THE GENTLE STORM: Launch gentle version of "Shores Of India"

THE GENTLE STORM, featuring the talents of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & […]
March 10, 2015

THE GENTLE STORM, featuring the talents of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project), are set to release the debut album 'The Diary' on the 23rd March 2015, and with just 2 weeks to go before its launch, they are pleased to reveal the gentle version of the track 'Shores of India' which you can listen to here:

Anneke had this to say:
"I immediately loved the mysterious and exotic melodies on 'Shores Of India'. It must have been overwhelming for these sailors to encounter such a different and wonderful culture in the 17th century. We really tried to put ourselves in their position and capture their amazement. There is a big difference in how we approached the vocals on both versions, because musically there is a different intensity between the 'gentle'- and 'storm' interpretation, but the lyrics and emotions remain the same. It has been such a great experience working on that with Arjen."

Arjen adds: "For me the 'gentle' version of Shores of India is one of the songs that really shines in its acoustic setting. It feels like an emotional journey, also because of the many exotic instruments that were used."

This gentle version of 'Shores of India' showcases a diverse range of instruments, including sitar, coral, surbahar, tabla, tanpura, shakuhachi, oboe, English horn, bansuri, sampoña, piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, tin whistle, low whistle, mandolin, double bass, cellos, violins and grand piano.

Digital pre-orders through iTunes & Amazon can receive the new track immediately, as well as both the THE GENTLE STORM versions of 'Heart of Amsterdam'.
Pre-order now here:

'The Diary' is also now available to pre-order in several different formats including a limited 4CD artbook featuring instrumental versions of the entire album, a limited gatefold 3LP vinyl with 2CD's, and special edition 2CD digipak. Order from the following places:

Arjen & Anneke recently launched a series of video updates on the album, and you can check them all out here:

The album concept is a tale of love, loss, and separation told through the story of two fictional seventeenth-century lovers. A Dutch sailor embarks on a two-year voyage, leaving his wife at home in Holland. The only way for the couple to communicate and keep their love alive during the long separation is through letters. These letters form the basis for the songs on the album.

After Arjen and Anneke played some very successful acoustic shows together in February, a full all-star band will go out - without Arjen - in March and April, and the confirmed dates and band line-up can be found below.

March 26 2015 - Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
March 28 2015 - ROCK ITtervoort Festival, Ittervoort NL
April 03 2015 - Hedon, Zwolle NL
April 05 2015 - Paaspop, Schijndel NL
April 11 2015 - Paard van Troje, Den Haag NL
April 15 2015 - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg DE
April 16 2015 - Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen DE
April 22 2015 - Divan Du Monde, Paris FR
April 23 2015 - The Garage, London UK
April 24 2015 - The Musician, Leicester UK
April 25 2015 - The Roadhouse, Manchester UK
April 26 2015 - Prog-résiste Convention, Soignies BE
June 19 2015 - Dokk'em Open Air, Dokkum NL
July 09 2015 - Masters of Rock, Vizovice CZ
July 17 2015 - Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley DE
July 30-Aug 01 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken DE
October 17 2015 - FemME Festival, Eindhoven NL

Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) - vocals
Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain, MaYaN) - guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-Dreadlock Pussy) - guitars
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) - drums
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) - bass
Joost van den Broek (producer, ex-After Forever) ' keyboards
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - background vocals



Peter Klapproth
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