Dødheimsgard (also known as DHG) is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed in 1994. Dødheimsgard was originally a black metal band, but 1999’s 666 International saw them change into an experimental and avant-garde / industrial metal band. In 2000, they shortened their name to DHG.
Their name,”Dødheimsgard” is a contraction of three words: Død which means ‘death’, heim which means ‘home’ and gard which means (at least in this context) ‘realm’. A natural translation into English would be “Realm of Death”.
The band was founded in the year 1994, the band at the time consisted of three members: Vicotnik (Drums, Backing Vocals), Fenriz (Bass, Additional Vocals) & Aldrahn (Lead Vocals & Guitar). This line up recorded a promotional demo before releasing their debut album Kronet til Konge on Malicious Records in 1995. After the release of the album they recorded another promotional demo.
Sometime after the release of their second promo, Fenriz had left the band, in his place, Alver (Bass), and Apollyon (Guitar, Vocals), joined the band. This line up recorded the album Monumental Possession in December 1995, and released it in 1996.
For their follow up effort, an EP named Satanic Art released in 1998, the band was joined by new members Galder (Guitars), whom at the time was a member of Old Man’s Child and would later go on to join Dimmu Borgir, and Cerberus (Bass), who replaced Alver, & Zweizz (Keyboards & Effects). On this release, Apollyon switched to playing the drums instead of guitar. Sometime after the release of the EP, Galder & Cerberus would depart from the band.
The following year Dødheimsgard recorded the next album in their catalog entitled 666 International, which was released in 1999. For this album the band had a new member, Czral, on Drums, as Apollyon once again switched instruments and played bass.
Sometime after the band had released their previous album, Aldrahn, Zweizz & Apollyon had departed from the band’s ranks.
The band had been working on new material & featured new members Kvohst (Vocals), Thrawn Hellspawn (Guitars) & Clandestine (Bass). When recording the new album, the band featured Mort (Samples), Czral (Drums) & Bliss (Programming). Aldrahn made a guest appearance on the album as well.
In 2006, they completed the new album Supervillain Outcast, which was released in April 2007 by Moonfog Productions and The End Records. On January 4, 2008, it was announced that vocalist Kvohst had left the band. However, in October 2010, he had rejoined and new members Terghl (Drums) & Blargh (Guitars) had joined the band.
Sometime during 2011, the band announced that Kvhost had once again left. In the period following Kvhost’s departure it appeared that members Blargh, Thrawn Hellspawn & Clandestine had also departed from the group.
In 2013, original vocalist, Aldrahn, was announced to have made his return to the group & that the band were working on a new album. The band released their fifth studio album, A Umbra Omega, on March 16, 2015. After the release of the album, new members Thunberg (Guitar) & L.E. Måløy (Bass) had joined the group.
In June 2016 Vicotnik announced that Aldrahn had once again left the band due to strains on their personal relationship. The band continued to tour despite Aldrahn’s absence with Vitcotnik performing lead vocals for the entirety of the shows during their arranged performance dates.
As of January 2018, Dødheimsgard has been working on a new album.
A Umbra Omega / 2015
1. The Love Divine
2. Aphelion Void
3. God Protocol Axiom
4. The Unlocking
5. Architect of Darkness
6. Blue Moon Duel
A Umbra Omega is the fifth full-length album by Norwegian black metal band Dødheimsgard, also known as DHG. It was released on March 16, 2015, by Peaceville Records.
Supervillain Outcast / 2007
2. Vendetta Assassin
3. The Snuff Dreams Are Made Of
5. Foe x Foe
6. Secret Identity
7. The Vile Delinquents
8. Unaltered Beast
10. Chrome Balaclava
11. Ghostforce Soul Constrictor
12. All Is Not Self
13. Supervillain Serum
14. Cellar Door
15. 21st Century Devil
Supervillain Outcast is the fourth full-length album by Norwegian black metal band Dødheimsgard, now under the moniker DHG. It was released on March 26, 2007, by Moonfog Productions. It was their only release to feature Kvohst on vocals, who replaced Aldrahn after he left the band in 2004.
With this album, the band continues the avant-garde/black metal fusion sound they undertook on their previous album, 666 International; however, the industrial-esque style that was preponderant on 666 International is toned down in order to focus more on the electronic interludes, in a style closer to DHG’s EP Satanic Art (1998).
Carl-Michael Eide recorded the drums for the album prior to an accident that left his legs paralyzed.
A double-disc deluxe edition of Supervillain Outcast was released by Peaceville Records in 2012. The extra disc contained seven previously unreleased instrumental tracks; “Senseoffender” is an outtake from the album, and the following six tracks are from a 2003 rehearsal.
The track “Ghostforce Soul Constrictor” was the last track former member Aldrahn wrote during his period in DHG. He briefly returns on this album, providing additional vocals for the tracks “Foe vs. Foe” and “Ghostforce Soul Constrictor”.
666 International / 1999
2. Ion Storm
3. Carpet Bombing
4. Regno Potiri
5. Final Conquest
7. Sonar Bliss
666 International is the third full-length album by Norwegian black metal band Dødheimsgard. It was released on June 11, 1999, by Moonfog Productions.
With 666 International, Dødheimsgard abandoned the black metal style of their previous two albums, further developing the style of their EP Satanic Art (1998). The album heads into a more avant-garde style that fuses black and industrial metal, with some electronic and keyboard interludes.
666 International was Dødheimsgard’s last release to feature Aldrahn on vocals (until his eventual return to the band in 2013, when the band recorded A Umbra Omega with him), Apollyon on bass, and Svein Egil Hatlevik on keyboards. It was also their last release under the name Dødheimsgard; in 2003, the band shortened their name to DHG.
The piano intro on “Shiva-Interfere” is taken from the outro track “Wrapped in Plastic” from Satanic Art.
It was re-released in 2011 by Peaceville Records, and included two bonus tracks. “Hæmorrhage Era One Reconstructed” was originally featured on the 2000 compilation Moonfog 2000: A Different Perspective.
Monumental Possession / 1996
2. Utopia Running Scarlet
3. The Crystal Specter
4. Bluebell Heart
5. Monumental Possession
7. Angel Death
8. Lost in Faces
9. The Ultimate Reflection
Monumental Possession is the second studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dødheimsgard. It was released in 1996, through the record label Malicious. It is their second and final completely black metal album, before the band incorporated industrial and avant-garde elements into their sound on future releases. Monumental Possession was re-released in 1999 by Century Media Records.
Kronet Til Konge / 1995
2. Å slakte Gud
3. En krig å seire
4. Jesu blod
5. Midnattskogens sorte kjerne
6. Kuldeblest over evig isøde
7. Kronet til konge
8. Mournful, Yet and Forever
9. Når vi har dolket Guds hjerte
10. Starcave, Depths and Chained
11. When Heavens End
Kronet Til Konge (Norwegian for “Crowned To Be King”) is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal band Dødheimsgard. It was released in 1995, through Malicious Records. Kronet Til Konge was re-released in 1999 on Century Media Records.
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