Lars leaving Heidevolk

Friends, today we have some sad news: our vocalist Lars Nachtbraecker is leaving the band. Although we are sad we respect and understand his decision and wish him nothing but the best in his personal life and future endeavours. We will follow up soon with news about stand-in and auditions but first please read his statement and drop him a line [english below].
7 jaar lang heb ik de eer gehad zanger van Heidevolk te mogen zijn. Helaas komt aan al het goede een einde. Wegens verandering in mijn leven, zowel persoonlijk als werk gerelateerd, wil ik een stap terug doen en me focussen op deze belangrijke dingen. Ik zal nog steeds muziek blijven maken maar dit zal wat meer underground zijn en op een minder professioneel niveau gebeuren. Graag wil ik de band en de fans bedanken voor deze geweldige ervaring. Ik wens Heidevolk al het beste voor de toekomst en hoop dat ze nog lang de wereld zullen verrijken met hun muziek. Voor degenen die mijn muzikale uitspattingen willen blijven volgen, dit kan op:
For 7 years I’ve had the honor to be a vocalist for Heidevolk. Unfortunately all good things come to an end. Due to changes in my work and personal life I want to step back and focus on these important things for now. I will still be making music but on a more underground and less professional level. I’d like to thank the band and the fans for giving me this great experience. I wish Heidevolk all the best for the future and I hope they’ll brighten the world with their music for a long time. For those who want to keep following my musical debauchery, check out:

The Band


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 in North and South 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. The sophomore full-length CD ‘Walhalla Wacht’ (Napalm Records) saw its worldwide release in 2008. The internationally well received third full-length, “Uit oude grond” (2010) and the more aggressive concept album BATAVI (2012) followed. In 2015 HEIDEVOLK stunned the scene with their beautiful masterpiece VELUA, a journey through a world of myths and legends of the Veluwe, Netherlands. Now at the dawn of 2018 HEIDEVOLK is back and brings you the ageless story of revolt and resistance captured in their most varied and mature release to date called “VUUR VAN VERZET”.

“Vuur van Verzet” (“Fire of Resistance”) catapults you back in time to a battlefield where a failing Roman empire is retreating and Germanic tribes are on the rise to claim back what is theirs. It will guide you through the heart of the great migrations where havenless tribes roam the continent in search for new territories. Along with these historic events it sings the praises of early traditions, gods and nature. These concepts are fitted in eleven songs each of them tailored to tell its own story. Ranging from in-your-face metal songs to proud hymns and folkloric soundscapes. The songs emphasize the characteristic HEIDEVOLK sound but also underline the progression of their songwriting. Fast metal riffing, trademark dual male vocals, a twenty four piece all male choir, various folk musicians, a string ensemble and the raw guest vocals of Primordials’ Nemtheanga (“The Alliance”) make “Vuur van Verzet” an album that shows its teeth..in a bombastic way. Join us, for the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!





Jacco Bühnebeest
Founded: 1975
Weapon: Vocals
Other bands: Various Projects, Bits and Bobs
Hobbies: Electronics, Computers and Programming, Pipe Organ Building, Flight Simulation (alas, not the real thing… YET!)
Loves: All Things Retro, Nature, Kindness, Going Places, Staying Home
Hates: Dishonesty and Injustice, Narrowminded People, Mushrooms
Inspirations: Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Boris Karlov, R.J. Dio (R.I.P.), Ivo Papasov, Ian Gillan, Ted Neeley, Esma Redžepova (R.I.P.)
Food and Drinks: Gin & Tonic, Good Wine, Proper Beers, COFFEE, Fjellbek, Grilled Meats (in moderation), Anything Nice Really…
Battle cry: Kunnen + Willen + Durf = Doen! (If You Can, If You Want, If You Dare: Go For It!)



Lars Nachtbraecker
Founded: 1982
Weapon: Voice
Other bands: Godenbloed
Hobbies: Music, Going out
Favourite bands: Type O Negative
Favourite drink: Beer, Coke Zero, Mead
Favourite food: Meat, Pizza, Surströmming
Favourite book: De Strop Ploeg
Battle cry: WRYYYYYY!



Rowan Roodbaert
Founded: 1983
Weapon: Bassguitar / backing vocals
Other bands: I Shall Move The Earth + various very, very secret projects
Hobbies: Sleeping, eating, drinking and last but certainly not least MUSIC!!! Writing music & lyrics, playing instruments, recording music. I’m a musicaholic!
Loves: red wine, special beers, nature, running, travelling, music (did i mention that?), good TV-series and a good book (preferably all at once, while skydiving…).
Hates: Whining people!
Favourite bands: Arcturus, Mötley Crüe, Behemoth, Enslaved, In Flames, Ulver, Neil Young, Def Leppard a bunch of the classical stuff and many more!
Favourite drink: Water (addicted to it), syrah and malbec wine, a lot of Belgium beers and of course a good IPA
Favourite food: Definitely rare steak!
Favourite book: Foucault’s Pendulum
Battle cry: Rowan Heerscht (Rowan Rules)



Kevin Storm
Founded: 1980
Weapon: Guitar
Other bands: The Comeback
Hobbies: Guitar, drawing, making comics, designing T-shirts.
Loves: Guitar, Seeing the world, Comics.
Hates: Lies and people with big egos
Inspirations:My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paul Gilbert, Randy Rhoads, Cannibal Corpse, Nine Inch Nails
Favourite book: Watchmen, Arkham Asylum, Promethea, Jerusalem Battle cry: At least I f#cking tried!



Joost den Vellenknotscher
Founded: 1982
Weapon: Drums
Other bands: Bolthorn, Autumnal Reaper
Hobbies: Playing drums en drinking beer
Loves: Traveling and meeting cool people
Hates: Nay sayers
Favourite bands: Emperor, Behemoth
Favourite drink: Beer, drinks from the Scottish highlands
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite book: Lord of the rings
Battle cry: That shows how much you know!
Joost uses:
Angel Drums
Carcie Kopyto
El Misti Cajóns



Koen Vuurdichter
Founded: 1979
Weapon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
Other bands: Detonation, ex-Apophys, ex-Disquiet, Cardamon, Engorge and many others
Hobbies: writing, making music, reading
Loves: nature, astronomy, science fiction, good food, passionate people, spending time with my family, sleeping, dreaming
Hates: Unnecessary noise, stupidity, greed, warfare, inequality
Favorite Bands: Pain of Salvation, Dissection, Iron Maiden, Dio, Rainbow
Food and Drinks: coffee, gin tonic, wine, bourbon, pasta, risotto, sushi, patat oorlog
Favorite book: 2001 A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke. / currently: Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
Battle cry: ‘helemaal klaar mee’