Release date: 2007,
By: Elvira Visser
Finally I received the second EP from Alister, a band from The Netherlands.
Their former EP recorded back in 2005, consists beautiful songs and strong guitar
play but most of all fairytale-ish melody lines and singing from their front
woman Brenda Van Veen. Last year I saw them perform and much to my surprise
the band clearly developed themselves. The songs had become a lot stronger and
had a lot more power but still it had those beautiful parts in it. Because of
this change, and knowing they played as support act of After Forever, I was
quite curious to hear what they recorded.
“Red Planet” is a steady demo that takes you into the world of Alister,
a heavy rock-ish world with jazzy and pop influences mixed with sweet vocal
lines. Breda Van Veen is not scared to use her voice both sweet ‘n delicately
as well as and in a rougher way. The music is progressive like Lacuna Coil and
beautiful like Tool. Gertjan knows how to use the distortion on his guitar,
this together with some vocal effects create the special Alister sound.
“It’s Getting Dark” is the song that sticks in your head the most.
The vocal line of the chorus is easy to listen to. “Red Planet” starts
off calmly. Letting you hear the guitar skills of Gertjan and drums of Arjan.
(after the recordings Roel van der Sluis has taken over the drumsticks) Brenda
is clearly a great singer as she knows how to sing those high notes, but she
also knows how to use power. “Ode” is definitely the strongest and
most rock-ish song on the album. In most of the songs there is place for a musical
moment to continue sometimes in an unexpected way, which makes this EP very
varied. “Gollum” is a track that was also on their previous EP “Alister”,
but you can hear progress and more effects added to the sound. Great song based
on Lord of the Rings Gollum.
The hidden track starts out with snippets of news messages. It sounds great
but I was waiting for Brenda to start singing something emotional which seemed
to fitted fit their sound. The hidden track is an instrumental one. Sometimes,
more is less and the songs evolves in more building-up guitar play to end with
those voice messages again.
A very good EP for this young band. I am curious what it will bring them on
Brenda Van Veen
Roel Van der Sluis
| 1 It’s Getting Dark
2 Red Planet