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ALVENRAD hails from the Veluwe and 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 from Faelwa and the full-length Wild en Bijster Land from Stormsterk the two enthused Thor Joakimsson, known as talent scout for Prophecy Productions. When 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 first album.
“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 band´s wayward approach to folk metal left no one indifferent.
Drummer Ingmar Regeling and bass player Arjan Hoekstra joined the duo to enter the stage in ’16. Thus the world premiere was in Balve 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.
The band released their second album “Heer” as a luxury box set on the 8th of December ’17. With masterly cover artwork by David Thiérrée and brave mixing and mastering by Markus Stock, this album means a huge step forward in their career.

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