Norwegian folk-rockers have created headlines in national newspapers in Norway during a national controversy of whether or not to celebrate the 500 years of passing since the Reformation.
Glittertind started out as a folk-metal act with a record deal and two albums on Karmageddon Media (ex- Hammerheart records) and later one album on the Austrian metal label Napalm Records. In recent years the band has created records that are better labeled as folk-rock with a diverse range of elements from classical music to metal.
Their new album Himmelfall (‘Heaven Fall’) was released October 27th in Norway and commemorates the 500 years that has passed since the Reformation, and Protestantism was forced upon their homeland. The band created headlines in national newspapers during controversy over whether or not to celebrate that 500 years ago Martin Luther started his rebellion against the Church in Rome.
“In Norway, the general public has been more interested in Halloween than commemorating the events 500 years ago that shaped Europe and America. The Reformation is far too important to “be pushed by the secular society into the Church” frontman and vocalist Torbjørn Sandvik told the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen (‘The Daily Times’). He also told the paper that he himself was not a Christian, but he argued that the impact of the Reformation on our culture is so huge that it should not be ignored regardless of faith.
To the national Norwegian newspaper Vårt land (‘Our Land’) Sandvik stated in an interview: “If we forget our history and where we come from, we will end up superficial and rootless”.
“Himmelfall” will be out November 17th through Plastic Head in the rest of Europe.
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Olav Engelbrektsson (b. 1480 – d. 1538) was Archbishop of Norway from 1523 to 1537, the Regent of Norway from 1533 to 1537, a member and later president of the Riksråd (Council of the Realm), and a member of the Norwegian nobility. He was the last Roman Catholic to be the Archbishop of Norway before he fled to exile in 1537 when Norway was occupied by Denmark and Protestantism was introduced by force.
After his death, Olav Engelbrektsson was given a “bad reputation as an untrustworthy and scheming prelate” by the Protestant historians. His reputation did not improve after 1814, when Norway made its declaration of independence from Denmark, because he was still blamed for promoting the Catholic Church at the expense of Norwegian independence. But the later historians have rehabilitated most of his reputation with detailed studies and labeled most of the accusations as unfair.
The story of “Olav Engelbrektsson” shows that history is always manipulated by the ones who rule, and that Norway had to change into a more secular society to see through the propaganda.