If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to catch Heilung live, you know how ritualistic and intense their sets are. This is compounded when they play a show somewhere really amazing—Take it from someone who saw them at Red Rocks in Colorado. As you would expect, their performance at London’s Apollo Theatre is equally cool.
The performance features an ancient prayer, incense, throat singing, lights, electronics, fire, and a ritual, as well as some amazing music. The video below captures their performance of the song “Anoana.” They’ll also be releasing more footage next year on their live DVDs.
“Every tour has a beginning and an end”, say Heilung about the performance. “We’ve captured both moments. After the long pause from the world’s stages, we kicked off our Amplified History Tour with the first ritual at the sold out Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver CO, in October 2021. In January 2023 and 45 rituals later, we performed at the Apollo in London. These two rituals are the continuation of our original first performance from 2017, named LIFA, and will be released separately as “LIFA Iotungard” and “LIFA Llyn Dain.” The two releases will witness not only how far we’ve grown since 2017, but also exactly how far the ritual has evolved during the 15 months of touring.”
Heilung released their most recent record, Drif, last year via Season of Mist. The album continues their legacy of celebrating ritual and song at the same time.
“All the songs on Drif have their own stories,” says throat singer and co-composers Kai Uwe Faust. “
Each has its place and sense of belonging, with inspiration not only from Northern Europe, but from the ancient great civilizations,” say the band. “We took the ancient surrounding advanced civilizations in account because our ancestral Nordic civilizations did not just pop up, exist and disappear in isolation. Already in the Bronze Age, we found silk on German land that was imported already from the far, far East 3000 years ago. From the Viking age, we found beads that were brought there from present-day Syria high up in the Northern mountains.”
The band are on tour at select dates through early December:
10/30: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater [TICKETS]
11/01: St. Louis, MO @ The Factory [TICKETS]
11/03: Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre [TICKETS]
11/05: Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom [TICKETS]
12/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall [TICKETS]
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