Location De Baroeg, Rotterdam
Into the Forest
This festival has his debut last year, and is back again for another night of folk-metal. Into the Forest has four Dutch bands lined up for us, all of them responsible for a great evening.
The Limburgian band Viatora kicked off these evening with a nice act of fierce traditional folk-metal. The beginning of the act was not very smooth, which was also due to the bad sound. The first two songs didn’t made any impression, and the band was a little lost at the stage. This changed during their set. At about the third song the sound improved, Viatora had decided it should be a party. Although the sound remained bad until the end of the show (the vocals and flutes by Thijs couldn’t hardly be heard), their songs came out rather well. Viator has clearly excellent songwriter skills, because their songs sound all very catchy!
It was good to see, they reached the whole audience with their enthusiasm, the audience became so to, a nice achievement for the first band of the evening. Top of the bill!
Shade of Hatred
Like they told us after the first song: ‘We’re probably not very folk, but we’re very metal!’ Meaning this band is out of our reach with their melodic death-metal. Despite of this they played a tight and brutal !
Baldrs Draumar had, though in a less way, problems with the sound. This was noticed especially in the vocals which could not always be heard nicely. Despite of this these Friesians layed down a good show. They played a lot of easier songs with every now and then a quicker one. Their act was of a very high level, which was noticed and highly appreciated with the audience. Their enthusiasm contaminated the audience and there where a lot of heads bobbing and a lot of hair was swept through the air. Despite of the fact they could have played some more heavier songs, this was again a very good show! Fabulous!
Despite of the fact the evening had started very well with Viatora, Shade of Hatred and Baldrs Draumar, there was nothing which could prepare us for what was to come. Heidevolk had a big party in mind for us. Even before the show the Heidevolk songs where loudly shouted by the large crowd, from songs like ‘Saksenland’ to ‘Het bier zal weer vloeien’. It promised to be a very nice show!
When Heidevolk began to play the hall turned at once in a partying, pitting, headbanging mass. After the regular opener ‘Nehalennia’ it was time to give some attention to their new work. The alternated the new songs nicely with their old ‘hits’. It was immediately noticed the new songs are more suited to be played live. Not everybody could sing the new songs along, but it was clear the audience also liked the new songs.
I can be short on this performance, Heidevolk came, saw and conquered. The enthusiasm en eagerness to play sparkled of and their performance was very tight. The atmosphere was fabulous and the sound was great. What more do you want from a Heidevolk-show?