Dutch folk/viking metal act Heidevolk has returned with the new music video and single “Winter Woede,” the opening track of the new album “Velua,” which drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
March 20th: GAS/BENELUX
March 30th: UK/NO/FR/DK/IT
April 1st: SE/ESP
April 7th: USA/CAN
The Veluwe – the mythical and utterly beautiful woodlands in the Netherlands – is the setting for Heidevolk’s fifth album “Velua.” Using this as a backdrop, the Dutch metal act paints a dark picture of ghosts, goblins and brigands in order to raise a monument: anthemic folk parts, clean male vocals and gritty metal provide the perfect soundtrack for the listener’s journey to the sylvan halls of Velua!
The album and video mark the debut of the band’s newest members Kevin Vruchtbaert on guitar and Lars Vogel on vocals. The track list for the album is:
1. Winter Woede
2. Herboren in Vlammen
4. De hallen van Mijn Vaderen
5. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. Het Dwalende Licht
9. Een Met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In Het Diepst der Nacht
Limited/Deluxe Box Edition Bonus Tracks:
13. Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch Mountains (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)
Heidevolk reveal new album details! Check out the “Velua” cover, tracklist, release dates and formats beneath!
“With Velua we have created a unique storybook that tells you the tales of the most beautiful part of nature in the Netherlands and namesake of this album, the Veluwe. It 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.”
1. Winter woede
2. Herboren in vlammen
4. De hallen van mijn vaderen
5. De vervloekte jacht
6. Het dwalende licht
9. Een met de storm
10. Richting de wievenbelter
11. In het diepst der nacht
Limited edition bonus tracks:
13. Immigrant song – Bonus Track (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch mountains – Bonus Track (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel yell – Bonus Track (Billy Idol Cover)
20.03.2015 BENELUX / GAS
27.03.2015 Europe / AUS
30.03.2015 UK / NO / FR /DK / IT
01.04.2015 SE / ESP
07.04.2015 USA / CAN
VELUA will be available in the following editions:
– LTD First Edition 6 Page Digipack & 3 Bonus Tracks
– LTD Deluxe Box (LTD Digipack & Heidevolk Logo Pendant & Vinland Flag)
Joris has left HEIDEVOLK. His last show was the Pagagfest gig in New York. We want to thank him for everything he has done during the more than ten years that he was a member of the band. We cherish the experiences of the last decade and we wish him all the best for any future music adventure.
His personal message to everyone:
“After ten great years with Heidevolk, new horizons are beckoning me and I feel it is time for a change. I want to thank all involved in Heidevolk for the good times we had, and I want to wish them all the best in their future endeavours. To all the people I met and had the honour of performing for: it has been a pleasure and I am deeply thankful for all the memories. Wæs þu hæl!”
HEIDEVOLK will soon start the search for a suitable replacement for the low vocal parts of the characteristic dual clean vocals. No live shows will be affected. Stand-in vocalist Mickael will take care of the vocal parts for the live shows to come until a new vocalist has been found
Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers HEIDEVOLK will embark upon their first North American tour starting next month! Touring alongside the esteemed ENSIFERUM and former labelmates TYR as well as hot newcomers Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists HEIDEVOLK will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada. Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:
3/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/01 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/03 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
A statement from HEIDEVOLK to their North American fans reads: “Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir’s realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!”
A web-friendly ad-mat for the tour is available here, and also in hi-res upon request:
Rock the Nation America is very proud to bring you the 4th edition of Paganfest America!
One of the strongest line-ups assembled so far, with none other than Finland’s melodic folk masters ENSIFERUM! Our fellow vikings will assure a strong support with the return of TYR (Faroe Islands), and introducing HEIDEVOLK (The Netherlands) for the first time in North America. Also for the first time on our lands, a warm welcome to Norway’s TROLLFEST! Opening the festival will be Los Angeles’ own pagan lords HELSÓTT.
The tour is scheduled to kick off late March 2013 and will cover both the United States and Canada. ENSIFERUM comments:
“So finally, ENSIFERUM will to return to North America. It’s been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it’s a great honor to join forces with TYR, HEIDEVOLK and TROLLFEST for this once in a lifetime tour. See you soon folks!” – ENSIFERUM
Tour dates coming soon…Mead, beer & wine – let the festivities begin!!
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) a decade ago, HEIDEVOLK came, saw, and conquered stages throughout Europe with their very own brand of folk metal. The 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 in Europe. HEIDEVOLK stands for an uncompromising attitude, intense shows, and the transcendence of barriers between performer and audience… Even if your Dutch sucks!
In 2003, HEIDEVOLK released its first CD, “De strijdlust is geboren”, followed by the “Wodan Heerst” EP in 2005. 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. With their third full-length, “Uit oude grond” (2010), HEIDEVOLK combined its folk roots and raw energy with more mature songwriting. The album was their most varied release to date, and opened many doors to tours and festivals. It also set the bar high for its successor. Yet HEIDEVOLK now deliver their heaviest, most aggressive and powerful album ever: “Batavi”
The band travels 2,000 years back in time to an era in which numerous Germanic tribes struggled for dominance against the Roman Empire in Northwest Europe, along the shores of the river Rhine. Caught in the middle of it all were the Batavians: the protagonists and namesakes of HEIDEVOLK’s latest album.
“Batavi” is a concept album that deals with the early history of the Batavian tribe: from its beginnings to its daring revolt against one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Set against the backdrop of war, alliances, intrigue, and betrayal, the nine songs relate the struggle of a people needing to redefine themselves in order to survive this turbulent time.
While HEIDEVOLK’s musical path continues to explore traditional pagan metal, it proves to be much more resolute and aggressive than ever before. The characteristic clean sound of both Heidevolk vocalists recounts the stories comprising “Batavi”, while heavy guitars, thundering drums, and folk melodies build the foundation of each track: at times sweeping and at others melancholic. Peter Tägtgren’s mix has masterfully defined the band’s sound on this 2012 release. “Batavi” catapults the listener directly onto the northwestern European battlefields of the Roman Empire.
Joost den Vellenknotscher – Drums
Joris den Boghtdrincker – Vocals
Mark Splintervuyscht – Vocals
Reamon Bomenbreker – Guitars
Rowan Roodbaert – Bass
Heidevolk issued an update for their fans: “Brothers and sisters! This summer we will record our fourth opus. The new, as-of-yet untitled CD will be a concept album, featuring nine songs based on the early history of the Batavian tribe.
It will be recorded in Nico van Montforts’s XPZ studio in Oppidum Batavorum, Gelderland, and the Abyss Studio in Pärlby, Sweden. Peter Tägtgren will take care of drum production and mixing. We expect to release it in early 2012.”