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Helsott

Formed: 2010
From: Menifee, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Helsott News

Below is our complete Helsott 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.

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Helsott Details New Album "Woven"

As a Metal Underground.com exclusive, California pagan metal act Helsott revealed details of the upcoming new release "Woven," the band's debut full length album and follow up to the 2012 EP "Fólkvangr," which has been re-mixed, re-mastered and included as bonus tracks on the new album. "Woven" was mixed by Roy Z and mastered by Andy Horn. The artwork (seen below) was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian/Brainstorm). It is set for release on July 28th.

The band announced that Indiegogo supports, who financed part of the release, should expect to receive their perks in June.

More information on Helsott can be found at the band's Official Facebook Page.

The track listing for "Woven" is as follows:

1. Helsott
2. Agamemnon
3. Axe, Shield and Battlefield
4. Painless Journey of Death
5. Cessation (Vandals Divide Pt. II)
6. The Sacking of Lindisfarne
7. Now His Fate
8. Eight Drunken Celts

Bonus Tracks: "Folkvangr" EP Re-mixed and Re-mastered

9. Folkvangr
10. Vandals Divide
11. Honour Thy Valkyrie More...

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Helsott Recruits New Guitarist

Hellsot has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We are pleased to announce that we have our new lead guitarist. Please help us welcome Dave Walston to Helsott!

"This may come as no surprise to some of you. Dave has been a long time friend and was our first choice for lead guitar a few years ago but Dave could not commit at the time. Dave is still in Monolith and has played for Battlefront and Sacrificial Slaughter. Also he has also filled in on the lead guitar position in Helsótt before so we are 100% sure he is going to be a perfect fit for us and will be melting your faces very soon...

"How soon?

"We just picked up a show at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona California for Dec. 6th. We will be sharing the stage with Nekrogoblikon for the first time. This should be an interesting show. This will be our last show of the year and our first with Dave as a permanent member so do not miss out.

"We want to give a special thanks to Mike from Draconis and Possessed for helping us out on guitar and learning our sets. He is an amazing player and person. He will be the first person we turn to if we need help in the future."

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Helsott Launches Crowd Funding Campaign For Debut

California viking metal act Helsott, the opening act of the 2013 Paganfest America tour, has launched a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo. The band is offering various perk packages for bid levels, including the recording of a special "bidder only" song for a pledge of $500 (where the bidder pics tempo and lyrical content). The album will be the follow up to the self-released "Fólkvangr" EP that was issued in 2012.

Pledges can be made by heading over to this location.

A video for the campaign launch can be viewed here:

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Pit Stories: Helloween Hanky Panky

The pit: a convergence of metal heads and outlet for built-up aggression. Everybody’s got a pit story, and each week we share the favorites from metal musicians covering the entire spectrum of the underground and the mainstream.

A few weeks back vocalist Eric Dow of Helsott shared a story about Pantera stopping a show due to a lack of pit mayhem, and today Eric again gives a tale of pit shenanigans, but this time of a very different variety.

The following story comes from an interview at the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise with our own writer CROMCarl, in which Eric discusses love birds getting swept away by the sexy tunes of Helloween.

Eric: I was in the pit and they weren’t doing very much moshing or anything, but they were dancing around, having a good time. It was a pretty good crowd. All the sudden, I hear ‘Uh [in a female voice], Uh [in a male voice]’ and I turn around and some dude is fucking this chick right behind me….in the pit! I’m like what the fuck!

CROMCarl: Who was on stage at the time?

Eric: Uh, Helloween.

CROMCarl: Remember what they were playing?

Eric: Uhhhhhh… No [laughs all around]. Ugh…if I can try to remem…no. The fucking thing really fucking threw me off. No, no, no….I remember! “If I Could Fly!” Andy Deris fucked it up, I remember that. He fucked it up…I got these guys fucking behind me…Andy Deris fucked it up and he just rolled his eyes on stage like “I can’t believe I fucked up our most simple song.” That was great.

They were in the back of the pit. It’s a smaller venue and I know there was probably at least five or six people having the same “what the fuck” reaction. I’ve never seen that before…I’ve seen sex at concerts in plenty of places, but right there in a small venue in the mosh pit. You know…the lights all hitting them and shit..and nobody…the security guards were maybe twenty feet from them…didn’t do anything. I was like “alright, this is fucking Santa Ana, California.”

You can catch Helsott live on the remaining dates of the Paganfest tour this month, or find more info on the band via Facebook. Be sure to check back in again next week for more Pit Stories!

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Ensiferum Comments On Headlining Paganfest

Finnish folk metal merchants Ensiferum are pleased to announce their return to North American soil as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest America. The band comments:

"Finally, Ensiferum will to return to North America! It's been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it's a great honor to join forces with Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott for this once-in-a-lifetime tour."

Ensiferum will be touring in support of the "Unsung Heroes" full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records. The epic jaunt will commence March 30th in Denver and pillage through 21 cities and includes a slot on this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Support on the trek will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott. Dates are available below. More...

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Paganfest America Announces Dates

The official dates for the annual Paganfest America traveling festival, featuring Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott, have officially been revealed.

The following dates are confirmed:

3/30 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/01 - Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/03 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/06 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 - Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
4/14 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
4/20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre More...

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Helsótt Posts New Music Video

California death/thrash/folk artists Helsótt have posted the band's first music video for the track "Honour Thy Valkyrie." The song appears on the band's debut EP "Fólkvangr," which is was released by the band in July of 2012. For more information on how to obtain the EP, head on over to the band's Official Facebook Page.

Helsótt will embark on the Paganfest America tour this Spring with Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk and Trollfest.

Check out "Honour Thy Vakyrie" here:

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Helsott Splits With Vocalist

Helsott, which will be joining Ensiferum on the road for the 2013 Paganfest America tour, has checked in with the following update about a lineup change:

"We are saddened to announce the departure of Ben Mumaw from Helsótt. Ben has been forced to leave the band due to personal issues. We've had a lot of great times with Ben and we are going to miss him. We wish him the best in all future endeavors.

"We are now looking for a new male clean vocalist and a folk/traditional instrumentalist to go on Paganfest US Tour with us.

"Male Vocals: We prefer operatic vocals but also like power/prog metal, and classic rock as well. If you sing and play an instrument, that would be a plus.

"FOLK/TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTALIST: We like Flute, Penny Whistle, Irish Tin Whistle, Violin, Cello, Bag Pipe, Dulcimer, Mandolin, etc...

"If you sing or play any of these instruments and want an audition, send a bio and a video, link, or mp3 to helsott@yahoo.com." More...

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Ensiferum To Headline Paganfest America

Rock the Nation America is very proud to bring fans the 4th edition of Paganfest America. The lineup will include Finland's Ensiferum, along with the return of Tyr and additional support from Heidevolk, Trollfest, and Helsott. The tour is scheduled to kick off late March 2013 and will cover both the United States and Canada. Ensiferum comments:

"So finally, Ensiferum will to return to North America. It's been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it's a great honor to join forces with TYR, HEIDEVOLK and TROLLFEST for this once in a lifetime tour. See you soon folks!"

Dates for the tour are coming soon, and the tour poster can also be found below. More...

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