Hedningarna's world is a place where primitive,
brutal folk music collides with sampling and programming, forging
a new direction. Hedningarna, "the heathens" in English,
drive ancient Nordic music into the modern era paying no attention
to the rules of the road. If ancient folk music is a dragon and
it has an appetite for new ideas and technology, then Hedningarna
have made a career of nurturing the beast. Their newly created tunes
are an extension of the living tradition inspired by the melodies
of their forebears. The intensity of modern technology mixed with
the flavor of ancient instruments and tunes creates the explosive,
intense sound of Hedningarna.
Considered by many to be the true inventors of the New Nordic movement,
the career retrospective "1989 - 2003" goes back to their
beginnings as an acoustic Swedish trio, spans 14 years and five
recordings, and includes a rare remix and two brand new tracks by
the current electro/acoustic, Swedish/Finnish sextet. Hedningarna's
influence can be felt in virtually every major Nordic roots band
performing today. They were the first to break through to the rock
and rave circuits, and show a new generation how ancient Nordic
folk music can be relevant to so many modern musical styles. A definitive
document of a revolutionary band. (Special Ice Price)
They have also sold a considerable amount of records - about 200
000 so far. The records "Kaksi!" and "Trä"
are already considered as milepoles. After the search for the soul
of the polska with the album "Hippjokk" (1997), they released
their so far last regular studio album in 1999: "Karelia Visa".
To get inspiration the members travelled together to the distant
and isolated parts of Russian Karelia. As they say themselves: "Through the years we have
studied and encountered the runosong through old wax
recordings and books, and with that knowledge we have freely interpreted
it on our own terms.
Now we wanted to move beyond this, into the core and
the source of the traditions. We came home filled with
strong pictures and feelings about life in general and
about Karelia in particular."