Exactly 2 years has passed before Heidevolk releases the successor of 'Walhalla Wacht'. The pagan folk metal band from the province Gelderland in Holland has succeeded to record a nice album again. As subjects for the lyrics they have chosen the sagas about their province, but it is all in Dutch so most of you readers don't understand a shit about it, so the music has to do the talking.
Compared to their previous album, the music on the new album 'From Old Soil' (if you translate it into English) hasn't changed a lot. Still there are the duo-vocals, an occasional grunt, and the folky parts and of course the fast catchy guitar riffs. The album is a bit more epic and atmospheric than 'Walhalla Wacht'. And they have succeeded in putting some more melody in the songs. You could probably say that the song writing of these Dutch guys has matured and also the production is slightly better than the predecessor. I'm glad that the songs are again more metal with folk influences than vice versa.
I must admit that understanding the lyrics is a positive for me - the listener; you just can feel the atmosphere more. Nevertheless, even without it Heidevolk shows the world that they still can compete with the other global folk-metal bands. For all fans a must buy - a job well done!