Drontheim – “Down Below”
22 February 2019
CD | DIGITAL | VINYL
Born from an idea by guitarist -viNd- during a hiatus in his other bands Manes and Atrox, he recruited a group of comrades that he knew had the live and studio experience he needed to get this group off its feet, and thus Drontheim was established.
Drontheim plays music on the edge of post-rock and alternative metal, infused with large amounts of atmospheric and cinematic passages, with the sound being sometimes distorted and strict and other times dark and emotional. The members of Drontheim are or have been involved with bands such as Manes, Atrox, Khonsu, Bloodthorn and more.
Conceptually, Drontheim is rooted in an alternative reality of World War II, and the many “what if’s” in relation to the outcome of the war. The band is strictly non-political with no collective agenda on any level except the artistic one, but the inspiration grew from a strong interest in WWII in general, and more specifically the German vision for Neu Drontheim – New Trondheim – as the new capital for the Germanized Scandinavia. Lyrically it can be considered part documental and part fiction, but as a whole it is focused on the dark and dystopian union of audible, lyrical and visual expressions that enables the artistic atmosphere Drontheim seek to provide.
“Down Below” is their debut album, but they have released a handful of digital singles and music videos earlier. They have been an active live band, and have a tour lined up for early 2019 in support of the album.
For fans of Rammstein, The Prodigy, Seigmen, Zeromancer, Ljungblut, NIN, My Dying Bride, Ulver, Red Harvest, DHG, Faith No More, Peeping Tom, Anathema, Katatonia, Kent, Ved Buens Ende, 3rd & the Mortal, The Soundbyte, Calmcorder, KkoagulaA, Manes, Atrox.
-viNd- : guitars, computers, synth, lyrics
Snorre Hovdal : bass, backing vocals, lyrics, synth
Rune Folgerø : vocals, lyrics
Tom Christian Engelsøy: vocals, lyrics
Geir Knarbakk : drums
Torstein Parelius : lyrics, guitars
Genre: Industrial Rock / Alternative Metal / Experimental / Avant-garde