Heidevolk

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Heidevolk
Heidevolk Metal Frenzy 2017 09.jpg
Heidevolk at Metal Frenzy Festival 2017 in Gardelegen
Background information
Origin Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
Genres Folk metal, Viking metal, heavy metal
Years active 2002–present
Labels Napalm Records
Associated acts Arkona, Thronar, Slechtvalk, Týr
Website http://www.heidevolk.com/
Members Rowan Roodbaert
Lars Nachtbraecker
Jacco de Wijs
Joost den Vellenknotscher
Kevin Storm
Past members Reamon Bomenbreker
Mark Splintervuyst
Joris Boghtdrincker
Jesse Vuerbaert
Niels Beenkerver
Paul Braadvraat
Stefanie Speervrouw

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.

History[edit]

Heidevolk performing at the 2007 Ragnarök Festival
Rowan Roodbaert and Kevin Storm performing at the 2017 Metal Frenzy Festival
Kevin Vruchtbaard and Jacco de Wijs 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. In contrast to popular belief, in the Dutch Language their name cannot be translated to 'Pagan Folk'. Pagan is translated to Dutch as "heiden". The band started performing live in 2003. Since then the band has 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]

Collaborations[edit]

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.

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Line-up[edit]

Current members[5][edit]

Former members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 
  3. ^ "Heidevolk - Biography - Metal Storm". www.metalstorm.net. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  4. ^ Heidevolk "Batavi" Release Date: 02 Mar 2012 / 06 Mar 2012 (US) napalmrecords.com. Retrieved on 11 January 2012.
  5. ^ Heidevolk band member info @ Official site Archived 2008-04-30 at the Wayback Machine.