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


Formed: 1996
From: Novara, Italy
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Hiems News

Below is our complete Hiems 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.

Hiems Re-Issuing "Cold Void Journey"

It's been an age since we heard anything from Hiems, with the "Worship Or Die" album released back in 2009 (reviewed here - and seriously, all the metal bands who "break up" for two years, take note that a project that's still active spent longer between releases than you have and didn't feel the need to whine about it on Facebook).

Moribund Records is now proud to present the remastered reissue of Hiems' cult-classic debut album, "Cold Void Journey," set for international release on November 20, 2015.

Originally released in 2005, when the black metal landscape was quite a bit different to how it is now, "Cold Void Journey" introduced Hiems to the international scene with a vengeance. The work of just one man, the selfsame Hiems creating something quite comparable to its title: harsh, cryogenic, and unrelenting in its spiraling violence; no light is let in, and none escapes.

Now titularly expanded to "Cold Void Journey (The Forsaken Crimes)," the album has been fully remixed and remastered from the original master tapes for more dynamic interaction and an even more explosive experience. As a bonus, the first pressing of the album will include a whole disc's worth of rarities, including demos from the late '90s pre-Hiems band SN. The full track listing is: More...

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Unearthing The Solo Black Metal Underground Part 3

In honor of black metal history month, Metalunderground.com has been looking back at bands that influenced the genre as well as some of the biggest names in the style, most recently examining famous Norwegian act Emperor in the "Sunday Old School" column.

Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground, we look at a handful of quality bands championing the underground and carrying metal forward. This week we'll spotlight three one-man black metal bands that fans of the genre may not have had the chance to hear yet. You can also check out our previous look at solo black metal bands here, as well as solo musicians from a variety of genres at this location.


Italy's Hiems is a band worth watching for black metal fanatics who want occasional respite from the non-stop frozen atompshere and rasping screams. Although both of those elements are found throughout solo artist Algol's music, the songs also feature a black 'n roll vibe and even dip into Opeth style prog metal. A sample from the "Worship or Die" album (reviewed here) can be found in the clip below.


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Hiems Near Completion Of New Album

Italian black metal cult HIEMS are nearing completion of their second album (and first for Moribund). Mainman Algol reports that he's "in the final steps for the album," and that it should be completed by the end of March. In other Hiems news, Moribund will also reissue this year the band's Cold Void Journey debut in a two-CD edition, which will include the band's three demos on the second disc. For more info visit their Myspace page.

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