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Rowan Roodbaert Lars Nachtbraecker Joost den Vellenknotscher Kevin Vruchtbaard

BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

MYTHOLOGY

The Gods and Gelderland

Heidevolk sings, among other things, about the Germanic mythology of northwestern Europe. There are many gods, goddesses, heroes and creatures in this mythology.

Wodan Donar Ziu Fro & Freya Gelderland

Wodan – Wodan is the father of all gods, this makes him the chief god in the Germanic pantheon. Characterising for Wodan is his one eye (he sacrificed the other for wisdom), a cloak, a soft broad-brimmed hat, his spear, his two ravens, two wolves and his eight-legged horse. Wodan is the god of the rulers, poets and magicians, god of the dead, patron of warriors and granter of victory.

Donar – Donar is the strongest of all gods, a hero for gods and people and the killer of giants. Donar is a big, strong man with a red beard. He possesses a warhammer and a chariot which is pulled by two goats. Donar is the god of thunder, war and fertility (since life evolves from death).

Ziu – Ziu is the brave and just god. He used to be the most important of all gods, but later on he lost his rank to Wodan. Ziu can be recognised by his missing right hand (he sacrificed it at while shackling the wolf Fenrir). He is the god of jurisdiction and a wargod as well.

Fro & Freya – Fro, toghether with his twin-sister Freya belong to a different god family than Wodan and Donar. They don’t belong to the Asen family line but to the Wanen family line, but they lived with the Asen when they were children. Fro’s characteristics are his large penis and his enormous hog. Freyas characteristics are her breathtaking beauty, her shining necklace and by her by cats pulled chariot. Fro and Freya are the god and goddess of fertility and therefore rain and sunshine.

Gelderland – Heidevolk has several songs about Gelderland. Gelderland was originally inhabited by Germanic tribes like the Batavi, and later on the Saxons and the Franks. After the death of Charles the Great the Frankish empire fell apart, Gelderland belonged to the duchy Lotharingen. Later on it returned to the German Empire. In the 11th century the “Graafschap” arose around the small town Gelre. Gelre was a county in the present-day Dutch / German border region. In 1340 count Reinald II was raised to Duke by the German emperor, result was that Reinald’s county became a duchy. The duchy and the connected county Zutphen enclosed the recent region Gelderland, the northern part of Limburg and the southern part of the German Kreis Kleef. The duchy was named after the town Gelre (or Geldern in present-day Germany). An explanation for the name Gelre can be found in the legend of “Wychaert van Pont”, who slew a dragon. This dragon terrorised the surroundings of Geldern whilst screaming “Gelre! Gelre!”. The castle of lord Van Pont is named after the cry of the dragon. This myth is probably based on a possible event in the 9th century. A group of Normans, with their typical ships, sailed into the river “Maas” and the river “Niers” to pillage the surrounding areas. In a fight the Normans were defeated and driven off.