After Forever Interview
Very little has been heard from After Forever since the release of their Decipher album two years ago, but singer Floor Jansen has been anything but quiet or bored. Along with juggling her studies, Jansen sang on the Star One debut Space Metal, led After Forever on a short European tour with Nightwish, hit the road with Star One, and began writing new After Forever material. BW&BK caught up with Jansen prior to the release of Star One's new Live On Earth album to discuss the hectic pace of the last year.
"The Star One tour was amazing and I'm glad I was a part of it," says Jansen, having just seen the DVD and being quite pleased with the end result. "Arjen (Lucassen) didn't even ask me to come on tour; he was at an After Forever show in Holland and mentioned that he was planning on taking Star One on the road, and I was like, 'Okay, when are we going?' He was actually afraid that I wouldn't want to come along because in After Forever I'm the main singer and I get all the attention, and with Star One I have a more background position. He was being ridiculous, though; of course I wanted to come along! It was pretty crazy, though, because After Forever had just finished a tour with Nightwish, so I was home for two weeks, then back on the road with Star One."
"It was a magical experience," Jansen continues....
"The way we all got along, it was like we'd been playing together for years. It was really strange, in a way, because no one could have predicted things would go as well as they did. I'd do it again in a second."
As for After Forever, the band has had to cope with the loss of guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen. The band hasn't lost focus, however, as they are currently in writing mode, preparing to release an EP before the end of the year and a full-length album next year.
"We'll start recording the EP in May, which will be released in autumn of this year together with a mini-DVD. That's the plan, anyway. Then we're going to record a full-length CD this summer which will come out in February or March 2004, so we're working very hard right now to get everything down."
"We're doing the EP just to let everyone know we're not dead," Jansen adds. "We've been in the picture a lot in Holland and Belgium since Decipher came out, but that's about it. The new music is very much like Decipher, more heavy metal than it's ever been. People will be able to hear the growth of the band since Decipher the same way you can hear the difference between Decipher and our first album (Prisoner Of Desire). The full-length album will be a concept album, something completely different for us. It's a real story, which makes the writing a lot different from how we normally do it. It gives us the chance to give the different voices we use a personality, a function in the music. We have choirs, grunts, and my vocals, so it's much more diverse that anything we've done before."
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