Anneke van Giersbergen's new band VUUR have unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist for their forthcoming debut album, 'In This Moment We Are Free - Cities'. The 11-track LP is due for release on October 20th via InsideOut Music and includes 'Days Go By - London', which the band released early June and can be heard here:
An album preview, including snippets of all songs is available here:
The album will be available on special edition CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD (including etching on side D) & digital download.
Pre-order for the album starts today via www.vuur.band/shop
Pre-order the album digitally via iTunes & Amazon and get 'Days Go By - London' immediately:
Regarding the cover artwork, band founder Anneke says:
"The cover is designed by Black & Finch with whom I've previously worked on the 'Verloren Verleden' release.
The lyrical themes of this album revolve around cities and freedom. 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's full length debut was produced by Joost van den Broek, who was also involved in the writing process. Others co-writing partners are Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Daniel Cardoso (Anathema), and both of VUUR's guitar players wrote a song as well.
'In This Moment We Are Free - Cities' tracklist:
01. My Champion - Berlin
02. Time - Rotterdam
03. The Martyr And The Saint - Beirut
04. The Fire - San Francisco
05. Freedom - Rio
06. Days Go By - London
07. Sail Away - Santiago
08. Valley Of Diamonds - Mexico City
09. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki
10. Save Me - Istanbul
11. Reunite! - Paris
The band also recently announced they will team up with Scar Symmetry for a short co-headline tour in December. Opening act for these exclusive shows will be My Propane.
Dec 07, 2017 Le Trabendo Paris (FRA)
Dec 08, 2017 Biebob Vosselaar (BE)
Dec 09, 2017 The Dome London (UK)
Dec 10, 2017 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht (NL)
As well as this, in May 2018 Residentie Orkest The Hague will host an encounter with Anneke van Giersbergen. Both nights will feature a career-spanning concert with orchestral arrangements. The song selection will even include material from her yet to be released VUUR album.
Anneke comments: "It's such an honor to be backed by these grand classical musicians with strings and brass interpreting my music. The material will be an interesting cross-section of my career. Some reworks will be a contrast from the original and some, for instance like the song 'Travel', will be given a treatment that is a logical extension of the The Gathering's original album arrangement."
May 18, 2018 013 Tilburg (NL)
May 19, 2018 Paard The Hague (NL)
VUUR begin playing live this Summer, and have also been confirmed as main support to EPICA in later 2017. You can find the full list of confirmed live dates below:
VUUR as main support to EPICA
th November - Klub Studio, Krakow - Poland
10th November - Masters of Rock Café, Zlín - Czech Republic
12th November - Kesselhaus, Berlin - Germany
13th November - Markthalle, Hamburg - Germany
14th November - Essigfabrik, Cologne - Germany
15th November - La BAM, Metz - France
17th November - Stereolux, Nantes - France
18th November - Krakatoa, Bordeaux - France
20th November - La Riviera, Madrid - Spain
24th November - Razzmatazz, Barcelona - Spain
25th November - Le Moulin, Marseille - France
26th November - Le Transbordeur, Lyon - France
29th November - Bakcstage Werk, Munich - Germany
3rd December - L'Aéronef, Lille - France
Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) - vocals
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) - drums
Jord Otto - guitars (My Propane, ex-ReVamp)
Ferry Duijsens - guitars
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) - bass
Look out for more information in the coming weeks!
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