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Heidevolk at Metal Frenzy Festival 2017 in Gardelegen
Heidevolk at Metal Frenzy Festival 2017 in Gardelegen
Background information
OriginArnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
GenresFolk metal, Viking metal, heavy metal
Years active2002–present
LabelsNapalm Records
Associated actsArkona, Thronar, Slechtvalk, Týr
MembersRowan Roodbaert
Mat van Baest
Jacco Bühnebeest
Joost den Vellenknotscher
Koen Vuurdichter
Past membersSee "Former members"

Heidevolk is a folk metal band from the Netherlands. The lyrical themes of their music are inspired by nature, the history of Gelderland, and the history of Germanic mythology. Most of their lyrics are in Dutch; however, since their album Velua, they also have one original English song, "Vinland", and several English covers.


Heidevolk performing at the 2007 Ragnarök Festival
Rowan Roodbaert and Kevin Storm performing at the 2017 Metal Frenzy Festival
Koen Vuurdichter and Jacco Bühnebeest at the 2017 Metal Frenzy Festival
Joost den Vellenknotscher at the 2017 Metal Frenzy Festival

Heidevolk was founded under the name Hymir in 2002 by six men. The name was changed to Heidevolk (Dutch for 'heath-folk' or 'heather folk') inspired by the Veluwe landscape. Contrary to popular belief, their name doesn't translate to 'Pagan Folk'. Pagan is translated to Dutch as "heiden" (cf. English heathen). The band started performing live in 2003. Since, the band have released one demo, five full-length studio albums, and one EP.

Their third album, Uit oude grond, (Dutch for 'From old ground'), was released to generally positive critical acclaim, with one writer calling the album "A hugely enjoyable release combining aggressive metallic riffage with tastefully-entwined traditional folk instrumentation and melody".[1]


Vocalists Mark Bockting and Joris Boghtdrincker have contributed vocals to the Arkona song titled "Na Moey Zemle" (На моей земле) ('In My Land'). This track also features vocalists from Månegarm of Sweden, Obtest of Lithuania, Menhir of Germany, and Skyforger of Latvia.[2] Each sings in their native language, playing the role of warriors from that region describing their homeland to a traveler.


Music videos[edit]


Current members[edit]

  • Jacco de Wijs (Jacco Bühnebeest) – vocals (2015–present)
  • Koen Romeijn (Koen Vuurdichter) – guitar (2015–present)
  • Mat van Baest – guitar (2020–present)[5]
  • Rowan Middelwijk (Rowan Roodbaert) – bass guitar (2006–present)
  • Joost Westdijk (Joost den Vellenknotscher) – drums (2002–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Joris Boghtdrincker – vocals (2002–2013)
  • Jesse Vuerbaert (Ohtar) – vocals (2002–2005)
  • Lars Vogel (Lars Nachtbraeker) – vocals (2013–2020)[6]
  • Niels Beenkerver – guitar (2002–2005)
  • Sebas van Eldik (Sebas Bloeddorst) – guitar (2002–2011)
  • Reamon Bomenbreker – guitar (2005–2015)
  • Kevin Vruchtbaert – guitar (2012–2015)
  • Kevin Storm – guitar (2016–2018)
  • Paul Braadvraat – bass guitar (2002–2006)
  • Mark Splintervuyscht – vocals (2005–2015)
  • Stefanie Speervrouw – violin (2007–2008)



  1. ^ Uit Oude Grond review on OneMetal.com Archived 2010-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Eck, Markus (2009). "Arkona - Goi Rode Goi". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. 11. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Heidevolk - Biography - Metal Storm". www.metalstorm.net. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  4. ^ Heidevolk "Batavi" Release Date: 02 Mar 2012 / 06 Mar 2012 (US) Archived 15 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine napalmrecords.com. Retrieved on 11 January 2012.
  5. ^ W., René (11 August 2020). "Heidevolk – 08.08.2020 – Metal Festival Alliance Livestream 2020". time-for-metal.eu. Retrieved 2 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Friends, today we have some sad news..." Heidevolk Official Facebook. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)