Heidevolk – Nehalennia
Admittedly I took this news from NCS (bottom of the post). Shame on me, as a Dutchman and as someone originally from Gelderland, where the Saxons rule, drink beer and rape your women. I should have my skull split by a huge fuckin’ axe, I know.
Folk / Pagan outfit Heidevolk – meaning Heath Folk or Heath People – sings about the history of Gelderland, the region that’s now one of the twelve Dutch provinces, and which was full of tough motherfuckers in (pre-)medieval times. Their stuff is covered with a sauce of ancient Germanic mythology and serves it up in a superbly heroic fashion. The “news” is that they have an album out since we last dealt with with at The Baboon. It’s called Uit Oude Grond (From Old Soil) and came out in March of 2010… Someone bash me with a warhammer please.
Anyfuck, they did a music video for the album’s opening song and that’s what we found at NCS and would like to pass on after the jump.
The song in question is called Nehalennia. Nehalennia was a Celtic-Germanic goddess, worshipped in the lowlands in the second and third century a.c. She was worshipped particularly in the area that is now Zeeland, the Dutch coastal province just North of Belgium, where fishermen, traders and seamen would leave offerings for her. You’ll find plenty of reference to this in the music video. In all honesty, I had to look all of this up. Poor excuse for a Saxon that I am. Anyone, pierce my gut with a rusty spear, please.
Musically, Nehalennia is a piece of ass-kickery. No harsh vocals, but deep, rich cleans by two vocalists, Joris Boghtdrincker (last name meaning something like Drinker of Plunk) and Mark Splintervuyscht (Splinter Fist). The chorus is immensely catchy and shouts ‘Voorwaarts’, ‘Forward’. It just demands to be played LOUD! In any case, I just wish I had known of this sooner. Now chop off my limbs with a sharpened short sword!