Featured Bands: Heidevolk, Týr, Dalriada
Location: Indra Club 64
By: Basak Günel
Photos By: Heavy Harlequin
Hamburg was in for a nice treat full of pagan metal as the famous Indra Club 64 welcomed Heidevolk and Týr as part of their co-headlining tour.
The evening started with Dalriada from Hungary. One can maybe say that the sound is sort of like a crossover between Korpiklaani and Arkona. However, they definitely bring their own essence to the stage, which could be felt from the stage clothes to the folk melodies, possibly from the band’s homecountry.
Combined with the band’s dynamic stage presence, the whole show was all about jumping, headbanging and clapping along to the songs. The vocalist Laura Binder’s mix of clean and harsh vocals also added a nice dimension to the whole set. Overall, a very impressive show!
The Dutch metallers Heidevolk was the act the audience was looking forward to see! Not only was this the perfect chance to hear the songs from the latest release “Vuur Van Verzet” live, but some classics and fun times were also guaranteed!
It’s been a while since we last saw Heidevolk live, and so we were curious about how the new songs sounded live and surely we also wanted to refresh our memories of the old songs. As always, the band did not disappoint any second; from their stage presence to the impressive sound they delivered on stage, the band was on fire and so was the crowd. With a band like Heidevolk, surely most of the fans sang along while others headbanged.
One surprising highlight was the setlist. Some new gems like “A Wolf In My Heart”, “Yngwaz’ Zonen” or “Tiwaz” were played but it was the classics like “Ostara”, “Nehalennia”, “Saksenland” and of course “Vulgaris Magistralis” that got the audience the most enthusiastic. One biggest highlight of ours was also “Het Gelders volkslied”, which once again showed how impressive the double vocals by Jacco and Lars were.
An aspect that was as important as the songs was also the band’s line-up. Already in the beginning of the show, we noticed a new face in the drumming duties. Apparently Joost was quite sick in the beginning of the tour so the band had to find a session drummer, who only had 2 days to rehearse for the tour! A tough aspect of the touring life but the band nailed it and also thanked the audience for the continuous support.
It was time for viking metal with Týr from Faroe Islands. Even though the band wasn’t our focus of the evening, it was a great experience to hear the new songs from the latest release “Hel” as well as the old classics. The band also went through some line-up changes as the now-former guitarist Terji Skibenæs parted ways with the band last year. It was, however, a fresh and dynamic performance with the new guitarist Attilla Vörös. Frontman Heri Joensen was also quite familiar with the Hamburg crowd as some nice words were exchanged. Overall, it was quite a different atmosphere than Heidevolk as the band’s show consisted of less melodies and more riffs. However, the synergy between the audience and the band made this show quite spectacular!
Three different bands, three different styles…It was a fantastic evening full of folk, pagan and viking metal in general! Thanks to the bands and to the audience for a great and a sweaty night!