"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 2001
From: Tilburg, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Textures News

Below is our complete Textures 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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Textures Parts Ways With Keyboardist

Keyboard player Richard Rietdijk has left TEXTURES to pursue other interests. In a statement to the band’s fans he had to say the following:

"After 10 awesome years playing synths in the band, I've decided to leave Textures. There are other projects (music and other) I've been wanting to do for a while now and currently the time and effort it takes to be in the band is in the way of me achieving those."

"I want to thank all you fans for your continued support and making this journey as awesome as it has been. I got the rare opportunity to travel and meet the most awesome people from all over the world and appreciate the sustained contacts online. I hope all of you will continue supporting this hardworking band. They earn every bit of it. Their next album will blow your socks off, believe me!"

"To the guys (including the crew) I'd like to say it's been an absolute honor and a privilege to have been in this band, seeing and helping it grow from this small local band to the phenomenon it is now. It will take a while to get used to not doing this with you guys anymore, and I'll cherish the friendship we have forever. I wish you guys well in all your future endeavors. You're going to be just fine. This decade has been one hell of a ride! THANK YOU!"

The band commented on Richard’s departure:

"After 10 very great years, it is sadly finally so...our synths & samples-maestro is leaving. We will miss Richard a lot, especially his laugh and his awesome humour."

After Eric left a few months ago, of course we began to think more about our future times and everything we do along the way. Things change all the time! For everyone."

"We know Richard will have a great time doing the other things he really loves, but meanwhile our tourbus is going to keep hitting the road we are unstoppable!"

"So Textures will live on of course, we are in the middle of writing a new album and at the same time we are keeping our eyes open for a new keyboard player! So keep 'em coming folks!! The band is contemplating how to fill Richard’s place within TEXTURES."

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Textures Announces New Singer Daniel de Jongh

TEXTURES has announced that Daniel de Jongh, former front man of the Dutch metal band CILICE, will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.

Daniel had to say this about joining TEXTURES, "I am truly honored to have been asked to replace Eric as vocalist for TEXTURES. TEXTURES is a standout band and is a band which I've listened to the last couple of years, like so many other metal-fans out there. Although it was a pretty tough decision to leave my former band CILICE, this was an offer I just couldn't refuse. The guys in TEXTURES are just a great bunch of people and it is clear that there is and will be loads of inspiration for the next years to come. I also know how much Eric was respected by the fans and I hope that I can assure you guys out there that I will replace him with as much dignity as he did for TEXTURES the last 6 years. All I can say is that we as TEXTURES are ready to rock everyone out there and that the anticipation for the next album can be withhold. We are in writing process at the time and I can reveal that it is going to be kick-ass as always!! We will see you guys soon!!" More...

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Textures Parts Ways With Singer Eric Kalsbeek

Dutch thrash metal band Textures has issued the following update:

"Singer Eric Kalsbeek has left Textures to focus on his job and his family. He’s issued the following statement:"

"Dear fans & friends,"

"I decided to quit Textures. My life changed, priorities shifted. I can’t cope with the heavy touring and the time investment anymore. I need to focus on my job and family. I need to take a few steps back. I’ve had six beautiful years with the band, did loads of amazing shows, made tons of new friends and created some mind-blowing music. I’m going to miss the guys, and of course you, the fans. I know Textures will continue to conquer the world and give you all great, heavy and awesome music. I wish my successor all the best." More...

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Stigma To Enter The Studio In November

Italian deathcore band, STIGMA, will head into the studio this November to record the band's follow-up to 2008's "When Midnight Strikes!" with former BLEEDING THROUGH and current BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen handling production duties. Vocalist Vlad makes a statement on the band's collaboration with Weinhofen:

"We'll be hitting the studio in November and we're beyond stoked to say that we'll work with the almighty Jona Weinhofen, to make sure we'll reduce "WMS!" to dust and come out with a beast of an album! Keep yourself updated, cause we've other big surprises coming up!" More...

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Textures Signs to Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast recently announced they have just signed Textures. They plan to release their first album sometime in 2010. Jaap Wagemaker, A&R for Nuclear Blast says,

“After winning the “Igor Award” as unsigned band at Aardschok magazine’s “Metal Bash”, the band got signed to Listenable Records, who re-released their critically-acclaimed debut “Polars”. With their follow-up albums “Drawing Circles” and “Silhouettes” TEXTURES proved their musical status even more and became one of the most exciting new bands in (extreme) metal!

Diversity and complexity are important elements of the unique TEXTURES sound, building bridges between epic, polyrhythmic grooves and contrasting melodies. TEXTURES create their own style and establish their own interpretation of progressive, heavy modern metal!”

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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Textures Posts New Video For "Awake" Online

Textures has posted their new music video for the song "Awake" online (viewable below).

The video was shot at the beginning of October in the Belgian Ardennes under supervision of director Rob Hodselmans (GEM, Room 11) and producer David Leite from Hazazah. The video has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Dutch TAX funds – an incentive from the Dutch Government to assist up-and-coming Dutch artists with audio/visual output.

The band will be wrapping up 2008 touring their native country the Netherlands, next to an exclusive one off UK performance at the sold out Hard Rock Hell II festival. More...

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Textures Films Video For "Awake"

Textures will be filming a video clip for their song "Awake" from the band's current album "Silhouettes." The video clip will be directed and filmed by Dutch Filmmaker Rob Hodselaar who has been responsible for numerous documentaries as well as videoclips of Dutch artists GEM and Room Eleven. The production will be handled by David Leite from Hazazah.

For the videoclip the band received a generous grant from the Dutch TAX Videoclip Fund, which will give the band the opportunity to film a videoclip exactly as they had in mind, with minimal budget restrictions.

The video will be shot beginning of October and it is expected to premiere at the end of October/early November.

Meanwhile the band has posted the song Awake on their MySpace page.

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Textures Confirmed For "Suffer And Die!" Tour

Dutch math-metal band TEXTURES has been confirmed on the "Suffer and Die! Tour" featuring European death metal butchers ABORTED and German deathcore band NEAERA. The latest confirmed tour dates are as follows:

15/10/08 – DE – Hannover @ Musikzentrum
16/10/08 – DE – Würzburg @ AKW
17/10/08 – DE – Passau @ Metalinvasion
18/10/08 – AUT – Wien @ Viper Room
19/10/08 – DE – München @ Feierwerk
20/10/08 – CH – Aarau @ Kiff
21/10/08 – DE – Stuttgart @ Landespavillon
22/10/08 – DE – Trier @ Ex-Haus
23/10/08 – DE – Köln @ Werkstatt
25/10/08 – BE – Leffinge @ Den Zwerver
26/10/08 - NL - Den Bosh @ W2

New French and Dutch tour dates will follow.

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Textures Forced To Cancel Metal Camp Appearance

Dutch metal band TEXTURES was forced to cancel their appearance at the Metal Camp festival in Slovenia this past weekend due to Eric Kalsbeek (vocals) suffering throat problems. Here's a statement from the band:

“We regret to announce that we have been forced to cancel our appearance at Metal Camp in Slovenia this Sunday due to our singer Eric Kalsbeek suffering throat problems. After having his throat examined at the hospital, doctors found out that Eric had an abnormal reaction to allergies which has resulted in loss of voice and throat problems. A few weeks of prescribed rest and medication will have him back on his feet before you know it.

"Sorry to everyone who was excited to see us on this year's Metal Camp, we truly hope to make up for it in the near future.”

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Textures Announces Scandinavian Dates

Dutch tech-metallers TEXTURES have issued the following update:

"We will be touring Scandinavia at the end of September in support of our new album Silhouettes. These are the dates:

9/23 - Ballroom - Hamburg, Germany
9/24 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
9/25 - Club Maiden - Oslo, Norway
9/26 - Belsepup - Göteborg, Sweden
9/27 - Roxy Concerts - Flensburg, Germany

Hope to see you on one of those dates!"

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Textures Delay New Album

The new TEXTURES album, "Silhouettes", has had its release date pushed back to May 5 from the previously announced April 21 (via Listenable Records), According to the band, "the reason for this is that there is a manufacturing delay with the complexity of the gold print on the digipack."

"Silhouettes" is being streamed in its entirety on the Dutch band's MySpace page.

The CD's cover artwork for "Silhouettes" can be viewed at this location. The album was recorded at Split Second Sound studio with the group's guitarist Jochem Jacobs in the producer's chair. Jacobs previously oversaw the recording process for TEXTURES' last CD, "Drawing Circles". More...

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Stream Textures' Entire New Album Online

The new TEXTURES album, "Silhouettes", is being streamed in its entirety on the Dutch band's MySpace page. Due on April 21 via Listenable Records, the CD's cover artwork for "Silhouettes" can be viewed at this location. The album was recorded at Split Second Sound studio with the group's guitarist Jochem Jacobs in the producer's chair. Jacobs previously oversaw the recording process for TEXTURES' last CD, "Drawing Circles".

"Silhouettes" track listing:

01. Old Days Born Anew
02. The Sun's Architect
03. Awake
04. Laments of an Icarus
05. One Eye for a Thousand
06. State of Disobedience
07. Storm Warning
08. Messengers
09. To Erase a Lifetime

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Textures Post New Song Available For Download

A brand-new TEXTURES song, entitled "Old Days Born Anew", has been made available for download at VS-Webzine.com. The track comes off the Dutch metal band's upcoming third album, "Silhouettes", which will be released on April 21 via Listenable Records.

The cover artwork for "Silhouettes" can be viewed at this location. The CD was recorded at Split Second Sound studio with the group's guitarist Jochem Jacobs in the producer's chair. Jacobs previously oversaw the recording process for TEXTURES' last CD, "Drawing Circles". More...

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Textures Confirm New Album Title and Tracklisting

After the tremendously successful album Drawing Circles, Dutch metallers TEXTURES are back with their third album for Listenable, "pushing down the barriers of musical conformity with its unique sophisticated metal style," according to a press release. The Dutch band now reveals the title and tracklisting of their forthcoming release which will be called Silhouettes due to be released on April 21st.

Silhouettes tracklisting: 'Old Days Born Anew', 'The Sun's Architect', 'Awake', 'Laments Of An Icarus', 'One Eye For A Thousand', 'State Of Disobedience', 'Storm Warning', 'Messengers', 'To Erase A Lifetime'.

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Textures Issue Third Studio Report

Dutch metallers TEXTURES check in with the following update:

"We have posted the third episode of our studio update, where you can see our bass player Remko getting ready for his fight in the studio and Richard explains a bit about synths in Textures (view here).

In the next week, more news on the album and we will announce our first live dates!"

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Textures Issue Second Studio Report

Dutch metallers TEXTURES check in with the following update:

"We hope you all had a good Christmas!

Thank you for all the kind words after our first studio update. The past two weeks we have been busy recording the guitar parts at Split Second Sound, which you can check out on our second studio update". More...

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Textures Start Recording New Album

TEXTURES are nearly done writing all the songs for their upcoming record, which they entered the studio to record on December 4. Just like with "Drawing Circles," they've have chosen to record at Split Second Sound with production being handled by the guitar player Jochem Jacobs.

The band announces:

"We expect to wrap the recording up, mixing and mastering by the end of January. While in the studio we will keep you updated by doing four video web-episodes which will be shot by our bass player Remko Tielemans. They will be exclusively posted on our myspace page, myspace.com/textures in mid December."

"As if that isn't enough, we have already confirmed our first 'warm-up show' for next year, which will be on the 5th of April in Leuven, Belgium, where we will be co-headlining the Sandstorm festival with Impious."

"We will have more news on the upcoming album and shows in the near future."

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Textures Enlist New Bassist

Holland's TEXTURES have posted this announcement on their official website:

"We're very proud to welcome our new bass player: Remko Tielemans. You might know him from his former band ISDE OF MAN and his recent band 37 STABWOUNDZ. He's a skilled musician, an open-minded guy and he's blessed with a crazy stage performance. His TEXTURES stage-baptism will be coming Saturday, in Nijmegen (Valkhof Affaire), so be sure to check him out."

TEXTURES split with bassist Dennis Aarts back in late June 2007 due to "personal reasons".

Here are the band's upcoming live dates:

July 14 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Valkhof Affaire
Aug. 25 - Varsselder, Netherlands - Huntenpop
Sept. 22 - Alhama de Murcia - Alhama Metal Madness

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Textures Part Ways With Bassist

Dutch progressive metallers TEXTURES have issued the following update:

"Due to personal reasons, our bass player Dennis [Aarts] has decided to leave the band and focus on his personal life for a while. We're surely going to miss him! We wish him tons of luck in all his future endeavors and thank him for all these years of fun, crazy heavy music and crushing the stage with us. We're currently in the process of finding a new bass player. Michel 'MuD' Quak will temporarily replace Dennis during the upcoming CYNIC show and U.K. tour. We'll keep you posted.

"In September we will continue writing our new album, which we hope to start recording in November. We set our minds to a 2008 spring release, of course, followed by a big number of new shows to support the new material. We can't wait to crush you all with new songs!"

TEXTURES' latest album, "Drawing Circles", was released in April 2006 via France's Listenable Records. The band's self-produced debut CD, "Polars", was originally issued through the group's own label and was later re-released through Listenable.

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