Metal Hammer (UK) - - Holy Vision -

Formed around the nu­cleus of Maria Franz, Christo­pher Juul and Kai Uwe Faust, Heilung stormed into the metal world’s con­scious­ness like an ex­otic, ex­tra-ter­res­trial me­te­orite last year with two spec­tac­u­lar, con­scious­nes­salter­ing de­but shows at the Nether­lands’ Castle­fest and Nor­way’s Midgards­blot fes­ti­vals. Steeped in Shamanic be­lief and prac­tices, the agents of “am­pli­fied his­tory” quickly be­come a cause célèbre and a reser­voir of spir­i­tual res­o­nance. Their live record­ings have gained al­most 8.5m hits on YouTube, and fol­low-up shows, in­clud­ing their de­but UK gig at Is­ling­ton As­sem­bly Hall in Novem­ber, quickly sold out.

“What you see in this pic­ture,” says vo­cal­ist Maria Franz, “is the in­ner circle of Heilung. Linked and in­de­struc­tible, stand­ing in the same man­ner as we do with the full group in the open­ing cer­e­mony of our per­for­mances. The three of us rep­re­sent the core of cre­at­ing the mu­sic, which is more than notes and beats, but a rit­ual with a mes­sage.”

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