The gods arose,
north towards Niflheimur;
lifted up Árgjöll,
the mighty hornblower
ALVENRAD is conceived as a folk metal band. In retrospective the formative years were the time Mark Kwint and Jasper Strik created Faelwa and Stormsterk. Faelwa intended to be the Dutch succession of bands like Empyrium and Tenhi. With Stormsterk the duo created folk rock with a big heart for nostalgia. With the EP Farewell Sun (’09) from Faelwa and the full-length Wild en Bijster Land (’10) from Stormsterk the two enthused Thor Joakimsson, known as talent scout for Prophecy Productions. He re-established his own record label Trollmusic at the time. While the guys informed Thor about the plan to do a metal project, the label owner offered them a record deal immediately. ALVENRAD signed a two album deal with Trollmusic in ’13. The record company expanded the contract to four albums in ’14, after hearing the recordings that caught high expectations.
Entitled Habitat the debut album saw the light as noble digipak in both Europe and the United States on the 4th and 15th of April ’14 respectively. The work left no one indifferent and got countless of reviews in which the band is praised because of their authenticity and originality.
Drummer Ingmar Regeling and bass player Arjan Hoekstra joined the duo to enter the stage in ’16. Also Koen de Graaf played his role by doing some vocals. Thus the world premiere was in Balve (Germany) on the 28th of July in ’16, the eve of the Prophecy Fest. Then Arjan quit and Mark’s younger brother Thijs took his place. Mark and Jasper took all the vocals on their behalf from now on. With the new line-up Alvenrad supported Empyrium and Les Descrets in Oberhausen on the 28th of April in ’17.
In the offing
2017 will see the release of the second album entitled Heer.