Release Date: March 2nd, 2012
Producer: Nico Van Montfort(engineering), Jonas Kjellgren(mastering), Peter Tägtgren(mixing)
From Japan we saddle up on our winged beast and head to the Netherlands to check out some Folk Metal requested by @Emperor
. Heidevolk is a band I've never heard of before. Before I met Emperor here on this forum I never knew that Folk Metal was a thing. I'm assuming they are singing about vikings and dragons and stuff, which is not really my thing per se but I do think it's kinda cool, vikings and dragons and swords and shit is what heavy metal is all about. I dig Dungeons and Dragons even though I've only played it like 2 or 3 times(we were too busy playing Shadowrun and Star Wars RPG's back in the day). So Heidevolk is a Dutch band that was formed in 2002. From their Wiki page I found out that they sing a lot about "Nature, the history of Gelderland, and the history of Germanic mythology". Awesome.
Heidevolk, doing heavy metal stuff
First thing that strikes me about the very first song is that the singer sounds a lot like Peter Steele from Type O Negative, one of my all time favorite bands. All of the vocals are in Dutch, so I have no idea what is being said. Taken from the Wiki page for this album apparently the album is a concept album about "The early history of the Batavian tribe: from its beginnings to its daring revolt against one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Set against the backdrop of war, alliances, intrigue, and betrayal, the nine songs relate the struggles of a people needing to redefine themselves in order to survive this turbulent time". Very interesting stuff. I don't mind the lyrics being in a foreign language, in fact I always thought that was the beauty of Rammstien from Germany, you don't know what they are singing about and it leaves a lot to the imagination, he can just be singing about whatever the fuck you want him to be, whatever emotion the music makes you feel you can go there, it doesn't have to be about whatever the lyrics say. That definitely applies to Heidevolk. The singing is all deep low voice Peter Steele style crooning, there is no screaming or growling, it fits the music exceptionally well. I really liked the opening song for it's power. The second and third songs are excellent as well, I love the way the singer harmonizes during certain parts. He does a great job of carrying his voice across these heavy double bass pedal riffs. The music just has a certain feel to it that I really like. I really can't get over the Type O Negative-ness of the lead and backing vocals during the choruses, it is so great.
This was a damn good album, clocking in at just 39 minutes it doesn't overstay it's welcome. It was really heavy stuff but I was mostly impressed with the vocals. I compare them a lot to Type O Negative but it's not to the point where it sounds like they are ripping them off or anything. I like the touches of violin and wind instruments that are in the sound of certain songs. Overall this album was a lot more straightforward than I was expecting. The music is very catchy and easily digestible while still being really heavy and fast at times, and also having a soft beautiful side at times as well(the song Valeda is really nice). I was really impressed with this one all the way through, great stuff. 4 & 1/2 Stars