Heidevolk


Heidevolk
Joost Westdijk (aka Vellenknotscher) (Drums [since 2002], Autumnal Reaper, Bolthorn, ex-Thronar), Lars Vogel (aka Nacht Braecker) (Vocals [since 2013], ex-Hiraedd), Kevin Olinga (aka Vruchtbaert) (Guitar [since 2012], ex-Murder Manifest, ex-Thronar), Rowan Middelwijk (aka Roodbaert) (Bass [since 2006], Bolthorn, I Shall Move The Earth), Reamon Bloem (aka Bomenbreker) (Guitar [2005-2015], ex-Thronar), Jesse Middelwijk (aka Vuerbaert) (Vocals [2002-2005], Slechtvalk), Stefanie Achatz (aka Speervrouw) (Violin [2007-2008], Chariovalda), Niels Riethorst (aka Beenkerver) (Guitar [2002-2005], I Shall Move The Earth, ex-Fangor), Mark Bockting (aka Splintervuyscht) (Vocals [2005-2015], Negationist), Joris van Gelre (aka Boghtdrincke)r (Vocals [2002-2013], Wederganger), Sebas van Eldik (aka Bloeddorst) (Guitar [2002-2011], Chariovalda, Vrankenvorde), Paul Staring (aka Braadvraat) (Bass [2002-2006])

Few could have envisioned the bright future that the Norns had in store for HEIDEVOLK back in 2002.

Since its inception in Arnhem (the Netherlands) thirteen years ago, HEIDEVOLK came, saw, and conquered stages throughout Europe with their very own brand of folk metal. Instantly recognizable dual clean male vocals and irresistibly catchy songs have ignited the pagan fire in the souls of many on the continent.

They deliver their songs on divine matters and profane pleasures with equal integrity, fueled by a folkloric fire and pagan pride. With a repertoire ranging from epic to raging, captivating live shows and an undying desire to perform, HEIDEVOLK has become a familiar face Europe and North America.

HEIDEVOLK stands for an uncompromising attitude, intense shows, and the transcendence of barriers between performer and audience… even if your Dutch sucks!In 2005, HEIDEVOLK released its first CD, “De strijdlust is geboren”, followed by the “Wodan Heerst” EP in 2007. Both releases were re-released on one CD by Napalm Records in 2008.

The sophomore full-length CD ‘Walhalla Wacht’ (Napalm Records) also saw its worldwide release in 2008. The internationally well received and more mature third full-length, “Uit oude grond” (2010), set a new standard.

With their folkish roots and raw energy combined HEIDEVOLK made their most varied release so far. The more powerful and aggressive concept album about the revolt of the Batavian tribe against the Roman Empire, BATAVI (2012), was released two years later.

BATAVI opened new doors for the band with their much anticipated and highly successful first North American tour as a direct result (PAGANFEST MEX/USA/CAN). Now, 3 years later HEIDEVOLK presents you with their most epic and melodic album yet.

The stunning masterpiece: VELUA.With VELUA, the band accompanies you on a journey through a world of myths and legends set against the backdrop of the most beautiful part of nature in the Netherlands and namesake of this album, the Veluwe. VELUA brings you the wondrous, gruesome and weird tales about murderous brigands, deceiving wraiths, cursed souls and evil-minded goblins that roam the woods at night. Along with this dark folklore it sings the praises of the undying beauty of nature and the embers of early pagan traditions. With 11 songs, ranging from fast “in your face” metal to heavy folk hymns, HEIDEVOLK has maintained their tradition of giving the listener a variety of songs that each tells a tale of its own.

Grooving drums, blistering guitars and the trademark dual clean male vocals guide you through the album. The atmosphere is raised to new heights by the melodic guitar parts, broad choir vocals and the addition of a string quartet.

All these elements are intertwined and connected throughout the album to make this a rock solid piece of HEIDEVOLK heritage. A twelfth song was added as a bonus track and tribute to their fans around the globe. The English song “VINLAND” describes the journey to North America made by Leif Eriksson.

A journey for new territories and experiences… a journey not unfamiliair to HEIDEVOLK themselves. The limited edition of the album adds three classic rock & roll songs of the 70s and 80s to the track list.

The songs are selected by the band for various reasons, the main reason being: because they rock!!! Join HEIDEVOLK on their journey through the sylvan halls of VELUA or lose yourself in a maddening chase for the will-o’-wisp..

Pagan folk metal from Gelderland, the Netherlands.

Dutch Pagan Folk Metal


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