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Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (2008 – present)

Hamferð is a doom metal band formed in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands in 2008. Their lineup consisted of Jón Hansen, John Egholm, Esmar Joensen, Theodor Kapnas, Tinna Tótudóttir and Remi Johannesen.

Hamferð is a Faroese term for the living images of sailors appearing before their loved ones. Written recordings of these apparitions are a recurrence within the toilsome and sorrowful depths of Faroese history, and this is where Hamferð, the band, draws its inspiration. Echoing through crawling, thunderous marches of blight and wails of melancholic isolation are the greatly unexplored darker recesses within the soul of the island people. Love, loss and solitude compose the core of the bands poetic lyricism, and all is presented through funereal figures, taking the stage with mournful silence.

In the band’s short lifetime Hamferð has achieved a lot. Founded in 2008 for a Global Battle of the Bands event, the band lay dormant for a year before recording their first demo containing two tracks during the fall of 2009, one of which accidentally landed at #1 on the Faroese radio charts for three weeks during the spring of 2010. In February 2010 Hamferð won an annual upcoming band-competition in Tórshavn called Sement, which gave Hamferð a chance to perform at some of the larger events during the festival summer such as G! Festival and Summarfestivalurin. In December 2010, the debut EP “Vilst er síðsta fet” was released and has received great reviews so far.

2011 has been a very active year for Hamferð.

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