In the cold, beautiful Scandinavia in the small country Denmark, HELHORSE started out as 5 piece stoner, sludge band under the name of DØDNING in 2006.
Experimenting with the sound the band added their second vocalist Mikkel Wad Larsen later the same year.
The members are all set in Copenhagen, but come from very different musical backgrounds.
And so with a wide spread of influences from metal, hardcore, punk, and rock and roll, the band found that this diversity was one of their greatest assets.
With only two songs on MySpace, the band were thrown to the wolves.
In 2007 they played support slots for bands like Black Label Society, Exodus, Opeth, 3 Inches of Blood and set out on their first tour abroad in The Netherlands.
The reaction received at the various shows was overwhelming and fuelled the need to record their fist self titled EP “DØDNING” which was released in the spring of 2009. Besides the release of their first EP, 2009 also marked an important change in the band.
Bass player Jon Kampstrup made the decision to leave the band and he was replaced by Søren Nybo Hansen.
With the new line up the guys started writing material for their debut album.
In late 2009 they started recording their debut album at the Dead Rat Studio with Danish metal legend Jacob Bredahl (HateSphere, As We Fight, Purified In Blood).
With a crisp, warm and dynamic sound, Jacob Bredahl managed to get the very best of the band and created a very powerful debut album that shows a band breaking into their own right.
2010 was a year of preparation, concerts and self reflexion.
Due to the past three years the band took a look inside and started to work on their visual identity and expression as a band. The result of this process was to change their name from DØDNING to HELHORSE.
“We felt that it was necessary to change our name to something that was more linked to our musical expression. But at the same time we didn’t want to lose the meaning of DØDNING (ghost/goblin in Danish). We found a poem from an old famous Danish writer Steen Steensen Blicher in which the Helhorse (ghost horse) was mentioned as the bringer of death and destruction.
We feel that HELHORSE is the perfect name for us as it embraces our Nordic roots.”
The future looks bright for the bastard sons of Copenhagen. They will release their debut album For Wolves And Vultures in the late winter of 2010.