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vandenberg's moonkings


Veröffentlicht am 18. November 2017 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's Moonkings, Hardrock, Classic Rock, MKII, Rock, Mascot Records, Blues


(9/10) It was 3 years ago when a band premiered with a debut album that was very much anticipated by fans of hardrock and blues. One of the reasons for the upcoming excitement was the fact that no less than Dutch guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg was the driving force behind this outfit. Vandenberg, worldwide known due to his time with Whitesnake, returned to the scene after having had some years with following his passion for painting.

The guitarist teamed-up with three talented young guys -  Jan Hoving (v), Mart Nijen-Es (d) and Sem Christoffel (b). This quartet delivered a longplayer that was very well received by media and fans. Time went by and 36 months later the rock world can welcome the sophomore album. Simply entitled “MKII”, a reference to the different Deep Purple line-ups, the album is a homage to the 70’s and its rock bands. Ian Gillan and Co. have created the blueprint for Vandenberg’s Moonkings.

These bands are more an inspiration for the Dutch quartet. The sound of the four-piece powerhouse is anchored in these days by also being far away from copying. There is by far enough musical substance combined in Vandenberg’s Moonkings to create an own signature that refers back to mentioned days of classic rock.

What I appreciated with the debut and what I also like with the new longplayer is the warm and organic sound. The guitarist and his three companions boil down hardrock and blues rock to its essence, unveiling the beauty of the genres. Unnecessary gimmicks and samples aren’t a distraction of what rock music is about – handmade, down-to-earth songs that are touching. “MKII” has all this embedded, making them to a real treat for your ears and soul.

“MKII” has no filler, even though it has some highlights. The grooving opener “Tightrope” is one, with singer Jan Hoving showing his entire talent. The calmer tones are included in the awesome “Walk Away”, a ballad that comes with a lot of feel. Next to these two tracks there is “What Doesn’t Kill You” that is built on a great hook, a fact that also goes for “Love Runs Out”, with the latter having a lot of potential for a lot of airplay.

Vandenberg’s Moonkings made use of the last three years in a good fashion. Each of the songs on “MKII” is very well though through and crafted in a perfect manner. This album shows that the experience of someone like Vandenberg and the unleashed enthusiasm of youth can lead to something excellent, esp. if passion for rock is the glue connecting things.





  1. Tightrope
  2. Reputation
  3. Angel in Black
  4. The Fire
  5. Walk Away
  6. All or Nothing
  7. What Doesn't Kill You
  8. Ready For the Taking
  9. New Day
  10. Hard Way
  11. Love Runs Out
  12. If You Can't Handle the Heat


Label: Mascot Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 3rd, 2017


VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS announce a new album

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's MoonKings, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Melodic Metal, News, Live, Tour, Adrian Vandenberg

VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS announce a new album

Dutch guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg, who was amongst others part of Whitesnake's impressive "1987" line-up, released a first album with his new outfit Vandenberg's MoonKings some years ago. To promote the debut, the band went on tour and over time it became a bit more silent. This period finds an end in the second half of 2017 when the sophomore album finally gets out of the gates.

Next to the new album the band announced already at this stage some shows for Holland. Stay tuned for more.


CD review VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS "Vandenberg's Moonkings"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2014 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's Moonkings, Hardrock, Whitesnake, News, CD Review

(8/10) Adrian Vandenberg is back. How great is that. I actually haven't thought that he will have a comeback in the music scene. The surprise was big when I got the first news regarding the Moonkings late summer 2013.

After very successful years with Whitesnake the Dutch guitar wizard decided to focus on something else than music. Art was the new passion and painting took a big part of his life. Being also very successful in this field he had some exhibitions also in bigger and more famous galleries. Next to that Adrian Vandenberg focussed on his role as a father.

But he actually never lost totally the connection to music. I can remember several Whitesnake concerts in Holland when Vandenberg always joined for at least one song - also during the lastest Whitesnake show in Tilburg in summer 2013. 

But actually football was the trigger for the new album. How that? His favorite club Twente asked Vandenberg to write a song for the team which became also reality. "A number one" was the name of the tune. After 14 years of abscence this was the turning point. With the younger talents Jan Hoving (v), Mart Nijen-Es (d) and Sem Christoffel (b) he founded the Vandenberg's Moonkings. It feels like a second youth for Adrian and a big chance for the three youngsters. The all benefit from the cooperation and have clearly fun by what they are doing. I new band is born.

In the Wisseloord studios near Amsterdam the quartett recorded the debut album of Vandenberg's Moonkings late summer 2013 which is now out on the market.

From the first note on it is obvious Vandenberg plays songs which are coming straight from the heart. It's a great mixture of hardrock, blues and classic rock. All 13 songs sound very fresh and have with "Sailing ships" even a song with a guest appearence of David Coverdale. It is so good to see that the two guys still have a good relationship and that they shre the same passion for music. Actually I must say that the new Vandenberg album is at least as good as the latest Whitesnake releases. And that means a lot.

I don't want to mention certain songs in special. If you are a fan of rock and blues you have to check out this album. Regardless if you are listening to the straight foward "Lust and lies", the bluesy "Good thing" or the emotional "Out of reach" - the songs of this album are a treat for your ears. Listen also to the fast and rocking "Nothing touches". This is pure rock'n'roll spirit. Remarkable also the awesome voice of Hoving which fits perfect to the sound of the band. Vandenberg couldn't have done a better choice.

Adrian, welcome back!!! And a highlight of the new year.





  1. Lust and lies
  2. Close to you
  3. Good thing
  4. Breathing
  5. Steal away
  6. Line of fire
  7. Out of reach
  8. Feel it
  9. Leave this town
  10. One step behind
  11. Leeches
  12. Nothing touches
  13. Sailing ships (feat. David Coverdale)


Label: Mascot Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS "Vandenberg's Moonkings"

VANDENBERGS MOONKINGS put a new song on their homepage

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's Moonkings, Hardrock, News

Check out the new homepage from Vandenberg's Moonkings incl. the first song. This is cool rock'n'roll. Sounds very promising.


And here are the tour dates which are announced so far:

21.02 Atak, Enschede (NL) SOLD OUT!

08.03 Boerderij, Zoetermeer (NL)

15.03 De Pul, Uden (NL)

29.03 Sala Arena, Madrid (ES)

10.04 Markthalle, Hamburg (DE)

12.04 Turock, Essen (DE)

13.04 Hirsch, Nürnberg (DE)

15.04 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (DE)

16.04 Backstage Halle, München (DE)

23.04 Robin 2 – Bilston, Wolverhampton (UK)

24.04 O2 Academy Islington, London (UK)

25.04 Biebob, Vosselaar (BE)

26.04 Le Divan Du Monde, Paris (FR)