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


Formed: 1979
From: Hilversum, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Picture News

Below is our complete Picture 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.


Sunday Old School: Picture

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was truly an amazing movement. Like punk, it succeeded in taking rock music back down to street level and saw working class kids like Def Leppard and Iron Maiden become global superstars, while others like Venom, Raven and Diamond Head become cult favourites. Some fans of this type of heavy metal claim that the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was more of a sound than a national happening and claim that some groups from outside of the United Kingdom should be included when discussing the era, one of the names which is brought up the most in this argument is one of the first heavy metal bands from The Netherlands; Picture.

Picture was officially formed in 1979, two years after bassist Rinus Vreugdenhil and drummer Laurens Bakker began jamming with other musicians before eventually finding guitarist Jan Bechtum and vocalist Ronald van Prooijen, completing what would become known as Picture's "classic" lineup. They soon signed with Warner Brothers but decided to leave the label before releasing an album, as they felt the company was attempting to steer them towards a pop direction. Instead, they signed with Backdoor Records, a sub-label of Phonogram, through which they released their self-titled debut album in 1980, which spawned the single, "Bombers." More...

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Picture Releases "Shadow Of The Damned" Video

Dutch traditional metal band Picture released a new music video for the track "Shadow of the Damned," the third for the latest release "Warhorse" (check out "My Kinda Woman" and "Eternal Dark 2012"). The album is available via Artist Station Records now.

Check out "Shadow of the Damned" here:

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Picture Posts New Music Video "My Kinda Woman"

Legendary Dutch traditional metal act Picture posted a new music video for the track "My Kinda Woman." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Warhorse," which was issued in February 2012 via Artist Station Records. The band recently issued a video for the re-recorded classic "Eternal Dark," which can be seen here.

Check out "My Kinda Woman" here:

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Picture Posts New Music Video For Re-worked Song

Legendary Dutch metal band Picture posted a new music video for the re-worked classic track "Eternal Dark." The song originally was released as the title track to the band's 1983 release, but was re-worked in 2011 and released as a bonus track on the band's latest LP "Warhorse," which was issued in February 2012. The new version "Eternal Dark MMXI" features the new twin guitar duo of Mike Ferguson and Len Ruygrok (Vengeance).

Check out "Eternal Dark MMXI" here:

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Picture Planning To Release New Album In May

Dutch heavy metal veterans Picture has announced that they are currently working on a brand new studio album entitled, "Warhorse," with an ambitious release date of May in mind. This will be the band's first album since 2009's, "Old Dogs, New Tricks." More details on this release will be revealed shortly. More...

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Picture Parts Ways With Guitarist

Dutch heavy metal band PICTURE has released the following statement regarding their new lineup:

"Today, we announce, that PICTURE and Rob van Enkhuizen have jointly decided to go their seperate ways. This decision has been made on friendly terms and because of the long history that Rob has with Picture, we will play one more gig with Rob in our line-up at June 5th in Winkel (NL). On that day, we will say goodbye than to Rob officially, but for now we also want to wish him already all the very best for everything he will do in the future."

"PICTURE is very proud that we can already announce our new guitar-player : GERT NIJBOER, known from band's like Highway Chile and Heads Down. In the short period we are working together, Gert has showed a tremendous dedication, next to amazing guitar-skills. We are happy that all went so smooth and you can all see Gert already this weekend live for the first time with PICTURE in Lübeck and Kerkrade!"

Upcoming PICTURE live shows are as follows:

May 14, 2010 - Treibsand (w/ Jaquar and Methusalem) - Lübeck (GER)
May 15, 2010 - The Rock Temple ( w/ Jaquar and Methusalem ) - Kerkrade (NL)
June 05, 2010 - Cafe Beentjes - Winkel (NL)
June 12, 2010 - Dokk'em Open Air - Raard (NL)
Oct 03, 2010 - Mario's Metal meeting 4 @ 013 - Tilburg (NL)

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Picture Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch heavy metal band Picture has released their music video for the single "Now It's Too Late," off the band's latest album "Old Dogs New Tricks." The clip was filmed and edited by W-G Videoproduction.

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:
May 14 - Treibsand - Lübeck - Germany (w/Jaguar and Methusalem)
May 15 - The Rock Temple - Kerkrade (NL) (w/Jaguar and Methusalem)
June 5 - Cafe Beentjes - Winkel (NL)
June 12 - Dokk'em Open Air Festival - Raard (NL)

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Picture Posts New Song, "Now It's Too Late" Online

Dutch Heavy Metal band PICTURE has posted a special version of the song "Now It's Too Late" on their MySpace page. The special edition of "Now It's Too Late" will stay for streaming for a couple of days on the band's MySpace. The cd version of "Now It's Too Late" can be found on the band's latest album "Old Dogs New Tricks", released on October 1 2009.

In other news, guitarist Jan Bechtum has decided to leave the band. He left with the following message:

"I sadly have to say that I have left Picture. It’s been a great 2 years since the reunion but due to musical differences the ways of Picture and myself have separated." More...

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Keep It True Festival Announces Lineup Changes

The following lineup change has been announced for Germany's Keep It True Festival

"Unfortunally we have to bring you some sad news for KEEP IT TRUE 12. HITTMAN had to cancel their show in April. The cause for that is an unexpected family tragedy at one of the band members. The band had talks to play with a replacement, but did not do it because it wouldn’t have been HITTMAN. We can totally understand this and want to express all our best wishes to the band and the musician. The door for a future show will always be open at KIT.

But we haven’t been lazy and so we can already announce the first class replacement band. Dutch Metal legend PICTURE will fill the spot of HITTMAN this April and all who saw the amazing show last year at Headbangers Open Air will know, that you can expect a high energy show filled with all the hits of this great band."

Other confirmed bands for the festival include Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, and Abattoir.

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