HEIDEVOLK - Walhalla Wacht

Heidevolk - Walhalla Wacht

10 songs
41:34 minutes
***** ****


The six-piece Heidevolk from the Netherlands was founded in 2002. After a CD and two EPs, the wannabe Vikings are now back with Walhalla Wacht, their first release on Napalm Records.

Nordic folk metal doesn’t have the novelty factor anymore that it used to have, but Heidevolk still manage to mesmerise the listener throughout the running time. The Dutch lyrics may constitute some kind of exotic bonus, but the band also doesn’t need to hide behind established acts from a musical perspective.

The rather quick paced Saksenland is an ideal opener that sets you instantly in the right mood. Even more party attitude and probably accessibility comes with the good natured Koning Radboud which nevertheless adds some heavy moments. Horns and violins help to maintain a folk image, and even Wodan Heerst makes it without blank moments through its eight minutes. A certain Bathory influence cannot be denied, especially on the diverse Opstand der Bataven and on the festive Het Wilde Heer. Both tracks are fantastic compositions that illustrate how much the band has improved since their debut The Strijdlust Is Geboren.

Fans of folk metal sounds should absolutely check out Walhalla Wacht, a Viking metal album which offers everything you should expect of that genre.

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