Surt, Thorgrim, Modi, and Hjalmar were tried and true metal veterans who had been a part of Dark Eden, which was considered by many to be Brazil’s greatest doom metal band ever. However, they wanted to try something different musically, something heavier with themes about Norse mythology and Vikings. Hugin Munin was the result, the name being derived from those of the Norse god Odin’s companion ravens Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Memory).
They gradually wrote a few songs then recorded their first album “A Viking Funeral”. The title track was the first single to be released and was a major hit with the Brazilian metal underground. The EP received rave reviews; Brazil’s most popular heavy metal magazine, “Roadie Crew”, declared that Hugin Munin was “the greatest Viking metal band to ever rise in South America”. It was at that time that the band’s fifth member, Carcharoth, joined the line-up. The band performed several live shows in Brazil, enjoying a great deal of success with heavy metal fans throughout the region. They set their sights on distant shores, hoping to gain fans in Europe and the United States, as well as in other parts of the world.
Carcharoth eventually departed the band to pursue his own career, so a fellow musician and close personal friend of the band, Sigurd, took over as the bass player. The group continues to gain more fans worldwide, and has released the EP “Die For Odin”, as well as their most recent EP “Heroes Rise”. Hugin Munin is in the process of recording their first full-length album “Ten Thousand Spears For Ten Thousand Gods” which will be released later on this year. They have also played a number of festivals in their native Brazil recently where they were featured performers. 2011 promises to be a very good year for the “Southern Berserkers.”