Andrea Haugen

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Andrea Nebel (born Andrea Meyer), known under her artist name of Nebelhexë, is a German recording artist, writer, actress and model. Her artistic expressions are of a dark and psychological nature.

Music career[edit]

Andrea Haugen has always had a fascination for the dark, hidden and misunderstood.[1] She has been referred to by the alternative music press as being one of the most intriguing personalities of the extreme music subculture.[2] A review of her Laguz Within The Lake album describes Nebelhexë as "the soundtrack to a Lord Of The Rings movie prequel" and "Enya gone Goth to the beat of a tribal drummer".[3] Another review says "Awkwardness is the exception and lies in juxtaposition to near-brilliance: (the song) “Reverse” being the case in point, atmosphere is key here and it’s dark — tribal and modern, earthen and mechanical, all at once".[4]

The artist describes her songs as meditative and haunting with style influences ranging from Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush to The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. The album could be described as New Age with definite crossover appeal to a non-incense burning crowd.


In 1995 she made an impact with her first music project, the obscure, ghostly dark ambient Aghast, a collaboration with Tania Stene. She was also the woman behind the melodies of Hagalaz' Runedance, a project she dedicated to the pagan spirituality of Northern Europe. Hagalaz' Runedance became very popular and hit the album charts. Andrea announced that she got "extremely fed up and bored" with the music and image of Hagalaz' Runedance and that it really did not represent her personal ideas at all, since the real her is much darker and interesting.[1]

Since 2003 she releases all her music under her artist name of Nebelhexë. She also writes filmscripts since then, both horror and satire. She plans to make a movie called "The Neighbour". She has asked actor Cam Gigandet to co-star in the film. She met him through actor Jackson Rathbone... [1][5]

Her song "Skindeep", from the album Dead Waters, was first chosen for the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, but was then denied due to the explicit dark lyrics. The song is about sex and vampirism [1]

Writings and music videos[edit]

A writer since 1995, her controversial writings, statements and comments have become quite acknowledged.[6] She has spoken out against what she saw as the inhibiting patriarchal religions that restrict people's inner nature. Many of her social-critical comments have been printed in alternative magazines and also in the biggest Norwegian tabloid papers and magazines. She also writes Gothic and surreal poetry.

Andrea Haugen wrote the book The Ancient Fires of Midgard, about her discovery of the Germanic myths and traditions. Yet Andrea has made it quite clear that the focus on the northern myths was but a brief phase in her life. She considers herself to be generally very spiritual (although, not religious.) She states,"Life is for living! Life is an amazing journey without limits and I am fascinated by all of life's mysteries and explore spiritual philosophies from around the world. I like real spirituality, real people and real achievements."[1]

She is releasing a spoken word CD to her new poem book "The Dark Side of Dreaming". She also works on her biography "Walking With The Night".[6]

Her gloomy videos bear a strong message, but are often misunderstood and the cause of great discussions.[7]

Her private life is very secluded. She has a daughter, Alva, with ex-husband Tomas Haugen with whom she maintains a close friendship. Andrea Haugen says on her Trivia page that she loves Sighthounds, Arabian horses and Oriental cats.[8]

She has domains both in Norway and the UK, where she resides and associates with several known actors.[9] Haugen sees her future in film, acting and film music, both horror and comedy.[10]

Andrea Haugen trains kickboxing and 'freestyle'.[11]

Future releases will be under the name of Andréa Nebel, no longer under the name of Nebelhexe. She also has revived her old Aghast project, yet in modernized form, now called "Aghast Manor". The music is designed to be used as film soundtracks.[1]

Andrea Haugen practises Nichiren Buddhism.[1]

"I'm a person who explores life and who has done pretty many wild things in her life... To me, art and magic/spirituality are connected. I try to awake deep emotions and visions that I hope will move something in the individual. What I hope to inspire people mostly with, is that they think for themselves and value their individual freedom. My art is usually quite inspired by dark images and surreal decadence, but it doesn't mean I am morose as a person... quite the opposite. In fact I am known to be real charming and funny (laughs)... to me 'dark' means a deeper intensity of emotions and a deeper understanding for the night-side of life..."[1]

Discography[edit]

Aghast[edit]

  • Hexerei im Zwielicht der Finsternis, CD/PD 1995

Hagalaz' Runedance[edit]

  • Frigga’s Web, CD/LP 2002
  • Volven, CD/LP/Picture disc 2000
  • On Wings of Rapture, CD single 2000
  • Urd - That Which Was, MCD/Picture disc 1999
  • The Winds That Sang of Midgard’s Fate, CD 1998
  • When the Trees Were Silenced, 7“ 1996

Nebelhexë[edit]

  • Laguz - Within the Lake, CD 2004
  • Essensual, CD 2006
  • Dead Waters, CD 2009
  • Don't Kill The Animals, EP, 2009, with US artist Jarboe

Aghast Manor[edit]

  • Gaslights, CD 2012
  • Penetrate, CD 2013

Guest appearances[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Understanding the Northern Myths and Traditions (2000)
  • Dark Side of Dreaming - poems and short stories
  • Walking With The Night - a book of shadows
  • Feed My Shadow Nature
  • Simply Exceptional
  • The Shadow Of Eloise
  • The Neighbour
  • The Body In The Skeleton House
  • Behind Church Walls
  • Das Erbe der Familie Rimbaud

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Nebelhexe website http://www.nebelhexe.com
  2. ^ Oral Histories: Andrea (Nebelhexë) From Terrorizer Magazine "The number one magazine for extreme music" http://www.terrorizer.com/issuedetail.php?issue_no=175&features
  3. ^ SEPTEMBER 2004 Record review By Carrie Crespo Womanrock.com http://www.womanrock.com/CD%20Reviews/September%202004%20Reviews.htm
  4. ^ Laura Taylor Sept. 2004 Exclaim.ca http://www.exclaim.ca/musicreviews/generalreview.aspx?csid1=62&csid2=846&fid1=16636
  5. ^ http://www.zillo.de
  6. ^ a b Nebelhexë artist page on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/nebelhexe
  7. ^ Youtube clip of artist's song 'Torture is no Culture' and statement official website www.nebelhexe.com music section http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd-5XIt9V-w
  8. ^ oral history, interview Nebelhexe, myspace.com/nebelhexe_personal
  9. ^ Life Mag interview Nebelhexe, myspace.com/nebelhexe_personal
  10. ^ interview Nebelhexe, June '09 Rock Tribune, Belgia
  11. ^ Trivia official website www.nebelhexe.com

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