Vera : With three new brothers of their brotherhood in their ranks, Dutch (Gelderland) folk metal band Heidevolk comes up with ‘Vuur Van Verzet’ (‘Fire Of Resistance’), an album which is – gradually speaking – more battle-like and bellicose than its predecessor ’Velua’. Bassist Rowan Roodbaert has written each of the eleven new heathen hymns, with the fight for freedom as main general theme.
The characteristic features of Heidevolk are not different than before. In the wake-up call ‘Ontwaakt’ we hear firm, but melodic guitars, the well-known momentous – sometimes even imperturbable – clean chants of Lars and newcomer Jacco while proud lyrics are declaimed. Up-tempo songs with folk influences such as ‘A Wolf In My Heart’ (English lyrics for a change) and the slower, but strongly built up ‘Onverzetbaar’ stand like a rock in the sea. Heidevolk really surprises us with an additional choir on this album and one of the results is the magnificent hymn ‘Yngwaz Zonen’, a song that silenced me. Violins and cello add beautiful accents, for example in the fetching ‘Britannia’. In addition to an increase of using authentic folk instruments, we hear a vocal contribution of Alan ‘Nemtheanga’ Averill (Primordial) in the song ‘The Alliance’ and he really puts his heart and soul in his passionate vocal lines. ‘Het Oneindige Woud’ (that’s how the Romans saw Germania) appears to be a melancholic instrumental song, while ‘Gungnir’ and occluding track ‘Het Juk Der Tijd’ have an epic flavour. Heidevolk is ready for new conquests with this bunch of irresistible hymns that brim with courage and belligerence!