21-08-2012 | Faroese music band wins international competition
The metal band, Hamferð, became the winner of this year's Wacken Metal Battle – the largest international competition for heavy metal bands. The Faroese band has now been offered a big record deal and there is a lot of international interest in the band.
Earlier this month the Faroese doom metal band, Hamferð, became the winner of the Wacken Metal Battle, which saw bands from around 30 countries compete against each other. The competition took place right before the popular Wacken Festival and served as a launch to the rest of the festival, which offered performances by some of the most famous metal names in the world.
'This is pretty big. We must keep in mind that the other bands in the competition have already competed against a large number of bands in their own country just to make it to the final, so this is actually a competition between hundreds or perhaps thousands of bands. For us to then win the competition feels very big', says Jenus í Trøðini, bassist in Hamferð.
Before the international competition, there was a selection process among all the active heavy metal bands in the Faroe Islands to decide who should represent the country in the competition. Hamferð became the Faroese representative and went straight to the top in the international final.
For several years, Faroese heavy metal fans have been travelling to the Wacken Festival to experience this famous festival, and next year they can look forward to a Faroese act on stage. This is because, as the winner of this year's Wacken Metal Battle, Hamferð has already secured itself a spot in next year's festival programme.
'This is just one part of the prize that we have won. We won several other things as well, for example a range of musical instruments and equipment', says Jenus í Trøðini.
The members of Hamferð are currently in the process of writing material for a new album release that will be recorded later this year.
'As part of the prize, we were also offered a record deal with the record company Nuclear Blast, which wishes to promote us around the world. But the contract needs further negotiation and clarification before we can accept it. We will not sell ourselves as a band unless we get a good contract', says Jenus í Trøðini.
According to the bassist of Hamferð, other record companies have also expressed interest in the band, so at the moment they cannot say how all of this will play out.
(Photo: Eija Mäkivuoti)
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