Doomsters Hamferð from the Faroe Islands will release their new album, Tamsins likam. On January 12th via Metal Blade Records!
Hamferð comments: “‘Tamsins likam’ is a natural progression of the Hamferð sound, and we feel that it is our most special and cohesive work yet. Even more so than on previous albums, we have sought to create a full musical epic; inspired among other things by classical symphonies and progressive concept albums. It should be obvious that we are extremely excited to start performing this new material on the road.”
Comments Hamferð on the lyric video for “Hon Syndrast“: “Costin Chioreanu has created an amazing lyric video for ‘Hon syndrast’ based on his artwork for the album. It might be the most aggressive song we have ever released, signifying the violently dramatic peak of the album’s story, and Costin has succeeded beautifully in illustrating its theme of dreadful realization and the merciless surroundings in which it occurs.”
Roughly translated as “Body of the mist“, Tamsins likam is an attempt to create the most intriguing, honest and unique Hamferð experience yet. It is nothing less than a pinnacle; a culmination of many years of refining both sound and songwriting, spearheaded by a strong desire to keep progressing and expanding. This has resulted in an album bustling with elements ancient and familiar, violent and strange, earthen and spectral – all the while fiercely seeking to surprise and move the listener.
Once again recorded in Studio Bloch in the Faroe Islands, but this time mixed by the legendary Swedish sound wizard Daniel Bergstrand in his Dugout Productions studio, Tamsins likam exhibits a rawer and more mature version of the known Hamferð sound. The somewhat harsh and bare soundscape deliberately contrasts with the refined compositions, while at the same time aligning with the increasingly honest and violent lyrical content.
“Faroese doom metal” is a powerful sound. Exclusive to this self-styled tag is Hamferð. For a near decade, the funeral dressed sextet has been casting a unique expression rooted in conceptual tragedy and intense, narrative doom metal.
Faroese history and folklore are mixed together with grand atmospheres, a trademark that has earned worldwide attraction. Stages at festivals such as Inferno, Midgardsblot, Tuska, Summer Breeze, Wacken and many more have been turned into funerary ceremonies. Touring with bands like Amorphis and Moonsorrow has further garnered the band a respected reputation due to strong yet solemn live performances.
The lyrical and conceptual approach is ambitious in scope. People are drawn to it, even though the band sings in their native tongue, Faroese. With a highly engaging idea concerning lyrics and songwriting, the hour has arrived to close a conceptual trilogy which commenced with the 2010 EP Vilst er siðsta fet, continued with the internationally acclaimed 2013 full-length album Evst, and is now concluded with Tamsins likam.