“Momenteel leggen componist Arjen Lucassen en zangeres Anneke van Giersbergen de laatste hand aan The Diary, een dubbel conceptalbum dat in maart 2015 wereldwijd bij InsideOut Music zal verschijnen onder de naam The Gentle Storm.
Frontvrouw Van Giersbergen heeft enkele van Nederlands beste metalmuzikanten om zich heen verzameld om dit album live te gaan presenteren. Zelfverklaard kluizenaar Lucassen gaat niet mee op tour. Anneke van Giersbergen, die deze maand precies 20 jaar geleden haar carrière bij The Gathering begon, zal naast werk van The Gentle Storm en nummers uit haar solo repertoire, ook enkele The Gathering klassiekers in de setlijst opnemen.
De korte Nederlandse tournee begint op 26 maart in De Melkweg in Amsterdam. Dit is het enige optreden waarbij Arjen Lucassen als speciale gast te zien en te horen zal zijn. Anneke en band doen vervolgens nog Hedon, Paard van Troje en festival ROCK ITtervoort aan, alvorens naar het buitenland te vertrekken.
De korte voorjaarstour ziet er als volgt uit:
26 maart – Melkweg, Amsterdam
28 maart – ROCK ITtervoort, Ittervoort
3 april – Hedon, Zwolle
11 april – Paard van Troje, Den Haag”
Aanstaande vrijdag 14 november om 10:00 uur gaat de kaartverkoop voor deze shows van start.”
“As some of you already know, Guthrie and I are on the new STEVEN WILSON album again, which we recorded a few weeks back in London.
The album will be released in February, followed by a tour (I will be able to the first leg of it).”
“Silhouette has undertaken its most ambitious project so far, recording its fourth album “Beyond the Seventh Wave”. It’s an over 60 minute concept album, covering the hunger for freedom of an innocent man convicted for life. The concept is inspired by stories and books such as Henri Charierre’s “Papillion”, which was also released on film in 1973. The music and lyrics however have several layers and contain autobiographical elements brought in by Silhouette’s composers Brian de Graeve (vocals and guitar) and Erik Laan (vocals and keyboards). “Beyond the Seventh Wave” is a new step in the development of Silhouette. This time, the band invited classical, acoustic instrumentalists to enrich the arrangements.
“Wings to Fly” is the first track of Silhouette’s new album. “Beyond the Seventh Wave” will be released November 24, 2014. Order your copy now at http://www.beyondtheseventhwave.com/ and receive an exclusive HiRes download of this track for free!”
“Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) have joined forces for new band The Gentle Storm, and they have now revealed the cover artwork for their debut album The Diary, which is due out early next year.
Arjen had this to say: “I loved the front cover of the last Stream of Passion album, so I tracked down the cover artist, Alexandra V. Bach. I sent her some samples of the The Gentle Storm music, and explained the album concept. She made a moodboard that captured the feel of the story and the music. We then gave her the go-ahead to design the cover. She did an amazing job that exceeded our expectations: Alexandra’s cover art represents The Gentle Storm perfectly!”
“Upon their inception in 2013, Opus of a Machine has been stripping away the macho pretence of modern metal unlike any other band today. Their debut, “Simulacra” is fast, energetic, expressive and emotive. An explosion of high-energy heavy rock and colourful, progressive elements that infers little of the current paradigm of heavy music today. Taking with them the raw conviction of bands separate from the zeitgeist of progressive rock, Opus of a Machine bends the traditional, stares down the barrel of experimentation and explores sonic landscapes too fearful for most.
“Pre-order options are available now for the forthcoming release of the fifth album, The Sunstone, from The Psychedelic Ensemble. The new release features TPE, vocalist Ann Caren, orchestra, and guest appearances from Michael Wilk of Steppenwolf and others. Visit The Psychedelic Ensemble Official Site for exciting pre-order options and savings.” http://www.thepsychedelicensemble.com/ThePsychedelicEnsemble_TheSunstone_PreOrder.html
“We’re happy to announce we started collaboration with one of the most interesting Italian Power/Prog metal bands: NEXUS OPERA!
The band has been active for over ten years, and finally in 2014 – after internal vicissitudes – they can fulfill the dream of every band: release their debut album.
Tales From WWII – this is the title of the album – closes a circle that began a long time ago. The tracks cover different periods of compositional and stylistic evolution and sound is blended in a power-prog melodic and symphonic, even baroque sometimes.
In the background of the conceptual theme that the title of the album suggests – World War II – the tracks cover events and people, famous or not, related to the largest armed conflict in the history of humanity, sometimes reported in an fantasy like key, sometimes in a much more raw and direct way.
The album will be released worldwide, exclusive for Spider Rock, November 30, 2014.”
“Fractal Mirror released the first track from their soon to be released new album Garden of Ghosts. The song is called The Garden and the video was made by the bands drummer Frank L. Urbaniak. The video is based on the beautiful artwork of Brian Watson. The song is about aging and how our minds and bodies deal with it. The album will be released on the November 11, 2014 and can be pre-ordered on their bandcamp site https://fractalmirror.bandcamp.com/album/garden-of-ghosts.”
“Please note: We’ll have to stop offering hotel package deals on Friday as that’s the hotel’s booking deadline. And only 40 pre-sale tickets remain! The plan is to reserve some for door sales, but it’s not 100% clear how many people we’ll be allowed to let into the MUZclub. But it will certainly be really packed! So once again we warn you: If you want to be sure to get a ticket, ORDER YOURS NOW!
And don’t forget to download the free compilation of music from and around the festival here!”