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The Hemulic Voluntary Band is a 2007 album by the Swedish progressive metal band Ritual. It is a concept album with songs based around the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.

The album and its title track are named after a group of hemulens who appear briefly in the novels Moominpappa's Memoirs and Moominsummer Madness.

The final track of the album is a 26 minute suite based upon the picture book The Dangerous Journey.

Track listing

  1. The Hemulic Voluntary Band - 4:53
  2. In the Wild - 5:53
  3. Late in November - 4:56
  4. The Groke - 6:05
  5. Waiting by the Bridge - 4:36
  6. A Dangerous Journey - 26:33


  • Bass, Bouzouki [Irish Bouzouki], Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Recorder [Recorders], Whistle [Whistles], Backing Vocals – Fredrik Lindqvist
  • Clavinet, Harmonium, Grand Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Backing Vocals – Jon Gamble
  • Drums, Percussion, Nyckelharpa, Backing Vocals – Johan Nordgren
  • Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Patrik Lundström