Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen has started a new project called MaYaN. The following statement regarding the band has been posted on Epica's website:
"Although Epica has been touring around the world for months, Mark found the time to put another band together, which he takes very seriously: MaYaN. Mark founded MaYaN together with Jack Driessen (ex-After Forever) and Frank Schiphorst, named after the wise and rich mayan culture.
"There was only one record label we wanted to sign with: Nuclear Blast, so we didn't even look for other companies to work with and we're very happy that this appreciation is mutual", Mark says and announces: "The debut album will be recorded and mixed at the end of the year 2010 and the beginning of 2011 by Sascha Paeth (who produced the former Epica records as well). We're also stoked to announce that Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Pestilence, Obscura), known for his signature six-string fretless playing in progressive death metal, will join as permanent member on bass guitar. Isaac Delahaye (Epica, ex-God Dethroned) and Arien van Weesenbeek (Epica) will complete the line up!"
Former members of Delain, After Forever and Epica and the current Autumn guitarist, have joined forced in a new band, which they called Hangover Hero. The Dutch outfit recently recorded a promo at the Gate Studio (Avantasia, Kamelot) in Wolfsburg, Germany. The band is currently looking for a label.
One of those recorded promotional songs, "Play In A Band!" is available for your listening pleasure at this location. Find out more about Hangover Hero on MySpace.
Hangover Hero line-up:
Ronald Landa (ex-Delain): vocals, guitar
Ad Sluijter (ex-Epica): guitar
André Borgman (ex-After Forever): drums
Mats van der Valk (Autumn): bass
After Forever have posted the following statement:
After nearly 15 years and with heavy hearts, we have decided to call an end to a great and exciting time as After Forever. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, and especially of the road we took to get here. After Forever has never been a band that repeated itself; we always tried out new things, even though many of them were certainly done at a risk. We think that that has been one of the reasons we've always enjoyed enormous support from all our loyal fans.
The break we took in 2008 made us appreciate all the more what we'd experienced. Now more than ever, we can look back on so many fantastic moments, something we never would have expected to be part of when we started the band all those years ago.
Cardamon announces temporary addition of bassist Luuk van Gerven (After Forever)
Utrecht-based rock/metalband Cardamon is happy to announce the temporary addition of bassplayer Luuk van Gerven to the band. Luuk is well known as the bassplayer of Dutch melodic metal maestros After Forever.
'We are very excited to be able to play with Luuk. Besides the well-working personal chemistry, his skills and talent enable Cardamon to focus on the band's main priorities at this moment; writing new material and playing gigs instead of having to worry about finding the right bandmember. It's not clear for how long Luuk will play with Cardamon, but it is definitely the best solution for now.'
After Forever has posted the following statement on their website:
as you might have noticed, After Forever experienced a lot in 2007. A new deal with Nuclear Blast and The Entertainment Group, the release of a new album, gigs in Europe and the U.S.A./Canada, all thanks to your support. Unfortunately, 2007 also had a negative side. Sander experienced the symptoms of a burn-out and had to stop playing with After Forever for a few months. After Forever did a good job doing the scheduled gigs with mainly George (ex- Orphanage) as grunter, making possible the album could still be promoted. After that, a European and an American/Canadian tour followed, with Sander this time, and his condition seemed to be ok. Unfortunately, just recently, Sander fell victim to a seizure attack in an airplane, and after research that attack seemed to be stress related. The doctors think this is a very serious matter, and they strongly advised him to not be involved with any After Forever activity for at least a year, to prevent a worse health situation. Because Sander is one of the formers, songwriter and co manager of After Forever, an After Forever without him is no option. The band has been able to solve his absence in 2007 live, but another year full of compromises would not be positive for the quality After Forever wants to offer. After Forever is a band that wants to give 100% and that's just not possible now. With pain in our hearts, we had to decide that After Forever has to take a break of at least a year and hope you will all respect that. It's terrible not to be able to do all the great gigs and activities we were planning, but it's even worse for After Forever to do those things with a compromise. We highly value everything the band has achieved, and we don't want to lose that. We also realise we ask a lot of our fans since we know what our gigs and music means to them. However, we will all still be active in the music scene. Because of this break everybody gets the chance to focus on projects. On our site and myspace sites we'll keep you updated about those projects.
Due to health reasons, After Forever guitarist and grunter Sander Gommans won't be able to join the band for their upcoming live shows, including the Earthshaker Roadshock Tour through Europe which kicks off on April 27. You can find Sander's statement here.
A statement from the band, as posted on their MySpace blog, goes as follows:
"We deeply regret to announce that, under medical advisory, Sander won't be joining the band for the scheduled performances at the CD presentation, nor the Earthshaker Road tour. He's currently seeing doctors to diagnose and treat the problems so that he can get back to the band as soon as possible."
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band After Forever will embark on a North American tour in October.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Oct. 07 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
Oct. 09 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian (supporting Sonata Arctica)
Oct. 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit (supporting Finntroll)
Oct. 12 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
Oct. 13 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 14 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room (supporting Overkill)
Oct. 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Oct. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Oct. 19 - Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
Oct. 20 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (supporting Overkill)
The following announcements were posted on After Forever's official website:
"This Thursday, April 12, there will be a listening session for our Belgian fans. Together with The Mindview, After Forever organises this event to promote their new cd "After Forever". The place to be is Metal cafe "De Rots", Melkmarkt 11 in Antwerp. It starts at 20.00 hours. Some of the After Forever members will be in Metal cafe "De Rots" to tell you all about the new album and to have a drink with you guys!
In addition, 3FM DJ Giel Beelen announces the AF instore in Fame on his show especially for his 'Uitzendkrachten' (people who are part of a special Giel community). Fame (Kalverstraat 2-4, Amsterdam) has room for 150 people, doors will be open at 19:30 - ACCESS ONLY VIA RADIO 3FM GUESTLIST - UITZENDKRACHTEN! After Forever will play acoustic set between 20:00 and 20:30. This will be the second spot (after the Tivoli show on April 17th) where you can get the new album "After Forever"!
After Forever's new video for the song 'Energize Me', can be watched online at this location.
Guitarist Sander Gommans commented: "The recording team was very professional and had a lot of great ideas. The atmosphere looked great in the shots I viewed, and I think the energy of the clip will fit the song exactly the way it should. You've probably seen some of our previous clips but I think you'll be surprised by this one!"
The cover artwork for Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit After Forver's new self-titled album has been posted online at this location. Due in Europe on April 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, the follow-up to 2005's "Remagine" will contain the following tracklisting:
04. Energize Me
05. Equally Destructive
06. Withering Time
08. Cry With A Smile
10. Who I Am
12. Empty Memories
An "Energize Me" single is due on March 23, featuring the songs "Energize Me" (radio edit), "Energize Me" (album version), "Sweet Enclosure" (non-album track).
A videoclip for the news single "Energize Me" is expected to appear online soon, since the band has finished filming yesterday (February 21).
After Forever's official release party for their forthcoming self-titled album, scheduled to take place on March 22nd at Tivoli in Utrecht, Holland has been postponed. The album was due to be issued on the same day by Nuclear Blast, but according to the band the release date has been changed. The new date will be announced soon and the party will be rescheduled.
The listening parties scheduled to take place in Holland in February will go ahead as planned. They are as follows:
22 - Burgerweeshuis in Deventer, Holland
23 - W2 in Den Bosch, Holland
After Forever guitarist Sander Gommans has a side-project called HDK, which he describes as "a lot more agressive and guitar orientated than After Forever. However, because I write all the stuff, you'll certainly find some After Forever elements in these songs." He has issued the following update:
"The first new singer that will give his contribution to the HDK project, will be Mike Scheijen of the band 37 Stabwoundz (www.myspace.com/mike_37, www.37stabwoundz.com)
This guy has a kick ass voice (extremely versatile, sometimes his voice even resembles Phil Anselmo) for the real agressive stuff, check out the websites!!! It could take a while, but I'll put some vocal parts online as soon as we've recorded something."
The gothic/power metal band, After Forever have posted this on their myspace profile:
"In March 2007 the new album of After Forever will be released in Europe! Keep checking www.afterforever.com for up to date info about the album and it's release in your country!" the exact date, and the name of the album, or cover art are still in the making.
The ongoing rumours about After Forever signing with Nuclear Blast for their upcoming album appear to have been true - although neither party made an official announcement yet, an After Forever page has been added to Nuclear Blast's official website. It is still under construction, but it can already be viewed at this location.
As rumored here earlier today, Nuclear Blast Germany have issued the following press release regarding the signing of Dutch metallers After Forever:
There have been a lot of rumours already, now it's finally official: Another superb band has found its way to the realms of Nuclear Blast - After Forever! The Dutch act around front amazon Floor Jansen (also known from various guest appearances for projects of Arjen Lucassen - Ayreon) is specialized in thrilling melodic/gothic metal and ranks among the "big ones" of the scene in their home country. The band already toured with Nightwish and had appearances at every important festival BeNeLux-wide (such as Lowlands, Pinkpop, Graspop, Dynamo Open Air, Fields Of Rock), not to forget a steadily growing fan base in South America, France, Spain and Germany!