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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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4.00 | 1 ratings
Alone
2006
3.11 | 9 ratings
Dark In Light
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lawless Local Heroes
2015
3.02 | 15 ratings
Esoteric Euphony
2019

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 Esoteric Euphony by UIL, HAN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.02 | 15 ratings

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Esoteric Euphony
Han Uil Crossover Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

3 stars World-Weary Soundtrack?

I kept thinking I'd see actors and dancers:

The most baffling, challenging scenarios were presented- yet accompanied by slightly bemused, ironic vocals, in which the persona singing was distant, removed. It was jarring and dissonant- yet the music was at times bouncy, pop- inflected, even playful.

Themes like spiritual danger and possession, or bullying, or the harrowing experiences of runaway children who must do what it takes to survive- yet somehow maintain hope they can succeed- all sung with insouciant cool remoteness, all accompanied by cinematic song-writing bliss.

It throws the listener off-plumb:

And maybe that's the point, or maybe that's because I'm already more than a little off-plumb. Lyrics about abject failure, sung in that ironic, coolly removed style. The track itself is heavier than some of the others, and jumps right in, with some cool bass lines backing that vocalist.

I thought, "Until you get used to this almost casual, off-hand treatment of all manner of horrors, it won't make any sense."

But then, if you accept that premise, the album gels:

There are the bluesy, subtle guitar lines Han brings to bear in "Chasing Intentions", the imaginative drumming in "The Storyteller", and the way male and female vocals mix and match to create a kind of cinematic flavor.

The point on this album is subtlety, tone, feel, texture, melody- rather than bombast, or instrumental overkill.

For me, "Runaway" is the focal point.

Here's a song that tugged at me, describing the desperation of the experience of well, how many children and adolescents? How many cast away, or feeling unwelcome and unwanted, how many selling themselves for whatever measures of comfort they can have?

And all wrapped in that cool, ironic blanket of playful instrumentation and at-a-remove vocal style.

In conclusion:

An album, that once you accept these premises, delivers a strangely stirring, slightly upsetting message.

3.5 dramatic dissonances.

Originally published in progressiverockfanatics.wordpress.com

 Esoteric Euphony by UIL, HAN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.02 | 15 ratings

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Han Uil Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

2 stars Han Uil has been around in the music business for a while. He is a Dutch singer-sonwriter/guitaris and has been frontman for the band "Antares" and more recently "Seven Day Hunt". He was also involved in a grunge rock band "Vertical Reality" and altenative band "The Lounge". He started releasing solo albums in 2006, and has since released 4 solo albums. His 4th album is called "Esoteric Euphony", released in June of 2019. The album has 10 tracks that span a total run time of over 52 minutes with two of those tracks just over 7 minutes. The line-up for this album include Han Uil (vocals, guitar), Peter H. Boer (bass), Maurizio Antonini (drums), and Esther Ladiges, Caroline Joy and Kate Mitchell (all on vocals).

"Devil's Knight" starts the album off with a light weight song that is supposed to dark, but it comes across rather silly sounding, even with the high pitched female vocals that have a lot of vibrato. This hollow sounding music continues in "We are United" and "The Next Door Bully". The lyrics are not really that thought provoking, though he tries with some topics that sound like they could be current issues, but his vocals don't have a lot of emotion. The guitar work is decent enough, however, and there are some interesting synth passages in there too, but nothing really stands out.

"Runaway" is one of the longer 7 minute tracks, and has a blues style to it. But, there isn't a lot of depth or heart to the music, so it just isn't that convincing. There are some meter changes, but that doesn't save the music. It just seems like music we've all heard before, but done much better and with more conviction. "Love and Me" is boring, even when he tries to tap into his inner Mark Knopfler in the beginning.

As the album goes on, it really doesn't get much better. There is very little progressive sound to this album, it is mostly straightforward, but, other than some guitar passages here and there (usually they are cut short), there just isn't anything that interesting about this album. "The Storyteller" tried to go somewhere with it's longer introduction, but it mostly falls flat. "Give Me Fire" sounds like something this album needs, more fire. There really is nothing on this album that evokes any kind of emotion from me, as it all sounds pretty typical, and the vocals and lyrics are uninteresting. There is no real passion here either. It just stays safe throughout, but unfortunately doesn't have anything else to save it. It's not even a very good pop record. If you are to get this one, it would only be for the guitar work, but it's all stuff we have heard before, and even then it is nothing to get excited about.

 Dark In Light by UIL, HAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.11 | 9 ratings

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Dark In Light
Han Uil Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

 Dark In Light by UIL, HAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.11 | 9 ratings

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Dark In Light
Han Uil Crossover Prog

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

Thanks to chris s for the artist addition.

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