€28,560raised of €25,000.00 goal goal
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"
As is common with a crowfunding website you may browse the column on the right to see all available perks. But! We also choose present you with our personal favourites and crowdfunding highlights. Such as:
"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.
Europe zone 1
Belgium, Denmark (excluding Faroe Islands and Greenland), Germany, France (including Corsica and Monaco), Italy (excluding San Marino and Vatican City), Luxembourg, Austria, Spain (including Balearic Islands, excluding Canary Islands), United Kingdom (excluding Gibraltar and the Channel Islands), Sweden.
Europe zone 2
Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal (incl. Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, the Channel Islands, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Ukraine, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Vatican City, Belarus, Switzerland.
The Digital Download Package: "Chapter 1"! ➖ Choose this package and you will receive: Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn ◾️ Digital artwork ◾️ Commentary tracks ◾️ Instrumental tracks ➖ Package price: 5 Euro no shipment needed
Ticket to the acoustic live stream concert by Dianne and Bob!! ➖ Join Dianne and Bob for an exclusive live stream concert on the 21st of September 2018 at 8:30pm CET. Listen to Ex Libris songs, the duo's favourite covers ánd suggest a song by leaving a note in the comments on the check out page! ➖ Package price: minimum of 5euro or whatever you think the concert will be worth!
The past and present photo! ➖ A high level print of a photo containing the most important members from the past ánd all current member, signed by all musicians featured (photo preview on the update page!) ➖ Package price 10euro, excl 1x shipment
The Complete Digital Download Package: "Chapter 1/2/3"! ➖ Choose this package and you will receive: Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn ◾️ Chapter 2: (title TBA) ◾️ Chapter 3: (title TBA) ◾️ All digital artwork ◾️ All commentary tracks ◾️ All instrumental tracks ➖ Package price: 13 Euros no shipment needed
The "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn" (limited CD) Package ➖ Choose this package and you will receive the limited edition CD and digital download of “Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn!” ➖ Package price: 15 Euros excl 1x shipment
Digital sheet music! ➖ Have a go at singing and/or performing along to our new music with the digital sheet music of "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn". Instruments available: vocals / guitar / drums. ➖ Package price: 25 Euros no shipment needed
The Anne Boleyn "Blood red pearl necklace"! ➖ An elegant Precious Metal Jewelry (by Dianne van Giersbergen) design made with Ex Libris red glass teardrop beads, Anne Boleyn's favourite bead of choice: 'pearls', ánd... a guitar string used by our very own guitar player Bob Wijtsma! ➖ Package price: 30 Euros excl 1x shipment
The ANN Double Vinyl Package! ➖ Choose this package and you will receive the signed double vinyl (including chapter 1/2/3) and digital download. ➖ Package price: 35 Euros excl 1x shipment
The complete ANN (limited CD's) Package ➖ Choose this package and you will receive: Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn (CD and digital download) ◾️ Chapter 2: (title TBA) (CD and digital download) ◾️ Chapter 3: (title TBA) (CD and digital download) ➖ Package price: 40 Euros excl 3x shipment
Drumhead (signed), used for recording "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn"! ➖ Harmen is very kindly offering you the drumheads he used while recording "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn". Signed by the full band! ➖ Package price: XXX Euros excl 1x shipment
Listening session "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn" ➖ Join us in SandLane Recording Facilities (Rijen, the Netherlands) on 09/07/2018 for a listen through of ANN's first chapter "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn". Meet de band and talk with them about your and their personal highlights! ➖ Package price: 50 Euros travel costs not included
Listening session "Chapter 2: (title TBA)" ➖ Join us in SandLane Recording Facilities (Rijen, the Netherlands) for a listen through of ANN's second chapter "Chapter 2: (title TBA)". Meet de band and talk with them about your and their personal highlights! ➖ Package price: 50 Euros travel costs not included
Listening session "Chapter 3: (title TBA)" ➖ Join us in SandLane Recording Facilities (Rijen, the Netherlands) for a listen through of ANN's third chapter "Chapter 3: (title TBA)". Meet de band and talk with them about your and their personal highlights! ➖ Package price: 50 Euros travel costs not included
Handwritten lyrics by Dianne! ➖ Get your hands on these unique ANN "Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn" handwritten lyrics. All lyrics are will be written by Dianne herself. ➖ Package price: 50 Euros excl 1x shipment
The Supreme Supporter Package! ➖ Choose this package and you will receive: ◾️ the complete digital package ◾️ all 3 limited edition CD's (signed) ◾️ Double Vinyl (signed) ◾️ Band photo (signed) ◾️ Inlog code to the digital 'Ex Libris Light' concert ◾️ And... your name will be mentioned in the thank you video! ➖ Package price: 75 Euro excl 3x shipment
The "Ex Libris Red - Bass Guitar Statement Necklace" ➖ Become the owner of a unique piece of jewelry! A necklace created by Dianne out of the bass guitar strings of Luuk and featuring stones 'Ex Libris Red'. Only 2 available! ➖ Package price: 85 Euros excl 1x shipment
Meet the new guys!! (incl many After Forever goodies!) ➖ Purchase this package and you will receive: CD: After Forever (ft. Floor Jansen) – DVD en CD: Xystus (ft. Simone Simons) - CD: Penny’s Twisted Flavour. NOTE: an overview of the After Forever goodies can be found at the 'updates' page! ➖ Package price: 95 Euros excl 1x shipment
Skype with Dianne and one of the Boys! ➖ Sign up for a 30min skype chat with Dianne and one of the boys! Ask anything ANN or Ex Libris related or tell us your story! ➖ Package price: 100 Euro
Vocal master class by Dianne! ➖ Here is an exclusive chance to have a 40min one on one skype masterclass with Dianne! Choose the song you would like to work on and claim this one time offer today! - ➖ Package price: 150 Euro
Stage Side Banner from the 'Medea era'! ➖ Bring some Ex Libris history to your home with one (or two) of the side banners we used on stage during our 'Medea era'. Only 2 available! ➖ Package price: 300 Euros excl 1x shipment
Acoustic living room concert!! - Have Dianne and Bob come to your house, perform the Ex Libris favourites, the duo's own favourite covers ánd a song of your choosing! Sit back and listen to their 60min set, all in the comfort of your living room! ➖ Package price: 500 Euros excl travel (and if needed) accommodation costs
- Ex Libris
- Campaign Owner
- Harmen Kieboom
WE DID IT!!!!Update posted by Ex Libris at 09:26 pm
WE DID IT!!! 100%... and still 2 days to go! A-MA-ZING!!! Simply mind blowing!! We have no words for the tremendous support you have been giving us!! ANN WILL HAPPEN, and it will BECAUSE OF YOU!! THANK YOU dear fans and followers for making our crowdfunding campaign a BIG SUCCESS!!!
3 days left to support!!Update posted by Ex Libris at 09:11 am
The countdown has begun: only 3 days left to support! Let us try to make our goal happen! Go! Go! Go!And just in case you were wondering...1.) NO, there won't be another crowdfunding campaign for ANN. The money raise with this campaign will be used to create all 3 chapters!. . . . .
Third preview online: listen to 30 sec ofUpdate posted by Ex Libris at 11:10 am
With only 7 days to go we look back at a wonderful campaign run, and look forward to greet all those who are still planning to support us! And to those we say: let this last but surely not least preview convince you to do so! Ladies and Gentlemen we. . . . .
Final new perk/reward!!! The "Acoustic Living Room Concert"!Update posted by Ex Libris at 11:11 am
Have you checked in on yesterday's live stream? If you did then you have heared our silly "thank you sweet supporters" songs, but you might also have noticed that Dianne and Bob performing together in an acoustic setting is actually pretty pretty! Now then! Today we would like to present
Tonight: LIVE STREAM with the FULL BAND!!Update posted by Ex Libris at 10:54 am
Missed out on our previous live streams? Well then here is the chance to redeem yourself! ;) Come join us tonight at 8pm CET on our Ex Libris Facebook page for a fun and relaxed live stream! See you online!
Our producer Joost van den Broek shares his thoughts on our new album "ANN" with you!Update posted by Ex Libris at 12:40 pm
Here is a short clip from our producer Joost van den Broek (After Forever / Ayreon / Epica / VUUR / Xandria / ao) who would like to say a few words about our upcoming album ANN ánd of course our crowdfunding in support of our album (which is still
Third song title unveiled!!Update posted by Ex Libris at 01:02 pm
Good morning, good evening or good night! Here is another campaign update in which we proudly share the news that we've now gathered + €14.000,= in our crowdfunding campaign! Of course will still hope that you will bring us a bit closer to our end goal but let us first. . . . .
Meet the new guys! A new and unique crowdfunding package!Update posted by Ex Libris at 09:49 am
Here's a package that will.. A) teach you all about the musical history of our new members B) be in support of our crowdfunding campaign, aka our futureC) give you the opportunity to get your hand on unique memorabilia from Luuk van Gerven's old band After Forever! Which means that
Mark Jansen - Tommy Karevik - Damian Wilson say "Support Ex Libris today!"Update posted by Ex Libris at 10:42 am
LISTEN UP people!! Because you should definitely hear what Mark Jansen from Epica & MaYaN, Tommy Karevik from KAMELOT & Seventh Wonder ánd Damian Wilson from Ayreon & Threshold have to say!!The time is here - the time is now!! Support our crowdfunding campaign and together we'll bring Dianne van
New perk/reward: The "Ex Libris Red - Bass Guitar Statement Necklace"!Update posted by Ex Libris at 11:57 am
Only 2 items are available of this "Ex Libris Red - Bass Guitar Statement Necklace"! The design is fashioned out of bass guitar strings donated by our bass player Luuk van Gerven and created by our singer Dianne van Giersbergen for her jewelry brand called Precious Metal. Click here to