Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Gentle Storm - Heart Of Amsterdam

With a working relationship dating back to 1998, two of Holland's finest musicians have united for a new project dubbed THE GENTLE STORM.

The Diary is the upcoming first album by symphonic metal/ folk rock band THE GENTLE STORM, consisting of composer and guitarist Arjen Anthony Lucassen (AYREON, STAR ONE) and singer and lyricist Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT). It will be released on March 24th, 2015 in Europe, and the following day in the US.

THE GENTLE STORM marks a truly astonishing collaboration. A concept album about a love story set in the 17th century, An epic production, containing two contrasting interpretations of the same songs: acoustic / folk arrangements (“Gentle”) and a full-on metal assault (“Storm”). This is symphonic metal/prog of blockbuster proportions and will also be presented live!

Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen originally crossed paths in '98 for AYREONs breakthrough third album, Into The Electric Castle. Ten years later they teamed up again for AYREONs seventh album, 01011001, both having established themselves as world renowned heavy metal/rock artists in the decade between releases. Although their respective musical styles went in vastly different directions during that time, Arjen and Anneke retained a common ground that ultimately led to the creation of The Gentle Storm.

The album release will be followed by live dates through the spring and summer European festival season. Known for touring extensively year after year, Anneke will take THE GENTLE STORM on the road backed by well known Dutch talents. Arjen, however, will not be part of the live production.

Today's tune "Heart Of Amsterdam" is taken from the album "The Diary".

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