Heidevolk is a folk/viking metal band from the Netherlands. The lyrical themes of their music are inspired by nature, the history of Gelderland, and the history of Germanic mythology. All of their lyrics are in their native language, Dutch. Heidevolk's name translates in English as "people of the heath land".
Heidevolk was founded under the name Hymir in 2002 by six men inspired by nature, Germanic mythology, folklore and the history of Gelderland. They had a common desire to create music that intended to capture their fascination for these subjects. They came up with the name Heidevolk while walking through the Veluwe. The band started performing live in 2003. Ever since 2003, the band has released one demo, three full-length studio albums, and one EP.
Their third album, Uit oude Grond, was released to generally positive critical acclaim, with one writer calling the album "A hugely enjoyable release combining aggressive metallic riffage with tastefully-entwined traditional folk ...