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AFTER FOREVER is a progressive-metal band from The Netherlands, born in Reuver in 1995.

Sander Gommans founded the band in 1995 The band played first under the name APOCALYPSE, which eventually changed to AFTER FOREVER. Gommans, a former music teacher, started the group as a side project for his actual job. With time, the band has grown so big that its axe-master (and growler) has been able to dedicate himself 100% to its development, and to create and perform its music.

AFTER FOREVER's style, in the beginning, was much closer to death metal than to the type of music they play today. The first major change in the band's line-up (and vital for the change in style) was the arrival of vocalist Floor Jansen in 1997. Being 16 years old at that time, Jansen provided the band with the opportunity to reach wider audiences and expand their musical boundaries. A trained musician (she begun studying in 1999 in the Dutch RockAcademy), her voice and her charisma has become a staple of AFTER FOREVER's sound and the best example of what many call a "beauty and the beast" band, as the music still combines both female operatic vocals with male death-metal growls.

In 1999 they released their first demo, "Ephemeral", now in a much more gothic-rock oriented style. "Wings of Illusion" followed soon thereafter, in the same vein.

2000 saw the release of the band's first full-length, "Prison of Desire", under Transmission Records. The album was received with enthusiasm from the press and the metal community. The very energetic album was one of the first to feature the now-common but then-rare "beauty and the beast" approach to heavy metal. The album, full of power-metal elements, further distanced the band from their original death-metal style, though the growling vocals remained. Later on that year, original members Joep Beckers and Jack Driessen left the band, being replaced by drummer André Borgman and keyboardist Lando van Gils.

The band's fans, now growing in numbers, had to wait only a year for a new album by the Dutch masters to arrive: 2001's "Decipher". The record, much more melancholic than its predecessor, was even more acclaimed around the metal world, specially in Europe. During the same year, Floor Jansen was invited to participate in AYREON's "The Dream Sequencer".

But everything was not perfect for AFTER FOREVER and 2002 saw the departure of original member Mark Jansen, who shared lyric-writing duties with Floor. Whi...
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3.38 | 35 ratings
Prison of Desire
2000
3.83 | 39 ratings
Decipher
2001
3.42 | 32 ratings
Invisible Circles
2004
3.02 | 26 ratings
Remagine
2005
3.91 | 78 ratings
After Forever
2007

AFTER FOREVER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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AFTER FOREVER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.14 | 13 ratings
Mea Culpa
2006

AFTER FOREVER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 2 ratings
Ephemeral
1999
3.83 | 3 ratings
Follow in the Cry
2000
3.18 | 2 ratings
Emphasis - Who Wants To Live Forever
2002
2.09 | 2 ratings
Monolith of Doubt
2002
2.00 | 2 ratings
My Choice / The Evil That Men Do
2003
2.70 | 12 ratings
Exordium
2003
4.09 | 2 ratings
Digital Deceit
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Two Sides/Boundaries Are Open
2006

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 After Forever by AFTER FOREVER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 78 ratings

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After Forever
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The final release by After Forever is perhaps the least distinctive in their catalogue. Almost gone are brutal death and blac metal vocals and composition parts that balanced female clean vocals. The songs are also most accessible. What is also true is that the group had simplified the songwriting on the last two albums. There are still enough progressive influences to be found and the music craftmanship is indisputable. Melodies are well thought out and vocals delicious. The longest track is epic and consists of several parts - it belongs to the highlights of the album and showcases mellow but also fast playing as well as even subtle electronica influence in one part. What I miss on this album is the dynamism of their earlier releases and unique brutal music takes. Recommended to fans of symphonic metal with female vocals. Although the album has the highest rating for After Forever, I doubt that this is their best album.
 Prison of Desire by AFTER FOREVER album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.38 | 35 ratings

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Prison of Desire
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by ramien

5 stars In the first place, my interest in this band came as a sort of "spin-off" of listening to Nightwish, after hearing their last album: "Endless forms most beautiful". They introduced a new vocalist here: Floor Jansen (at least on studio albums, she had already collaborated with them on a live album and almost a whole tour!!!), and the result was very good. So I started to investigate about her, and found that she had been at least in two bands before: ReVamp and this one, After Forever. So I started to listen to After Forever discography (it's all on Spotify, if you want to hear it) a year or so, and now I'm relistening them, with a careful atention. First said, this review is about the version that appears in this page, the original tracklist, and not the "Extended Sessions", which, IMHO is full of unnecesary fillings that add nothing to the whole (if that would be the case, I would give it no more than three stars). This is not prog metal in the classic sense (they would do something near to it years later, on their homonimous disc), but it's more precisely defined as an stilized, and sometimes complex, goth metal (so, if you don't like goth at all, you may disagree with my rating). In a whole, the album is great, and it has a beautiful atmosphere that was lost on subsequent albums. The vocals of Floor are very beautiful, with a range even more impressive that the one she use with Nightwish. The growls of Mark, even if not perfect, add a strong and gladly received contrast, and set the textures of the melodies (in fact, in the few songs he doesn't sing, it seems like something is missing), something he will absolutely fail to do on the next album (Decipher). The only reason I have been doubtful about 4 or 5 stars, is because I really don't get why "The embrace that smothers" should be seen as a single theme. In fact, apart from "Mea Culpa" and "Leaden Legacy" (the former serving as an intro to the latter), I don't seem to find something that really binds them. I tried making a playlist, and playing them together, one after the other, but it just doesn't work at all. But, if you play the whole album, and forget this, it seems to me just perfect. So I would go for the 5 stars.
 Ephemeral by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
3.82 | 2 ratings

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Ephemeral
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

4 stars Until the quality because it is a "Demo" (1999) is not bad. The songs that make up the "Demo" later made ​​part of the first album, "Prison of Desire", released a year later (2000).

"Ephemeral" reflects its name, so fleeting that when you start to like it, has ended. It has only three minutes long. "Jack Driessen" on the keyboard creating a melancholy sound, while "Joep Beckers" awakens his drum.

"Black Tomb" also has its beginnings in arrangements based soft keyboard and guitar fingerings that do not linger in distorting. The way to "Floor Jansen" singing evokes an oriental sound (1:47 / 2:11). For those who just wanted to hear the sweet voice of "Floor", is surprised with the throaty vocals (3:00 / 3:12), followed by an instant hardcore (3:54 / 4:20), returning then that sound oriental.

"Tortuous Threnody" is another amazing song sequences with their riffs. "Gommans / M. Jansen" on guitars and guttural rock. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the sound created by them. Amid the calm brought by the voice of "Floor", two guitar solos played at the same time create a harmony so nice to hear. For those who never heard the album "Prison of Desire" and listen to this "Demo", hear the entire album containing these tracks and more.

"Inimical Chimera" concludes what is undoubtedly one of the best "Demo" ever produced by a band. There is no way to say "After Forever" is a copy of any other band's style, for although every band in the world suffer some kind of influence of another, yet what they have built here is not something conventional.

It is an enhanced sound. Voices, guitars, bass, keyboard and drums. If the "Demo" is all about, then what about the album "Prison of Desire"?

 Digital Deceit by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
4.09 | 2 ratings

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Digital Deceit
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

4 stars With the launch of the concept album "Invisible Circles", the band decided to launch a "Single" to promote the record.

They selected four songs and added an interview. "Digital Deceit" which gives its name to "Single" is the first track. A strong composition with a more direct sound. "Floor Jansen" is highlighted by the timbre of the voice switch as they change the characters existing in the album. The guitar riffs, the bass is in contrast to explode in the technical quality squandered by "Floor Jansen."

"Eccentric" with its tone of bitterness because of the lyrical context, where there is neglect and indifference of parents for their daughter. "Lando van Gils - Keyboardist" helps with your chords and creativity to the sad mood of the lyrics.

"Sins of Idealism" is presented by the bass of "Luuk van Gerven." Again "Floor Jansen" stands alternating singing techniques as a mother and daughter who plays in their dialogues. "Bas Maas" and "Sander Gommans" move the music with their riffs, while "Lando van Gils" is instructed to elevate the drama with his synthesizers. "André Borgman" little required, complete the team.

"Blind Pain" already allows "Andre Borgman" build your name in the band. "Sander Gommans" is responsible for vocals screaming. With rhythmic passages, fast, heavy, this song is a spectacle.

In short, this "single" beautifully expresses the power existing in the album "Invisible Circles" and each track serves to demonstrate the technical quality of its members. Recommended.

 My Choice / The Evil That Men Do by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
2.00 | 2 ratings

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My Choice / The Evil That Men Do
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

2 stars In the same year launched the "Ep - Exordium" containing "The Evil That Men Do", also released a "Single" containing the same music.

Some "Singles" are only for the most devout fans who wish to own the entire discography of your favorite band.

The "Single - My Choice / The Evil That Men Do" is a good example. It comprises two versions of a song "My Choice", the regular version and the acoustic version. There's also "My Pledge of Allegiance # 1" from the album "Decipher", plus an interview about sixteen minutes.

For a fan this "Single" can be a gift but for those who do not have much appreciation, is an unnecessary release.

 Monolith of Doubt by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
2.09 | 2 ratings

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Monolith of Doubt
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

2 stars This "Single" is composed of four songs. Originally the four tracks should belong to the album "Decipher", but withdrew in the final production the song "For the Time Being," which later served as a bonus.

There is no difference of version of "Monolith of Doubt (single version)" placed here and the existing version on the original album. This song was chosen for a propaganda and dissemination of the band.

There is not very plausible explanation for having taken "For the Time Being" from the album "Decipher", placing it as a bonus only in certain countries. Space would be easy for her ... "Mark Jansen" at the height of his screaming vocals, choirs ... why?

One of their songs most used in "Singles" with so many possible versions that would to record a "Ep" only with them. "Imperfect Tenses (Orchestral version)" is launched with the only difference between parentheses. If you are a fan of the band, it's worth, but now if a listener looking for some sound to hear, the "Single" is unnecessary.

 Exordium by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
2.70 | 12 ratings

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Exordium
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

3 stars "Exordium" was released in 2003, one year after the excellent "Decipher" and a year before the disputed "Invisible Circles". It represents the transformation experienced by the band's sound more symphonic albums in the "Prison of Desire" and "Decipher", a reality for more heavy since then.

"Line of Thoughts" is an instrumental track that serves as an introduction to "Beneath."

By introducing already see a difference, if before the album began with corals, pompous arrangements, as in "Mea Culpa" and "Ex Cathedra", now break with "Mark Jansen" was final. Corals and pompous arrangements were taken by him to the band "Epica".

"Beneath" is more direct, without many gadgets. In some ways it was a preview of what would be the band's subsequent album...

"My Choice" has one of the best lyrics of the band. "Is it not the choosing That makes the life we live so intricate?" At issue is a ballad sound.

"Glorifying Means" rescues that dueling vocals between "Floor Jansen" and "Sander Gommans" without "Mark Jansen" since left the band. His absence is needed for this "EP", the orchestral arrangements could have given a more elegant to "Exordium," beyond their screaming vocals.

A version of "The Evil That Men Do - Iron Maiden," the voice "Floor Jansen" was very good. The liveliness imposed by it in the interpretation made ​​this song became one of the highlights of "Ep". The instrumental music performed well.

"One Day I'll Fly Away - Randy Crawford," another remake, terminating the "Ep." The end result is higher than expected.

The "EP" created a good expectation of what would come from the band, the result would be "Invisible Circles" that while not being either, it was sign of musical maturity. "Exordium" is recommended even for those not a fan of the band, worth checking out this new phase of the band and their remakes.

 Emphasis - Who Wants To Live Forever by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.18 | 2 ratings

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Emphasis - Who Wants To Live Forever
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

3 stars This "single" consists of four songs, three of the album "Decipher".

"Emphasis" has no difference from the original version and its presence here seems to have been baptized to the name of "single".

A version of "Who Wants to Live Forever," the band "Queen" in the voice of "Floor Jansen" is one of the few novelties in the "single". Compare with the original would be inhuman, just say "Floor Jansen," as "Damian Wilson", the band's "Threshold," work hard to maintain the honor of "Freddie Mercury". The guitar solo here is done by "Arjen Anthony Lucassen."

"Imperfect Tenses" has exactly the same sound, arrangements, chords. The only difference is that "Damian Wilson" replaces "Rein Kolpa" in duet with "Floor Jansen."

"Damian Wilson" with his vocal technique leaves no room for suspicion and strengthens the quality of this "single".

"Intrinsic" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written by the band and their presence here enriches the "single".

 Mea Culpa by AFTER FOREVER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
4.14 | 13 ratings

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Mea Culpa
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

4 stars Hardly a collection will not be good, especially when it comes to "After Forever". The first "CD" Only two tracks are not part of the albums but they belong to some "Ep / Single." "For The Time Being", which is a spectacle and "Who Wants To Live Forever", cover of "Queen". In the second "CD" we have another cover "Evil That Men Do" - Iron Maiden". This "Boxset / Compilation" it nevertheless represents a reflection on the band's career, where his greatest classics (especially in view of the label) are present. An interesting point also concerns the songs are put in chronological order, as the release of the band's own albums. Difficult to add any more information when there is no big news. In short, worth checking out, because in a single album can measure the various stages experienced by the band
 Follow in the Cry by AFTER FOREVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2000
3.83 | 3 ratings

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Follow in the Cry
After Forever Progressive Metal

Review by Vobiscum

4 stars My first contact with "After Forever" was through this "Ep." The charm remains today. The cover was different for me until then only had ears for sounds of "death metal" and "black metal". Those vocals in the chorus, "Mark Jansen" and "Sander Gommans" raging across the music and a voice of comfort in "Floor Jansen." "Silence From Afar (The Shorter Radio Edit)" a matchless beauty and "Mea Culpa (An Acapella Version)" a perfect preview of what would be the album "Prison of Desire." The best track is surely also the largest, with variations over its seven minutes, "Wings Of Illusion" does not present the culmination of an ingenious production at the studio, already showed characteristics so common later the band. Particularly for me this "EP" is the embryo of a band that unfortunately ended but left a record worthy of its existence.

Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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