VUUR
In This Moment We Are Free - Cities
20/10/2017
Special Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold black 2LP+CD, Digital album, Gatefold silver 2LP+CD, Gatefold red 2LP+CD
Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen will forever be known as the vocalist for melancholic metallers The Gathering, but since striking out on her own in 2007, she has solidified a solo career and recorded and performed multiple times with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend, among others.
To present her progressive metal side, Anneke formed VUUR, a new band that features some of the best heavy metal players in the Netherlands.
VUUR will release their full-length debut ‘In This Moment We Are Free - Cities’ on October 20th via InsideOut Music. From there the band will hit the road and focus on new material, as well as the heavier side of Anneke's previous outings.

In 2016, Anneke decided for the sake of clarity to narrow her musical focus, choosing to go in an acoustic direction as a solo artist and in a heavy progressive metal direction as a band vocalist. The name VUUR, translated from Dutch as "fire", can also be interpreted to mean "passion" or "drive”.

"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 my soft acoustic solo music can be almost silent and inward. The Gentle Storm - her project with Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) - proved to Anneke that many fans have been waiting for her to go back to heavy music, which is why VUUR came to be.
You could say 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."

VUUR’s full length debut was produced by Joost van den Broek, who was also involved in the writing process. Other co-writing partners are Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Daniel Cardoso (Anathema), and both of VUUR’s guitar players.

The lyrical themes of the album revolve around cities and freedom. Anneke says: “I have been traveling the world as a musician for many years now and in every city I pick up different vibes. When I started writing for the album I wanted to capture the spirit of these particular places into words and music. Exposure to big cities can be overwhelming and you can feel engulfed by everything around you. At the same time it’s easy to be a stranger in a big city and for me, that brings out a feeling of freedom as well. This past year I’ve thought a lot about the virtues of rural versus urban life, since me and my family are moving back to the city. It’s very exciting, but at the same time I know that sense of urban solitude from past experiences. The cover artwork represents this duality.”

VUUR will start touring in Europe this fall as main support to Epica. They will play their first headline shows in December and continue to tour extensively in support of their album next year.

To present her progressive metal side, Anneke formed VUUR, a new band that features some of the best heavy metal players in the Netherlands.
VUUR will release their full-length debut ‘In This Moment We Are Free - Cities’ on October 20th via InsideOut Music. From there the band will hit the road and focus on new material, as well as the heavier side of Anneke's previous outings.

In 2016, Anneke decided for the sake of clarity to narrow her musical focus, choosing to go in an acoustic direction as a solo artist and in a heavy progressive metal direction as a band vocalist. The name VUUR, translated from Dutch as "fire", can also be interpreted to mean "passion" or "drive”.

"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 my soft acoustic solo music can be almost silent and inward. The Gentle Storm - her project with Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) - proved to Anneke that many fans have been waiting for her to go back to heavy music, which is why VUUR came to be.
You could say 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."

VUUR’s full length debut was produced by Joost van den Broek, who was also involved in the writing process. Other co-writing partners are Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Daniel Cardoso (Anathema), and both of VUUR’s guitar players.

The lyrical themes of the album revolve around cities and freedom. Anneke says: “I have been traveling the world as a musician for many years now and in every city I pick up different vibes. When I started writing for the album I wanted to capture the spirit of these particular places into words and music. Exposure to big cities can be overwhelming and you can feel engulfed by everything around you. At the same time it’s easy to be a stranger in a big city and for me, that brings out a feeling of freedom as well. This past year I’ve thought a lot about the virtues of rural versus urban life, since me and my family are moving back to the city. It’s very exciting, but at the same time I know that sense of urban solitude from past experiences. The cover artwork represents this duality.”

VUUR will start touring in Europe this fall as main support to Epica. They will play their first headline shows in December and continue to tour extensively in support of their album next year.