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Anneke van Giersbergen, forever known as the former vocalist for melancholic metallers The Gathering and for her collaborations with the Devin Townsend Project and Arjen Lucassen (i.e. The Gentle Storm), formed VUUR in 2016, a new progressive metal band featuring renowned drummer Ed Warby (Gorefest, Ayreon) and some of the best heavy metal players in The Netherlands! The name VUUR – translated from Dutch as “fire”, which can also be interpreted to mean “passion” or “drive” – was chosen as a moniker to represent Anneke's metal side, with the idea that when fans buy a ticket with the VUUR name on it they will be getting her heavy progressive music, while an Anneke van Giersbergen show will be entirely different. “It's like I'm searching for contradictions,” Anneke says of splitting her focus in two. “I want the heavy to be really heavy, and the soft acoustic stuff that I can do can be almost silent and inward. I'm trying to find those outer limits. I'm still writing and collaborating with different people, so VUUR's style is still kind of different from The Gathering and The Gentle Storm. VUUR's music has the melancholy of The Gathering and certain elements from The Gentle Storm, but it's darker with fewer folk elements. It's still melodic and warm, but heavy.” Thus, “In This Moment We Are Free – Cities” features crushing riffs and impressive rhythm patterns whereas Anneke sends shivers down your spine with a truly intense vocal lines. So, make sure to check out Anneke’s ultimate heavy outlet.
“…And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers” is a one-of-a-kind, collection of revealing stories/interviews, and stunning graphics about the making of some of the most iconic album covers in the history of Heavy Metal music. This beautifully illustrated coffee table book includes the stories of artworks like Slayer’s “Reign In Blood,” Morbid Angel’s “Blessed Are The Sick,” Metallica’s “And Justice For All,” Blind Guardian’s “A Night At The Opera,” Death’s “Symbolic,” Tiamat’s “Wildhoney,”Carcass “Heartwork,” At The Gates’ “Slaughter Of The Soul,”Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” and many others.
This 264-pages book features exclusive interviews with members of Amorphis, Napalm Death, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Anthrax, Cynic, Testament and revered artists like Eliran Kantor, Travis Smith, Arik Roper, Joe Petagno, Dan Seagrave and more.
In addition, this new Revised Edition features new extra commentaries, interviews and 10 new images not included in the first edition of the book.
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This is a store for everything metal, be it CDs, Vinyl, Tapes, Patches, etc. I stock new and used media. Merchandise like Patches, Flags, etc is always new.
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