving. It’s a great example of the general direction for the next album.”

"Huntsman" also marks a new lyrical direction for the band, adds Draug. “While we’re still generally suckers for Norse mythology, we’re abandoning the viking themes in favor of a fantasy of our own creation. At the end of the day, we want to tell stories, and decided that a world of our own creation would hold the fewest barriers. Drathna, the main subject of ‘Huntsman,’ is just one of the characters who will appear in the next album, which is shaping up to be a loose concept album.”

Look for “Huntsman” as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp here this coming September 9th, 2013.

0 Comments - Discuss

Heathen Crusade Metalfest 4 Canceled

The Heathen Crusade Metalfest 4, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN has been canceled.

The following statement was issued by the organizers of the fest:

Do to unforeseen issues on both sides, the Heathen Crusade Metalfest is canceled. We are extremely sorry for any in convinces this may have caused. For those who have purchased tickets, please email info@vitaltickets.com or log into the vitaltickets.com website and cancel your order. We wish you all the best and all the bands that were supposed to be on the bill. For those who already bought tickets, I will be sending out CDs that we have received from labels and bands personally. Again if you have any questions for me personally you may email me at: contact@heathencrusadefest.com.

The 2013 edition fo the Viking/Folk/Pagan metal festival was announced almost a year ago to feature bands including EINHERJER (Norway), VANIR (Denmark), ASHAENA (Romania), TRELLEBORG (RUSSIA), VESPERIA (formerly BOLEROS) (Canada), MINOS (U.S.) among others, some of whom had canceled and been replaced in the months leading up to the festival date.

0 Comments - Discuss

Warseid Replacing Winterhymn For Heathen Crusade

Warseid has checked in with the following announcement about replacing Winterhymn on the Heathen Crusade Metalfest:

"Our brothers in Winterhymn were forced to drop from Heathen Crusade Metalfest this year due to lineup difficulties, but we are glad to announce that Warseid will be taking their place.

"We will be sharing the stage with great folk metal acts like Waylander, Vesperia, SIG:AR:TYR, Minos, and many others.

"The previous night, March 8th, we will be playing in Madison, WI at Regent Street Retreat with Against the Plagues, Casket Robbery, and Burial Ritual and then follow us to Minneapolis for a night of some of the best folk metal acts around.

"The fest begins March 9th at Station 4 in Minneapolis, MN. $22 advance, $27 at the door. Details here."

0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn Drops Off Heathen Crusade Bill

Winterhymn, which recently announced lineup changes within the band, has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the group's previously scheduled Heathen Crusade appearance:

"Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, we have decided to pull ourselves from the bill for Heathen Crusade Metalfest 2013 in order to continue work on our new material and continue auditioning new members.

"We apologize to the fans who were looking forward to our performance, as well as to the festival. Hopefully we'll get the chance again soon!"

The festival will take place on March 9th, 2013 in St. Paul, MN. Full details are available at the event's Facebook page here.

0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn Announces Lineup Changes

Ohio act Winterhymn has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's bassist and drummer:

"After much discussion and debate, Sieven and Warg have decided to part ways with the fellowship of Winterhymn to pursue other conquests and we wish them the best of luck.

"Our loyal legions can rest assured that Winterhymn IS continuing to move forward with Ulfr, Draug, Exura, and Umbriel at the helm and that we are hard at work writing more material for the next release which we can’t wait to share with you!

"This means that we will also be looking to bring on a new drummer and bassist! If you are interested or if you have any recommendations for us, please message this page or email us at info@winterhymn.net. We are seeking talented, hardworking, loyal, career-minded individuals, ideally who reside in reasonable proximity to the Cincinnati area, who have some experience with live music performance, their own gear, who can travel and perform with us on weekends and summers, and who can stand their ground in the face of Draug’s formidable armor-stench and Umbriel’s drinking challenges.

"We would also like to note that, at this time, we still have every intention of playing Heathen Crusade Festival this year!" More...

Read more...  |  0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn Releases "Stand Your Ground" Video

U.S. folk metal band Winterhymn has just premiered a new official music video for "Stand Your Ground," which is taken from the band's 2011 album "Songs for the Slain." The video was created by Acidvision Entertainment and can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:

1. In the Troll Forest
2. Castle Kelly
3. Dispelling the Mist
4. Stand Your Ground
5. Up From the Roots
6. Under the Hunter's Moon
7. Alesong
8. Woad
9. Blood Eagle
10. Witch
11. The Berserker's Axe
12. Fall of Kings More...

Read more...  |  0 Comments - Discuss

Heathen Crusade Confirms Three More Bands

The organizers of Heathen Crusade have announced three more acts for the event, which will take place on March 9th, 2013 at Station 4 in St Paul, MN. Newly confirmed acts include Canadian acoustic folk metal act SIG:AR:TYR (making a rare live appearance), Celtic thrashers Battlesoul (Canada) and Winterhymn (U.S).

This newly announced trio of bands will join Norwegian Viking Gods Einherjer (making its first appearance since 2001), Vanir (Denmark), Ashaena (Romania), Trelleborg (Russia), Hammer Horde (U.S.), Vesperia (formerly Bolero, Canada), and Minos (U.S.) for the United States' premier viking/folk/pagan metal festival.

This is the fourth installment of the Heathen Crusade Festival. Past years events have seen the likes of Primordial, Moonsorrow, Thyrfing, Bal-Sagoth, Vreid, Metsatoll, Skyforger, Rudra, Meal Mordha, Obtest and Manegarm all making their US debuts. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on additional confirmations, which can be obtained by going to the Heathen Crusade website.


0 Comments - Discuss

Winterhymn Streaming New Album

American folk metal act Winterhymn has released the band's first full-length album "Songs for the Slain," and the entire release is now streaming online. Head over to the official Winterhymn Facebook profile to check out the album.

The track listing is as follows:

1. In the Troll Forest
2. Castle Kelly
3. Dispelling the Mist
4. Stand Your Ground
5. Up From the Roots
6. Under the Hunter's Moon
7. Alesong
8. Woad
9. Blood Eagle
10. Witch
11. The Berserker's Axe
12. Fall of Kings

0 Comments - Discuss