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Heidevolk’s Koen Romeijn to Chaoszine: “I think everything affects you when writing music”

Author Flavia Andrade - 14.2.2023

Five years after releasing their much-acclaimed album “Vuur Van Verzet”, Dutch folk metal collective Heidevolk will premiere their seventh studio album, “Wederkeer”, on February 24, 2023, via Napalm Records.

Ever since their impressive 2005 debut, “De strijdlust is geboren”, Heidevolk has taken the heavy music scene by storm, conquering stages throughout the world with their very own brand of folk metal. With dual clean vocals, irresistibly catchy songs, traditional instruments and fast metal riffing, all fueled by their folkloric fire and pagan pride, Heidevolk delivers an uncompromising sound and musical adventure. “Wederkeer” makes no exception, and proves why the Arnhem-based six-piece is one of the best, unrivaled and most exciting bands of their genre.

In a world of myths, nature and legends of the Veluwe, Netherlands, the concept album is a powerful odyssey of the Self, deeply rooted in metal and folklore. “Wederkeer” (meaning to “return” or “revive”) invites the listener to take a step back from the incessant barrage of media and stimuli and look inside to find out who we are, what is driving us, what our values are, and what we’ve learned from life up until now.

While each of the twelve new songs individually deal with an aspect of this in mostly story form, based on the interpretations of  the runes, Heidevolk knows how to perfectly unleash proud hymns and direct, in-your-face metal songs.

Chaoszine had the opportunity to chat with guitarist Koen “Vuurdichter” Romeijn about Heidevolk‘s new album “Wederkeer”, their writing process, the importance of a return to Nature, how mythology influences their music and the origins of their unique brand of folk metal. He also spoke about the band’s touring plans.

You can check out the full interview below:

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