Second band on stage at the Dynamo Metal Festival in five days is another new band to me, and to be fair, a new band to pretty much the majority of those who will be in attendance within the Ijssportcentrum at 12:25pm.
VUUR will be a new and unfamiliar name to many, but for the last twenty three years or so front woman Anneke van Giersbergen has been involved with numerous bands and for almost half of that time she fronted The Gathering. She has also appeared alongside Ayreon, Napalm Death, Within Temptation, Anathema and pretty regularly with Devin Townsend, who is also on the bill so I’m guessing a collaboration is in the offing at some point.
I’ve never seen The Gathering live and they’ve never been a band that I’ve indulged in too much over the years either. I’ve got a couple of albums upstairs (2000’s if_then_else and How to Measure a Planet? from 1998) both of which were the start of their more shoe gaze / experimental period, and I’d be surprised if I have much more than that digitally.
They’ve not been a band that have played these shores many times in their career either. According to Setlist.fm their last dates here were way back in 2003 in support of the Souvenirs release.
The Eindhoven performance will only be their fourth show from what I can see. I’m guessing there won’t be too much in the way of new material so I’m anticipating a fair amount of The Gathering’s and The Gentle Storms’ back catalogue and maybe a few from some of her other guest appearances.
Out of the days nine bands on offer two of them I’ve never seen, which is always a bonus at festivals. Having a look online for more VUUR info, their debut album is released in October and they are playing some European dates at the tail end of the year most with Epica and a handful with Scar Symmetry which includes a sole British date in London. If their fifty minute set impresses at the weekend a trip south could be possible.
So far this is the only track released from the forthcoming In This Moment We Are Free – Cities album. All the tracks are named after a city, and this particular track is about the Great Fire of London from 1666 from the perspective of the fire. Sounds an intriguing concept and the track itself is much more entrenched in the metal genre in comparison to her last few outings with The Gathering.