The spir­i­tu­al­is­tic un­der­ground sen­sa­tions are locked away con­jur­ing up their sec­ond al­bum

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Dream Theater - WORDS anD PIC­TURES: ChRISTIna WEnIg

Heilung are noTH­ing

short of a phe­nom­e­non. They have taken the un­der­ground world by storm with the rit­u­al­is­tic Vik­ing rave of their de­but, Ofnir, and now, four years af­ter its orig­i­nal re­lease and with sev­eral spec­tac­u­lar live per­for­mances in their pocket, the Copen­hagen-based trio are work­ing on the fol­low-up, Futha, in band­mem­ber Christo­pher Juul’s stu­dio – be­tween spears, shields, an­i­mal skins and bones. As the three ex­plain, that process is any­thing but or­di­nary.

Your de­but came out of nowhere; now many peo­ple are await­ing your sopho­more record. How has this at­ten­tion in­flu­enced you? Christo­pher Juul:

“We’ve been re­ally happy about the re­sponse we’ve been get­ting but it was nice to get back to the cave and lock our­selves in from the rest of the world, be­cause this is how Heilung was cre­ated: be­tween the three of us. I don’t think the an­tic­i­pa­tion has changed what we do be­cause we are just con­tin­u­ing what we started. I also be­lieve that art should not be cre­ated to­wards what other peo­ple think.”

Be­fore was re­leased, Heilung had never played a show. Have your live ex­pe­ri­ences changed your out­put? Christo­pher:

“Not at all; we still cut out the breath­ing pauses, ha ha! We used to rest easy in the thought that Ofnir would never go live be­cause it is im­pos­si­ble to play. When we had to fig­ure out how to ac­tu­ally per­form it, it was clear quickly that we couldn’t do it on our own. Now we have an ar­se­nal of mu­si­cians live who are in the back of our

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