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Heretoir (Reissue)
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AOP Records
10. Feb. 2023


AOP Records proudly presents a remastered reissue of HERETOIR’s self-titled debut album!

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/Germany) by David 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) 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 share stages with acts like Agalloch, Alcest, 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 several european tours with Agrypnie, Der Weg einer Freiheit and Dornenreich and one tour through England with Dawn Ray'd, as well as performances at the Summerbreeze Open Air and Ragnarök, 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. The current line-up was completed by Kevin Storm, who joined the band in 2020.

Following more than 5 years of intense touring, the much-anticipated second album “The Circle” has been released in March 2017. “The Circle” deals with the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Weaving crushing heaviness and atmospheric melodies, the album portrays an emotional journey – a life dedicated to self-reflection and freedom.

Besides another very special coverart by Fursy Teyssier the album furthermore features guest vocals by Alcest mastermind Stéphane “Neige” Paut. “The Circle” was mastered by well known sound engineer Lasse Lammert.

HERETOIR embarked on an extensive European tour in Spring 2017 together with US-black metalers Ghost Bath visiting more than 15 countries in four weeks. More festival appearances and a tour with finnsih melodic metalers Kalmah followed and in 2018 the band toured China for two weeks.

During the last years the band worked hard and focussed on writing new material. In 2023 the new full-length record called “Nightsphere“ will be released. Even before that a remastered version of the debut album “Heretoir“ has been released by AOP Records in 2022, which will be followed by a six song EP in spring 2023. The band returned to the stage after the pandemic had prevented shows for two long years and is already writing songs for additional releases in the future.

HERETOIR are more determined than ever to enter the stages of the world with full force!

"Graue Bauten" - Live Session Video: https://youtu.be/LJG5ekqQ0E8

"Fatigue 2022" - Official Track Stream: https://youtu.be/r3aHUXraqyo


01. The Escape - Part I
02. Fatigue
03. Retreat to Hibernate
04. 0
05. Weltschmerz
06. Graue Bauten
07. The Escape - Part II
08. To Follow the Sun
09. Heretoir
10. Fatigue (2022)
11. Weltschmerz (2022)

Band statement:

We recorded this album almost 15 years ago. So much has happened since then, but we feel very connected to these songs and they still mean a lot to us. The intense atmosphere, the eerie sense of loss and melancholy that this record conveys fits perfectly into the world of today. We live in urban wastelands and are surrounded by more and more isolated people who are increasingly losing touch with everything. It is hard to find some hope in these days dominated by stories of war, ecocide and solastalgia, yet many people tell us that they have found a glimmer of hope, a small portion of positivity within these songs, which are dark and bleak, but also offer some relief, some light in the darkness. That is why we decided that this record, which means so much to so many, deserves a proper remaster that on the one hand preserves the spirit of the original tracks, but on the other hand is accompanied by two re-recorded songs that in a way show the changes we have gone through as human beings and as musicians.

The future may look bleak, but all is not lost yet.

This record was and is still dedicated to those who feel.

Heretoir, 2022

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