The Gentle Storm, featuring Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project), are streaming the lyric video for “Endless Sea (Storm Version)”, off their forthcoming album The Diary, out March 24, 2015 via Inside Out Music, here.
Stream the Gentle version of “Endless Sea” here.
The band had this to say about the track:
“Endless Sea is the album opener and it serves as an introduction to our story-based album. Susanne, the main character, sings about her busband Joseph, who has just sailed out on another long voyage to the Far East. We are very excited to offer everybody a first taste of our forthcoming album with the release of these lyric videos. This is such a special album to the both us.”
The album concept is a tale of love, loss, and separation told through the story of two fictional seventeenth-century lovers. A Dutch sailor embarks on a two-year voyage, leaving his wife at home in Holland. The only way for the couple to communicate and keep their love alive during the long separation is through letters. These letters form the basis for the songs on the album.
They are also pleased to announce that in advance of The Gentle Storm full band shows, Arjen will join Anneke for a select few European live acoustic dates in what will be quite a rare and special occasion.
Feb 17: Planetarium – Budapest, Hungary
Feb 19: Hard Rock Café – Bucharest, Romania
Feb 20: tba – Sofia, Bulgaria
Feb 22: K17 – Berlin, Germany
Feb 28: Pod Minoga – Poznan, Poland
As previously mentioned, a full all-star band will go out without Arjen in March and April, and the confirmed dates and band line-up can be found below.
Mar 26: Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 28: ROCK Ittervoort Festival – Ittervoort, Netherlands
Apr 03: Hedon – Zwolle, Netherlands
Apr 3-5: Paaspop Festival – Schihndel, Netherlands
Apr 11: Paard van Troje – Den Haag, Netherlands
Apr 22: Divan Du Monde – Paris, France
Apr 23: The Garage – London, UK
Apr 24: The Musician – Leicester, UK
Apr 25: The Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
Apr 26: Prog-résiste Convention Festival – Soignies, Belgium
The Gentle Storm live:
Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) – vocals
Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain, MaYaN) – guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-Dreadlock Pussy) – guitars
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) – drums
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) – bass
Joost van den Broek (producer, ex-After Forever) – keyboards
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) – background vocals