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Origin Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Genres Doom Metal
Years active 2008 − present
Labels Tutl Records
Website Myspace Page
Members John Áki Egholm
Theodor Kapnas
Esmar Joensen
Jón Aldará
Ísak Petersen
Remi Kofoed Johannesen
Past members Tinna Tótudóttir
Jenus Í Trøðini

Hamferð is a Faroese doom metal band from Tórshavn which formed in 2008.


John Egholm (guitar) founded the band in 2008; he called Remi Johannesen (drums) and they started jamming. The first show was in a band competition called GBOB (Global Battle Of The Bands) and Hamferð actually reached the national final of the competition. Meanwhile, Theodor Kapnas (guitar), who was studying audio engineering in Sweden, joined the band and most of the writing happened online. At that time Hamferð were joined by current keyboard member Esmar Joensen to complete the lineup. During fall of 2009 Hamferð recorded their first demo, containing the tracks "Opið Hav" and "Ódn" and, in January 2010, joined another band competition in the Faroe Islands called Sement. Theodor, Tinna, and Jón were all abroad. Consequently, John handled the vocals and two stand-in members were chosen: Harald í Kálvalíð (guitar) and Jenus í Trøðini (bass).[1]

During summer 2010 Hamferð appeared on several well-known festivals in the Faroe Islands, including Summarfestivalurin and the G! Festival. Shortly after their concerts on both festivals Kerrang! critiqued their performances and handed them an impressive 4 out of 5 stars.

After parting ways with Tinna Tótudóttir (replaced by Jenus í Trøðini) in November/December 2011, Hamferð have supported the Dead Tyrants European Tour, including Finnish pagan metal band Moonsorrow and Faroese folk metal band Týr.[2] In December 2011, Jón Aldará has declared that the band is now concentrating on writing new music for its first full-length album.[3] On 24 March 2012, the band won the Faroese edition of Wacken Metal Battle, getting the chance to play at Wacken Open Air 2012.[4] On 3 August 2012, the band won even this competition, getting also a worldwide record deal with the German label Nuclear Blast.[5][6]

In December 2012 Hamferð won a Faroese music prize at the annual Planet Awards in the category Band of the Year. Two years earlier Hamferð won a Planet Award in the category Best new band of the year[7] Hamferðs' main influence is said to be the Faroe Islands themselves, "where the sea and the long cold winter play the major role as main contributors."


Current members[edit]

  • Jón Aldará - Vocals (2008–Present)
  • John Áki Egholm – Guitars (2008–Present)
  • Theodor Kapnas – Guitars (2009–Present)
  • Esmar Joensen – Keyboards (2009–Present)
  • Ísak Petersen - Bass (2014–Present)
  • Remi Kofoed Johannesen - Drums (2008–Present)

Former members[edit]

  • Tinna Tótudóttir - Bass (2008–2011)
  • Jenus Í Trøðini - Bass (20011–2014)



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