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After Forever

Formed: 1995
From: Livno, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest After Forever News

Below is our complete After Forever news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Delain Recruits After Forever Guitarist For Tour

Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that guitarist Timo Somers will sit out the band's upcoming European tour due to other obligations. The band recruited former After Forever guitarist Bas Maas as a guest for the tour.

The band posted the following update about the situation:

Recently there have been some developments at the guitar department of Delain. Our band demands a huge amount of time and energy from our band members. Since our guitar player Timo has a lot of musical activities besides Delain, we want to give him the time and space to pursue this as well. Until now that was not possible, but recently we received a huge reinforcement in the band. Guitarist Bas Maas is joining in our group to relief Timo for some shows this year. Some of you may know Bas from Doro or his previous band After Forever. We want to give Bas a warm welcome in Delain. He will join us at our European tour, and a couple shows this spring. See you all on the road!

The band begins the tour for the forthcoming new LP "We Are the Others" on April 26, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany with Trillium and Halcyon Way. For more information head over to this location. More...

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After Forever Considering Farewell DVD

Dutch metallers After Forever, who officially announced their break up earlier this month, have issued the following announcement about the possibility of a farewell DVD or tour:

"Dear fans,

"As a band we have not yet decided what to do but fans have been asking for a farewell show, or even a tour or/and dvd. We are thinking over all options, will we do something, and if so; what? For us it's always good to know what you as After Forever fan want. Some very loyal fans has even made this petition, sign it if you want your voice to be heard."

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After Forever Calls It A Day

Dutch metallers After Forever has decided to break up. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Dearest fans,

"After nearly 15 years and with heavy hearts, we have decided to call an end to a great and exciting time as After Forever.

"We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, and especially of the road we took to get here.
After Forever has never been a band that repeated itself; we always tried out new things, even though many of them were certainly done at a risk. We think that that has been one of the reasons we’ve always enjoyed enormous support from all our loyal fans. More...

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Sanders of After Forever Provides a HDK Sneak Peak

Sanders Gommans of After Forever has given further news on his new project which, up 'til this point, we've had nothing to judge it on since no material was present at the time. Now, a video made by D'Images (famous for working with After Forever, Stream of Passion, Ayreon, and Nemesea) has been released with audio samples of HDK's forthcoming debut, "System Overload." You can view the video below.

In addition, Amanda Somerville, who has worked with Ayreon, Epica, and Kamelot, has been participating in the project.

System Overload will be released on February 23rd.

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Sanders Gommans of After Forever Discusses HDK

Sanders Gommans of After Forever has come out with news about his new project Hate Death Kill in a new interview with Sheila Doki. Sanders claims that the musical style of HDK can be described as thrash, progressive, or even death metal. He says that the musical style for this music wasn't suited to After Forever's formula that makes After Forever what it is, so that's why he made this separate project. It's not symphonic at all, according to him. Interestingly enough, before Sanders came into an accident that had to put After Forever into a halt, he wrote material for the HDK album System Overload, which is set to be released on February 23rd. Below, you can view the interview in two parts.

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Arch Enemy to Perform At Doro's "25 Years in Rock"

ARCH ENEMY have been invited to perform as special guest at Doro's "25 Years in Rock" anniversary event on December 13th, 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany at the ISS-Dome. The festival will feature a crushing line-up and fantastic guests - to be announced in detail soon. Tickets can be bought at METALTIX.de, more info can be obtained at DORO.de.

ARCH ENEMY @ Doro's "25 Years in Rock" anniversary festival:

13.12.08 Saturday D, Düsseldorf ISS-DOME
The free Metal Market starts at 2pm. Show entry is at 4pm.

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow comments: "I am so excited to rock hard with the one and only Mrs. Doro Pesch! She is not only my teenage idol ('All We Are' from Warlock was about the only song I liked at school disco!) and basically my neighbour (Cologne – Duesseldorf is right next to each other) – But she is hands down one of the nicest, down-to-earth and most beautiful musicians I have met so far. I can hardly believe its her '25 Years In Rock' anniversary – She is still as youthful as ever! She's got the power for sure! You don't want to miss out on this extraordinary event and maybe seing me and Doro on a stage together! Make sure you get your tickets early!"

Angela Gossow is also featured on Doro Pesch's new single, "Celebrate," including other guest appearances by Liv Kristine (LEAVES' EYES), Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM), GIRLSCHOOL, Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER) and another one that was recorded with the help of Biff Byford (SAXON).

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HDK Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has announced the signing of the new Dutch project HDK, whose main man is no other than AFTER FOREVER co-founder, main songwriter, guitarist, and grunter Sander Gommans.

Here's a statement from Gommans:

"I've been working very hard on my project HDK for several years, so it was very important for me to find a label that is specialised in the more extreme side of metal, but also experienced in the style of AFTER FOREVER. I already worked together with Season of Mist when they released the first AFTER FOREVER albums in France, so I know they will do a good job for HDK as well. My project is a mix of all kinds of metal styles, the label has to be able to give it its full attention in order to promote this the right way, and I feel confident Season of Mist is able to do that perfectly!"

HDK's first album is slated for an early 2009 release.

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After Forever To Take A Break For At Least A Year

AFTER FOREVER have issued the following update:

"Dear fans,

As you might have noticed, After Forever experienced a lot in 2007. A new deal with Nuclear Blast and The Entertainment Group, the release of a new album, gigs in Europe and the U.S.A./Canada, all thanks to your support. Unfortunately, 2007 also had a negative side. Sander (Gommans/guitars, vocals) experienced the symtoms of a burn-out and had to stop playing with After Forever for a few months.

After Forever did a good job doing the scheduled gigs with mainly George (ex-ORPHANAGE) as grunter, making possible the album could still be promoted. After that, a European and an American/Canadian tour followed, with Sander this time, and his condition seemed to be ok. Unfortunately, just recently, Sander fell victim to a seizure attack in an airplane, and after research that attack seemed to be stress related. The doctors think this is a very serious matter, and they strongly advised him to not be involved with any After Forever activity for at least a year, to prevent a worse health situation.

Because Sander is one of the founders, songwriter and co-manager of After Forever, an After Forever without him is no option. The band has been able to solve his absence in 2007 live, but another year full of compromises would not be positive for the quality After Forever wants to offer. After Forever is a band that wants to give 100% and that's just not possible now.

With pain in our hearts, we had to decide that After Forever has to take a break of at least a year and hope you will all respect that. It's terrible not to be able to do all the great gigs and activities we were planning, but it's even worse for After Forever to do those things with a compromise. We highly value everything the band has achieved, and we don't want to lose that. We also realise we ask a lot of our fans since we know what our gigs and music means to them.

However, we will all still be active in the music scene. Because of this break everybody gets the chance to focus on projects.

On our site and myspace sites we'll keep you updated about those projects.

Not a very good start of the year, but thanks a lot for all your support and understanding, for now, for the future, but also for the past year. We won't forget you and hope to meet you again if After Forever returns in full shape!!!"

Floor, Sander, Bas, Joost, Luuk and Andre

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After Forever Utilize Detonation Singer

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band AFTER FOREVER has tapped Koen Romeijn from the Dutch metal act DETONATION to handle the "growling" vocals during the group's December 28, 2007 concert at P3, Purmerend, The Netherlands. Koen will be filling in for regular AFTER FOREVER guitarist/vocalist Sander Gommans, who is currently taking a break from live activities and undergroing medical tests after recently suffering a seizure.

A nine-minute audio interview with AFTER FOREVER vocalist Floor Jansen conducted by Norway's Metal Express Radio in early October at the ProgPower USA VIII festival in Atlanta, GA has been posted online at this location.

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After Forever Post New Video Online

AFTER FOREVER's video for the song "Equally Destructive" can be viewed here. The track comes off the Dutch symphonic metallers' latest, self-titled album, which was released in Germany on April 20 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A nine-minute audio interview with AFTER FOREVER vocalist Floor Jansen conducted by Norway's Metal Express Radio in early October at the ProgPower USA VIII festival in Atlanta, GA has been posted online at this location. More...

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After Forever Guitarist Issues Health Update

AFTER FOREVER guitarist Sander Gommans has checked in with the following update on his health after suffering a seizure on November 30th:

"Hello everybody,

Just a little update about me, though I can't give you any clear information about my health right now. I feel OK, but fatigued, and the doctors still don't know what caused the attack so more tests are in order. Since it could still be related to the burnout, I have to try to take it easy again, which is of course extremely frustrating.

I'm sure I cannot do the upcoming gig and I can't tell you when I'll be performing again. I guess I'll just have to be patient.

We decided that After Forever will still do the December gigs, with some special features. Go and and check them out, I'm sure it'll be great and I'll try to attend some gigs too. Hope to see some of you there!

Thanks again for your positive words on myspace and on our site - you rule!"

Take care,

One of the "special features" mentioned by Gommans is the guest appearance of vocalist Floor Jansen's sister Irene, who will perform with the band at select shows. Watch her video message below:

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After Forever Guitarist To Miss Dutch Show

Dutch metallers AFTER FOREVER have issue the following update from guitarist Sander Gommans:

"Hi everybody,

Last Friday, on my way to a gig in the Czech Republic, I had a seizure attack in the airplane. No one knows exactly what it was at this point, but it was similar to an epileptic attack and was very scary.

After that, I was taken to an Austrian hospital where I stayed for one day. They did some research and told me to go to the hospital in Holland for more tests to find out exactly what the cause of the episode was.

I'm back in Holland now, and I'll keep you updated about my condition as soon as I know more.

Since I'm aware of the fact it could be related to my recent burn out, and the doctors confirmed this, I have to take absolute rest the upcoming week.
That means I will not be able to do the gig scheduled for this coming Friday in Hengelo.

Of course, I feel really frustrated, but let's hope I have more information soon."

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After Forever Signature Guitar Now On Second Life

According to AFTER FOREVER guitarist Sander Gommans guitar manufacturer Patrick Hufschmid, who builds his guitars, has created a Sander Gommans signature edition axe in the digital world of Second Life. Gommans has issued the following update:

"Hi everybody,

Well, normally I try to write blogs about something I actually have some kind of knowledge of (at least, I THINK I do;-), but I must admit Second Life isn't part of that. When Patrick Hufschmid showed this to me some time ago I was amazed about this giant digital world, and it seems to have expanded even more!

Patrick decided to give After Forever some Second Life promotion, and it's awesome to see that it actually works out, I think he's one of the first guitar builders to do it in this unique way. He's created an After Forever guitar that you can actually buy and use for your second life character.

Well, if you want more info I'd advise you to go to Patrick's MySpace in my photosection on the seconds page are some pics. It's based on an Explorer model, I already reviewed this awesome guitar on a previous blog, but check out the pics and see for yourself that this one really looks (and plays) amazing!

Patrick, thanks for your support!"

Hufschmid, meanwhile, has issued the following overview:

"As you all know, I have a hobby, I have a guitar shop in Second Life and I build virtual guitars. I recently asked permission to Sander to build an official 'AfterForever Second Life Guitar' and he kindly accepted my offer. So, if you wish you can come to my shop in SecondLife (http://www.secondlife.com/) and come get the guitar!

This guitar took me over 6 hours to build, there is 161 items assembled in order to create the guitar, so it's a lots of work. Also the guitar is scripted, this means that when you click on it while wearing it, a menu will appear and will leave you choose 33 killer guitar riffs to play!

The guitar coasts 490 Linden.

You can find my shop very simply by searching for Hufschmid Guitars in the secondlife search enging. You will then find one of my classifieds adds which will allow you to teleport directly inside my shop.

Sander is not only a fine composer but an incredible guitar player, trust me!!!!!"

Patrick Hufschmid

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Battlelore Cancel Finnish Gigs With After Forever

BATTLELORE's previously announced Finnish gigs with AFTER FOREVER — November 19 at Nosturi in Helsinki and November 20 at Klubi in Tampere — have been cancelled by the promoter. No further information is currently available.

BATTLELORE is currently working on material for its fifth album, tentatively due next summer. "At the moment it seems that there will be bigger, more epic parts in the vein of 'Sword's Song' but also more harder, heavier parts in the vein of 'Evernight'," stated vocalist Tomi Mykkänen. "I'm quite sure that you fans won't be disappointed with this one."

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After Forever Post Video Report From Tour Online

AFTER FOREVER have issued a video report from their current North American tour. Click here to check it out.

The band's tour schedule is now as follows:

19 - Bedford, NH - Marks Place
20 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
21 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (with Overkill)
27 - Ridderkerk, Holland - Goothstock Festival

19 - Helsinki, Finland at Nosturi **
20 - Tampere, Finland at Klubi **


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After Forever Launch Maiden Tour of North America

Fresh off a European tour and eager to support their Nuclear Blast self-titled debut album released on September 25th, Dutch rockers AFTER FOREVER will begin their first-ever tour of North America with a headlining performance at this year’s ProgPower VIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia on October 6th and will play through October 21st with 13 shows throughout the East Coast, the southwestern U.S., and Canada.

Sander Gommans, founding member, lead guitarist, and main composer for AFTER FOREVER had this to say about the upcoming tour:

“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all of my He-Man figures and hit the road. It will be an emotional goodbye [laughter]. This tour means a very heavy schedule for us… a lot of computer game contests on the bus! Since AFTER FOREVER is only doing a limited number of shows, I know not all of our fans will be able to come out and see us, so I’ll take my camera and laptop with me and try to stay in touch with everyone through our My Space site. To those fans who can make it out, see you on tour!”

Named after a Black Sabbath song from the Master Of Reality album and graced with the powerful, rock-infused voice and dynamic stage presence of lead singer Floor Jansen, AFTER FOREVER’s sound can best be described as a symphonic synthesis of melodic metal with energy-driven rock. Look for the band’s exclusive features in the upcoming issues of Metal Maniacs and Metal Edge magazines.

You can view the band’s official video for the single “Equally Destructive” on YouTube or below. You can also view a fan-created video for “Equally Destructive” as a tribute to Live Earth Day (07-07-07).

Here are the AFTER FOREVER North American Tour Dates: More...

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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After Forever Invites LA Fans On Shopping Spree

Dutch guitarist & composer Sander Gommans is very familiar with the old American saying, "The boy with the most toys WINS." Combine that philosophy with a personal quest to collect every possible piece of He-Man (Masters of the Universe) merchandise and the result can be a lethal blow to any savings account.

So where does a Dutch fan of an early 1980's American cartoon go when looking to expand his collection? The answer is the renowned Frank & Son Collectibles, a warehouse of vendors in the City of Industry frequented by the likes of Slayer's Kerry King and Dimmu Borgir's Silenoz.

As part of After Forever's first promotional trip to the Los Angeles area, Sander Gommans and lead singer Floor Jensen would like to invite their fans to meet with them in front of the Frank & Son warehouse on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 from 2-3 p.m. and then accompany them on their shopping spree which will begin at 3 p.m.

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After Forever Audio Interview By Faceculture.nl

After Forever guitarist/founder Sander Gommans is featured in an in-depth interview conducted by FaceCulture.nl. The interview (in English) covers several topics, from the band's new self-titled album, Grommans HDK side project, ongoing health issues, working with vocalist Amanda Somerville (along with Annihilator and Testament) after his break-up with After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen, and MySpace.

As previously reported, After Forever recently announced tour dates for the UK and Europe. They are as follows:

9 - Raismes Fest - Raismes, France
10 - Bierkeller - Bristol, UK
12 - Rios - Leeds, UK
13 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
14 - The Underworld - London, UK
15 - Trabendo - Paris, France
16 - La Cooperative De Mai - Clermont Ferrand, France
18 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
19 - Areamaster - Vigo, Spain
20 - Mau Mau - Oporto, Portugal
21 - Paradise Garage - Lisbon, Portugal
23 - Copernico - Madrid, Spain
24 - Apolo - Barcelona, Spain
29 - Transilvania Live - Milan, Italy

1 - Chez Paulette - Pagney-derrière-Barine (near Nancy), France
2 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium

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