Origin: Netherlands  
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Last update/review: November 2, 2014

After Forever

The gothic/atmospheric doom metal has developed rather nicely during the new millennium, with one country leading the charge being the Netherlands. The Gathering arguably set the standard, but other bands have been up to the task, such as Within Temptation, Epica, and the subject here, After Forever. Their debut album, 2000's Prison Of Desire, stands alongside Tristania's Beyond The Veil as two of the best of the field. After Forever has slightly more classical and progressive influences than others, and one of the best soprano vocalists in all of metal in Floor Jansen -- she is the dominant vocalist here, but the typical male death vocals pop up occasionally, and a full choir adds texture to some of the songs as well. The songs are slow to mid-paced, with a few occasional power metal bursts (as on "Inimical Chimera"), with keyboards and guitars intertwining quite nicely with Floor's flawless voice. The band released several more fine albums throughout the next decade, before finally deciding to hang it up in February 2009. Floor Jansen formed her own band, ReVamp, and also landed the coveted lead singing spot in Nightwish.

Last Lineup

Floor Jansen

vocals (Nightwish, ex-ReVamp)

Bas Maas

guitars (Doro)

Sander Gommans

guitars

Luuk van Gerven

bass

Joost van den Broek

keyboards

Andre Borgman

drums

Former Members/Guests

Mark Jansen

guitars (Epica)

Jack Driessen

keyboards

Lando van Gils

keyboards

Joep Beckers

drums



Discography


Prison Of Desire  
2000 Transmission
  1. Mea Culpa
  2. Leaden Legacy
  3. Semblance Of Confusion
  4. Black Tomb
  5. Follow In The Cry
  6. Silence From Afar
  7. Inimical Chimera
  8. Tortuous Threnody
  9. Yield To Temptation
  10. Ephemeral
  11. Beyond Me
  • Floor Jansen
  • Mark Jansen
  • Sander Gommans
  • Luuk van Gerven
  • Jack Driessen
  • Joep Beckers



Decipher  
2001 Transmission
  1. Ex Cathedra
  2. Monolith Of Doubt
  3. My Pledge Of Allegiance - The Sealed Fate
  4. Emphasis
  5. Intrinsic
  6. Zenith
  7. Estranged
  8. Imperfect Tenses
  9. My Pledge Of Allegiance #2 - The Tempted Fate
  10. The Key
  11. Forlorn Hope
  • Floor Jansen
  • Mark Jansen
  • Sander Gommans
  • Luuk van Gerven
  • Lando van Gils
  • Andre Borgman



(MCD) Exordium  
2003 Transmission
  1. Line Of Thoughts
  2. Beneath
  3. My Choice
  4. Glorifying Means
  5. The Evil That Men Do
  6. One Day I'll Fly Away
  • Floor Jansen
  • Bas Maas
  • Sander Gommans
  • Luuk van Gerven
  • Lando van Gils
  • Andre Borgman



Invisible Circles  
2004 Transmission
  1. Childhood’s Minor
  2. Beautiful Emptiness
  3. Between Love And Fire
  4. Sins Of Idealism
  5. Eccentric
  6. Digital Deceit
  7. Through Square Eyes
  8. Blind Pain
  9. Two Sides
  10. Victim Of Choices
  11. Reflections
  12. Life’s Vortex
  • Floor Jansen
  • Bas Maas
  • Sander Gommans
  • Luuk van Gerven
  • Lando van Gils
  • Andre Borgman
2004 Readers' Album #74




Remagine  
2005 Transmission
  1. Enter
  2. Come
  3. Boundaries are open
  4. Living Shields
  5. Being Everyone
  6. Attendance
  7. Free Of Doubt
  8. Only Everthing
  9. Strong
  10. Face Your Demons
  11. No Control
  12. Forever
  13. Taste the day
  14. Live and learn
  15. Strong (piano version)
  • Floor Jansen
  • Bas Maas
  • Sander Gommans
  • Luuk van Gerven
  • Joost van den Broek
  • Andre Borgman



After Forever  
2007 Nuclear Blast
  1. Discord
  2. Evoke
  3. Transitory
  4. Energize Me
  5. Equally Destructive
  6. Whitering Time
  7. De-Energized
  8. Cry With A Smile
  9. Envision
  10. Who I Am
  11. Dreamflight
  12. Empty Memories
  • Floor Jansen
  • Bas Maas
  • Sander Gommans
  • Luuk van Gerven
  • Joost van den Broek
  • Andre Borgman
2007 Readers' Album #67





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