Lively Folk Rock & Metal from the Veluwe (Netherlands)
ALVENRAD was started as metal band by Jasper Strik and Mark Kwintin 2012. Beforehand, the two musicians had explored different folk (rock) approaches with their projects/bands Faelwa and Stormsterk. After their debut album "Habitat" (2014), which combines various styles between Seventies folk & hard rock as well as nature inspired black metal, drummer Ingmar Regeling (The Good Hand) joined the band as permanent member. ALVENRAD played its first gig on the Trollmusic concert evening in July 2016 and is working on its second album "Heer" (tba in 2017).
Drawing inspiration from visionaries such as early Vintersorg, Borknagar and Empyrium as well as rock and metal giants like Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep and Iron Maiden, ALVENRAD's deeply melancholic approach is nevertheless powerful and encouraging.
"Alvenrad" is an old mythological term in Dutch for "sun", describing the (sun) wheel of the elves. On the one hand, ALVENRAD pays tribute to the myths and the folklore of its homeland, the Veluwe in the Netherlands. On the other hand, there are many philosophical and artistic inspirations under the sometimes rough, sometimes fragile musical surface, e.g. Thomas Mann's novel "The Magic Mountain" or Rob Riemen's essay "Nobility Of Spirit. A Forgotten Ideal".
Releases on Trollmusic:
"Habitat" Digipak CD (04-04-2014)
ALVENRAD live line-up 2016: Mark Kwint, Ingmar Regeling, Jasper Strik, Koen de Graaf, Arjan Hoekstra.