Combining the emotional and atmospheric elements of Black Metal with progressive rhythm-laden modern Metal structures and the beauty of Post Rock and Shoegaze, Heretoir is a nostalgic, melancholic and soothing soundtrack in a mad world. Founded (in Augsburg) by David “Eklatanz” C. in 2006, Heretoir conceptually and lyrically deals with existence, self-reflection, fears and dreams – life in all its facets. It is a musical universe set for the discovery of one’s deepest thoughts and the soul that rests in each of us…
After a first demo and EP (“Existenz” (2008) & “.Existenz.” (2009)), multiple compilation contributions and a split release with the band “Thränenkind”(“Wiedersehen – unsere Hoffnung”, 2010) Heretoir released their eponymous debut album “Heretoir” on February 25th, 2011 through Northern Silence Productions. Melodizing the topic of loss, “Heretoir” was very well received by fans and press around the world, not least because of the powerful and atmospheric cover artwork of exceptional French artists Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets, ex-Amesoeurs) and Metastazis (worked for Alcest, Anathema, Enthroned, As i lay dying, Gorgoroth and many more).
With the release of the debut album Matthias S. (bass), Max F. (guitar) and Emanuel D. (drums) joined the line-up and Heretoir evolved into a full band. It didn’t take long for the band to shared stages with acts like Agalloch, Alcest, Dornenreich, Eluveitie, Graveworm, Sólstafir or Secrets of the Moon. In parallel with the progression of the live shows, the EP re-recording/compilation “Substanz”was released on August 24th, 2012.
After two successfull European tours with Agrypnie/Der Weg einer Freiheit and Dornenreich and one tour through England with Thränenkind, as well as performances at the Summerbreeze Open Air 2014 and support shows for renowned post-rockers God is an Astronaut and melancholic masters Katatonia, Heretoir was able to build up a reputation in the atmospheric metal scene. In 2016 Emanuel D. left the band and Nils G. became the new drummer.
Following more than 5 years of intense work, the much-anticipated second album “The Circle”is finally about to be released in March 2017. “The Circle” deals with the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Weaving crushing heaviness and atmospheric dreaminess the album portrays an emotional journey – a life dedicated to the sun and to freedom. Besides another very special coverart by Fursy Teyssier the album furthermore features guest vocals by Alcest mastermind Stéphane “Neige” Paut. The album was mastered by well known sound engineer Lasse Lammert.
With the release of “The Circle” Heretoir will embark on an extensive European tour in Spring 2017.
“This is shoegaze at its best, atmospheric black metal at its best. Sit back and reflect. This music is emotionally devastating. It really is a “soundtrack for disco vering ones deepest thoughts”. The music is composed so beautifully, every song seems to be treated with
care. And every song has its own unique charm.”
(8.7/10 – www.ultimate-guitar.com)
Homepage: http://www.heretoir.com (online again in early 2017)