Glittertind’s new single, ’Forføraren’ (The Seducer), is highly relevant with this years U.S. presidential election. The band points to the fact that personality cult where politics and religion mix have roots back to the reformation.
Next autumn it is 500 years since Martin Luther started his obstinate rebellion against the corruption in the Catholic Church. Glittertind is currently working on a concept album on the reformation which will be released next year. ’Forføraren’ (The Seducer) is the first single from the upcoming album, and the song attempts to actualize that part of our cultural heritage after the reformation still lives on today. The band is stating that you can specially observe this in this years U.S. presidential race.
“Similar to Luther, Trump is approaching people directly in a vulgar language without any respect for authorities. Luther was agitated by the way too extensive and corrupt Catholic Church, where everything even happened in a language people did not understand. After the Reformation priests lost part of their role as elevated middlemen, and Luther wanted the people to connect more directly with God. In the Catholic Church the way to salvation went through a great hierarchy. Obviously, there seems to be a parallel to Trump who transfers popular frustration to the political sphere and wants a confrontation with the political elite”, says vocalist Torbjørn Sandvik
Musically ‘Forføraren’ offers a quite surprising lift and tempo change, which is the heart of the song, according to producer and bandmember Geirmund Simonsen. “The song starts out with classic American melodies in a quite polished Nashville-mood, but then it changes dramatically to a gospel-like rock hymn. Like Trump we start off charming and humorous, but end up in a sincerity which states something about the possible catastrophic consequences by giving demagogues power”, says producer and bandmember Geirmund Simonsen.
b.1985. Vocals and guitar
b.1983. Grand piano, accordion, programming
b.1986. Bass and double-bass
b.1985. Guitar, steel-guitar, accordion
b.1985. Drums and percussion
b.1983. Dobro, flutes, kalimba, guitar
Glittertind started out as a one-man project where Torbjørn Sandvik released “Evige Asatro” (2004) and “Til Dovre Faller” (2005) on the Dutch label Karmageddon Media. The records were inspired by the big narratives in history and the music mixed elements from punk, heavy metal and folk. In 2008 Geirmund Simonsen became a part of the project. Simonsen had a background as a church-organist, producer and composer for theatre, film and TV which was very different from Sandviks background from mainly punk and metal bands. Together they thought this could result in something unique. In 2009 they released the album “Landkjenning” (2009) on Napalm Records (Universal Germany).
In 2010, Glittertind became a full band, and in 2013 the band released their debut, Djevelsvart, their first record on a Norwegian label (Indie Recordings). The album, “Djevelsvart”, was inspired by writers from the 19th century who wrote something about what it means to be a modern man. During the work with the album Torbjørn’s girlfriend got life-threatening cancer, and he got great comfort in feeling a sense of common despair with these writer from the 19th century. Also the collective loss of meaning and innocence in Norway after the July 22nd terror influenced the album. The song “Sprekk for sol” (Burst by Sun) was dedicated to one of the Utøya victims, Torjus Jakobsen Blattmann, and his engagement against hate ideologies. With their record the band hoped to communicate that we are not so alone in our suffering that we sometimes think we are.
“Djevelsvart” received great reviews by the Norwegian daily press. The Norwegian equivalent to BBC Radio 1, NRK P1, A-listed the single “Kvilelaus” and the band did their TV-debut on the Norwegian equivalent to BBC1, NRK1. Afterwards Glittertind topped the Norwegian iTunes album list several days. The record also received great reviews in British rock press. Kerrang! Gave 4/5 K!s and wrote that “Djevelsvart” was: “A real folk-rock rarity; stridently progressive, strikingly singular”.
In 2014 the band toured in Norway and showed their flexibility as a band by playing on events related to historic jubilees to metal festivals to community centres on the countryside. With their second album as a full band, “Blåne for blåne” (2015), Glittertind showed new musical colors that proves that this is not a band who cares about strictly defined genre-rules, as long as folk is the founding force.
«Blåne for blåne» (24th of april 2015) was a calm, acoustic concept album which lyrically focused on the wave of solidarity after WWII. It was recoreded in co-operation with Propeller Music Division. The album got a lot of great reviews and a lot of radio-play on Norway's biggest radio station. The band also performed on the primetime TV-show 'The summerboat'.
'Forføraren' (September 23rd 2016) is the first single from an album about the reformation which the band will release autumn 2017 during the global 500 years jubilee. The single will be accomponied by a music video in October 2016.