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October 18th 2003
Loose End, Reeuwijk, The Netherlands
By Frans van der Zijde & Jeroen Visser
AEOLUS gods of wind!....
The first gig of Aeolus started just before midnight,
after having survived the first band it was finally
time for some real action. The lights dimmed, the
stage filled up with smoke, and it was time for the
first song Vicious Circle.
We were all waiting in anticipation for the voice
of the new vocalist Bart Fekkes who is replacing Raymond
van Kooten who left Aeolus earlier this year. To be
honest the voice of Bart is different than the one
we are used to from the CD, nevertheless it is refreshing
and has a lot of power in it. This difference is especially
noticeable in the first song because Raymond starts
this song very quietly while Bart starts quite the
opposite of that. Although Barts voice is more rough
to hear we did not have to get used to his voice,
the vocals were from the start quite natural to hear,
almost if it was meant to be part of Aeolus. The strong
vocals gave the first song the extra we missed in
Raymonds voice, it added more power to the song, we
both think it was meant that way in the first place.
The next song come here my love is a ballad. It starts
out very quiet and relaxed. What we missed here was
the subtile vocals of Raymond, but nevertheless it
was very well done by Bart, and gave it his feel to
the song. While the song continued we noticed differences
in lyrics and rhythm. This is probably the biggest
difference between Raymond and Bart, which is not
a negative thing, but something to get used to.
Fate ... This song starts also like a ballad, at
least the first part is very quiet, after that the
music changed rhythm and style, faster and more aggressive.
This song has more of these style changes along the
way, you can clearly recognize some influences from
other bands. The guitar solo of Jurrie in this song
was really nice and identical to the one on the cd.
Very well performed!.
Coming to the song Dust On The Mirror we noticed
that the atmosphere changed for the better in a more
relaxing one, the band had their warming up, and was
now really ready to turn the place up side down, and
so they did :.
Dust on the mirror is probably one of the best tracks
on the first album. Really amazing and powerful. People
in the audience started to get more excited, probably
since this song has also been released as a single.
Again this song was very well performed with nice
guitar playing of Marco de Neijs and Jurrie Teeuwen.
What we didn't tell you until now is that in between
every song the local village fool (a drunk guy dressed
like an hells angel) was yelling "WE WANT MORE
WANT MORE". This was fun in the beginning, but
started to get annoying after a few times. It was
fun to see how the band members, especially Bart and
Jurrie handled the situation by shaking his hand and
accepting his beer.
Anyhow, since the guy was really drunk it was hard
to do something about it and we focussed on the rest
of the show.
The songs Forbidden City and Where Light Is Coming
Through could be described as songs with lots of tempo
and mood changes, especially Chris van 't Veer who
plays the bass did a great job, and it was simply
amazing to see these guys do their thing without any
break and they just kept on going. Michiel Kramp who
is playing the keyboard and Matthijs Hekking who is
playing the drums and percussion put up a great show
during the whole performance. Everything sounded like
a well oiled machine and we were amazed that the sound
was actually the same as on CD!.
We noticed that the band skipped one song, named
Anonymous Embrace. The song Anonymous Embrace on the
CD is in between the tracks Forbidden city and Where
light is coming through. It is unclear why the band
did not play this one, it could be because this song
so strongly identifies with Raymond's voice, and also
in this song and one other song you can hear the voice
of Femke Feenstra who is doing the background vocals.
We kind of missed that too during the performance.
Because we are very familiar with the songs of the
first album, we were able to sing along with every
song, but this time it was a bit harder to do, but
During the last four songs of the first album (Tears,
It's not impossible, Aeolus Breath and Last Song)
the performance and sound was absolutely outstanding,
these guys really put up a f***** amazing show with
nice light effects and a lot of smoke.
At the end of all the songs from the first album
it was time for some new material. In total they played
three new songs; Split Personality, Passion love and
One By One.
Split Personality started with an introduction of
some real fine guitar playing of Jurrie, very subtile
and with a lot of emotion. The nice thing of the new
songs was that we were now getting familiar with the
songs and Bart's voice, as a whole and not as a comparison
between two singers (Raymond & Bart).
The 2nd and 3rd song were more rough and faster. Bart
seemed to be the right candidate for these songs.
It is clear that the next album is going to be more
aggressive and with a more progressive rock style.
What we heard from Jurrie is that the next album is
going to be more like a theme album, however we are
not going to spoil the surprise by telling you what
the theme is :-P.
To conclude this review we can say it was a very
enjoyable night, Aeolus is a band with a LOT of experience,
which was clear during the whole performance. Also
Bart is a great entertainer which is invaluable for
Michiel, Jurrie, Marco, Bart, Chris & Matthijs
keep up the good work!, and thank you all for the
autographs and the video tape. Now we have something
to look forward to. On December the 6th they will
be playing another gig at "De Souffleur"
in Leerdam, The Netherlands.
We can hardly wait!.
JUST BE THERE!.
Bart Fekkes - Vocals / Keys
Michiel Kramp - Keyboard
Jurrie Teeuwen - Guitars
Chris van 't veer - Bass
Matthijs Hekking - Drums / Percussion
Marco de Neijs - Guitars
Come Here My Love
Dust On The Mirror
Where Light Is Coming Through
It's Not Impossible
One By One