Månegarm

Månegarm
STYLE: , , ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1995LABEL: Napalm Records
  • MEMBERS:
  • Erik Grawsiö - Vocals, bass
  • Markus Andé - Guitar
  • Jakob Hallegren - Drums
BIOGRAPHY

Månegarm, first known as Antikrist (for a very short time), is a Swedish Viking/pagan metal band that started up in Norrtälje, Sweden, in the end of 1995. Being one of the first bands to incorporate traditional instruments like violin and flute but also female vocals in the music, Månegarm is a pioneer and one of the longest lasting band in its genre. After releasing two demos; ”Vargaresa” (1996) and “Ur Nattvindar” (1997) Månegarm signed a deal with the Dutch label Displeased Records. The first album “Nordstjärnans tidsålder” was recorded and mixed in the famous Sunlight Studios (Entombed, Dismember) with Tomas Skogsberg and the album was released in the summer of 1998. One year later the second album was about to be recorded when problems with the studio, record label and singer put a stop to the recording for some months. After changing recording studio and vocalist the second album “Havets Vargar” was finally released in June 2000. In 2003 Månegarm released their third full-length album “Dödsfärd” which meant an increase of the band popularity but also a different sound in some ways. The music had gone from a black metal oriented sound to a groovier and more “folky” sound where the folk music melodies with the violin up front came to play a bigger part in the music.

In 2004 “Vargaresa – The beginning” which is no other than a compilation of their first two demos was released.

In 2005 the fourth full-length album “Vredens Tid” was released, recorded in Underground studios just as the previous two albums, and it got really good reviews from fans and press all over the world. In 28th of June 2006 Månegarm released an acoustic EP called “Urminnes Hävd-the forest sessions”. This “special” album was something that the band had wanted to do for many, many years and finally this dream was realized. The music that can be heard on “Urminnes Hävd” is nothing like the regular Månegarm stuff because this time the music only contained traditional instruments such as acoustic guitars, violin, flute, cow drums, jewsharp, choirs and clean male & female vocals.

In 2006 Månegarm did their first European tour together with Skyforger and Goddess of Desire for two weeks and they also ended their collaboration with Displeased Records. A new deal was later on signed with the Swedish metal label Black Lodge and in May 2007 the new album “Vargstenen” was released, the bands fifth full-length album. Once again the album was recorded, mixed and produced in Studio Underground with the help of Pelle Säther and once again Kris Verwimp painted the amazing cover art. Besides from great reviews, “Vargstenen” entered the Swedish national album chart at its release.

In 2008 Månegarm toured Europe with the Heidenfest Tour together with well-known acts as Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Finntroll and Catamenia. The tour was a huge success and the 17 gigs were visited by approximately 20 000 crazy metal heathens from all over Europe.

In 2008 Månegarm also ended their collaboration with Black Lodge and signed on to the Swedish metal record label Regain Records. The songs for the new album was already written and arranged so Månegarm set off to (by now the very familiar) Studio Underground and Pelle Säther to record the new masterpiece. The new album, “Nattväsen” (night creatures) was released on Regain Records the 19th of November 2009 and contains loads of great pagan metal, as always performed with the traditional Månegarm touch. The biggest change this year was anyhow that Jacob Hallegren took the place as the bands new drummer since the band wanted Erik to do the vocals only.

In 2010 Månegarm played a couple of really great European festivals; Metal fest Open Air, Kaltenbach Open Air, Party San and Summer Breeze and the band also performed in Canada for the first time at the metal fest Noctis IV in Calgary. 2010 also included a line-up change as the bassist Pierre W had to leave the band. Erik took over as bass player which was the easiest and most satisfying solution, so once again Månegarm was back to being a five-piece band.

In 2011 Månegarm joined the Neck breakers ball Tour together with Kataklysm, Legion of the damned, Equilibrium and Milking the goat machine. 24 European cities were visited between 14th of January to 6th of February and the tour turned out really great. After tons of problems with the record label Månegarm left Regain records and luckily got in contact with Napalm Records from Austria. A deal was made in late 2011 and we can only say that we’re very exited and encouraged as we enter this new collaboration and we’re certain that this will mean a big improvement for Månegarm as a band.

In mid April 2012 violin player Janne Liljekvist suddenly decides to leave the band. Since the work with the new material already was in progress and running smoother than ever the band had decided not to look for a new violin player, at least not for back then. Have no doubts though; the Månegarm sound would remain intact and with the help of friends the “violin issue” was solved on the next album.

At the end of June/beginning of July 2013 (dates vary depending on territory) they released a new album,“Legions of the North”, through Napalm Records.

In 2015 the band celebrated its 20th anniversary with the release of an eponymous album and a show in Stockholm for the occasion; with Ellinor Videfors who also sings on this album, and their friends Ereb Altor and King of Asgard.

“Nattväsen” is remastered in 2016, followed by the first six albums (except “Vargstenen”). The 22th of November, the guitarist and co-founder of Månegarm, Jonas Almquist, leaves the band due to health problems. Martin Björklund (violin, guitar) and Tobias Rydsheim (guitar – Wormwood) will take part in the next gigs.

Månegarm participated in the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise for the first time in February 2017.

In January 2018, the band Grimner released “Fafnersbane” with Erik Grawsiö as featuring singer. For their part, Månegarm members will be release their next album “FORNALDARSAGOR” (Ancient Saga) on April 26, 2019. The texts should be mostly in Swedish and are based on various parts and scenes from several ancient sagas. This will be followed by a release party on April 27 at the Stockholm Slaughter, then there will be the first Månegarm Open Air in August 2019.

BAND NEWS

Swedish Viking metallers MÅNEGARM have unveiled a new music video for their song “Hervors Arv”. The track is taken from their upcoming studio record “Fornaldarsagor”, due for release on April

March 30, 2019 by Kris Murias

The Swedish Viking Metal band currently in studio to prepare its new album will have its own festival, « Månegarm Open Air » ! They will be accompanied by Wormwood, Ereb Altor, Thyrfing,

August 27, 2018 by Hekate
DISCOGRAPHY

Fornaldarsagor / 2019

fornaldarsagor
  • Album Info
  • 2019
  • Napalm Records

FORNALDARSAGOR est sorti le 26 avril sur  Napalm Records.
Couverture de Kris Verwimp

månegarm

“Les anciennes sagas (Fornaldarsagorna) sont un arbre de la saga qui a lieu principalement dans l’ancienne Scandinavie avant la colonisation de l’Islande et avant que le christianisme ne devienne un élément permanent de la société nordique. Les anciennes sagas ont été écrites principalement dans les années 1300 (bien que certaines aient été signées auparavant et d’autres). Les récits entrent et sortent également de plusieurs œuvres plus anciennes, telles que Edda de Snorre, Le poétique Edda, et beaucoup d’autres. Les anciennes sagas peuvent être décrites comme des contes médiévaux au contenu beaucoup plus ancien. Dans le texte bien connu d’Adam of Bremens sur la nation païenne d’Uppsala, il est mentionné qu ‘”ils vénèrent également les gens élevés comme des dieux, car ils reçoivent l’immortalité pour les remercier de leurs grandes actions”. Les mots d’Adam attirent l’imagination de croire qu’ils ne sont peut-être que les héros qui apparaissent dans les récits de la saga. Sur cet album, les paroles sont basées sur diverses parties et scènes de plusieurs sagas anciennes, mais retravaillées pour s’intégrer à la musique. Dans certains cas, de manière aussi stricte que possible après les récits, dans d’autres, plus de liberté pour tisser vos propres pensées. Nous, à Månegarm, voulons que vous nous suiviez dans l’aventure des temps anciens. “- Månegarm

 

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Månegarm / 2015

Mänegarm
  • Album Info
  • 2015
  • Napalm Records

 

Månegarm is the eighth studio album with the Swedish viking metal band Månegarm, released in November 2015 by the record company Napalm Records. Guests : John Gullmarstam (upright-bass), Kaspars Barbals (kokle, bagpipe – Skyforger), Jennie Tebler (vocals), Alan Nemtheanga (vocals – Primordial), Mats and Ragnar (choirs – Ereb Altor).

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, bass

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Jakob Hallegren – Drums

Martin Björklund – Violin

Legions Of The North / 2013

Legions Of The North
  • Album Info
  • 2013
  • Napalm Records

 

Legions of the North is the seventh studio album by the Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 2013 by Napalm Records.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, bass

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Jakob Hallegren – Drums

Nattväsen / 2009

Nattväsen
  • Album Info
  • 2009
  • Regain Records

 

Nattväsen (English: Night Creatures) is the sixth studio album by the Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 2009 by Regain Records.

 

 

Line-up for this Album :

 

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, drums

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass

Janne Liljekvist –  Violin, flute, cello

Vargstenen / 2007

Vargstenen
  • Album Info
  • 2007
  • Black Lodge Records

 

Vargstenen (English: The Wolf Stone) is the fifth studio album by Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 2007 by Black Lodge Records.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, drums

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Janne Liljekvist – Violin, cello, flute

Urminnes Hävd (The Forest Sessions) / 2006

Månegarm
  • Album Info
  • 2006
  • Displeased Records

“Urminnes Hävd” is an acoustic EP of the band Månegarm, with the help of guestmusicians Umer Mossige-Norheim (vocals), Stefan Grapenmark (cowdrum) and Gustaf Esers (djembe, percussion).

It was released on 2006.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Janne Liljekvist – Violin, cello, flute

Vredens Tid / 2005

Vredens Tid
  • Album Info
  • 2005
  • Displeased Records

 

Vredens Tid (Age of Wrath) is the fourth studio album by the Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 2005 by Displeased Records.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, drums

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Janne Liljekvist – Violin

Vargaresa - The Beginning / 2004

Månegarm
  • Album Info
  • 2004
  • Displeased Records

This is a compilation of the first two demos “Vargaresa” (1996)  and “Ur Nattvindar” (1997) of the band Månegarm.

It was released on November 28th, 2004

 

 

 

Line-up for this Album :

 

Svenne Rosendal – Vocals

Johnny Wranning – Vocals

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Erik Grawsiö – Drums

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass

Dödsfärd / 2003

Dödsfärd
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Displeased Records

 

Dödsfärd is the third studio album release by Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 2003 by Displeased Records. The word dödsfärd translates roughly as “journey of death” in Swedish.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, drums

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Janne Liljekvist – Violin

Havets Vargar / 2000

Havets Vargar
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Displeased Records

 

Havets Vargar is the second studio album released by Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 2000 by Displease Records. “Havets vargar” means “wolves of the sea” in Swedish, which is another name for pirates.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass, jew’s harp

Erik Grawsiö – Vocals, drums

Jonas Almqvist – Guitar

Markus Andé – Guitar

Janne Liljekvist – Violin, flute

Nordstjärnans tidsålder / 1998

Nordstjärnans tidsålder
  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Displeased Records

 

Nordstjärnans Tidsålder (English: Age of the Northern Star) is the first studio album release by Swedish Viking metal band Månegarm. It was released in 1998 by Displease Records. This album showcases Månegarm’s more black metal style, with elements of folk metal and viking metal.

 

 

Line-up of this Album :

 

Viktor Hemgren – Vocals

Erik Grawsiö – Drums, vocals

Pierre Wilhelmsson – Bass, jew’s harp

Markus Andé – Guitar

Jonas Almquist – Guitar

Janne Liljeqvist – Violin, flute

Ola Lustig – Keyboard

Umer Mossige-Norheim – Vocals

 

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ALBUM REVIEWS
manegarmfornaldarsagor

After more than 3 years of work, the trio of Månegarm invites us to go back in time with a new album, “Fornaldarsagor” (released on April 26, 2019 – Napalm

May 2, 2019 by Hekate
CONCERT REVIEWS
Månegarm

  This weekend I had the chance to go to my first festival of the year, the Cernunnos Pagan Fest at the « Ferme du Buisson » (Noisiel, France). We are still

March 2, 2019 by Hekate
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