One of the more unexpected, and surprising bands to emerge in recent years is Heilung, a multinational entity that plays within a neo-folk style, but have their own definition which I think is much better “Amplified History.” They rose to fame after their first performance was filmed, recorded at Castlefest, and uploaded to YouTube. Indeed that is where I first became aware of them. It’s an incredibly striking performance, complete with leather, and bone outfits, and primitive often homemade instruments. The result is a very organic, and primitive style of music, that seeks to “amplify history” and bring the far ancient Northern European past into the present. And done so without any form of political, or religious connections, or statements. Heilung played a special concert in London with Eivor and Lili Refrain.