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After Forever

After Forever is a Symphonic metal band from the Netherlands, which relies on the use of both soprano vocals and death grunts. Their music is also influenced by classical music and doom metal.

Biography

After Forever was originally assembled in 1995 under the name of Apocalypse, playing music most oriented towards death metal. With the joining of vocalist Floor Jansen in 1997, their style shifted towards gothic-doom, in order to give emphasis to her voice. Their line-up at this point was comprised of Floor Jansen, Mark Jansen, Sander Gommans, Luuk van Gerven, Jack Driessen and Joep Beckers.

In 1999 the band begun composing songs of their own and recorded two demos - entitled Ephemeral and Wings of Illusion - which eventually drew the attention of the Transmission Records label, with whom the band signed a contract.

Their debut album Prison of Desire was recorded in 2000, featuring the guest appearance of Sharon den Adel. The album obtained expressive success in Europe. In the end of that year, drummer André Borgman and keyboardist Lando van Gils joined the band, replacing Joep Beckers and Jack Driessen.

In 2001 the album Decipher was released. Floor Jansen was invited to guest sing in Ayreon, one of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's projects. In 2002 Mark Jansen quit After Forever and subsequently assembled the band Epica, being replaced by Bas Maas. After Forever later released the EP and DVD Exordium.

In 2004, the concept album Invisible Circles was released. It reached 26th place in the Dutch Top 100 musical chart. Lando van Gils also left the band and was replaced by Joost van den Broek in the same year.

In early September 2005, their latest effort Remagine was released. On March 3, 2006, the band left the Transmission Records label, due to the scarce promotion that the label was providing. In October of the same year, they signed to Nuclear Blast Records.

After Forever has recently recorded a new album, self-intitled After Forever, which features a guest appearance from Annihilator guitarist Jeff Waters and Doro Pesch. The album will be released on March 2007. Videos of the recording sessions are available for download on the band website.

Line-up

  • Floor Jansen - Vocals (1997-)
  • Sander Gommans - Guitar, grunts (1995-)
  • Bas Maas – Guitar, clean male vocals (2002-)
  • Luuk van Gerven - Bass (1996-)
  • André Borgman - Drums (2000-)
  • Joost van den Broek - Keyboards (2004-)

Former members

  • Mark Jansen - Guitars, screams (1995-2002)
  • Joep Beckers - Drums (1995-2000)
  • Jack Driessen - Keyboards (1995-2000)
  • Lando van Gils - Keyboards (2000-2004)

Discography

Albums

  • Prison of Desire (2000)
  • Decipher (2001)
  • Exordium (EP) (2003)
  • Invisible Circles (2004)
  • Remagine (2005)
  • After Forever (2007) (previously, temporarily, named Energized)

Other releases

  • Ephemeral (Demo, 1999)
  • Wings of Illusion (Demo, 1999)
  • Follow in the Cry/Silence From Afar (Single, 2000)
  • Emphasis/Who Wants to Live Forever (Single, 2002)
  • Monolith of Doubt (Single, 2002)
  • My Choice/The Evil That Men Do (Single, 2003)
  • Digital Deceit (Single, 2004)
  • Being Everyone (Single, 2005)
  • Two Sides/Boundaries Are Open (Single, 2006)