heidraHeidra was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006 by a group of musicians inspired by the more melodic genres of metal. They sought to create music you do not see much in the Danish metal scene that incorporated the harshness of black metal, as well as the symphonic and melodic aspects of, for example, power metal and folk music.
In 2007, Heidra had found the right musicians and they recorded a first demo in 2008.
In 2009, the recording of Heidra’s second demo, Northern Tales, began – something that was done over the course of six months in different rehearsal rooms. The demo featured four new songs as well as improved re-recordings of the songs from the first demo. Having been unable to find a new drummer after Simon Christensen, the drums for the demo were recorded by session a drummer. Northern Tales was not released until mid-2011 due to a lengthy hiatus and following the release, Heidra played a series of concerts with different session drummers.
In 2012, Heidra released their debut EP Sworn to Vengeance – the first recording done in a professional studio and the first fully official release from the band. Having still not found a steady drummer, the drums were done by Søren Jensen, who also mixed and mastered the EP. The EP was released independently by the band themselves. After this finally completed their line-up with the addition of drummer.