Folk and pagan metal have long been personal favorites of mine as I’ve always been enamored by the larger than life stories of vikings, their mythology, and such related topics. There have been several bands over the years trying their hand at the craft, but Heidevolk has long been a contender for the best in the style. This group has always been an act to know ever since the band changed to its current moniker over fifteen years ago, and that trend continues today! With the upcoming “Vuur van Verzet”, Heidevolk shows that they’ve plenty of epics left in their system and they’re still at the very top of their game!
While a good vast majority of bands tend to focus on the metal more than the folk part when it comes to folk metal, Heidevolk has been one to perfectly combine them in a way that’s no less than a perfect mixture. If you were worried about that trend failing with “Vuur van Verzet” then fret not because it’s still extremely present within these hypnotic eleven tracks. Presenting the true spirit of Heidevolk in full force, this album is nothing to scoff at as it showcases literally every single f**king thing that has made this band a stand out act since their first album. Be it the anthems of tracks like “A Wolf in My Heart” or slow burning chants like “Yngwaz Zonen”, “Vuur van Verzet” has got it all and Heidevolk once again hits the nail right on the f**king head as this record is another brilliant display of how to do folk metal in the best f**king way possible! The whole of “Vuur van Verzet” is a classic crash course of the style executed with extreme precision to really allow Heidevolk to show their prowess yet again. Plenty of bands can do it once, few can do it multiple times, but it’s rare indeed that we’re given groups like Heidevolk that pull it off wondrously every single f**king time they bust out new material.
Where many bands think to skimp on epicness in order to create a more cohesive album, but no such thing exists for Heidevolk who always goes the extra mile in order to create a magnificent experience every time! “Vuur van Verzet” is another fantastically splendid album and even more proof that Heidevolk is a band that’s an absolute must for anything related to folk metal!
“Vuur van Verzet” releases on January 12th via Napalm Records! You can pre-order the album via iTunes here.
- A Wolf in My Heart
- Yngwaz Zonen
- The Alliance
- Het Oneindige Woud
- Het Juk der Tijd