• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Heilung, Norupo


Hun optreden in de AB was - voor mij toch - één van de meest verrassende optredens van het afgelopen jaar. Ik kende deze band niet, volg hen ook nu niet zo intensief en toch blijven ze me intrigeren. Zo ook dit nieuw werk: muzikaal volgens hun gekende recept en visueel opnieuw erg boeiend gedaan. Veel woorden kan ik er niet aan hangen gezien ik dit ergens nog aan het plaatsen ben. Gewoon zelf luisteren dus.


lees 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.

The video was filmed among the Neolithic standing stones at les Menhirs de Monteneuf in France. Heilung is sounds from the northern european iron age and viking period. We used everything from running water, human bones, reconstructed swords and shields upto ancient frame drums and bronze rings in the songs.

The lyrics contain original texts from rune stones and preserved spear shafts, amulets and other artifacts. Furthermore poems, which either deal with historical events or are translations/ interpretations of the originals.

Every attempt to link the music to modern political or religious points are pointless, since Heilung tries to connect the listener to the time before Christianity and its political offsprings raped and burned itself into the northern european mentality.

Heilung means healing in german and describes the core of the sound. It is supposed to leave the listener eased and relaxed after a sometimes turbulent musical journey.

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