Today, the Norwegian blackened Viking heavy metal solo-band Hjelvik, featuring ex-Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik, has released a new song and music video for their third single from the upcoming album Welcome to Hel, out on November 20th via Nuclear Blast.
The victorious video saga "Glory of Hel" was animated by Adam Avilla of Flesh & Bones in San Francisco, California, and includes a guest performance by Matt Pike from the bands High on Fire and Sleep.
Hjelvik comments on the song: "I'm excited to finally unveil Glory of Hel in all its...glory! It's one of the hardest rocking tracks from Welcome to Hel and is visited by the mythical Matt Pike (High on Fire & Sleep) who lends his killer voice and face melting guitar solo. To top that off, there's a badass animated music video created by the disgustingly talented Adam Avilla. The video depicts a twisted take on the death of Odin's son Balder and the ensuing events of Ragnarok with an animation style reminiscent of cult classics like ‘Heavy Metal‘ and ‘Fire and Ice.‘ Thanks to both Matt and Adam for their amazing contributions and I hope people love it!" Hjelvik's first solo album Welcome to Hel, based on Norse mythology and history, includes all the trappings of a lucrative Viking pillage. The album was recorded and mixed at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon, US by Justin Phelps (Joe Satriani, Poison Idea, Slough Feg) and mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer, Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Baroness).
Mike Scalzi (Slough Feg) also makes a special guest appearance on the track "Necromance." The legendary Joe Petagno created the Welcome to Hel cover artwork and Hjelvik logo and is responsible for creating the timeless iconic images we all love from bands like Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth.
Watch the "Glory of Hel" below.