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HAN UIL

Crossover Prog • Netherlands


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Han Uil is a singer- songwriter/guitarist and frontman of the former symphonic rock band Antares and now singer of the new progrock band Seven Day Hunt (three members are ex-Egdon Heath).

In the mid 90's Han started writing songs in cooperation with lyricist Philip Koning. With him he initiated the grunge rock formation Vertical Reality in 1995. From 1997 till 1999 he performed as a lead guitarist in the alternative rock band The Lounge. In the year 2000 the album The Frigus Project - Loomed Merriment was released under own management. This album is a collection of recordings on which a great number of musicians performed, in particular drummer Sander Zoer. The style on this album is a combination of folk, classic and symphonic rock. The songs cover topics as war, mistreatment, love and various society critical subjects.

The recording of the song 'Give her some rest' on this album was virtually the start of a new symphonic rock band called Antares. The in own management released album 'Choking the Stone' (2001) was praised in the press. Highpoint in the band's existence was a spot in the international ProgPower festival in 2002. Three years later the band decided to disband.

In the meanwhile Han started a new solo project on which also three former Antares members performed (Jeroen Spanjaard, Gerwin de Weert and Sander Zoer). The album consists of eight new works as well as a cover of Peter Hammill's 'Just good friends'. Main influences are: Neil Young, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Dire Straits, Jethro Tull, Marillion,Pink Floyd, Peter Hammill.

The album 'Alone' has been released March 2006

Han has recorded the album 'File this dream' with Seven Day Hunt. The album has been released in 2008 on Festival Records.

Currently Han is rehearsing with Seven Day Hunt for live gigs and writing material for a new solo album

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2010

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 Dark In Light by UIL, HAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 5 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Dutch composer and guitarist Han UIL has been an active musician since the late 1990's. He's been a member of a good handful of band and projects so far, of which Seven Day Hunt is the most recent. He made his debut as a solo artist in 2006 with "Alone". "Dark in Light" is his second solo album and was self-released in 2010.

Blending elements from progressive rock with relatively easygoing moods and melodies appears to be something of a forte for Han Uil, and he's not afraid to incorporate the occasional challenging feature either. And while his sophomore effort "Dark in Light" isn't one that will get a high place on my list of 2010 productions, it is a disc those who have a wide and liberal taste in music inside and outside of the art-rock universe might want to check out anyhow. Tastes differ after all, and my personal perceptions are just that, a subjective opinion from one single person.

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 Dark In Light by UIL, HAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The debut album from a vocalist with a lot of experience from the scene. I refer to the interview.

This album has been kindly provided through his own website and I am not the one to say no thanx to a free album.

Han Uil is a very good vocalist and he is demonstrating that on a wide variety of music styles here. From twisted metal with some post metal vibes to straight progressive metal. Then we have Han Uil the ballad singer. And let's forget; Han Uil the symp prog rocker, the rocker, the blues singer and the funky jazz vocalist. In other words, lack of versatility is not a problem Han Uil is suffering from.

I guess I am starting to get reputation as the reviewer you will not encounter if you are releasing your debut album. But I am pointing out that most solo albums is a marketing ploy, a CV no less, where you show off all your positive sides in hope something will happen at the end of this process. For that is what this album is. A proof that Han Uil is a very good vocalist.

The quality of the songs ? As a song writer, and I presume this is his songs, the material is lacking in cohesion between the various songs here is not great. This is a very varied album in other words and it has some very good songs inbetween some rather uninteresting songs. But as a solo album, this is a very good album. Some truly great songs would be kind on his next album. But keep an eye on Han Uil. He may just pull of a great second album, my crystal ball is telling me.

3.5 stars

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