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    An Interview with Sebas from Heidevolk and Chariovalda

    Chariovalda is a solo project of Heidevolk guitarist Sebas “Bloeddorst” (translated: Bloodthirsty) van Eldik with singer Iné Zijlstra from Elexorien, ex-Heidevolk violin player Stephanie Achatz and singer and bodhran (Irish frame drum) player Eva Marks, who also is a guestsinger of Celtic Folkmusic band Rapalje.

    While Elexorien’s music has strong ties with the Battlelore and Kivimetsän Druidi sound and Heidevolk combines Pagan and Folk metal with Dutch lyrics, Chariovalda is an acoustic project with folk influences. By their very nature Folk and Pagan metal is the most easily to convert into acoustic music compared to all the other metal styles. So it is no coincidence that the boys and girls from Eluveitie are also about to release an acoustic album.

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    Chariovalda (or dux. Chariovalda as Roman historian Tacitus called him) was a leader of the Batavians during the Roman invasion in Germania almost 2000 years ago and the first historical person in the history of the Netherlands. Why did you choose this name for your project?

    Sebas: Chariovalda was of the Batavian tribe and served, like most Batavian men, in the Roman army. This was a deal the Romans had with the Batavians, that they could live on the fertile grounds around the Rhine on the border the Roman empire and pay no taxes, but instead their boys had to join the Roman army. The Romans were very keen of the Batavians because of their good fighting and swimming skills. As soon as a non-Roman joined the army he always got a Roman name. In every scripture found of the Romans only the Roman names are used because of course ‘barbaric’ names were not important to them. Only really seldom an exception was made and this was the case for Chariovalda which is a Germanic name meaning as much as leader of the army. The fact his own name was used and the fact that his heroic death was described in great detail must have meant that the Romans had great respect for this man. In fact, Chariovalda is the first person named in history that came from what is now the Netherlands and since we have a Dutch band who sings about Germanic mythological subjects, it felt right to name the band after this famous warrior.

    Full article: http://www.raginpitmagazine.com/1833...d-chariovalda/
    There is one song available on YouTube:

    Chariovalda - Freya

    2. Freya - Ode to the goddess Freya, which is, in my opinion, one of the most important gods, if not the most important goddess!
    Which is your favorite song and why?

    Sebas: Well that’s hard to say, but what I really like about the song Freya is that the idea of the 2 female voices worked out best in this song.

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    Chariovalda - Noordzee

    Many Pagan Frisians chose for a third option and that was to flee, leave their lands behind and go into their boats and sail over the North Sea to places where they could practice out their old belief in peace. This song is about a woman who chose to flee, leaves all she loves behind, and goes on to the North Sea.


    Chariovalda - Web van wording

    This song is about destiny. In Germanic mythology destiny is depicted as three women who make a web of threads, each thread being a life. All the threads hang in cosmic space and those three women decide which thread has to be cut and therefore which life has come to an end.


    Chariovalda - Het heilige woud

    "Het Heilige Woud" is a song that’s about a holy forest that used to be in the neighborhood of where now Nijmegen is. The story goes that this was the place where the people of the Batavian tribe gathered before they started their famous revolt against the Romans in the year 69

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