I’ve never met Johan Hegg, but I sure would like to. As metal celebrities go, he seems like an especially interesting, fun-loving guy. On the one hand, he is the badass face and voice of “Viking metal” (and I put those words in quotes to acknowledge the intellectual debate over whether that really is a definable genre of music). On the other hand, he cruises around in convertibles with muppets. And when he smiles, that warrior persona just melts away like ice in the summertime.
Two videos have just premiered in which Johan Hegg plays a starring role, and they show both sides of his personality — one from Amon Amarth, and one from Audrey Horne.
Yesterday Bloody-Disgusting premiered a video for the song “Deceiver Of The Gods” from Amon Amarth’s latest album of the same name. It includes clips from a forthcoming film, Northmen – A Viking Saga, which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken — and Johan Hegg in the role of Valli.
Here’s a synopsis of the movie that appeared in the post at Bloody-Disgusting:
In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom.
King Dunchaid immediately sets his “wolfpack” – a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery – on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…
It’s hard to tell from the movie clips in this video whether the movie will be any good, but I guess that’s true of all movie trailers. This trailer, however, is set to the music of Amon Amarth, and we get to see Johan Hegg being badass, and I don’t really need anything more to be entertained by it.
It’s debatable whether Audrey Horne are a metal band, despite the fact that they hail from Bergen, Norway, and once included Ice Dale and Herbrand Larsen from Enslaved and King from Gorgoroth, God Seed, and King ov Hell. Although Larsen and King are no longer with the band, their new album still includes a bit of the heavy. In fact, its name is Pure Heavy.
Yesterday brought the premiere of an official music video for one of the new songs, “Out of the City”. And it stars Johan Hegg and those muppets I mentioned earlier, and other people whose names you’ll see when the credits roll at the end.
And goddamn, the song isn’t “pure heavy” but it sure as hell is “pure catchy” and “pure fun”. It’s on heavy rotation in my head now. The video is pure fun, too.
(The new album will be released by Napalm Records on Sept 29 in the UK and Oct 7 in North America.)