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1st December 2017


Having released details of their forthcoming new album exactly one month ago, it is now time to get a first listen to the new record.

The first track off the album, as well as the first single to be released, is 'Ontwaakt' ('Awaken') and the video for this superb track is premiering right here on MetalTalk today.

The band themselves give a deeper insight of the track and story behind it:

"Awaken, the Roman Empire is falling! The internal battle for power tears the Empire apart. Legions turn against each other, emperors bleed and Rome burns. It is time for the tribes of the Northern lands to unite and rise against the tyrant. To take back what is theirs and drive the invaders back to Rome.

"Every battle that is fought by my people resounds in Rome. With sword and shield the Empire will be banished and the voice of my people will be heard."


Furthermore, songwriter Rowan Roodbaert tells us:

"Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, we proudly present the first single of our new album.

"This is 'Ontwaakt' ('Awaken'), the opening track of 'Vuur Van Verzet'. An in-your-face Metal song that tells the ageless story of revolt and resistance set against the backdrop of the historic collapse of the Roman Empire.

"Heavy guitars, thundering drums and Heidevolk's trademark dual vocal harmonies will catapult you back in time. Imagine a battlefield where Romans are being pushed back by Germanic warriors. Well, this is the soundtrack.

"Now awaken, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!!!"

'Vuur van Verzet', Heidevolk's sixth full-length album, is released on January 12th 2018 and the band will undertake a lengthy European tour throughout February and March.


Rowan told us when the new album was first announced:

"Friends- we are excited to announce our long-awaited new album, 'Vuur Van Verzet'. An album that catapults you to a battlefield where a failing Roman empire is retreating and Germanic tribes are on the rise to claim back what is theirs.

"It will guide you through the great migrations and tell the tale of early traditions, gods and nature.

"We've fitted these stories in eleven songs that emphasize the characteristic Heidevolk sound but also underline the progression of our songwriting. Fast Metal riffing combined with our trademark dual male vocals, a twenty-four piece male choir, various folk musicians, a string ensemble and the raw guest vocals of Primordial's Nemtheanga make 'Vuur van Verzet' an album that shows its teeth... in a bombastic way.

"Join us - the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!"


Here's the full track listing, available formats and upcoming tour dates:

1. Ontwaakt
2. A Wolf In My Heart
3. Onverzetbaar
4. Yngwaz Zonen
5. Britannia
6. The Alliance
7. Tiwaz
8. Het Oneindige Woud
9. Gungnir
10. Woedend
11. Het Juk der Tijd
12. Drink op de Nacht (Bonus Track)
13. Een Wolf in mijn Hart (Bonus Track)

Available formats:
1 CD 6-pages Digipack incl. 24 pages booklet
1 LP Gatefold, black and limited golden vinyl
Ltd Edition Album Bundle incl. 6-pages Digipack, Leather wristband, flag, patch
Digital Album Download


Heidevolk will be hitting the road for a European tour run together with their label mates in Arkona as well as Finnish Folk Metal Superstars Korpiklaani and True Norwegian Balkan Metallers Trollfest in 2018. Here's all dates:

15th February: BE Antwerp /Trix
16th February: DE Hamburg / Markthalle
17th February: DE - Oberhausen / Turbinehalle 2 *
18th February: NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg *
19th February: DE - Saarbrucken / Garage **
20th February: FR - Paris / Elysee Montmartre
21st February: FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22nd February: FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23rd February: ES - Madrid / Sala But
24th February: ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25th February: FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
26th February: CH - Vevey / The Rocking Chair **
27th February: DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28th February: DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
1st March: CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
2nd March: DE - Munich / Backstage *
3rd March: DE - Stuttgart / LKA *
4th March: CH - Pratteln / Z7
5th March: IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
6th March: AT - Salzburg / Rockhouse **
7th March: AT - Graz / Orpheum
8th March: AT - Vienna / Simm City
9th March: DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser *
10th March: DE - Geiselwind / Musichall *
11th March: DE - Hannover / Capitol

* extended shows with Black Messiah, Evertale and The Privateers
** no Arkona


Heidevolk are:
Lars Nachtbraecker- Vocals
Jacco Bühnebeest - Vocals
Koen Vuurdichter - Guitar
Kevin Storm - Guitar
Rowan Roodbaert - Bass
Joost den Vellenknotscher - Drums

Album artwork by Awik Balaian



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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