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MaYaN - New Band Feat. Epica, Ex-After Forever, Pestilence Members

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!"

The release of the album will take place around May 2011 and the CD presentation will be at Paradiso - Amsterdam! The music is a mixture of death, black and progressive metal combined with symphonic orchestral arrangements. "We'll work with some very interesting guests and these will be announced very soon!"


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 10.09.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (15)

Hangover Hero - New Band Ft. Former Delain, Epica, After Forever Members

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


Posted: 04.08.2010 by Thryce | Comments (11)

After Forever - Call It A Day

After Forever have posted the following statement:

"Dearest Fans,

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.

However, that break also made us aware of the fact that we can only continue After Forever with the energy, the full 110%, that we have always put into it and we've noticed lately that there is something missing. We have always been musicians who create music with lots of passion, and during the break we built up our own lives again and have been musically active and experimenting in several genres.

Although After Forever is very special to us, we feel that we have reached the point where we need to explore the world of music in each of our own different ways. Thus, we've decided to quit while we're ahead. We are sincerely proud of every CD; each album represents a unique period, and all comes together in our last album "After Forever," which made all of our dreams possible. We hope After Forever will continue to be a source of inspiration for new bands and musicians alike so that our music can live on.

As band members, but also as friends, we've experienced so very much; highs and lows, good times and bad. We'll keep supporting each other in all of our various individual projects and continue inspiring one another in making music.

Our MySpace page will be used for updates on all of these projects and of course After Forever-related news, as well.

You can be sure that this is not an easy decision for any of us. We'd like to thank all of our fans for their support, also during the break.

We know that this will be a big disappointment to you, dear fans, and it makes it that much harder for us. You have always given us your all and it was our pledge, in turn, always to give at least as much back to you for as long as we exist. In this moment, that's unfortunately just not possible, so we'd rather leave you all the albums and gigs we achieved with maximum input. We'd also like to thank Nuclear Blast, TEG and MOJO for their patience and enthusiasm, the live crew, the fan club, the fan sites and everybody who's helped in every way possible.


Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 05.02.2009 by Marcel H. | Comments (56)

Cardamon - Adds Temporary Bassist Luuk Van Gerven (After Forever)

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.'

Luuk: 'In Cardamon I found a devoted band with talented musicians. I'm sure that we'll have great times together, both on a musical and a personal level!!!'

Cardamon self released it's debut album 'The Primrose Path' at the end of 2007, which was reviewed very well amongst well respected Dutch media such as Oor, Live XS, Aardschok and online magazines like and The band was chosen to be featured on the prestigious 'Sonic Cathedral: A world of sirens' release, a double cd featuring top acts from the international female fronted metal scene.

Band profile: Cardamon
Posted: 21.08.2008 by Marcel H. | Comments (2)

After Forever - Taking A Break

After Forever has posted the following statement on their website:

Dear fans,

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.

Not a very good start of the year, but thanks a lot for all your support and understanding, for now, for the future, but also for the past year. We won't forget you and hope to meet you again if After Forever returns in full shape!!!

Floor, Sander, Bas, Joost, Luuk and Andre

Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 17.01.2008 by Bararey | Comments (23)

After Forever - European Tour Dates

To promote their new self titled album, the Dutch Symphonic Progressive metallers of After Forever will be doing a European tour in September and the beginning of October.

Here the list of upcomming shows:

Sep. 09 - Raismes Fest, Raismes, France
Sep. 10 - Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
Sep. 12 - Rios, Leeds, UK
Sep. 13 - Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Sep. 14 - The Underworld, London, UK
Sep. 15 - Trabendo, Paris, France
Sep. 16 - La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont Ferrand, France
Sep. 18 - Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
Sep. 19 - Areamaster, Vigo, Spain
Sep. 20 - Mau Mau, Oporto, Portugal
Sep. 21 - Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal
Sep. 23 - Copernico, Madrid, Spain
Sep. 24 - Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
Sep. 29 - Transilvania live, Milan, Italy
Oct. 01 - Chez Paulette, Pagney-derrière-Barine (nr. Nancy), France
Oct. 02 - Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium

Band profile: After Forever
Event: After Forever: European Tour
Posted: 06.07.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

After Forever - Guitarist/Grunter Not Present At Upcoming Tour

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."


Band profile: After Forever
Event: Earthshaker Roadshock Tour
Posted: 23.04.2007 by Thryce | Comments (4)

After Forever - North American Tour Dates

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)


Band profile: After Forever
Event: After Forever: N. American Tour
Posted: 17.04.2007 by The Alchemist | Comments (2)

After Forever - Belgian Listening Session, Dutch In-Store Session

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"!
For more information, click here."

After Forever, the album, will be out on April 20th. For more details, go to this location.


Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 11.04.2007 by Thryce | Comments (3)

After Forever - New Video Online

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!"


Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 13.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (8)

After Forever - New Album Details

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:

01. Discord
02. Evoke
03. Transitory
04. Energize Me
05. Equally Destructive
06. Withering Time
07. De-Energized
08. Cry With A Smile
09. Envision
10. Who I Am
11. Dreamflight
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).


Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 22.02.2007 by Thryce | Comments (11)

After Forever - CD Presentation Postponed

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

Band profile: After Forever
Event: After Forever: Pre-Listening Party
Posted: 19.01.2007 by Bitch Boy | Comments (3)

After Forever - Guitarist Issues Side Project Update

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 (,

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."

For updates go to this location.


Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 18.12.2006 by lordz | Comments (2)

After Forever - Announces New Album

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 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.

Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 24.11.2006 by Soliloquy | Comments (13)

After Forever - Sign To Nuclear Blast

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!

Guitarist Sander Gommans about the signing: After Forever has grown a lot the past years, we've done more and more shows and festivals worldwide and also experienced a lot of improvement musically. I feel that After Forever is stronger than ever, as a group but also musically, this is the right time to choose for a label that can help us realising our dreams! Because the core of the After Forever songs is metal orientated, it's a very natural decision for us to choose for Nuclear Blast!"

After Forever have almost finished the recordings for their new, yet untitled album, which is going to be released in Spring 2007. Produced by Gordon Groothedde (Dutch studio luminary), the record not only contains great new songs but also an overwhelming session with the Prague Symphonic Orchestra! A tour afterwards is already planned as well.


Band profile: After Forever
Posted: 31.10.2006 by Promonex | Comments (4)