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Background information
OriginTórshavn, Faroe Islands
GenresDoom metal
Years active2008 − present
LabelsTutl Records
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersEyðun í Geil Hvannastein
Theodor Kapnas
Esmar Joensen
Jón Aldará
Ísak Petersen
Remi Kofoed Johannesen
Past membersTinna Tótudóttir
Jenus Í Trøðini
John Áki Egholm

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, Jón 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."

In early January 2014, lead singer Jón Aldará also joined the Finnish band Barren Earth - replacing former vocalist and founder Mikko Kotamäki, who had parted ways with the band "due to conflicting schedules."[8]


Current members[edit]

  • Jón Aldará - Vocals (2008–Present)
  • Eyðun í Geil Hvannastein - Guitars (2020–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 (2011–2014)
  • John Áki Egholm – Guitars (2008–2020)



  1. ^ (in English) Interview with Hamferð Archived 2012-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ (in English) Hamferð to support Dead Tyrants Tour 2011[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ (in English) Hamferð Special
  4. ^ (in English) Hamferð won Wacken Metal Battle Føroyar 2012
  5. ^ "Føroysku Hamferð vunnu á Wacken". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  6. ^ (in English) Hamferð from the Faroe Islands win the Metal Battle 2012 Archived 2012-08-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Planet.fo Hamferð er ársins bólkur
  8. ^ Samuelsen, Ingi (29 January 2015). "Nýggjur tungur finskur rokkur við føroyskum sangara" (in Faroese). Aktuelt.fo. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  9. ^ Metalstorm.net
  10. ^ Bandcamp.com

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