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Het Breaking the Chains bataljon gitaristen komt al flink op aanvalssterkte! Ook Frank Schiphorst van MaYaN kunnen wij inmiddels toevoegen aan de groeiende lijst topmuzikanten. Lees meer

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Ton Scherpenzeel is Breaking the Chains! Lees meer

Kristoffer Gildenlöw is Breaking the Chains! Lees meer

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Dirk Bruinenberg (Place Vendome, Elegy) is Breaking the Chains! Lees meer

Rick Bouwman van de band Martyr is Breaking the Chains! Lees meer

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Ook Asrai doet mee aan Breaking the Chains! Lees meer…

 

Wij zijn trots aan te kondigen dat Eddy Bopp, gitarist van Vandale, ook meedoet aan dit project

 

Wij introduceren Johan van Stratum als de eerste muzikant die meedoet aan Breaking the Chains… Lees meer hier

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Eric Hazebroek (Vetrar Draugurinn, Stream of Passion) is Breaking the Chains!

Eric Hazebroek is Breaking the Chains! Stream of Passion has pulled the plug after more than 11 years at the peak of their career, but that does not mean that the band members have done nothing in the meanwhile! Eric Hazebroek has founded the new band Vetrar Draugurinn (Icelandic for ‘The Winter Ghosts’), who have just recently released their debut EP. Besides Eric, also frontwoman Marjan Welman (Autumn) has joined the band. In the months to follow, the band will play a couple of shows, of which some dates can be found below. They will also perform on the fourth edition of the FemME festival in September. Eric is a super-sympathetic guitar player, who does not only play guitar, but also composes. In Stream of Passion, some of this could be heard already, but Vetrar Draugurinn is really a reflection of what Eric himself describes as ‘honest and beautiful music, without interference of expectations of the audience’. Breaking the Chains is excited to have Eric aboard! Vetrar Draugurinn – Mother of Northern Skies https://youtu.be/7iIFSFLanqA Eric Hazebroek www.facebook.com/eric.hazebroek www.erichazebroek.nl/ Vetrar Draugurinn www.vetrardraugurinn.com www.facebook.com/vetrardraugurinn Order the new Vetrar Draugurinn EP here: http://vetrardraugurinn.bandcamp.com Upcoming shows May 12, 2017 – Vetrar Draugurinn + End of the Dream at De Peppel, Zeist, NL June 23, 2017 - Vetrar Draugurinn + Supports at Altstadt, Eindhoven, NL Sep 22, 2017 - Vetrar Draugurinn at FemME Metal Fest, Eindhoven, NL Are you glad you got involved in the BTC project? ,,I definitely am glad to be involved in this project. When Kristoffer contacted me, and explained what this BTC project was all about, it took me a split second to decide. It's a subject that hits close to home, being a father myself I can relate to the urgency of helping children in these horrible situations.'' What are you planning to contribute to this project? ,,I hope to be able to add some beautiful melody lines and honest guitar work to the equation. 🙂 If I'm able to be there, I'll be there. Plus spread the word about the cause that's behind this all.'' Now that your band Stream Of Passion officially pulled the plug, are there new musical activities that keep you busy these days? ,,Right after the decision was made to disband Stream of Passion at the end of 2016, I made the call to change my lurking solo album project into a full blown band. The band is called Vetrar Draugurinn (which is Icelandic for The Winter Ghosts) and musically it's in the vein of Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Ghost Brigade, and A Perfect Circle. Together with Marjan Welman (Autumn, Ayreon) on vocals, Douwe de Wilde (The Saturnine) on bass, Jim van de Kerkhof (All for Nothing) on drums, and Thomas Cochrane (Hologram Earth, Ancient Rites) on 2nd live guitar, we plan to storm the stages as early as March 2017 to support the recent release of our debut EP on March 30th. Busy and exciting times.''

Ernst Van de Kerkhof - Keyboards Ernst van de Kerkhof is the keyboard player of the Dutch rock band Vandale. Music has played an important role throughout his life, ever since the moment Ernst got taught how to play the piano by his father at the age of five. He started composing after he finished his degree in physics in 1988. Since then, science and music have been in an arms race, but he still manages to deliver a significant contribution to his musical CV. Under the alias ‘Alan Case’ the progressive rock album Wide Awake was released, yet only in Japan, succeeded three years later by the album ‘Dark Matter’, which is also released in Europe. Of the latter, the single ‘The Borderline’ manages to make it to the general public as a modest hit on the radio. In the Nationaal Songfestival competition he manages to make it to the finals twice as a composer/writer: in 1993 with Ruth Jacott (Waar Blijft De Tijd) and in 2003 with Mary Amora (Somewhere By The River). In 2008 he joins Vandale, which has been re-founded after a radio silence of more than twenty years. He has worked together with guitar player and almost ancient ‘Vandale’ member Eddy Bopp for years in the time to follow. As producers, they were both involved in the early years of the career of nederpop-sensation DeWolff. 2017 will definitely be a busy year, as the new Vandale album Kan Nie Bale will be released. Both Bopp and Van de Kerkhof will contribute to Breaking the Chains on behalf of Vandale. Do you think it is about time that Dutch rock musicians unite and stand up together for a project such as Breaking the Chains? And what is your reason to contribute? ,,In this time of carried-away selfishness and egocentricity, I think it is about time for each and every initiative pointed at solidarity and caring about others. Nothing is more capable of opening the human soul than music, separating them from everyday matters, and to make them realise what life is really all about. For this reason, musicians are in the privileged position of doing a lot of good things, of which this project is definitely a beautiful example. Nobody can possibly disagree with the aims of Breaking the Chains, and I am allowed to contribute to this. Definitely amazing!'' How active are you as a musician in the Dutch rock scene? Or do you make music for fun, next to an ordinary job, for example? ,,Just like everyone in Vandale I do indeed have a ‘normal’ job next to music, multiple jobs even. This definitely does not mean that I see music as an enhanced form of passing time. Making music is not what I do, but what I am.'' Currently you are active with Vandale, do you think that there should be some more rockin’ in The Netherlands? ,,I think that there is a decent amount of rocking in The Netherlands already. There is always room for more, of course, but in my opinion the amount of attention rock music gets from the mainstream media could be a lot more. https://www.facebook.com/ernst.v.dekerkhof Photo by Wendy Steenmans Interview by HeadBangers LifeStyle

Ernst Van de Kerkhof - Keyboards Ernst van de Kerkhof is the keyboard player of the Dutch rock band Vandale. Music has played an important role throughout his life, ever since the moment Ernst got taught how to play the piano by his father at the age of five. He started composing after he finished his degree in physics in 1988. Since then, science and music have been in an arms race, but he still manages to deliver a significant contribution to his musical CV. Under the alias ‘Alan Case’ the progressive rock album Wide Awake was released, yet only in Japan, succeeded three years later by the album ‘Dark Matter’, which is also released in Europe. Of the latter, the single ‘The Borderline’ manages to make it to the general public as a modest hit on the radio. In the Nationaal Songfestival competition he manages to make it to the finals twice as a composer/writer: in 1993 with Ruth Jacott (Waar Blijft De Tijd) and in 2003 with Mary Amora (Somewhere By The River). In 2008 he joins Vandale, which has been re-founded after a radio silence of more than twenty years. He has worked together with guitar player and almost ancient ‘Vandale’ member Eddy Bopp for years in the time to follow. As producers, they were both involved in the early years of the career of nederpop-sensation DeWolff. 2017 will definitely be a busy year, as the new Vandale album Kan Nie Bale will be released. Both Bopp and Van de Kerkhof will contribute to Breaking the Chains on behalf of Vandale. Do you think it is about time that Dutch rock musicians unite and stand up together for a project such as Breaking the Chains? And what is your reason to contribute? ,,In this time of carried-away selfishness and egocentricity, I think it is about time for each and every initiative pointed at solidarity and caring about others. Nothing is more capable of opening the human soul than music, separating them from everyday matters, and to make them realise what life is really all about. For this reason, musicians are in the privileged position of doing a lot of good things, of which this project is definitely a beautiful example. Nobody can possibly disagree with the aims of Breaking the Chains, and I am allowed to contribute to this. Definitely amazing!'' How active are you as a musician in the Dutch rock scene? Or do you make music for fun, next to an ordinary job, for example? ,,Just like everyone in Vandale I do indeed have a ‘normal’ job next to music, multiple jobs even. This definitely does not mean that I see music as an enhanced form of passing time. Making music is not what I do, but what I am.'' Currently you are active with Vandale, do you think that there should be some more rockin’ in The Netherlands? ,,I think that there is a decent amount of rocking in The Netherlands already. There is always room for more, of course, but in my opinion the amount of attention rock music gets from the mainstream media could be a lot more. https://www.facebook.com/ernst.v.dekerkhof Photo by Wendy Steenmans Interview by HeadBangers LifeStyle

Frank Schiphorst - MaYaN The Breaking the Chains battalion of guitar players is quickly gaining strength! Meanwhile, Frank Schiphorst of MaYaN has been added to the growing list of amazing musicians participating in the Breaking the Chains project. Nearing the end of April, MaYan will do a Dutch club tour, and in October, they will do a couple of shows together with Epica. The audience of the fourth edition of the Female Metal Event - FEMME Festival in Eindhoven, in September, can also look forward to an amazing MaYaN show! However, Frank is not just known from his work with MaYaN. Prog-fans might also know Frank from Symmetry. Besides MaYaN and Symmetry, he has also played in Christmas Metal Symphony, Marcel Coenen and friends and his own project APEX. Guests appearances on Tom Tdw de Wit - TDW Project, Audiofield, Stormrider, Epica and others also have made their way onto Frank’s CV. Frank is endorsed by Ibanez guitars and InTune plectrums. As a guitar player from the more extreme metal and fusion side, what do you think of playing hardrock with colleagues from the Dutch scene for a charity project? W ,,I think most of you will know me from bands as Symmetry, Marcel Coenen & Friends, Christmas Metal Symphony and MaYaN. The more extreme metal projects which I am sometimes asked to contribute to, I do mostly because it is challenging and fun. My roots however are in prog music, and hardrock with which it all started! Having been asked to participate in the Breaking the Chains project is, besides that it is of course an honour, something I love to contribute to. In this case not just because of the amazing music and musicians from ‘my own scene’, but most importantly because of the amazing cause. The more attention this cause gets, the better!'' Did you hear of B.A.C.A. before this project, and are you interested in motorcycles and riding yourself? Or does all your time and attention go to making music instead? ,,I had heard of B.A.C.A. in the US already on TV. I remember watching an episode of NCIS or CSI or something similar, in which some bikers of B.A.C.A. participated. That immediately caught my attention. Until recent, I did not know of their existence in the Netherlands, and it is awesome that a project such as Breaking the Chains raises extra awareness for this cause. I myself do not ride a motorcycle, but the feeling of freedom is probably amazing. However, next to music, I have not much time left for other hobbies. How do you plan on making your own fans enthusiastic for supporting Breaking the Chains, and do you have other plans with your own bands and projects for the coming year? ,,Of course I will promote Breaking the Chains with all means I have at my disposal, and besides that I have recently given some ‘goodies’ for the upcoming give-aways. When I have received the music of BTC I will of course contribute with some amazing guitar playing where needed :). Regarding plans with my own bands and projects: currently we are busy with writing and the pre-productions of MaYaNs third album. End of April we will do some headlining In September, we will play the FemME festival, and there are more shows that we will soon announce, or are currently working on. Besides MaYaN, I currently write for a new metal-fusion project, which I cannot say much more about just yet. In addition, regularly I get new opportunities as a guest (studio) musician, which is always nice to do. I would like to finish my other project, Apex, one day, as soon as I have enough time to do so. '' Foto door Wendy Steenmans Interview door HeadBangers LifeStyle MaYaN – Faceless Spies https://youtu.be/0OypT6Cj6qU MaYaN - Epic Metal Fest https://youtu.be/XcOpuG5Hz_k www.ibanez.com www.intunegp.com www.mayanofficial.com www.facebook.com/MaYaNband www.facebook.com/APEXproject www.facebook.com/FrankSchiphorstOfficial