Friday, June 2, 2017

Anneke van Giersbergen & VUUR Release First Single

We squealed with joy when we heard that Anneke van Giersbergen's new solo album would in fact be a band project continuing on from The Gentle Storm. We bowed in sad silence when Marcela Bovio announced that she would not continue with the group. Now, we can finally throw up some horns as we prog and metal out to "Days Go By-London," the debut single from Dutch progressive metal outfit VUUR.


Released first to Anneke's newsletter subscribers, the song's lyrics communicate the violent destruction as well as the promise of hope of London's Great Fire of 1666. Yes, the song is sung from the perspective of the element Fire in a year whose numeration includes the Number of the Beast. Anneke van Giersbergen & VUUR have made it clear that their as-of-yet-untitled album will be metal through and through. In addition to Anneke's lovely powerhouse vocals, which strongly recall the arrangements of mid-90's The Gathering, "Days Go By-London" includes frenetic and precise drumming from the always-incredible Ed Warby, plenty of chunky low end from bassist Johan van Stratum, and invigorating heavy riffs and 'classic' metal leads from guitarists Jord Otto and Ferry Duijsens. VUUR's debut was already one of our most anticipated album releases for 2017, and this first single just drives expectations further.



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