Welcome to the site of the progressive folk metal band HAGEN.
Hagen is the ultimate meltdown of ancient Swedish folklore and modern Metal. It's a collision at full speed which provides a violent and powerful impact. Suddenly the silent beauty of the mighty woods arises and you find yourself floating into the mist, surrounded by elves and trolls.
It all started back in 1996 when bass player Hans RosÚn asked his brother Anders RosÚn to play his fiddle through a cheap guitar effect box. It was a funny and funky experience and they decided to pick out some folk tunes and make hard rock of them. One of their first decisions was that they didn't want to just put rock accompaniment to folk tunes, they wanted to achieve a wedding between the styles.
Shortly after, Per Nilsson joined the two brothers. Per is one of Swedens most promising guitar players with a modern approach to rock.
Next man to join was keyboard player Hans Lundin who played Hammond, mellotron, synthesizers and also sang in the Swedish legendary symphonic group Kaipa.
Fifth man to get onboard was singer Michael Ohlsson whose singing and writing is definitely of his own hard rock brew. A voice which has to be heard.
Finally, the highly talented drummer Patrik Jansson joined and made the group complete. A drummer with a great heart for the music and a fantastic technique.
Hagen was born!
Latest updates and news:
070601: "Links" are updated. Visit Kaipa, Scar Symmetry, Wille Toors and Hans RosÚn links for Hagen related music. Also check out the new coming album by The Hellfire Clan recorded and produced at Hans RosÚn's studio in Gńvle, Sweden.
070101: A new review by Manticornio added. The "Buy it" link is also updated.
051221: The link Sugarbeat It is updated. Samples and a picture from Wille Toors album "spelar lňtar".
051219: Link and contact information to record label Sugarbeat It of Hans RosÚn added. The "Buy it" link is also updated.
050922: The "Buy it" link is updated.
050401: I have changed the downloads on the "Listen" link to mp3's.
050319: The guestbook is up again functioning. The "Buy it" link is updated (been a while since the last update).
050125: At "Free downloads" you can find a full demo version of the song "A Spellbound World" with lyrics by Vladimir Vysotsky translated into English. Probably the music will be a surprise. See further info at the link "Free downloads".
041201: I've added four pictures of Wille Toors at the "Free downloads" link.
040826: The "Buy it" link is updated.
040513: The "Buy it" link is updated.
040413: The "Buy it" link is updated.
040402: The "Buy it" link is updated.
031220: "Saddamin Sane" is added to "Free downloads". The song is available in both mp3 and wave. Enjoy!
031220: Two more songs by Wille Toors added at "Free downloads".
031212: A review from Italy is added.
031208: The "Buy it" link is updated.
031110: An interview is added, from Argentina, in English.
031025: The "Buy it" link is updated.
030913: The "Buy it" link is updated.
030722: Found a new review from Greece.
030713: A review from amazon.com is added. The "Buy it" link is updated.
030607: The "Buy it" link is updated.
030509: The "Buy it" link is updated. More will come...
030403: The "Buy it" link is updated.
030319: The "Buy it" link is updated.
030316: A review by www.metal-guide.com added.
030312: A review from China is added...in Chinese.
030306: A review from Greece added at "Reviews". The "Buy it" link is updated.
030111: The "Buy it" link is updated.
030103: The "Buy it" link is updated. Michael has left the drum stool in Mighty River Blues Band (020907) to concentrate on his vocals.
021219: An interview by Lunar Hypnosis added. The "Buy it" link is updated.
021117: Hagen has been asked to be a part of a Uriah Heep compilation. We will do "Sweet Freedom" on our own suggestion. More info about this will come later.
021116: Today, the interview mentioned at "021109" was on air all over former Soviet Union and parts of Asia. Have a listen at Hagen at Radio Sweden streamed (Real Player). It's also available at the website of Radio Sweden.
More GREAT NEWS! We will also contribute with a song for a big celebration of Vladimir Vysotsky, taking place at the end of January 2003 in Moscow :-).
021110: Two folk songs by Hans RosÚn played on guitar added to "Free downloads".
021109: GREAT NEWS! Next week a Hagen interview together with some music will be on air all over former Soviet Union and parts of Asia. The next Hagen album will be an album with Vladimir Vysotsky songs in our own way.
I've added a great interview made by "Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weekly" at "Interviews".
021106: The Russian interview made by MetalKings is now also available in English at "Interviews".
021105: A Frensh review by Koid'9 added.
021031: The encyclopedia of Swedish hard rock and heavy metal volume II is out. Read the lines about Hagen and find the publisher at "Reviews". A link to Janne Stark, the writer of the encyclopedia can be found at "Links". The "Buy it" link is also updated
021019: The Russian magazine InRock did an interview with us. Read it at "Interviews" (Russian only).
021013: A review by Lunar Hypnosis (USA) is added. An interview by the same is coming.
021002: A Russian interview by MetalKings added (Russian only).
021001: A breathtaking review by Lira added (Swedish only).
020929: The "Buy it" link is updated. Two more interviews are coming soon, keep tuned.
020920: New date for Swedish distribution will be October 18th. Border music distribution.
020908: A major update has been made to the "Press" area.
020907: Michael's also a drummer. Mighty River Blues Band is added to "Links".
020831: A "Lyrics" link is added. A new version of "─lskling snńlla" is available at "Free downloads".
020828: Great news! Hagen will be distributed in Sweden by Border music distribution from the second half of September.
020825: The "Buy it" link is updated.
020815: The prime time radio rotation in Germany mentioned here 020629 will continue through August and September. Four months in a row, not bad! Check "020629" for a link to a live version.
020728: Hagen is available in Brazil through Hellion. Two more reviews added, one German and one Russian. Alex Tokarev, photographer added to "Links".
020726: The "Buy it" link is updated.
020629: Hagen is on prime time radio rotation in Germany June and July. Visit the station and listen to the web version at : http://www.afkmax.de.
020611: Remastered song versions by New Clear Daze added to "Free downloads".
020530: A 5/5 review by MetalKings added at "Reviews", Both in English and in Russian.
020527: The "Releases" link is updated with "Corridors of Time" only available in Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States through CD-Maximum.
020526: The "Buy it" link is updated.
020511: The "Buy it" link is updated.
020507: New mixes available at "Free downloads". A "Lyrics" link will come when time allows...
020428: The "Buy it" link is updated. Two more songs are available at "Free downloads". There is one more interview (Dutch) at "Interviews".
020414: Two more reviews added, in Russian only. "Buy it" is updated.
020409: I've added a "Free downloads" link. Two songs by Hagen singer Michael Ohlsson available now. The content will be updated now and then. Some pictures had to be deleted from the "Pictures"...actually looking better now! A rework will come.
020327: "Corridors of Time" is now available in Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States through CD-Maximum. The "Buy it" link is also updated.
020324: Pictures updated...
020318: From now on we will help you to find retailers of Hagen, check the "Buy it" link.
020308: I'm updating the site...Pictures coming....Keep tuned.
020307: Now, a Windows user can listen without having to download anything.
020226: Made it easier to download RealPlayer, direct link...if not Real changes the link.