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New DELAIN tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 10. April 2015 von Markus W. in Delain, The Gentle Storm, Sabaton, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, Rock, News, Tour

Dutsch female fronted Delain are again on tour. After having had the support slot for the mighty Sabaton the band will play a few shows in Europe with The Gentle Storm as special guest. Here are the dates:

 

New DELAIN tour dates
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CD review THE GENTLE STORM "The diary"

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Gentle Storm, Arjen Lucassen, Anneke van Giersbergen, Prog Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) When two of Hollands best musicians team-up the result can only be something outstanding. And this happened when multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen decided to create a fantastic new album called "The diary".

Both musicians know each other already since quite a while. The first cooperation took please many years ago. It was in 1998 when the "Into the electric castle" from Ayreon was released and the same thing happened again ten years later for "01011001". 

Their new project is called The Gentle Storm. "The diary" is the name of the longplayer, that is actually a double CD. Both CDs contain the same songs, just differently arranged. The first disc is called 'storm version' and comes with the more powerful arrangements, while CD 2 is the 'gentle version'. And names are self-explaining. 

"The diary" is a concept album. It is build on a story of a sailor that starts a two years journey, leaving his wife back in Holland. Since the story takes place in the seventeenth century the only way to keep contact was sending letters. It's those writings that are the center of the story.

The songs are all brilliant. It's not metal and it's not prog. It is soulful rock music that, if you close your eyes, starts a movie about the two protagonists. Both CD's are mainly acoustic and Lucassen experimented with a lot of different acoustic instruments - around 40 in total. This includes also orchestrated parts that add another moment of tension to each song. The same goes for the embedded folk elements with string sections which are spot-on.

Tunes like the melodic "Shores of Inda" or the outstanding "Haert of Amsterdam" are musical pearls that offer so many details that you can listen to them again and again and again. The 'heaviest' track on the album is probabaly "The storm". Of course, a song with such a title can't be a ballad. It comes with a quite dynamic guitar and the tune spreads a gloomy atmosphere. 

It took a year to make this longplayer and it was very well invested time. The result is  a marvelous sonic journey into a moment long ago. 

I can recommend this diverse and intense album. This is music on a very high level that you should not miss.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1: (Storm version)

  1. Endless sea
  2. Heart of Amsterdam
  3. The greatest love
  4. Shores of India
  5. Cape of storms
  6. The moment
  7. The storm
  8. Eyes of Michiel
  9. Brightest light
  10. New horizons
  11. Epilogue: The final entry

CD 2: (Gentle version)

  1. Endless sea
  2. Heart of Amsterdam
  3. The greatest love
  4. Shores of India
  5. Cape of storms
  6. The moment
  7. The storm
  8. Eyes of Michiel
  9. Brightest light
  10. New horizons
  11. Epilogue: The final entry

 

Label: InsideOut Records

Genre: Rock

CD review THE GENTLE STORM "The diary"
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First lyric video from THE GENTLE STORM

Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in The Gentle Storm, Arjen Lucassen, Anneke van Giersbergen, Prog Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Video

Arjen Lucassen and Anneke van Giersbergen started a project called The Gentle Storm. The iconic musicians from The Netherlands have worked together and produced and album called "The diary".

A first song of this album is published. The track is called "Endless sea" a lyric video can be watched.

Both musicians comment: “Endless Sea is the album opener and it serves as an introduction to our story-based album. Susanne, the main character, sings about her husband Joseph, who has just sailed out on another long voyage to the Far East. We are very excited to offer everybody a first taste of our forthcoming album with the release of these lyric videos. This is such a special album to the both us."

Furthermore the band will also play some accoustic dates in a few cities:

February 17 2015 - Planetarium, Budapest HU

February 18 2015 - Bronx, Istanbul TR

February 19 2015 - Hard Rock Cafe, Bucharest RO

February 20 2015 - Modern Theatre, Sofia BU

February 21 2015 - Traffic Club, Rome

February 22 2015 - K17, Berlin DE

February 23 2015 - Nosturi, Helsinki FI

February 25 2015 - Lo-Fi, Milan IT

February 26 2015 - Locomotive, Bologna IT

February 27 2015 - Hybrydy, Warsaw, PL

February 28 2015 - Pod Minoga, Poznan PL

 

And there will be some more dates in the full line-up (unfortunately with Arjen Lucassen):

March 26 2015 - Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

March 28 2015 - ROCK ITtervoort Festival, Ittervoort NL

April 03 2015 - Hedon, Zwolle NL

April 03-05 2015 - Paaspop, Schijndel NL

April 11 2015 - Paard van Troje, Den Haag NL

April 15 2015 - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg DE

April 16 2015 - Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen DE

April 22 2015 - Divan Du Monde, Paris FR

April 23 2015 - The Garage, London UK

April 24 2015 - The Musician, Leicester UK

April 25 2015 - The Roadhouse, Manchester UK

April 26 2015 - Prog-résiste Convention, Soignies BE

June 19 2015 - Dokk’em Open Air, Dokkum NL

July 09 2015 - Masters of Rock, Vizovice CZ

July 30-Aug 01 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken DE

 

First lyric video from THE GENTLE STORM
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