Five years since the release of their much-acclaimed album, ‘Vuur Van Verzet’, February 24, 2023 will see Dutch folk metal collective Heidevolk return with their seventh studio album on Napalm Records – continuing to keep the pagan flame burning!
After previously-released first album singles, “Klauwen Vooruit” and “Drink met de Goden (Walhalla)”, today, Heidevolk have premiered a brand new music video for the epic, acoustic album title track!
The band comments:
“Today we proudly present our third music video from WEDERKEER!
The titletrack “Wederkeer” is a powerful acoustic anthem about inner strength, pride and beliefs. In the video we witness a young woman wandering through the cold dark forest. She is lost yet something inside her fuels her quest and tells her to persist. Suddenly a luring hymn draws her to the scene of glimmering flares of a fire through the trees, and shadows of men singing a pure and uncompromising anthem. When she eventually enters the circle of light, the scene she thought she witnessed has disappeared, as if it was never there…
With the release of our new album drawing near this raw acoustic track gives you yet another glimpse of what is coming your way. Join us, for the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!”
Following previously-released first album single, “Klauwen Vooruit”, today, the band has premiered a brand new music video for the epic track “Drink met de Goden (Walhalla)” – inviting listeners on a folkloric adventure of myths, gods and legends!
The band says: “Today we proudly present our second music video from WEDERKEER. The song, “Drink met de Goden (Walhalla)”, takes us on a journey through the life of an ambitious warrior. Only young of age, he inherits his father’s sword and sets out to conquer the world, finding pleasure in feasting and fighting. When he gets older, he settles down on his father’s land and realizes there is more to life than battle and bars. He finds fulfillment with his kith and kin, whom he will protect… with his life!
With still two months to go until the release of WEDERKEER, we’re gearing up for the live shows. We have added three more release shows to the release weekend and confirmed several festivals. Join us, for the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise”
Ever since their impressive 2005 debut, De strijdlust is geboren, Heidevolk has taken the heavy music scene by storm, conquering stages throughout the world with their very own brand of folk metal. With dual clean vocals, irresistibly catchy songs, traditional instruments and fast metal riffing all fueled by their folkloric fire and pagan pride, Heidevolk delivers for an uncompromising sound and musical adventure. Their new masterpiece, ‘Wederkeer’, makes no exception, and proves why the Arnhem-based six-piece is one of the best, unrivaled and most exciting bands of their genre and beyond!
“Klauwen Vooruit” (The Hunter’s Claw) brings you the story about the extraordinary pact between Wolf and Raven. A bond between predator and scavenger where ravens alert wolves to nearby prey. The wolves respond to the raven’s call, kill the prey, eat their share and leave the carcass for the ravens to feast on.
…And there is more coming up, a lot more!“
In a world of myths, nature and legends of the Veluwe, Netherlands, the concept album is a powerful odyssey of the Self, deeply rooted in metal and folklore. ‘WEDERKEER’Wederkeer’ (meaning to “return” or “revive”) invites the listener to take a step back from the incessant barrage of media and stimuli and look inside, find out who we are, what is driving us, what our values are, and what we’ve learned from life up until now.
“After an unprecedented five year wait since “Vuur van Verzet” we are back with our new album.“ the band continues. “Wederkeer will take you on an introspective journey through stories about growing up and crafting your own path. From hunting the aurochs to gain it’s untamed courage, to the mental struggles in the depth of a crisis. From the shield-wall to protect kith and kin, to the fierce fight of a senseless battle. We wrapped these stories in furious metal songs and folkloric soundscapes and we can’t wait to share it all with you!“
While each of the twelve new songs individually deal with an aspect of this in mostly story form, based on the interpretations of the runes, Heidevolkkk knows how to perfectly unleash proud hymns and direct, in-your-face metal songs!
Recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities, mixed by Joost van den Broek and mastered by Darius van Helfteren, the addition of various folk musicians on vocals, violins, cello, bukkehorns and more traditional medieval instruments make ‘Wederkeer’ not only a bombastic folk and pagan metal record at its best, but a glorious album return of Heidevolk!
Pre-order ‘Wederkeer’ HERE!
‘Wederkeer’ will be available in the following formats:
– 6 page CD Digipak
– 2 LP Gatefold Vinyl Dark Green
– Deluxe Wooden Box
– Digital album
- Drink met de Goden (Walhalla)
- Klauwen Vooruit
- De Strijd Duurt Voort
- IJzige Nacht
- Ver Verlangen
- Drinking with the Gods (Valhalla) *Included on physical versions only
- The Hunter’s Claw *Included on physical versions only