ANN - our third full length album, will be divided into three releases, of which the first "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn" is now exclusively available via this crowdfunding campaign!
But that's not all: you may also pre-order chapter 2 and 3 to make sure your collection will be complete while supporting us in realizing this new concept album!
Pledge to our campaign and select the unique perks that we have created for you! Help us achieve our goal, be part of the future and receive, apart from our newest songs, our everlasting gratitude!
Dianne, Koen, Bob, Luuk, Harmen.
ANN - "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn"! 30 sec preview of song number 1: "The Courtship"
ANN - "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn"! 30 sec preview of song number 2: "The Miscarriage"
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"A third album, with three chapters, each chapter belonging to a story, that needs to be told!"
ANN is not only the title of our third album, it is also the name that binds the three women from the different chapters together. Each from a different time, a different place and a different background, but all three of the women have a story that needs to be told. Or... - for those familiar with our 'Medea'-album-
a story that needs to be brought back to life through Dianne's voice.
The music of the three chapters will be supporting each story in sound and vision.
Where "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn" (which contains almost 20 minutes of music!) can be characterized as a blend between modern and vintage progressive metal, chapter 2 and 3 will bring different flavours. Throughout the whole album ANN will consist of a wide variety of vocal colors, strong melodies, heavy riffing, progressive rhythms, ambient atmospheres and a high level of virtuosity!
Like the music, the artwork for ANN is also divided into three chapters: Each cover will show the portrait of the woman who's story is told. When all chapters are completed and released three covers will reveal to be the trilogy that together is ANN.
The artwork of ANN is designed by 2D artist and illustrator Jelle Steenhuisen. Steenhuisen is mostly known for his work as game illustrator and specializes in character design, which makes him the perfect artwork designer for ANN. We're already looking forward to seeing him put ANN chapter 2 and 3 to paper, but first we give you ANN "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn"
"Our hands slowly cemented our star-crossed love..."
So who was Anne Boleyn? Well she was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536
as the second wife of King Henry VIII. Henry's marriage to her, and her subsequent
execution by beheading, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval
that was the start of the English Reformation.
Our story picks up in 1526, when Anne returns to Hampton Court
and Henry VIII begins his pursuit of her.
1. The Courtship
2. The Miscarriage
3. The Beheading
Now that you -partly- know who ANN is and what she will sound like,
we say it is high time for us to introduce ourselves!
Harmen Kieboom - Drums
Koen Stam - Keyboards
Dianne van Giersbergen - Vocals
Bob Wijtsma - Guitar
Luuk van Gerven - Bass guitar
ANN is produced by none other than Dutch producer Joost van den Broek, at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Van den Broek is a well known name in the progressive and symphonic metal genre and we're happy to have him aboard. Other bands Van den Broek has worked with are After Forever, Ayreon, Epica, Mayan, Powerwolf, Revamp, Stream of Passion, Vuur, Xandria, and many others.
Established in 2009 in Rijen, The Netherlands, Sandlane Recording Facilities is a state-of-the-art recording studio. Characterised by stunning acoustics and a wide range of high-end equipment.
The studio is home to producer Joost van den Broek, engeneer Jos Driessen and a home away from home to a diverse range or artists and musicians. Click here for more information.
Estimated delivery "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn": July 2018
Estimated delivery "Chapter 2: (title TBA)": Start 2019
Estimated delivery "Chapter 3: (title TBA)" + Vinyl: End of summer 2019
Below you will find the shipping rates for each perk. Some of our perks include multiple shipments. However: You only have to pay the shipping costs once! Multiple shipments are, when applicable, accounted for in the pricing.
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