The Gentle Storm - The Diary



8.1 | 156 votes |
Release date: 23 March 2015
Style: Symphonic progressive metal, Acoustic Folk

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Disc I [Gentle]
01. Endless Sea
02. Heart Of Amsterdam
03. The Greatest Love
04. Shores Of India
05. Cape Of Storms
06. The Moment
07. The Storm
08. Eyes Of Michiel
09. Brightest Light
10. New Horizons
11. Epilogue: The Final Entry

Disc II [Storm]
01. Endless Sea
02. Heart Of Amsterdam
03. The Greatest Love
04. Shores Of India
05. Cape Of Storms
06. The Moment
07. The Storm
08. Eyes Of Michiel
09. Brightest Light
10. New Horizons
11. Epilogue: The Final Entry

Line-up
Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - guitars, banjo, acoustic bass, mandolin, percussion, hammered dulcimer

Additional musicians:
Edward R. "Ed" Warby - drums
Rob Snijders - percussion
Jeroen Goossens - wind instruments, bullroarer
Johan van Stratum - electric bass
Ben Mathot - violin
Maaike Peterse - cello
Joost van den Broek - grand piano
Hinse Mutter - double bass
Jenneke de Jonge - french horn
Jack Pisters - sitar, coral
Timo Somers - guitar solo
Michael Mills - Irish bouzouki
Remco Helbers - surbahar
Nathanael van Zuilen - table

Epic Rock Choir:Agoston Szabo, Andreas Schroder, Anita van der Hoeven, Bojan Kovic, Cons Marg, Elsemiek Prins, Fabian Blomsma, Jan Willem Ketelaers, José A Gallardo, Katinka van der Harst, Laura Guldemond, Laura ten Hoedt, Lisette van den Berg, Marcus Becker, Marjolein Hüsken, Nienke Verboom, Peter Moltmaker, Radina Dimcheva, Thina Chat, Yvette Boertje.

Additional info
Produced by Arjen Lucassem.

Staff review by
Ivor
Rating:
N/A
A full-album collaboration between Anneke and Arjen is something that's been eagerly anticipated ever since Anneke sang the part of Egyptian in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle, which features probably one of the most emotional and beautiful Ayreon tunes ever written with her on vocals: the folkish "The Valley of the Queens." That was about 17 years ago, give or take. Apart from another appearance close to 10 years later, you could say that something like The Gentle Storm is long overdue.

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published 12.04.2015 | Comments (11)

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23.03.2015 - 23:02
EmeraldSword
Looking forward to reading the review since this just came out today. Curious to see how their dual CD of "gentle" and "storm" approach turned out.
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24.03.2015 - 12:49
Rating: 10
ManiacBlasphemer
Black Knight
Written by EmeraldSword on 23.03.2015 at 23:02

Looking forward to reading the review since this just came out today. Curious to see how their dual CD of "gentle" and "storm" approach turned out.


I listened to both and I have to say that I like the storm version more than the gentle one with few exceptions. I think the metal approach on the storm version adds a more epic layer to the music, which kinda lacks in the gentle one. But this is just me though...
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26.03.2015 - 08:04
Rating: 5
progpiggy
As much as I wanted to like this, the album contains 50% good material and 50% filler. It just gets bogged down by what it wants to achieve. Unfortunately.......
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27.03.2015 - 08:04
RedOctober
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Written by progpiggy on 26.03.2015 at 08:04

As much as I wanted to like this, the album contains 50% good material and 50% filler. It just gets bogged down by what it wants to achieve. Unfortunately.......

The second cd is quite good and this coming from someone who doesn't like symphonic metal. I don't think it deserves a 5. A 6 at least maybe.
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28.03.2015 - 17:16
Rating: 10
carltonh
This album is far beyond excellent. However, I was expecting the storm version would be...stormier. It's not terribly heavy, but still awesome.
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28.03.2015 - 20:44
Rating: 9
SoUnDs LiKe PoP
I enjoy the "Gentle" cd MUCh more than the "Storm" one - mainly because it incorporates a lot of new instruments and instrumental melodies on several of the "Gentle" version (for example - check out the chorus in "The Heart of Amsterdam" on both versions).
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I lift weights and listen to metal
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09.04.2015 - 08:55
Rating: 6
yeah1980
I actually expected more.
It sounds a little bit too repetitive, and after I finish the album I don't feel at all the urge to listen to it again.
Plus I was hoping in a "heavier storm".
Anyway the guys are genius so they never fail, still a good album.
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"Be water, my friend" (Bruce Lee)
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11.04.2015 - 22:40
Rating: 6
joshsteph
After the first listening I was blown away, but then I realized it was only the Arjen/Anneke duo that got me excited about this album. After that, with every spin it started to become something less than I was expecting, and it actually became boring, sadly. Great musicians, no question about the talent here, but somehow the music lost its taste in a really short time. Only names won't make a good album.
P.S. I'm gonna see them live soon, and hopefully that will be more interesting.
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22.04.2015 - 13:04
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Looking in the album booklet, I think Mr Lucassen's running out of ideas to not thank his brother.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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22.05.2015 - 11:34
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
9 for disc 1, 8 for disc 2. Does that equal 8 or 9 overall? The Gentle side sound's very Ayreon-y.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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29.04.2017 - 11:21
Rating: 6
yeah1980
Written by yeah1980 on 09.04.2015 at 08:55

I actually expected more.
It sounds a little bit too repetitive, and after I finish the album I don't feel at all the urge to listen to it again.
Plus I was hoping in a "heavier storm".
Anyway the guys are genius so they never fail, still a good album.


Unfortunately with time the album got "stale" to me...
Probably the album I enjoy the less for both Arjen and Anneke.
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"Be water, my friend" (Bruce Lee)
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