4,5 / 5
"Separate mention for Nanna Barslev … the thing about this woman is incredible … she has a peculiar voice … that astonishes me … sings the songs so that the words seem to dance out of her mouth, and you are rocking at every moment with her voice… personality and talent at the top … If you like Folk Metal, maybe coming out a bit of the usual, then you cannot escape HULDRE and this disc."
(Diario De Un Metalhead)
9 / 10
"With tons of Folk Metal in my collection, HULDRE manages it every single week to be in my playlist with at least one song … nothing but good … the band has matured even more and this album is produced very nice … although it’s Metal, the sound of HULDRE is quite clear, fitting the enchanting voice of Nanna perfectly … closing your eyes, you can imagine this Viking woman protection her tribe with her witchcraft … these unique vocals build up the nicely woven spells with the violin, hurdy-gurdy and flutes … again HULDRE made an awesome album …"
9 / 10
"The proportions between the Folk and Metal here are very well chosen, and sound perfectly matched … although the pace of cuts is not murderously-mad, it is very well timed with the melody and mood of the album and kicks ass! "Tusmørke" means "Twilight." A meaning it can have much. Great stuff !!!"
9 / 10
"HULDRE can create an atmosphere in less than five seconds … an atmosphere of bonfires, a mood of medieval and a mood of horror … HULDRE is not a blank band: they won the Wacken Open Air Battle finals in 2014 and came in third place at Wacken … since then they have cemented themselves as a world class Folk Metal band …"
9 / 10
"First, HULDRE created a mystical piece of work that really makes you go all green and leafy inside, looking for trolls and other beasts. The band’s outstanding grip on mixing well-balanced, catchy melodies with archaic and modern instruments is amazing. And amazingly well done too. 'Tusmørke' will captivate you from beginning to end with a meaty, but delicate Folk Metal tune seldom heard before. I am impressed."
(Rock Music Raider)
9 / 10
"The sound is great. Clean, rich and very lively … they have the charm that makes them unique … so fresh and energetic-sounding Folk Metal … "Tumørke' … I'm not afraid to talk about a real discovery of the scene … in Denmark the album was highly praised and received enthusiastic ovations. I believe it will gradually continue in other countries. HULDRE made a modern-sounding album, but one can be transferred to somewhere in the Middle Ages … a beautifully listenable album that has the potential to remain in your player for a lot of weeks. The new star of Folk Metal is HULDRE!"
8,5 / 10
8,5 / 10
(World Of Metal Radio)
8,5 / 10
"This forty-minute drive everything is as it should be: music, voice and production work are great, but it is clearly the song format to interest and this just can not stir the listener more; many styles and changes are not for everyone, especially if made with the skill of HULDRE. Do yourself a favor and buy 'Tusmørke'."
4 / 5
"… The songs are better, the production is better, and the entire album seems to be thoroughly worked out from start to finish … nothing is left to chance, neither musically nor visually in cover and images. If you are into Folk Metal there is no way around Huldre's 'Tusmørke' …"
4 / 5
"… a very well done work …"
12 / 15
8,25 / 10
"The band offer an intense hurdy-gurdy and flute entangled with vivid violin on the solid ground of thundering guitar, bass and drums topped by an almost unearthly beautiful female voice."
82 / 100
"Black Metal with female vocals is risky - we think about Kivimetsän Druidi where we have long heard nothing more - but HULDRE brings this in a nice way. The longer songs 'Fæstemand' 'Nattesorg' contain beautiful passages and acoustic guitar work, reminds me of Iron Maiden. Nanna can both narrative singing as soprano singing and folk instruments are to be a handsome extra without skipping. Tidy profit for these Danes!"
(Lords Of Metal)
80 / 100
"An original album, full of interesting ideas which mark a further step forward for a band that surely have some pleasant surprises in store."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
8 / 10
"… Folk Metal that is very traditional and melodic … production sounds very professional …"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)
8 / 10
"'Tusmørke' merges Folk with Metal at a proportion that is more uniquely styled and compelling than what most of the genre is currently offering … if you want your Metal folky, yet never turned into a goofy, gimmicky approach, it’s time to get acquainted with HULDRE."
8 / 10
8 / 10
"… ein wirklich angenehm erfrischendes, harmonisches Folk Metal-Album gelungen, das sich vor großen Namen nicht zu verstecken braucht."
7,5 / 10
"HULDRE confirm anew that they are an honest group … forty-five minutes of music of hidden forests between the mist, old bright spots and the hard life of the past … now exclusive to those who still want to flee … helped in this case by good melodies in 'Hindeham', 'Fæstemand' and 'Nattesorg' …"
(In Your Eyes)
7,5 / 10
"“Tusmørke” is definitely recommended to the lovers of the natural side of the Pagan Metal scene."
(Melody Of The Soul)
7 / 10
"… a six-piece of competent musicians, including violin, flutes, shawm and hurdy gurdy, supporting a clean female vocalist … 9 well constructed and produced songs …"
"… listening to it feels like opening a treasure chest!"
"This album is so well thought out and executed, it’s fun and enticing … rolling from entrancing vocals to amazing instrumental solos … this album has it all and is a delight! Barsley’s vocals are just exquisite, I can’t get enough of her singing! Her voice is showcased so well in this album."
"In this second album HULDRE didn’t innovate, didn’t change nor complicate, they simply continued the brilliant path set on the debut work … said this way it may not sound much - but sometimes in the simplicity of actions lies the geniality of the results; “Tusmørke” it’s proof of that."
(Metal Em Portugal)
"… in a very captivating way with enormous sense of authenticity that they use not only plenty of folk instruments but also sing in Danish, while processing a lot of texts from the traditional music culture there … a very handsome constructed album that takes you to the roots of Danish folk music which they themselves upgrading to a modern unit with a very powerful sound that sounds pretty catchy and clever."
"Denmark's HULDRE … featuring female vocals, the band's foundation automatically gives listeners a fresh experience … you can count on HULDRE to give you a glimpse into Danish traditions lyrically, and you can be sure their incorporation of Folk instruments (like the hurdy-gurdy) enhances their songs. Heavy instrumentation does emerge. On "Tusmørke," expect weighted riffs to take hold while mesmerizing tones hint at something from long ago and far away."
"With wonderful, clean female vocals, come melodic arrangements of flute, violin and hurdy gurdy on the ground of Folk music. These instruments are the catchy side of their music. Bringing all those elements together, 'Tusmorke' gives me amazing music journey, hugely influenced by Nordic folklore."
"HULDRE have definitely surpassed with the publication of this second album and certainly deserve kudos: "Tusmørke", passed with flying colors. Fans of Folk Metal: get out of your woods and give a listen to this album, it's really worth it!"
"… belongs in the category of skilled musicians, acting with a seriousness that distinguishes them from many others … their second album gain the impressions with the rational management of melody and elegant simplicity … any of their outbreaks are controlled, managed electrical amplification without disturbing the beautiful mildness of the violin, flute and female vocals."
(Flight Of Pegasus)
"Each of these songs doesn’t beat around the bush and they’re hurling a pile of wonderful folk melodies around your ears … „Tusmørke“ was quite surprising to me because it really inspired me from the first to the last song. That is rare."
"… recommend this disk without a second of hesitation."
79 / 100
"… a very good folk metal album, quite far from the average of the genre …"
(Heaven Of Heavy Metal)
Copenhagen • Denmark
Nordic Folk Metal
HULDRE's long awaited sophomore album – "Tusmørke" – is finally here!
HULDRE is an upcoming NORDIC FOLK METAL-name on the Folk Metal scene and they have, since 2010, excited people all over the world with their spectacular compositions inspired by Nordic Folk music, Metal and Rock.
Musically they offer catchy melodies of female vocals, violin, hurdy gurdy and flute on a heavy foundation of guitar, bass and drums.
HULDRE weaves a lyrical universe revolving around the forces of nature, and imagery of the folklore of years past.
The band is by now known for their unique and integrated liveshows, where the audience, in a forest of leaves, skull and bones, are blown back by the sheer joy of playing.
HULDRE's debut album from 2012 – "Intet Menneskebarn" – was very well received by reviewers throughout the world and the band has through the years played at such venues as Copenhell and Wacken, won a few musical awards and built up a dedicated and loyal fanbase.
"Tusmørke" was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Lasse Lammert in LSD Studios in cooperation with HULDRE and has been released on the 3rd of November. This was celebrated with a release party at Loppen in Copenhagen.
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