Author: Edwin van Hoof

EX LIBRIS – Medea (2015)

Independant/Ex Libris Music Ex Libris’ eyecatcher is without a doubt their vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen, who is not related to Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen (Aqua de Annique, The Gethering, Ayreon). The classically schooled soprano is blessed with an extraordinary voice in both metal as well as it’s classical falsetto, ranging as wide as 5 octaves. On top of her skills, van Giersbergen has the luck of being backed by a band with ultimate musical skills and finds a varied musical specter to work from. “Medea” is a classic Greek drama written 500 B.C. by poet Euripide telling the...

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DELAIN – The Human Contradiction (2015)

DELAIN – The Human Contradiction Napalm Records Hoovering on top of the Dutch gothic scene are a few bands with world wide potential. Epica and Within Temptation set a high standard for Dutch loots on the growing three of symphonical metal. Undoubtly Delain is the third band with global appeal, distancing themselves from the other two names with a slaghtly darker and more pop rooted sound. Delain and their vocalist Charlotte Wessels focus on melodic apects rather than the turbulence and sonic packed dynamics the genre is known for. The reult “The Human Contradiction” lies in front of me....

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Soto – Inside the Vertigo (2015)

earMusic International – February 10, 2015 CD Review by Edwin van Hoof S.O.T.O is the name band from name giver Jeff Scott Soto and marks his return to the music that made him famous in his debuting days. With Yngwie J. Malmsteen he recorded some of the most groundbreaking new styled metal songs and his star was rising. Joining forces with metal greats such as the talented shredders Kuni and Axel Rudi Pell enforced his name in the scene. His passion for melodic rock also made him work on classics such as Eyes, Takara and Talisman, the latter of...

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Vandenberg’s Moonkings LIVE

Vandenberg’s MOONKINGS Friday August 25, 2014 Nirwana Tuinfeest – Lierop, The Netherlands Nirwana’s annual garden party has been emphasizing both words over the years. The party in the back garden of the infamous Nirwana club has been hosting up and coming talent alongside settled names from the firmament for over years. The stage being surrounded by large trees, it breathes a mystical atmosphere, unknown to any other festival in the Netherlands. Once the sun sets, the surroundings are lit up magically with colored spotlights accentuating the trees’ outline and leaves overhead. Colorful dangling chandeliers in between the tall oaks...

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Veni Domine – Light (2014)

VENI DOMINE – Light Massacre Records Veni Domine’s new CD nearly slipped through on this side. The Swedish gospel metallers first caught my attention while opening up for Saviour Machine on their debut tour, 2 decades ago. The sophisticated metal empowered by dramatic arrangements and a sinister dark edge, revolves around the charismatic and wide ranged voice of Fredrik Ohlsson Sjöholm. Sjöholm might be the centre of your attention in Veni Domine, but it’s the absolute musical geniality of the Weinesjö brothers making this clock tick so tightly. And don’t let the label ‘gospel’ scare you off, Veni Domine is...

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