Vildhjarta at Euroblast Festival 2014
|Genres||Djent, progressive metal|
|Past members||David Lindkvist
Vildhjarta is a Swedish progressive metal band from Hudiksvall, formed in 2005. The band plays in a Meshuggah-influenced musical style employing heavily down-tuned seven string guitars, as well as harmonic minor chord progressions, jarring staccato riffs, layers of reverberant guitars and dual lead vocalists. The group released a 2-track EP entitled Omnislash in 2009 before they proceeded to sign with Century Media Records in 2011, spawning their debut full-length album Måsstaden that same year. In 2013, they followed up with a second EP, Thousands of Evils. The word "vildhjärta" translates to "wildheart" in Swedish.
Vildhjarta was formed by Daniel Bergström, Jimmie Åkerström, and Johan Nyberg in 2005 in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Hyped since their early days thanks to short demos that circulated the web, they have taken more than half a decade to craft their style of music. With the three spread throughout Sweden, Bergström, the main songwriter of the bunch, would email ideas to the others to get their feedback and suggestions. A groovy, down-tuned riff would soon become a verse. After a few more rounds of emailing, that verse would become a song. As more and more songs started to develop, the natural progression was to add more members and become a band. More members brought more input and ideas and soon their own take on metal was created.
As the songs developed and appeared online, so did a rapid fan base. Fans demanded to see the band perform so Vildhjarta appeared on a few festivals and shows throughout Europe, most notably, the 2010 edition of Euroblast.
According to Vildhjarta guitarist Daniel Bergström, commitment to their fans and "the art of music itself", only allowed for three songs to be released in the four years before the release of their first full length album. After years of trading e-mails with metal label giant Century Media they signed a worldwide record contract in the Spring of 2011. Their debut album, Måsstaden, is a concept-album that "tells the tale of a hidden and isolated town, narrated in a classic fable manner". Sources of inspiration included The Jungle Book and Mumindalen. The album received a favourable review from a critic, who called it "a harsh, fantastic, concept work." 2011 also saw a major line-up change in the band: Vilhelm Bladin replaced Robert Luciani who parted ways and formed the band Means End together with former Uneven Structure drummer Christian Schreil.
On April 20, 2012, Jimmie Åkerström left the band. Fans were told it would not affect Vildhjarta's writing or touring plans. They embarked on a European tour with Veil of Maya, Volumes and Structures in May.
In late 2012, the band announced that they were planning to release an EP of new material, entitled Thousands of Evils. 3 clips from the EP have since been released and a new song was debuted live on the "Euroblast Tour" in late 2012. The EP was released digitally in Europe on September 30, 2013.
Explanation of "thall"
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During the early years of Vildhjarta, the band spread links to their own songs, promoted them on message boards and tagged them with the word "thall". The etymology of "thall" comes from the slurred pronunciation of the World of Warcraft character, Thrall, when pronounced with a Swedish accent which Daniel Bergström and Carl-Magnus Thomér found to be extremely funny. This led to the band including it in official communication without explanation, which became unexpectedly popular and nearly viral.
- Studio albums
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- Bergström, Daniel. "Vildhjärta Interview". Got-djent.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
- Thomér, Carl-Magnus. "Vildhjärta Spanish Interview". Noise-zone.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
- "Album Review: Vildhjarta – Måsstaden « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Vildhjarta Recruit New Vocalist". Got-djent.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
- "Vildhjarta Announces New Album "Masstaden" Release Date". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Vildhjarta: 'Thousands of Evils' teaser video". got-djent.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- "Vildhjarta: 'Thousands of Evils' EP Details". got-djent.com. 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2013-09-15.