1695 By Tuomas
Hiidenhauta is a black metal band from Satakunta, Finland, founded in 2012. In 2013, the band released two EPs, namely, “Surma saapuu suota myöten” and “Eikä aurinko valaise.” The first full-length album, “Noitia on minun sukuni,” was released in 2014 and the second one “1695” was released in 2018.
Me and our other vocalist Emma started to plan a band on spring 2011, but 2012 we found Gastjäle (keyboards) and then Henri (bass) join in. He was also a bassist in my old band so I knew his skills and personality. And soon Eetu (drums) and Otto (guitar) joined in also. Gastjäle left the band after ‘1695’ was released, and now we are a five-member band.
The album’s theme revolves around the Great Famine of 1695-1697, a great calamity which beset the Finnish area at the time. During the period, approximately every third citizen of Finland (then under the Swedish rule) met their end as a result of starvation or epidemics. The style of the album is quite cold and raw and includes lots of classical elements by the piano, still keeping traditional black metal style first. It’s a concept album and I recommend to listen to it at once from the beginning to the end. Our lyrics are a very big part of us. They are (of course) written in Finnish, abiding by the poetic “kalevalametre”.
We want to tell great stories about history, mythology, and nature. Those things are among the prominent themes of our lyrics. For example, our second album “Eikä Aurinko Valaise” was dark and sorrowful piece and tells a story of lycanthropy. And “1695”, as I said before, was a concept album about the Great Famine of 1695-1697. The inspiration came everywhere. I read a lot of history books and mythology and old “home region” stories etc. And our next lyrical themes will be something from that kind of books.
If metal is still dangerous? It’s a hard question. If a band or song moves someone and includes the strongest power to someone than prevailing rules or opinion, then it’s dangerous. I’m pretty sure that certain metal can be always dangerous.
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