Does anyone remember the band HEAVEN, not the Australian band, but the fantastic Nowegian AOR band? They released the almost AOR Classic LP 'Take me back', an instant winner for fans of bands like TREAT, SKAGARACK, DAVINCI...
Well, the band is now called HULDRA and they have started to sing their songs in their own language, but happily the music is still classy AOR. Their latest CD release 'Neste morgens lys' is a great AOR release that reminds me of BRETT WALKER's first CD, only with Norwegian lyrics of course. Anyway, I had a little chat with the band...
band is the same band that released under the name HEAVEN a
fantastic pure AOR/Melodic Rockalbum several years ago, please
tell us all about the beginning of your band?
Heaven started in 1987, with 5 musicians with the same music taste. The members had experiences from other hard-rock bands, who were active in the beginning of the 80's.
Can you tell us all about your first CD as HEAVEN?
first album as HEAVEN was recorded at "slager-studio's"
in Oslo in 1989. After sometime with running between record's
companys, we signed a contract for the album "TAKE ME
Did you have much success with the album?
album gave us a number one hit on Norwegian radio's. It also gave
us the opportunity to tour across the country for two years.
What happened after the release of 'Take me back'?
the release of "Take me back" on a promo-radiosingel,
many doors seem to open for the band, such as tv-shows and
Why did you change your bandname and also tell us why you decided to sing in Norwegian instead of English like on the HEAVEN record?
band broke up in the end of 1991, but three of the former members
decided to write lyrics in Norwegian. After making a few songs,
we decided to give it a try, but also doing our best to keep some
of the former sound.
Now you have released a new CD as HULDRA, can you tell us all about it?
newest album "NESTE MORGENS LYS",(or in English
"Early morning light", Was recorded in Haugesund, our
home-town At the west coast of Norway. After choosing among 30
different song's, we came up with 11 tracks. We feel that there
is a kind of balance between the softest songs, and the more as
we call straight forward rock'n roll. The song "Naboens
broed" has been released on radio's since late august, and
the song "me ska komma tebakers" will be promoted for
radio in january.(2002)
music is very much based around typical 80s Scandi AOR/Melodic
Rock, which bands influenced you?
The typical 80's sound has been following most of the members since band like Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Whitesnake,had their tribute.Also band like Deep Purple are stuff we listening to(even today).
have any contacts with major labels?
We have just sign a contract whit one of Norway's biggest distrubutions companies, and we think that this is right ting for us today. Our music is released on our own label.
Are you popular in your area?
been a busy time traveling beetween the different radios and
smaler local TV's. Huldra have also starting to tour the
west-coast,but the most gigs are set between january and august
What are the plans for the next coming months?
plans for the coming months will of course be touring as much as
posible, but as you now Norway has a very long coast. To do
conserts in the most important city's will probably take more
than some months.
Finally, do you have anything to add to our readers?
If you want to know more about"HULDRA", you can meet us at www.huldrarecords.no
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