Bards of Valor
Hailing from: Enschede
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Get ready for a music induced journey back in time! Feel like you’re enjoying a party in medieval times as you step into the pub of a small harbour town that unbeknownst stands on the brink of destruction by an enemy force. Or is it? Dutch metalband Bards of Valor brings you a story of hope and ruin with their energetic, epic and straightforward super catchy folk metal about vikings, battles and booze.
6 man strong, hailing from Enschede, The Netherlands, they want to reach a diverse audience with a mix of rock and metal, heavily riddled with outspoken folk influences and catchy melodies that get stuck in your head for the remainder of the day. Their music is inspired by bands such as Heidevolk, Korpiklaani and Dropkick Murphys.
Rik, Robin, Michiel, Vincent and Sebas joined forces in 2015 with fun filled folk metal as starting point. After a few rehearsals they found that having a great story like the ancient bards would work best as a catalyst for creating new songs. They took a harbour village, put it in peril and tried to understand the feelings of the multitude of people involved in defending a city against a siege from enemy forces.
In 2017, they won 2nd prize at the Atak Lenteoffensief. The reward: a few hours of free studio time to record 2 wonderful demos. In October that year they added a keyboard player to the band: Charlotte. In September 2018, they started recordings for their debut album “A Tale of Hope & Ruin”, which has been released on 5 July 2019.