The actual idea of Gurtholfinn began in late 2005 as the musical endeavor of Tarem only. After months of trying to get stuff recorded, he released a demo titled “Never Forget” in 2006. The demo was filled with Doom elements and acoustic guitars. The demo never gained any attention, and never went to any labels.
In winter of 2006, Trajan joined the band on keys, and Tarem scrambled together his ideas, written only for guitar, and tried to add keyboards to them. Influences and style : Gurtholfinn’s style can be best understood in this way. 1/3 neo-folk, 1/3 Black Metal, 1/3 Funeral Doom Metal. The Influences of Gurtholfinn are many and varied. The band members themselves say their influences : - Tarem : Burzum, Ulver, Agalloch, Empyrium, Drudkh, Wyrd, Summoning, Kalmah, Of the wand & the Moon, The meads of Asphodel, Aaskereia, Esoteric, Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, and Traditional Folk music of the British isles and Scandinavia ... - Trajan : David Arkenstone, Enya, Yanni, Nest, James Newton Howard, Klaus Kadelt, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Dargaard, Yoko Kanno, ... Gurtholfinn is : Tarem : Guitars, Vocals, Programming Trajan : Keyboards, 12/11 scale Hammered Dulcimer Website : http://www.freewebs.com/gurtholfinnband/ MySpace : http://www.myspace.com/gurtholfinn Read more on Last.fm.
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