It’s true, we’ve neglected this page for too long. About time for an update.
The last gig we did with Akelei (with The Gathering in Utrecht, September 2012) was also Ward’s last performance with us. He had grown unhappy with the heavier aspects of our music while the rest of the band still enjoy the distorted guitars and pounding drums too much to let go of that. We’ve gone separate ways now, as friends, and from around March we were looking for a new drummer.
That search came to an end last September, after Remco contacted us and auditioned for the spot. We liked the guy right away and his style fits the music so well that we welcomed him to the band there and then. We have since rehearsed songs from our live set as well as jammed on some new ideas.
We also decided that our focus now should be on completing the new songs we are writing. As anybody who has kept on eye on us these last couple of years knows, this is a slow process. One of these weeks, I will try to explain on this blog why it takes (me in particular) so much time to write. For now we can share that three new songs are finished (music, not lyrics) and three more are still under construction.
So, keep an eye on these pages, I will try to bring more regular updates on our progress! Signing off with a picture from the new line-up. L-R: Misha, Pascal, Remco, Harm, Merlijn
Listening to: Hjálmar – Ég vil fá mér kærustu
Not much news here, or not much that we can talk about yet anyway. Merlijn is in China somewhere and Ward is working hard to graduate from uni so we’re not jamming or doing any gigs at the moment. Instead, here are some pics from the gig at Tivoli (thank you Ron, Seth and RockHard for sharing), click to enlarge:
As announced before, this Sunday 16th we’re opening for The Gathering in their 1992 reunion line-up and fellow doomsters The 11th Hour in a not-to-be-missed Dutch doom evening at Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht. Get tickets HERE. We’re looking forward big time! It will be the second time we perform the song ‘Heden’ after its debut in Dordrecht a few months ago. It’s still a work in progress and we’ve altered the ending somewhat during rehearsals. Maybe this will be one of those ‘live-only’ songs that never stay the same. There is a very different take on the song however that we will record later this year. And something else. Oh Winter will be creative times. Merlijn is going on a far East-Asia trip so we won’t be able to do shows during that time anyway.
Meanwhile, Pascal and his other band Faal will tour Europe this fall together with Worship. See details HERE to find out if they are playing near you. They are a most excellent live band, second album ‘The Clouds Are Burning’ is highly recommended too if you prefer your funeral doom laced with black metal and post-rock.
That’s all for now. I hope to bring you reviews, photos and video of the Tivoli show in the next update.
We figured it’s time for a new band portrait. The last one we had taken was a very impromptu affair, right after our first rehearsal session with Harm a year ago. This time around, Harm and I found some pretty locations for a shoot in Utrecht and decided that’s where we would give it a go. Our dear friend Delphine was willing to take the pictures, which is awesome. Especially when you consider she had to drive all the way from Belgium for us. Merci beaucoup!
It was a successful afternoon and we are happy with the results. Here are our favourite picks, the first photo is our new ‘official’ band portrait:
Akelei 2012, photos by Delphine
From left: Merlijn, Pascal, Misha, Ward, Harm
See you next time, cheers
We played a new song at our gig in Dordrecht last month. Our good friend Wouter caught everything on camera (dankjewel!) and together we edited a video for the as of yet untitled new track. We had a great time at the Popcentrale by the way. It was organised very well and it’s a comfortable venue with quite good sound and facilities. A good number of people showed up right from the beginning and fun times were had by all. Cheers to Ben and Popcentrale for a great Doom Day! Also thank you Heavy Lord for being so ridiculously Heavy. Man, that show rocked.
Now, for our second gig this year we will be supporting none other than The Gathering in their ’92 line-up reunion! Also playing that evening are The 11th Hour, so it’s a fantastic combination of bands that no doom lover can afford to miss. This will take place on Sunday 16 September at Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht. Yes, write it down. You can buy tickets here: http://www.tivoli.nl/agenda/informatie/atid/455194/datum/zo-16-sep-2012/titel/THE+GATHERING+%2792
This is such a nice opportunity for the band and me personally. The Gathering is my favourite Dutch band, I’ve been a fan since ‘Mandylion’ came out and their atmospheric sound has definitely influenced Akelei’s music. I didn’t really know the band at the time of their debut album ‘Always…’ but I remember seeing the video for ‘King for a Day’ on TV and thinking it looked very mysterious, hehe. They will be playing ‘Always…’ in its entirety. We’re looking forward to this one a lot and hope to see you all there!
- 15:00 – 15:45 Akelei
- 16:15 – 17:00 Seal of Beleth
- 17:30 – 18:15 Heavy Lord
- 19:00 – 19:45 Ophis
- 20:15 – 21:15 Mythological Cold Towers
- 21:45 – 23:15 Saturnus
This year’s last blogpost will serve no other purpose than to tell you what (at least in our humble opinions) are 2011′s finest album releases. I asked everyone in the band to submit their own top-3 and the result of that is below. (There are actually 2 #1′s on my list but I just can’t choose one over the other. Tough.)
One more note though. In case you’re wondering if we have recorded any new music. The answer is no. We’re still writing and yes, it takes a lot of time. We will for sure record new songs in 2012 though. We will also do shows in the Spring where we will play some of that new stuff. More news when we have it! Now, the lists:
1. Omit – Repose
1. Carceri – The Good Must Suffer the Wicked
2. Anna Calvi – S/T
3. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
1. Spinvis – Tot Ziens Justine Keller
2. Tycho – Dive
3. The New Vultures – About Time
1. Omega Massif – Karpatia
2. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
3. True Widow – As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
1. Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
2. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
1. Dustin O’Halloran – Lumiere
2. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – S/T
3. Nils Frahm – Felt
Oh OK then, one more thing before I go. Happy holidays! Merry Yule/Christmas/Solstice/Hanukkah etc. and best wishes for 2012!
Misha & Akelei
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Listening to Celestial Season – Decamerone 2011
So today it is exactly one year ago that we released ‘De Zwaarte van het Doorstane‘ at the Dutch Doom Days IX festival. The album has gotten only positive reviews and has sold a nice amount of copies. We would have played more gigs but physical injury and lack of a bass player meant that we had to turn down a few offers. Those annoyances proved temporary though and yesterday we finally had an opportunity to show ourselves on stage again, at the Brainstorm festival in Apeldoorn. It was a good experience and we enjoyed playing there. It was Harm’s stage debut with Akelei and he did a great job. We sold and signed quite a few cd’s after the gig. Thanks to everybody who came out to see us, talked to us and bought a cd! We also thank Raffi and co. as well as Gigant for creating such a premium event and for taking care of us and the other bands so well. We will share pictures and video of the gig when we get them.
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Listening to Samaris – Hljóma þú (Muted remix)