July 6th: Alerion Album update & Mystery violin guest
All guitar reamps have been finished. Without effects the heavy rhythm guitar tracks are already sounding pretty good: fat & heavy. Stay tuned. . .
June 8th: Alerion Album update
Studio time for re-amping of the electric guitars has been booked in late June and work is progressing on the keyboard tracks. Recently, important keyboard work on the album intro track was completed. Stay tuned for further updates. . .All bass guitar recordings have now been completed as well. To offer all of you a peek into the recording process, a studio diary was made after Ronald completed his part of the bass recordings, check it out below. :-)
March 2nd: Pro-shot multicam video of Alerion at Willems Wondere Weiland 2013 Festival
Check out this video of Entrapment - II - Escape
February 6th: Tom Gorissen joins Alerion on keyboards, Nico Lammers takes on bass dutiesTom Gorissen joined Alerion on keyboards.
Tom Gorissen and Bas Willemsen have been in contact since 2009 and Tom has collaborated with Alerion before on some keyboard parts. Tom is known as keyboardist and bassist for the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Hymir, where he is responsible for all the symphonic elements in the music. We look forward to his contributions to Alerion, starting with the upcoming full-length Alerion album.Tom filled in on bass during our performance at ProgMayhem II. With the bass position now vacant, our guitarist Nico Lammers has taken on bass duties. Nico has many years of experience on bass in various bands before Alerion.
December 22nd: ProgMayhem II recap, reviews, pictures and videoProgMayhem II Festival took place at dB's, Utrecht. It turned out to be an awesome evening, as you can read for yourselves in the great (Dutch) reviews which were written by Progwereld (check it out here) and MetalfromNL (check it out here).
Video of ProgMayhem II is beginning to appear online and has been added to a playlist. This includes a video of our performance of Entrapment - II - Escape, which you can check out below. Moreover, many great pictures were made that evening, a selection of the Alerion pictures has been added to the photo section of our website.We want to thank all who participated to make ProgMayhem II a success, esspecially the bands teh Aurora Project, Armed Cloud and Schizoid Lloyd who all played wonderfully. Who knows, in 2014 we might organise ProgMayhem III. ;-)
November 12th: Jeroen plays his farewell gig at ProgMayhem II, November 23rdBlind Justice. He caught the attention of bassist and mainman Atilla Szabó during our bass player auditions this summer. Jeroen has been a follower of Blind Justice for years, making this an opportunity he couldn't miss out on, even though it means he will be leaving Alerion.
Jeroen's final performance with Alerion will be at the ProgMayhem II Festival, November 23rd in Utrecht. Don't miss out on your final opportunity to see us perform with Jeroen! :)Meanwhile the Alerion album recordings are progressing steadily, and we are now looking for a new drummer. If you think you have what it takes, contact us at .
We wish Jeroen all the best in his musical ventures with Blind Justice, and hope to keep in touch with him
within the music scene.
Jeroen has composed the following message to explain his departure.
I would like to thank Alerion for the 3 years of fun and creative times while making kick ass Progressive Metal. Next to creating good music and great performances live on stage, we have become good friends too, especially during the recordings of the upcoming Alerion album.The reason for my departure is that I was asked to start playing in another band that I have known since the nineties. In this case for me it was a no brainer and I just had to say yes.
Therefore ProgMayhem II on the 23rd of november will be my last gig with Alerion. I look back with good memories and hope we can continue finding eachother on the live stages.Regards,
October 25th: Tom Gorissen helps out Alerion on bass guitarTom Gorissen will help us out by playing bass guitar during our upcoming shows, starting with the ProgMayhem II Festival, November 23rd.
Tom is known as keyboardist and bassist for the Dutch Symphonic Metal band Hymir. Tom and Bas have been in contact since 2009 and Tom has collaborated with Alerion before on some keyboard parts. He will be featured on the upcoming full-length Alerion album with a guest keyboard solo and perhaps even more.Tom has composed the following message to announce his arrival.
Hey guys and girls,I'm happy to announce my arrival to Alerion. I've followed the band for quite a while now, and also had some musical collaborations working on keys for Alerion with Bas. This was a very nice experience, so when I was asked to help out on bass guitar, there was no need to think twice! You may know me from my other band Hymir, in which I play keyboards and bass guitar.
I'm looking forward to working with Alerion, supporting the band on keys, playing bass and performing for you guys and girls on stage!Cya on the battlefield!
October 25th: Ronald leaves Alerion
Ronald has been a constant asset to Alerion since the early days almost 7 years ago and appears on all releases, including the upcoming full-lenghth album. He will be missed.We wish Ronald all the best in Norway. Ronald has composed the following message to explain his departure.
I would like to thank the guys and girl of Alerion and special thanks to Bas which whom I have been in Alerion for 6,5 years! Thanks for all the great times we had together. I will never forget all the nice moments like the many gigs, the fun at band rehearsals ;) and all the other stuff.The reason for my departure is I was given the opportunity to follow a very nice 2 years Master study in the North of Norway which for me, together with my love for the country, the mountains and snow, was a great opportunity. So I made the difficult decision to quit Alerion. I wish Alerion all the best and hope they will find a good replacement.
I hope Alerion will continue creating great music and will perform on many nice gigs. First off is ProgMayhem II, November 23rd! It will be great. Unfortunately I won't be in the country, but when I am and Alerion is playing, I will be standing in the front row!Best,
September 27th: Alerion Studio Diary Part II: Bass Guitar
Check out the video below.
September 14th: ProgMayhem II Festival trailer onlineProgMayhem II will take place at dB's studio, Utrecht. This year's line-up features The Aurora Project , Armed Cloud, Schizoid Lloyd and of course Alerion. The 2nd edition of ProgMayhem is supported by Progmotion, Progwereld, Freia music, DPRP and iO-Pages.
Check out http://www.ProgMayhem.nl for more information on the bands. Tickets are 8 euros when you reserve them through the website, or 10 euros when bought at the door.The ProgMayhem II trailer is now ready and has been posted online. Check it out below:
August 27th: Willems Wondere Weiland Festival was great :-)
Many great pictures were made, of which we've posted a selection online. You can check it out in the photos section of the website.Our show was filmed by four professional camera's, of which we'll receive the footage at a later date. Luckily there is also footage made by fans available on youtube. Check out a nice video of the guitar solo in "A Life Less Ordinary" below. :-)
August 25th: Wedding proposal onstage during our Willems Wondere Weiland gig!
During the final notes of our mellow song 'Clash with Eternity' our singer Laura asked the oblivious Kimberly up on stage. Check out the video below. :-)
June 29th: Alerion Studio Diary Part I: Drums
Check out the video below.
June 24th: ProgMayhem Festival 2013 to take place at November 23rdProgMayhem, again at dB's studio, Utrecht. This year's line-up features The Aurora Project , Armed Cloud, Schizoid Lloyd and of course Alerion. The 2nd edition of ProgMayhem is supported by Progmotion, Progwereld, Freia music, DPRP and iO-Pages.
Check out http://www.ProgMayhem.nl for more information on the bands. Tickets are 8 euros when you reserve them through the website, or 10 euros when bought at the door.
May 27th: Album recordings starting June 14th
April 21st: Alerion to play at festival Willems Wondere Weiland and Rockcafé Asgard
Further, this friday, April 26th, we will play at Rockcafé Asgard in Beverwijk with fellow proggers Armed Cloud and The Garden of Love (known from the Dutch television series "Down Met Johnny Rocks"). The show will start at 21.00h.
April 13th, 2013: Preparations for album recordings
We have made demo recordings of 11 songs to be included on our upcoming album. 10 of these are done, final tweaking is being done on one last (special) song. We have checked out many recording studios, and have selected a studio for a try-out recording of one song late this April. If we are satisfied with the results, we will commence with the full album recordings.
December 27th, 2012: Photos of our Musicon showphoto section of our website or on our Facebook page, where you can comment as well.
November 16th: Alerion plays at special farewell gig of Magion drummer David de WaalMagion and Ashen on stage for a special evening at Musicon, Den Haag. It will be the farewell gig of Magion drummer and founding member David de Waal. The venue opens at 20.00h - be sure to come over to witness this memorable event.
Magion comments: After lots of years of dedication, fun and passionate performing, David de Waal is retiring from drum-duty within Magion. We do however not want to let this go unnoticed. So please show your hearts and appreciation to David for giving all he has given during his time with Magion. Besides Magion playing a lot of songs performed over these years, we will also be supported by Ashen and Alerion, existing out of friends we made during those years.
November 9th: Video page and new picturesthe official Alerion YouTube and the video's and playlists there. However, a video section has now been added to the website as well, featuring many great videos with a short description. Check out the video page here. :)
Further, many great pictures were taken of our performance at ProgMayhem 2012 and have been added to the website. Check them out in the photo section of our website or on our Facebook page, where you can comment as well. ;)
October 24th: ProgStorm festival cancelled - an alternate show to be announcedAn announcement regarding the ProgStorm festival: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Progstorm Festival is cancelled. We are very sorry for all those who looked forward to it. However, together with the other bands on the bill (Knight Area, Tightland, Incidense) we have considered how to resolve this disappointment.
Within a short time there will be news about the date and location of a new festival with the same line-up of Knight Area, Tightland, Alerion and Incidense. We hope to see you there.
October 19th: Alerion to play ProgStorm festival with Knight Area a.o., October 27th
Free ticket and meet & greet contest!
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October 19th: ProgMayhem 2012 was a succes!
Utrecht Roxx have posted a great (Dutch) review of ProgMayhem 2012 online including many pictures. You can read it right here.
Utrecht Roxx on ProgMayhem: Zaterdag 13 oktober was de eerste editie van het ProgMayhem Festival. Met optredens van Equisa, Incidense, Alerion en Ex Libris werd het een uitstekend debuut van dit nieuwe festival met heavy, progressieve en symfonische rock.Utrecht Roxx on Alerion: De band laat vandaag een verrassend sterk optreden zien waarbij duidelijk wordt dat ook zij een stapje opzij hebben gemaakt naar het meer progressieve genre.
Our thanks to everyone who helped to make our organisation of ProgMayhem 2012 possible! Thanks to our supporters Progmotion, iO Pages, Progwereld and Freia Music, to Paul Glandorf for his skilled presentation, to the participating bands Ex Libris, Incidense and Equisa, to dBs and to all the people who helped out with sound, lighting, tickets, promotion (SAPsite, DPRP, Utrecht Roxx), pictures / video and anything we might be forgetting. ;)
September 21st: ProgMayhem 2012 festival flyer available, be there October 13thProgMayhem is a new progressive rock & metal festival in The Netherlands. An initiative of Alerion, ProgMayhem is supported by Progmotion, iO Pages and Progwereld. ProgMayhem will take place on October 13th at dB's Studio, Utrecht and features Ex Libris, Alerion, Incidense and Equisa.
More information was already available at the official ProgMayhem website http://www.ProgMayhem.nl , including a promotional trailer. Now there also is a ProgMayhem flyer which is displayed on the left (click to enlarge).Feel free to download the official ProgMayhem flyer and use it to spread the word!
August 19th, 2012: PROGMAYHEM Festival featuring Alerion, Utrecht, October 13thProgMayhem is a new progressive rock & metal festival in The Netherlands. An initiative of Alerion, ProgMayhem is supported by Progmotion, iO Pages and Progwereld. ProgMayhem will take place in dB's Studio, Utrecht, and features various prog bands with sounds differing from fast, heavy, technical and complex to slow, mellow and focusing on 'less is more'. Varied arrangements, male or female vocals, symphonic influences and stirring melodies: there are things to enjoy for all who like progressive rock or metal.
Only bands of quality are on the bill, but these include (new) bands which are still relatively unknown. ProgMayhem distinguishes itself from other prog festivals in this aspect.An official ProgMayhem logo and website have been created, as well as a promotional trailer. Visit the official ProgMayhem website at http://www.ProgMayhem.nl and check out the line-up, background, practical information or reserve tickets online with a discount. :) We have posted the official ProgMayhem trailer below for a taste of what you can expect.
Visit ProgMayhem and discover the future of prog in The Netherlands. :)
August 8th, 2012: New pictures online
June 10th, 2012: Alerion Acoustic: on YouTube and on RTV Rijnmond radio on June 16th'Reading Heads' for RTV Radio Rijnmond on May 18th. A new experience for us. We decided to accept the invitation and adapted 'Turn of Fate' to an acoustic version for the occasion. 'Clash with Eternity', with more elaborate bass parts, was played as well.
Next saturday, June 16th, at 18.00h (GMT+1) the show 'Reading Heads' will be aired on RTV Radio Rijnmond. The show that will be aired is a shorter and edited version of the show which was recorded on May 18th and will most likely feature one of the songs we played, and perhaps the interview which was conducted with our guitarist / songwriter Bas Willemsen as well. You can listen to Radio Rijnmond live right here.We have posted a recording of the acoustic version of 'Turn of Fate' on YouTube.
June 3rd, 2012: Alerion on WOS radio: interview and 30 mins live performance, friday, June 8thThis friday, June 8th, Alerion will be a guest at WOS Radio during the show Stage. The show starts at 20.00h (GMT+1). It will be live on the air, but can be followed through the internet as well right here.
There will be an interview with the band, and some of our own favorite songs will be played on the air. Moreover, we will play two short live sets of around 15 minutes each, during one of which we will play the entire new 12 minute song 'Entrapment' live. Check out the show to discover which other songs we'll play. ;)
May 19th, 2012: Alerion music and interview on Roulette FM RadioThis Sunday, May 20th, Alerion will be featured at Dutch radio show 'Nederklinkers' at Roulette FM. Roulette FM is on the air in Utrecht and the surrounding area (Amersfoort, Breukelen, De Bilt, Driebergen, Hilversum, Houten, Maarssen, Nieuwegein, Vleuten, Zeist, etc.).
Material off of our promo 'Turn of Fate' will be played. Additionally there will be an interview with our guitarist / songwriter Bas Willemsen. The show airs between 12.00h and 15.00h (GMT+1), with the interview taking place around 13.30h. Tune in online at http://roulettefm.nl/live.wax or check out the frequencies on the air or cable near you here!
May 17th, 2012: Alerion Acoustic gig, tomorrow, May 18th, at Tsjechov @ Co, RotterdamThis Friday, we will play a short acoustic show at Tsjechov @ Co, Delistraat 2, Rotterdam. Starting at 17.30h. Two songs have been adapted for the occasion. Be there and witness the first ever Alerion acoustic show! Details can be found in the gigs section of our website.
May 11th, 2012: Capsloc live pictures posted onlineOn April 28th we did our second show with Laura on vocals at Capsloc, Capelle aan de IJssel, The Netherlands. Earlier, two songs were posted on Youtube. We've uploaded several pictures to the website now as well. Check them out in the photo section of our website or on our Facebook page, where you can comment as well.
May 2nd, 2012: Live footage with Laura and of unreleased song 'Colourblind' on youtubeOn April 28th we did our second show with Laura on vocals at Capsloc, Capelle aan de IJssel, The Netherlands. The gig was partly filmed and two songs have been posted online. Turn of Fate is one, a song which many people already know. The other song, Colourblind, has not been released yet. Finished in 2011, it is still fairly new and has not been performed live a lot. Below, you can view both movies. They offer you a glimpse of our sound with Laura on vocals, as well as a song of which no material has been released before. We hope you like the movies. ;)
May 1st, 2012: Alerion to play in the final round of IJsselpopOn April 27th we played our first gig with Laura on vocals at Highlands IJsselstein, in a contest to gain a spot at the IJsselpop festival in September. Three other bands were playing as well. Since it was our first show in quite a while and for the first time with Laura on vocals, we were still kind of warming up. Nevertheless, we played a nice show, debuting the new almost 12 minute song Entrapment, which was well received. This was reflected in the judgement of the jury, who selected us together with Dutch pop/rock band Rumours as winners.
On June 22nd, we will play in the finals, again at Highlands, Hoogland 1, IJsselstein.
We hope to see you there!
April 24th, 2012: New song 'Entrapment' to be debuted live on April 27th & 28thOn April 27th and 28th, you will have your first chance to see us play live with Laura on vocals. To add to the flavour of these shows, we will also debut a new song. The new song 'Entrapment', clocks in at nearly 12 minutes and consists of two parts which are both musically and lyrically probably best described as a small story.
'Entrapment - I - Caged', is a short, mellow and piano dominated song. It envisions a young girl kept in a golden cage, who dreams of breaking free, and sets the scene for part two. 'Entrapment - II - Escape', launches the story into a 10+ minutes long progressive metal song, with all kinds of guitars, keys, melodies, solo's, interludes and riffing, topped off with vocals by Laura. The story tells of how the girl became entrapped and is now breaking free of the visible ánd invisible bonds of her captor.
Come to see us on April 27th or 28th to check it out for yourselves. ;)
See our gigs section for details.
April 19th, 2012: Laura to perform in record stores with Arjen Lucassen
The acoustic shows will take place in record stores in Delft, Breda and Bergen op Zoom, all in The Netherlands. More information can be found here, or through Arjen's facebook page. The next opportunities to see Laura live after the 21st of april are our shows on april 27th and 28th. Check out our gigs section for details.
March 28th, 2012: New singer and shows
Laura is probably best known as singer-songwriter LadyLau. Although less in the public view, she has also been active in several projects in progressive rock and metal. These include the German projects VoXager and Escapedia as well as live performances with Dial and in Ayreon tribute projects.More information on Laura can be found in the updated band section of the website. Starting in April we will do some shows so you will all be able to hear Laura sing yourselves.
Two gigs and a live radio performance have been scheduled so far, as well as a small acoustic performance to be recorded and aired on Radio Rijnmond. Details can be found in the gigs section of the website. During these shows we just might debut some new material with vocals by Laura. ;)Recently new pictures have been taken with Laura, which can be seen on the website. More pictures will be posted online later.
Stay tuned for further updates.
December 15th, 2011: Audition updateWe have been in the middle of auditions for several weeks now, so it is time for a small update. We are happy to announce there has been some major progress in our search for a singer. We will expand on that and we will report back later. You can expect less cryptic and more detailed news then. ;)
November 14th, 2011: 'Melody and Malice' available for order online
All proceeds will go to the N.S.P.C.C.: the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
October 12th, 2011: New live pictures onlineIn June this year we played two gigs after some time off the stages. Some nice pictures were made of our show at The Little Devil in Tilburg on June 17th, which was also our last show with Maaike. We've added the pictures to the photo's section of our website.
August 23rd, 2011: Maaike leaves AlerionWe have some unfortunate news. Recently, Maaike decided to leave Alerion, after three years with us. Gradually, she moved in other directions than Alerion, which ultimately led to her departure. We are sad to see her go and want to thank her for her contributions to the band. We wish her all the best in her musical ventures. Maaike has composed the following message to explain her departure:
I'd like to thank the guys of Alerion for the good times we had together; it was great to be the band's leading lady for three years. I loved being on stage with them, writing songs together with Bas - who's got a composer of classical magnitude in him - and especially joking over beers after band practice. However, lately, I felt out of place. Drawn to old-fashioned jazz, pop, and other musical genres, and frustrated with the challenging conditions metal singers face on stage at smaller venues, I grew less enthusiastic about playing with the band. So I made the difficult decision to quit Alerion.
I wish Alerion all the best, and hope they'll find the new singer they deserve. When they hit the stage again, I'll be sure to be in the audience!
Those of you who wish to check out her musical activities outside of metal (in pop and jazz) can visit the website of her acoustic duo: Daisy Enjazzed.
July 8th, 2011: 'Melody & Malice' to be released on September 26th, 2011, track listing revealedThe release date of the 2011 Femme Metal Records compilation cd 'Melody & Malice' has been set on September 26th, 2011. It will feature the Alerion track Turn of Fate, besides artists like Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Edenbridge and fellow Dutch band Evil's Desire. You can view the track listing here. Unfortunately, this will be the final compilation cd by Femme Metal, so be sure to check it out!
All proceeds will go to the N.S.P.C.C.: the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
June 14th, 2011: Alerion featured on Femme Metal Records compilation album 'Melody & Malice'
The final tracklist, release date and artwork are still to be announced, although an unofficial temporary cover already exists and is displayed here. If more information becomes available, we will let you know.
June 1st, 2011: Ready to Rock!As of this moment, Alerion is ready to rock again! We have been strenghtened by the arrival of Jeroen Nagel and Nico Lammers on drums and rhythm guitar, respectively, two experienced musicians who had both been watching Alerion for some time. To complete the musical palette, guitarist and main songwriter Bas Willemsen is now also writing the keyboard parts in our music.
A backing track containing all keyboard parts will be used live untill the right keyboardist presents him- or herself to us. Untill that time, we will simply forge on. The new songs A Life Less Ordinary, Colourblind and Chains of the Collective are now fully finished. Chains of the Collective has been spiced up with a guest keyboard solo by Tom Gorissen of symphonic death / black metal band Hymir, also from Utrecht, The Netherlands.
We can't wait to get back on stage. So before the summer hits us we'll try to do some shows. Two shows have already been scheduled (June 4th at Metal Front Twente, Nijverdal & June 17th at Little Devil, Tilburg) and are listed on the website. We hope to see you there!
June 1st, 2011: Shifting SandsIt has been quiet over here for a while, but not without reason. In the period after the departure of our keyboardist Paul Bouman in October of 2009, both guitarist Bart Lubbers and drummer Lennert Stap decided to leave the band. More recently, they were followed by keyboardist Nathalia Hoogkamer, who had joined us in May of 2010, leaving the keyboard parts to several songs mostly unfinished.
Although Bart was only with us for a year, his decision to leave early in 2010 was nevertheless mainly due to his desire to play music not related to our music or metal in general. Lennert left the band some months later because of musical differences which had been gradually increasing for some time. We wish them both all the best in their musical ventures. We also like to take this opportunity to thank Lennert for his dedication and laying down the foundations to our music for three years.
Nathalia Hoogkamer of Thronar joined us on keyboard in May 2010 and began work on finishing the keyboard parts on three new songs. Unfortunately, Nathalia abruptly left the band in January this year. We are sad to see her go and wish her all the best in the future.
February 13th, 2011: Play Alerion on Frets on Fire / Guitar Hero (download)Always wanted to play one of our songs on Guitar Hero? Well, apparently someone wanted the same and decided to make a Frets on Fire / Rock band 2 track out of 'Hindsight (1976)', the opening song of our old demo Fledgling. You can download the Frets on Fire song (which has been improved twice by other fans since this video was made) so you can play it yourself right here.
The creator posted a movie of him playing on YouTube, which we have reposted on our own channel once it disappeared. Check it out: