Hymn is a Norwegian metal duo consisting of singer/guitarist Ole Ulvik Rokseth and drummer Markus Støle. The pair has been working together for 13 years, with projects like Buckaduzz, Tombstones and more recently Sâver. They have also served as session musicians for a diverse range of Norwegian artists like Okay Kaya (Jagjaguwar) and Gundelach (UOK?). The two-headed, four handed beast that is Hymn has been pounding skin and pulling the strings of serial-amplified guitars since 2013, having toured small clubs and festivals in Europe (including the Øya festival, Stick & Stone fest and Freak Valley Festival) at lenght following the release of their debut “Perish” on SVART Records in 2017. Their second offering is entitled “Breach Us” and is due for release in September on Norwegian underground stalwart Fysisk Format.
Compared to the band’s first outing, Breach Us is more energetic and more to the point, according to Ole and Markus:
“Following the release of SÂVER’s debut LP, and as a natural continuation of HYMN’s previous effort, the idea of approaching our sonic toolbox with sheer, uncompromising force was instinctively satisfying. We wanted a space where we could cut things to the bone and go straight to the core; to the raw, honest and brutal”.
On “Crimson”, Hymn expand into more psychedelic territory with guest David Johansson of Swedish doom-masters Kongh on vocals, before the album’s final track “Can I carry you” sees the band teaming up with Guro Moe of noise-rockers MoE to explore new worlds of sonic adventure; by far their most ambitious, piece of music so far.
Recorded and mixed by Kim Lillestøl at Amper Tone Studios in Oslo, “Breach Us” is a gargantuan tour de force and a testament to man’s will to exert discipline and human direction to the universal powers of chaos. The duo’s trademark unpredictable riffing, otherworldly power and siamese precision will exalt the daring listener through focus and confusion, craftsmanship and chaos, sucking up the sludgy tradition through their roots and branching up into metal’s unknowable future. “Breach us” is metal coming to life in 2020.