Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Metal with Folk Influences
Release date: 23 March, 2015
Playing time: 56:00

Hailing from the provence Gelderland in the Netherlands the band releases a new album with the name 'Velua'. A big part of Gelderland is called 'de Veluwe' and I think the locals call this 'Velua'. On earlier albums there were a lot more folk influences, but the typical Dutch lyrics with a ceremonious singing style is still very recognizable. With a new guitarist and a new vocalist in the line up the music is still a kind of viking metal with interesting (thrash) riffs , al little bit of folk elements and some rasping vocal parts.

New singer Lars Vogel does a good job in both high and low singing regions. Besides heavy riffs, fast drum parts there are also atmospheric instruments like a violin in the track "Urth". The heroic epic kind of Viking metal songs with Dutch lyrics are great and the excellent production is the final touch. For me this is the best album of this Dutch heathens so far and I am sure that I will not be the only one.

Don't let the Dutch language scare you off, because the music alone is already worth listening. It can't get more metal than this.  

01. Winter Woede
Herboren in Vlammen
De Hallen van Mijn Vaderen
05. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. De Wandering Light
09. En met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In het Holst van de Nacht
12. Vinland

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
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Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 27 March, 2015
Website: www.heidevolk.com