Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany by members of bands Iron Fist and Gentry. Its first lineup consisted of singer and rhythm guitarist Kai Hansen, bassist Markus Grosskopf, lead guitarist Michael Weikath, drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. After the release of a self-titled EP and their debut album Walls of Jericho in 1985, it expanded into a quintet with the addition of singer Michael Kiske, Hansen choosing to focus on guitar instead. Under this line-up, they released the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, which established Helloween as a notable heavy metal band and led to the creation of the power metal subgenre. Hansen was replaced by Roland Grapow. After leaving Helloween, Hansen formed Gamma Ray. Helloween's first two albums without Hansen, Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon, were commercial and critical failures, which created tensions between band members and led to the firing of Schwichtenberg and Kiske, they were replaced by Andi Deris respectively.
The albums released under this line-up, Master of the Rings, The Time of the Oath, Better Than Raw and The Dark Ride, received warmer reception from both fans and critics establishing Helloween as a successful band again. However, tensions led to the dismissals in 2001 of both Grapow and Kusch, who went on to found Masterplan together. Grapow was replaced by Sascha Gerstner, but the attempts to find a new drummer were chaotic and Mikkey Dee recorded the drums for the next album Rabbit Don't Come Easy; the band found a stable drummer in Daniel Löble in 2005. Under this line-up, the longest in its history, the band has released four successful studio albums: Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy, Gambling with the Devil, 7 Sinners, Straight Out of Hell, their fifteenth and latest studio album, My God-Given Right, was released on 29 May 2015. On 14 November 2016, the band announced that both Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske were rejoining Helloween for a world tour, titled Pumpkins United World Tour, which concluded in 2018.
Since its inception, Helloween has released fifteen studio albums, three live albums, three EPs, twenty-seven singles, has sold more than eight million records worldwide. Helloween formed in 1984 in Germany; the original line-up included Kai Hansen on vocals and rhythm guitar, Michael Weikath on lead guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass, Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums. That year, the band signed with Noise Records and recorded two songs for a Noise compilation record called Death Metal; the compilation featured the bands Hellhammer, Running Wild, Dark Avenger. The two tracks were "Oernst of Life" by Weikath and Hansen's "Metal Invaders," a faster version of which would appear on the band's first full-length album. Helloween released its first record in 1985, a self-titled EP containing five tracks; that year, the band released its first full-length album, Walls of Jericho. During the following concert tour, Hansen had difficulties singing and playing the guitar at the same time. Kai's last recording as the band's lead singer was in 1986 on a vinyl EP titled Judas, which contained the song "Judas" and live versions of "Ride the Sky" and "Guardians" recorded at Gelsenkirchen.
Following these releases, Helloween began the search for a new vocalist. The band found Michael Kiske, from a local Hamburg band named Ill Prophecy. With their new lead vocalist in tow, Helloween approached record labels Noise International and RCA and proposed the release of a double-LP to introduce the line-up; this proposition was turned down. Instead, they recorded a single LP, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I, released in 1987. In 1988, Helloween released Keeper of the Seven Keys: the companion album. MTV put the single "I Want Out" in support of its "Headbanger's Ball" show. MTV presented the inaugural Headbangers Ball Tour with Helloween joining San Francisco Bay area thrash-metal band Exodus in support of headlining act Anthrax; the band was slotted in the prestigious second spot, right before Anthrax's set. On the heels of this exposure to US audiences, the band achieved worldwide success. Guitarist Kai Hansen unexpectedly left the band in 1989 soon after the European leg of the Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II tour, due to ill-health, conflicts within the band, troubles with Noise International, a growing dissatisfaction with life on tour.
Weikath chose his friend, including for the rest of the tour. Grapow, a car mechanic at the time, stated in 2017 that, if Weikath had not happened to ask him to join the band, he would have kept his job and given up on his dream of becoming a professional musician. In 1989, the band released a live album called Live in the U. K. featuring material from its 1988 European tour. The remaining members continued on but ran into label problems with Noise, after litigation kept them from touring and releasing new material, they were released from their contract. A new album would not appear until 1991 when, after several rumors about the band breaking up, they released Pink Bubbles Go Ape for their new record company, EMI; the album was less heavy and, with song titles such as "Heavy Metal Hamsters", "I'm Doing Fine, Crazy Man", "Shit and Lobster", showed a shift toward – and an emphasis on – humor rather than the epic moods on previo
Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom, a volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien′s Middle-earth, their lyrics deal with Viking mythology and history, so they have been linked with viking metal, although the band themselves prefer to be referred to as melodic death metal. The band is composed of lead guitarist Olavi Mikkonen, vocalist Johan Hegg, bassist Ted Lundström, rhythm guitarist Johan Söderberg, drummer Jocke Wallgren. Amon Amarth has released ten studio albums, one compilation album, one EP, one video album, ten music videos, its first studio album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, debuted in 1998. Five more studio releases followed, before the band saw its breakthrough with the 2008 album Twilight of the Thunder God, which debuted at No. 10 on the Swedish album charts and No. 50 on the US Billboard 200. Three more albums, Surtur Rising, Deceiver of the Gods, Jomsviking followed in 2011, 2013, 2016, respectively.
On May 3, 2019 Amon Amarth will release their new studio album titled "Berserker". The band emerged from the previous death metal band Scum, founded in 1988 by Paul "Themgoroth" Mäkitalo on vocals, Olavi Mikkonen on lead guitar, Petri Tarvainen on bass and Vesa Meriläinen rhythm guitar. After a 1991 demo, Scum broke up and Amon Amarth formed in 1992. Hegg replaced Mäkitalo on vocals, Anders Hansson joined on guitar, Ted Lundström replaced Tarvainen on bass. Recorded its first demo Thor Arise. Raw and uneven in sound and execution, it was never released due to low quality standards, but the band caught the attention of extreme metal fans with its own "infectious brand of epic-sounding brutality and unadorned conviction". In 1994 another demo entitled The Arrival of the Fimbul Winter was recorded. In 1996, they signed with Pulverised Records, on which they released their first MCD, Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds, which sold 6000 copies, they signed with Metal Blade Records which released the debut album Once Sent from the Golden Hall.
Described as "a compelling fusion of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-crushing rhythms punctuated by Hegg’s callous black/death roar and accounts of Norse battles and treachery" it made sure Amon Amarth's popularity rose internationally. According to Allmusic, the song that bore the group's namesake was the most memorable, containing "the chaotic noises of battle, the screams of the dying, much sword-clashing to boot." Since they have performed at multiple Canada and US tours, festival appearances, eight music videos, appearances in over 100 metal magazines. In June 1998, as the band was about to commence a tour alongside Deicide, Six Feet Under and Brutal Truth, guitarist Anders Hansson left and was replaced by Johan Soderberg. After the tour Martin Lopez quit to join Opeth and Fredrik Andersson came in. With him in Spring 1999 the band released its second full-length, The Avenger; the release was supported by the X-Mas Massacre Festivals Tour with Morbid Angel headlining. The Crusher, released in 2001, was considered to be its most aggressive album.
In support of it the band went on tour with Vader, taking part in No Mercy Festival. Its first American tour in autumn 2001 though had to be cancelled and was held in January 2002, without Marduk, Amon Amarth headlining. In April 2002 the band toured Europe with Vomitory and in August performed at Wacken Open Air before 12.000 metal fans. In Berno Studio in Malmo Versus The World was recorded and came out, The Viking Edition comprising a bonus CD which included demos Thor Arise and Arrival Of The Fimbul Winter. Touring continued up until Spring 2004 when the band started working on Fate of Norns album, released on 6 September 2004; the follow-up, With Oden on Our Side, has shown that "Amon Amarth continue to be champions of the worldwide death metal tournament" and rose to number 26 in the US Top Independent album charts. The album's material though was not included in the DVD Wrath Of The Norsemen, released in May 2006, having turned gold in US since. In early January 2008, its first tour of Australia and New Zealand took place, supporting Dimmu Borgir, after finishing a US and Canadian tour with Sonic Syndicate and Himsa.
Amon Amarth extended its record deal with Metal Blade Records for three more albums. After extending its record deal, the band released Twilight of the Thunder God, which featured guest appearances by Lars Göran Petrov of Entombed, Roope Latvala of Children of Bodom, the cello metal band Apocalyptica. Accompanying the release of the album was an eight-page comic strip based on Norse mythology, released by magazines in Europe. Twilight of the Thunder God, considered its breakthrough album, reached number 50 in the US, number 6 in Germany, number 10 in Finland, number 11 in Sweden, number 14 in Austria, number 21 in Switzerland, it ended up at the number 7 position in Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums that year. Amon Amarth embarked on a North American headlining tour in October 2008, with support from Ensiferum and The Absence. In 2009 the band returned to the States for another successful series of dates with Goatwhore and Lazarus AD and in 2010 with Holy Grail and Eluveitie. In between, Amon Amarth were named "Best Breakthrough Act" at Metal Hammer's prestigious Golden Gods Awards.
The band supported Slayer in its Unholy Alliance Chapter III European tour. Amon Amarth played its first show in India, headlining the Deccan Rock Festival in Bangalore on 5 December 2009. On
Serenity is an Austrian symphonic power metal band, formed back in 2001. However, it became a more stable group with a consistent line-up in 2004, when it began using more progressive and power influences than earlier, they have defined their genre with more symphonic metal elements. Most of their music focuses on important historical figures and events, including Sir Francis Drake, Marco Polo, Galileo and Napoleon, they have produced five studio albums and two demos. The members of Serenity have taken their talents outside of their music and have shared their interests and devotions with others. Vocalist Georg Neuhauser is a M. Sc. as both a geography and history teacher. He is in university to work on his doctoral thesis. Drummer Andreas Schipflinger is a research and development technician in the construction of cochlea implant system hearing aids. Bassist Fabio D'Amore is a sound engineer and studio manager, as well as a teacher for both the bass and music theory, he fronts the metal band Mirrormaze, has performed on tours with Xandria.
Former members Mario Hirzinger and Simon Holzknecht work as a nurse in a kidney dialysis center and a research and development technician in the optical and crystal manufacturing industry respectively. Thomas Buchberger, former lead guitarist, is an engineer of IT, marketing and PR and does web layout and design, he hopes to somehow continue collaborating in minor aspects with future Serenity albums. Serenity began in 2001 with Matthias Anker, Stefan Schipflinger, Stefan Wanker, current drummer Andreas Schipflinger, until 2012, keyboardist Mario Hirzinger; the first gigs the band had were quite successful and the next step was recording a demo EP and trying to get signed to a record label. In late summer, 2001, they entered the BHS Studios in Breitenbach and recorded their first demo CD Starseed V. R.. It was well received by both the fans and the press; the album was written by the members of Serenity with the layout and artwork done by planet-bluescreen.com. The album featured Jürgen Huter and Martin Anker as guest musicians.
The band sent out numerous copies of Starseed V. R. to various record without any success. New gigs followed in 2002 and 2003, which established them as one of the leading metal bands of the region. Rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Matthias Anker decided to leave the band for personal reasons at the end of 2003. In February 2004, the members of Serenity got in touch with Thomas Buchberger, Georg Neuhauser, Simon Holzknecht. Thomas and Georg has recorded their own demo in 2003 and were in the process of finding other musicians to join their metal project. After listening to their demo, it was bass player Stefan Wanker who recommended integrating them into Serenity, but he realized that he had to leave the band, which he offered to do. Guitarist Stefan Schipflinger, who didn't agree with this decision left the band; the new line up decided to keep the name of Serenity and is considered to be founded in 2004, in Tyrol, consisting of new members Georg Neuhauser, Thomas Buchberger, Simon Holzknecht.
In an interview with Valkyrian Music, bassist Fabio D'Amore, who would join the band in 2010, talks about the band name Serenity, saying, "Serenity is a sci-fi movie, based on the fanta-western TV series called "Firefly". It's an awesome movie, the the TV series is incredible; when the band was put together, the influence of "Firefly" on our artistic work was huge, so the logical result was taking the name of the spacecraft as the band's name."This line up brought some subtle musical changes, including introducing a new lead voice, basing the songs on a more'metal' riffing with a high demand on melodies and orchestral parts. With this line up, Serenity's first crucial test took place on August 2, 2004, when they supported Ronnie James Dio. Soon after, the band started recording Engraved Within, on their own; the album was mixed by Jan Vacik at Dreamscape Studios in Munich and was released on April 17, 2005. Engraved Within received outstanding reviews all over Europe, among them'Demo of the Month' in German Rock Hard and Metal Hammer magazines.
One review of the album, from Rock Report, states, "this 7-track demo shows what great potential this band has. This material is so strong that it can only be a matter of time before this guys get signed."A website, selaludiam.com, stated "Serenity is a gifted band from Austria and they deliver us a killer demo, which blew me away." Although some labels were interested to work with the band, they decided to produce a self-financed full-length album which would increase the chances for a more valuable deal including touring activities. Words Untold & Dreams Unlived was a project; the album was recorded at Dreamscape Studios in Munich as well as at home in Austria and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, orchestral parts were produced by Hans Valter in Czech Republic and the whole artwork was done by Seth-Design in Athens, Greece. After fruitful negotiations with Napalm Records of Austria, a deal was signed on December 1, 2006. Lead vocalist Georg Neuhauser stated, "We decided to sign with Napalm Record because, first of all, they are a good label, have good distributors, they are from Austria so it’s easier to work with them.
You know, when I have a problem or a question, I just call them, you will always reach someone in the company, so it’s quite easy to handle."Words Untold & Dreams Unlived was released on April 27, 2007, in Europe and on Ma
Heavy metal music
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, overall loudness; the genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with machismo. In 1968, three of the genre's most famous pioneers, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple were founded. Though they came to attract wide audiences, they were derided by critics. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard followed in a similar vein. Before the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers". During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Mötley Crüe.
Underground scenes produced an array of more aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, while other extreme subgenres of heavy metal such as death metal and black metal remain subcultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s popular styles have further expanded the definition of the genre; these include groove metal and nu metal, the latter of which incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop. Heavy metal is traditionally characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound, vigorous vocals. Heavy metal subgenres variously alter, or omit one or more of these attributes; the New York Times critic Jon Pareles writes, "In the taxonomy of popular music, heavy metal is a major subspecies of hard-rock—the breed with less syncopation, less blues, more showmanship and more brute force." The typical band lineup includes a drummer, a bassist, a rhythm guitarist, a lead guitarist, a singer, who may or may not be an instrumentalist.
Keyboard instruments are sometimes used to enhance the fullness of the sound. Deep Purple's Jon Lord played an overdriven Hammond organ. In 1970, John Paul Jones used a Moog synthesizer on Led Zeppelin III; the electric guitar and the sonic power that it projects through amplification has been the key element in heavy metal. The heavy metal guitar sound comes from a combined use of heavy distortion. For classic heavy metal guitar tone, guitarists maintain moderate levels gain at moderate levels, without excessive preamp or pedal distortion, to retain open spaces and air in the music. Thrash metal guitar tone has scooped mid-frequencies and compressed sound with lots of bass frequencies. Guitar solos are "an essential element of the heavy metal code... that underscores the significance of the guitar" to the genre. Most heavy metal songs "feature at least one guitar solo", "a primary means through which the heavy metal performer expresses virtuosity"; some exceptions are nu grindcore bands, which tend to omit guitar solos.
With rhythm guitar parts, the "heavy crunch sound in heavy metal... palm muting" the strings with the picking hand and using distortion. Palm muting creates a tighter, more precise sound and it emphasizes the low end; the lead role of the guitar in heavy metal collides with the traditional "frontman" or bandleader role of the vocalist, creating a musical tension as the two "contend for dominance" in a spirit of "affectionate rivalry". Heavy metal "demands the subordination of the voice" to the overall sound of the band. Reflecting metal's roots in the 1960s counterculture, an "explicit display of emotion" is required from the vocals as a sign of authenticity. Critic Simon Frith claims; the prominent role of the bass is key to the metal sound, the interplay of bass and guitar is a central element. The bass guitar provides the low-end sound crucial to making the music "heavy"; the bass plays a "more important role in heavy metal than in any other genre of rock". Metal basslines vary in complexity, from holding down a low pedal point as a foundation to doubling complex riffs and licks along with the lead or rhythm guitars.
Some bands feature the bass as a lead instrument, an approach popularized by Metallica's Cliff Burton with his heavy emphasis on bass guitar solos and use of chords while playing bass in the early 1980s. Lemmy of Motörhead played overdriven power chords in his bass lines; the essence of heavy metal drumming is creating a loud, constant beat for the band using the "trifecta of speed and precision". Heavy metal drumming "requires an exceptional amount of endurance", drummers have to develop "considerable speed and dexterity... to play the intricate patterns" used in heavy metal. A characteristic metal drumming technique is the cymbal choke, which consists of striking a cymbal and immediately silencing it by grabbing it with the other hand, producing a burst of sound; the metal drum setup is much larger than those employed in other forms of rock music. Black metal, death metal and some "mainstream metal" bands "all depend upon double-kicks and blast beats". In live performance, loudness—an "onslaught of sound", in sociologist Deena Weinstein's description—is considered vital.
In his book Metalheads, psychologist Jeffrey Arnett refers to heavy me
A music festival is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing, presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday. Some festivals are focused on women’s music, they are held outdoors, with tents or roofed temporary stages for the performers. Music festivals host other attractions such as food and merchandise vending, crafts, performance art, social or cultural activities. At music festivals associated with charitable causes, there may be information about social or political issues. Many festivals are repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals, are held only once; some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific charitable cause. Another type of music festival is the educative type, organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement; the Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, may be one of the earliest festivals known.
During the Middle Ages, festivals were held as competitions. Another type of music festival is the music education type organized annually in local communities, regionally, or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. Entrants perform prepared pieces or songs in front of an audience which includes competitors and friends, members of the community, along with one or more adjudicators or judges; these adjudicators, who may be music teachers, professors, or professional performers, provide verbal and written feedback to each performer or group. The adjudicator may be someone whom they might never meet in any other way, as is the case when an adjudicator from another city is brought in to judge, they usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit or ranking, some may win trophies or scholarships. The competitive element is played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another; such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music.
For many, they provide a bridge from examinations to performing confidently in public. Milwaukee, Wisconsin's 11-day event, promotes itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival", a title certified by the Guinness World Records and has been held since 1999. Operating annually since 1968, the festival attracts between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people each year, hosts over 800 musical acts; the Woodstock Festival in 1969 drew nearly 500,000 attendees, the Polish spin-off Przystanek Woodstock in 2014 drew 750,000 thus becoming the largest open air annual festival in Europe and the second largest in the world. In comparison, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, attracts about 135,000 spectators each year. Glastonbury Festival has a capacity of about 275,000 spectators, but has "fallow years" every five years, so it is the biggest non-annual greenfield festival in the world; the oldest annual dedicated pop music festival in the world is Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands, though in other genres, there are much older ones: the Three Choirs Festival in the UK has run annually since 1719.
The Queensland Music Festival, established in 1999 and headquartered in Brisbane Australia, is the largest music festival by land mass, as a state-wide music biennial music festival, over a three week period during July. Upcoming music festival Lists of music festivals in: Australia Belgium Canada Caribbean Central America Cyprus Denmark Finland Germany Greece Israel Italy The Netherlands New Zealand Poland Romania South Korea Singapore United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United StatesLists of music festivals by genre: List of jazz festivals List of metal festivals List of electronic music festivals List of reggae festivals
Equilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences, their riffs reflect traditional Germanic melodies. Their lyrical themes focus on Germanic mythology. All of their song lyrics are in German, except for the songs "The Unknown Episode", "Born to Be Epic", "Rise Again" and "Prey"; the group toured with Commander and Sycronomica in 2005. The following year they signed a contract with the Nuclear Blast record label and on 27 June 2008 they released their second album, Sagas. In February 2010, Equilibrium had to cancel their appearance at the Winterfire Festival in Germany "due to serious restructuring within the band", it was revealed that vocalist Helge Stang and drummer Manuel DiCamillo had left the band. The following month the band announced that Robse, vocalist in the German pagan metal band Vrankenvorde, had been chosen as their new vocalist. In the same year, Israeli drummer Tuval "Hati" Refaeli, the drummer of the brutal death metal band Viscera Trail has joined the band.
The band, full again, released their third album, via Nuclear Blast, on 18 June 2010. On 27 June 2013, the band announced their first EP, titled Waldschrein, which contains a new single along with its acoustic version, a remake of the song "Der Sturm" and an old unreleased song titled "Zwergenhammer", as well as their own cover of the main theme for the game Skyrim, composed by Jeremy Soule, titled "Himmelsrand"; the EP was released on 16 August 2013. The song "Waldschrein" is part of the next album of the band, released in June 2014. However, the album contains a re-recorded version of the song. Two days after the announcement of the album, founding members and siblings Andreas Völkl and Sandra Van Eldik decided to leave the band for unspecified reasons. On 20 May 2014, it was announced that Dom R. Crey would be joining the band as new guitarist, replacing Andreas Völkl. On 7 June 2014, one day after Erdentempel's release, it was announced that Jen Majura would be joining the band as new bassist, replacing Sandra Van Eldik.
With her addition to the band, Equilibrium is complete once again. The band promoted the release of their new album with a European tour, supported by Trollfest and Dom's other band Nothgard. On 2 November 2015, the band announced via Facebook. On 22 of August 2016, the bands sixth album Armageddon was released via Nuclear Blast. Current membersRobert "Robse" Dahn - unclean and clean vocals René Berthiaume − lead and rhythm guitar, clean vocals, bass Tuval "Hati" Refaeli - drums Dom R. Crey - rhythm and lead guitar Makki Solvalt - bass Former membersJen Majura - bass Andreas Völkl − rhythm and lead guitar Sandra Van Eldik − bass Helge Stang − unclean and clean vocals Manuel DiCamillo − drums Markus Perschke − drums Basti Kriegl − drums Julius Koblitzek − drums Henning Stein − drums Armin Dörfler − keyboards Conny Kaiser − keyboards Michael Heidenreich − keyboards Turis Fratyr – Black Attakk Sagas – Nuclear Blast Rekreatur - Nuclear Blast Erdentempel - Nuclear Blast Armageddon - Nuclear Blast Die Affeninsel - Nuclear Blast Karawane - Nuclear Blast Waldschrein - Nuclear Blast Demo 2003 Blut im Auge Der Ewige Sieg Wirtshaus Gaudi Eternal Destination Rise Again Prey Born to Be Epic Official website
Trollfest are a Norwegian folk metal band. The band released their first full-length album, Willkommen Folk Tell Drekka Fest, on the Solistitium Records label on 15 March 2005; the album name translates to "Welcome Folk To The Drinking Feast" in English. Their second album, was released by Omvina on 24 May 2006; the band performed at the 2007 Barther Metal Openair festival in Germany, their first-ever live appearance. Trollfest was formed in 2003 by John Espen Jostein Austvik. First album Willkommen Folk Tell Drekka Fest!! was released in 2005, the band followed up with the second album Brakebein in 2006. During the first years, TrollfesT never played live, the first foray beyond the planning stage occurred in 2007 as one of the headlining bands at the Ninth Barther Metal Open Air Festival. TrollfesT went on to headline and play various festivals and concerts around Europe during 2007–08, including the Ragnarök and Riedfest festivals. From October to November 2012, the band went on tour with Wintersun, Korpiklaani and Varg for Heidenfest 2012 tour.
Trollfest's third studio album, was published in January 2009. In 2011 Trollfest signed with NoiseArt Records, that year En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral, the band's fourth studio album, was released. Trollfest announced their new album, which came out 24 August 2012; the band's sixth studio album Kaptein Kaos was released in April 2014. Following the release of Kaptein Kaos the band embarked on their first European headliner tour, their seventh studio album, "Helluva" was released in 2017. Most of Trollfest's lyrics are written in the fictional Trollspråk, a mixture of Norwegian and German; the band is known for their use of saxophones and accordions in their songs. They describe their own music as Balkan metal. TrollfesT – Promo Willkommen Folk Tell Drekka Fest! Brakebein Villanden Uraltes Elemente En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral Brumlebassen A Decade of Drekkadence Kaptein Kaos Live at Alrosa Villa Helluva Norwegian Fairytales Trollfest, Line-Up at Rockharz Open Air 2018 ""Die sehen wilder aus, als sie sind"".
Neue Presse. Coburg. 2008-03-29. Web site: http://www.trollfest.com