Metal-friendly Nordic dark folk band Heilung -- think Wardruna or Dead Can Dance (who also announced a tour today) -- released their sophomore album Furtha earlier this year on Season of Mist, and now the band — whose members are spread across Norway, Denmark, and Germany — have announced their first-ever North American tour. The band says, “Heilung is proud to announce our first tour in North America. Like our forefathers 1000 years ago, we will cross the ocean and set foot on the land they called Vinland. Ticket sales begin Friday the 11th of October 10 EST. Come join the ritual.”

Now, you might be wondering if this metal-adjacent project with an interest in vikings, history and nature is up to something sketchy. I was wondering, and actually the band does address such concerns on their Facebook page: "Heilung is amplified history from early medieval northern Europe and should not be mistaken for a modern political or religious statement of any kind."

The tour hits San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Chicago, DC, Montreal, and NYC in early 2020. The NYC show happens January 24 at Webster Hall. As the band said, tickets for that show (and the whole tour) go on sale Friday (10/11) at 10 AM.

The fact that this band is big enough to headline venues like Webster Hall may seem shocking at first, especially considering the record label they're on, but the album sold well, their videos have tons of views, their live show is elaborate, they've already soundtracked a Game of Thrones commercial, and this traditional style of "world music" has especially been growing in popularity in Europe where the similar Wardruna just announced that they've signed to Sony.

Heilung are also embarking on a European tour this month. All dates are listed along with some music below.

HEILUNG North American Dates:
01/11: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
01/13: Portland, OR @ The Roseland Ballroom
01/17: Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theater
01/20: Chicago, IL @ The Vic
01/22: Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
01/24: New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Ballroom)
01/26: Montreal, QC @ MTELUS

HEILUNG festivals
10/19: Hameln (DE) @ Autumn Moon Festival 2019 (Exact date TBA)
02/18/20: York (UK) @ Descended from Odin Festival (Exact date TBA)

HEILUNG European tour:
10/22: Palladium (PL) @ Warschau **SOLD OUT**
10/24: Berlin (DE) @ Admiralspalast
10/26: Essen (DE) @ Colosseum Theater **SOLD OUT**
10/28: Munich (DE) @ Circus Krone
10/30: Prague (CZ) @ Hybernia
11/01: Halle (DE) @ Händelhalle
11/03: Vienna (AT) @ Der Globe
11/05: Zurich (CH) @ Volkshaus
11/07: Kiel (DE) @ Kieler Schloss
11/10: London (UK) @ Roundhouse
11/14: Utrecht (NL) @ Tivoli Vredenburg **SOLD OUT**
11/17: Brussels (BE) @ AB **SOLD OUT**
11/20: Paris (FR) @ Elysée Montmartre **SOLD OUT**
12/06: Lviv (UA) @ Lviv State Circus
12/08: Kyiv (UA) @ Center of Culture and Arts NAU

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