The Brainstorm Festival once again has a great headliner in store, with the Norwegian gothic-metal band Sirenia. Over the years the Norwegians have built up a loyal following in the Netherlands, and at the Brainstorm Festival they will undoubtedly win even more hearts. It's no coincidence that Sirenia is a star in their genre.
The new album 'Arcane Astral Aeons', that was presented to their fans with an extensive tour in Europe earlier this year, is proof of this. At the Brainstorm Festival, the band will be doing the same thing again. But it won't be a repetition of moves, because as headliner of the festival, we can expect an extra spectacular show from Sirenia.
Sirenia was founded in 2001, after bandleader Morten Veland left Tristania. After some great albums the band signed with Nuclear Blast in 2006, after which Sirenia's reputation took off. In 2015 Sirenia switched to Napalm Records, where also 'Arcane Astral Aeons' was released. All this time the band has been of importance and we are very proud to have Sirenia as headliner!
CELLAR DARLING (CH)
Long, long ago, Eluveitie would headline the first edition of the Brainstorm Festival. Due to illness the band had to cancel at the time and in the years that followed it simply didn't come to a fit anymore. When three members of Eluveitie left the Swiss folk-metal band in 2016 to continue as Cellar Darling we decided to put our sights on it. With success!
With Cellar Darling we have a awesome band in house, who already have two albums to their name. Earlier this year new album 'The Spell' was received with great acclaim and nothing seems to prevent Cellar Darling from becoming an absolute top band. Both in their music and in the show, all the relevant criteria are present.
Strong point is of course the enchanting vocals of Anna Murphy, who everyone knows from the many hits of Eluveitie. Cellar Darling is all about her, without falling short on guitarist Ivo Henzi and drummer Merlin Sutter (both ex-Eluveitie). Be warned: with this progressive folk-rock band the roof really blows off!
Fans have had to wait a long time, but at the beginning of March there finally was big news from Sweden. 'Human', the new album of the progressive band Darkwater, was released by the quality label Ulterium Records. The Swedes play a mature sound on this album, with which Darkwater effortlessly raises themselves to a higher level. And the band already played very well. In the Netherlands the fan base grew steadily, partly due to successful concerts at ProgPower Europe (2010) and Brainstorm Festival (2011).
On 'Human' Darkwater builds on this success. The warm voice of singer Henrik Bath, the strong guitar skills of Markus Sigfridsson and that wonderful progressive underlay: it's all there. Actually it is incomprehensible that the Swedish band hasn't made more of a name for itself in the metal scene. Maybe the limited number of live-shows is the reason for this, because this is certainly not due to the music. From the debut-album 'Calling The Earth To Witness' from 2007 Darkwater knows how to convince. Their sound can be roughly placed between Symphony X, Dream Theater and Evergrey.
Darkwater finally returns to the Brainstorm Festival. The band will perform on Saturday night as co-headliner of the second festival day. Visitors from the very beginning will undoubtedly remember the grandiose concert the band gave us in 2011. In doing so, the band has set the bar high for themselves. But just like on their new album, this will also apply to their live show: Darkwater knows how to surpass itself time and time again!
WAR OF AGES (USA)
For loyal visitors of the Brainstorm Festival, War Of Ages will not be an unknown name. The band has been on stage with us twice before. With success! Because the Americans are touring Europe again this autumn, that was a great moment to join in. So War Of Ages returns to the Brainstorm Festival for the third time!
Don't worry, it won't get boring. The band knows how to intertwine melodic metal and metalcore in an excellent way and turns every show into a party. War Of Ages can draw on their long career. Their first album was released in 2005, after which the band signed a deal with Facedown Records. Under that label, the band continued to build on their success.
The band is currently working on a successor to 'Alpha', which was released in 2017. That will be an extra reason for the fans to pick up this show at the Brainstorm Festival. And if you've missed the band two times before, grab this opportunity. You won't regret it!
IN MOURNING (SE)
The gentlemen of In Mourning make the hearts at the Brainstorm Festival beat faster. Their performance with us in 2012 made a big impression. The Swedish band hasn't been idle since then and have been growing since. This year a new album will be released, and with a bit of luck the CD will be available for the first time at the Brainstorm Festival!
Expect a fresh show with old hits and new songs. Head banging on the exciting parts of the show and it's enjoying when melancholy has the upper hand. In Mourning is back and we will know!
They're coming back! Nightland from Italy will present the successor to their successful album 'Obsession' at the Brainstorm Festival. After releasing that album, the band has also been seen in Apeldoorn. Nightland was very well appreciated at the time and was a highlight for many visitors. Reason enough for repetition!
Nightland is no stranger to the Netherlands anymore. After the show at the Brainstorm Festival the band was regularly seen in the Dutch clubs and the Italians also did a successful show at Occultfest. In addition, an extensive European tour followed as support of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Carach Angren.
Recently Nightland has been working hard on their new album. The live show will also be given a fresh look. All in all, this promises to be a special show that you shouldn't miss!
progressive nordic metal
Dark, raw and hard: Drottnar lives up to it's name as the hardest band of the Brainstorm Festival 2019. The Norwegians themselves prefer to speak of bunker metal, but the fans mainly hear technical tours de force combined with a wall of sound. The progressive band has been around for many years and will present their new album 'Monolith' to Dutch fans at Brainstorm Festival.
In our country Drottnar broke through in 2006 with the release of 'Welterwerk'. The album was extremely well received and sold like hot cakes in the Netherlands and Belgium. The band toured in those days several times through our country and was last seen here in 2011. Also then the band was at the Brainstorm Festival. Now, eight years later, it is high time to welcome Drottnar again!
Whoever doesn't know Blackbriar hasn't been paying much attention in recent years. The captivating gothic-rock of this Dutch band is of such a high level that the final breakthrough could come at any moment. We are very proud to have Blackbriar at the Brainstorm Festival. And we' ll make it something special, an exclusive show in our theatre!
Blackbriar is perhaps best known for their fantastic video clips. Each and every one of them is worth watching, and so do millions of people. This autumn the band will tour Europe as support of Epica, after which the show will follow at the Brainstorm Festival. We can't emphasize it enough: this will be very special. Be enchanted by the fantastic voice of Zora Cock and her band!
Many an artist will wish to sign for Kalidia's career. The Italian power-metal band based around singer Nicoletta Rosellini is on an impressive march through Europe. We've always been a fan of Italian bands and with Ancient Bards, Sleeping Romance, Nightland, The Foreshadowing and Thy Majesty we've had a lot of great names. We are happy to add Kalidia to that list!
The band started in 2010 and released their first EP two years later. In 2014 Kalidia was successful for the first time, when the video of the song 'Lies Divice' became a hit on YouTube. It opened the doors for the band internationally, after which they regularly performed in Germany and England. Kalidia shared the stage with great acts like Rhapsody Of Fire, Serenity and Cellar Darling. Nicoletta also joined Rhapsody Reunion as a guest singer and sang with Overtures at numerous major festivals in Europe.
After the band made a deal with the Swedish quality label Inner Wound Recordings in May 2018, things went even faster. The latest album 'The Frozen Throne' has been extremely well received. Kalidia can be seen at festivals in England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and now also in the Netherlands. Lovers of artists like Hammerfall, Stratovarius and Beast In Black should not miss these Italians. Kalidia is on her way to becoming a big name, and now you can see them with us at the Brainstorm Festival. How special is that!
CHARLES-HENRI MAULINI (FR)
composer / pianist
In the metal world, the name Charles-Henri Maulini will not ring a bell. But we are sure that the acquaintance with this French composer and pianist will be very pleasant. At the Brainstorm Festival Maulini will give a special piano concert, as a resting point between all the guitar violence. So sit back in a nice chair in the theatre and enjoy!
Charles-Henri Maulini has already made quite a name for himself in the Netherlands. He has performed at festivals such as Geestdrift and Graceland, and in 2018 he did a tour through our country. The Frenchman is under contract with the Dutch alternative record label Volkoren, which of course gave him a big boost in our country. Eventually Maulini has to show it himself, and he does so with dedication. This will be special!
gothic / wave-rock
With the Polish band Metus, Brainstorm Festival has signed a very special band. While the albums of the band are being picked up by more and more people, Metus is not known as a band that tours the European stages. In fact, the band has never been to the Netherlands before. Maybe their show in Apeldoorn will taste for more. At the Brainstorm Festival Metus gives a show in the theatre, where the mix of doom, gothic and wave-rock will make for a special show.
Mastermind in Metus is singer Marek Juza, who has been building to the status of his band for years. He is obviously inspired by bands like Saviour Machine and The Awakening. In the melancholy lyrics, Metus struggles with personal issues and an imperfect world. At the same time Metus craves beauty and eternal life. The band uses biblical lyrics every now and then, just like Saviour Machine does. This promises to be a show you simply have to experience.
Askara's doing fine. The young band from Switzerland is clearly in the upward spiral. And rightly so, because the band works hard for that. Askara's adventure started in 2013, when a song appeared on the sampler 'Heavy Metal Nation IX'. That was to everyone's liking and the Swiss gradually expanded their repertoire. In their own country, the band got more and more foot on the ground, especially after the release of their debut-album 'Horizon Of Hope' in 2016. But Switzerland is small and Askara wanted more.
In the autumn of 2018, the band had the opportunity to introduce themselves to a larger, international audience. Askara went along as support on the 'Alba' tour, with the popular Italian gothic-metal band Sleeping Romance as headliner. It put Askara firmly on the map and the band is now reaping the rewards of the tour. The Brainstorm Festival will also be attributed to this. It is a new step for the band to present themselves to a larger audience. They are doing this with great dedication, so make sure you are present when Askara opens the second day of the festival at the mainstage on Saturday afternoon!
Hypersonic is not completely unknown in the Netherlands. This sympathetic Italian band could be admired earlier in our country. At the Brainstorm Festival we will introduce the band to a wider, partly new audience. On top of that the band comes over with a new singer. So this show promises to be a renewed acquaintance with Hypersonic.
With their album 'Existentia' Hypersonic was noticed abroad in 2016 and the band got the chance to play several international shows. Through the Brainstorm Festival the Italians hope to play themselves further in the spotlight. Moreover, new material is on the way. The story is not finished yet!
When one of the members of the Norwegian cult band Antestor joins a new post-rock band, the the world's eyes are on you. Monograf is the name of the group, which develops in the shadow of their successful compatriots of Leonov. We already presented that band at the Brainstorm Festival, and this year the honour will be given to Monograf.
The band's Norwegian rock is brimming with folk music. In this way, Monograf creates an exciting mix that resonates, as evidenced by the positive reviews that are being written all over Europe about the debut album 'Nadir'. The band has also been discovered live in Norway. We are helping them to gain a foothold in the Netherlands as well. This will be special!