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. APRIL 2008
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Splinter may be considered as a new star born in the Progressive Rock scene, also a talented young band from the Netherlands, that after some critically acclaimed demos, finally they have released their first full length album titled "Dreamers". Splinter plays a quite unique form of progressive music, sometimes highly melodic and symphoic, sometimes almost harder, combining several musical styles, in the line of  Symphonic Rock, Classic Rock and Progressive Rock, blending a particular combination of musical elements from older bands like "Yes", "Genesis" and "Gentle Giant", including a large dosage of modern prog rock style from band such as "RPWL", "The Flower Kings", "Porcupine Tree", "The Tangent" and others. The production of the album is fairly nice, lovely melodies, fine vocal performances and atmospheric progressive keyboards, where refined electric guitar solos are dominant. Listen carefully all tracks, you must have a special attention to the songs "Reflections", "Bio Engine" and "The Devil's Advocate" you will find perfect arrangements, interesting and vibrant compositions, full of emotions which make you shiver each time you listen to it. Brilliant, and amazing work, highly recommendable for all progressive rock fans around the world...

The present line-up of the Splínter are:
Ewout Ongering - Vocals
Didier Kerckhoff - Guitar and Vocals
Menno Broer van Dijk - Synths, Hammond, Keyboards and Vocals
Berry Vink - Drums and Vocals
Marcel Everts - Bassguitar, Basspedals and vocals
As a guest:
Rob Palmen - Backing Vocals on tracks 1, 2 & 8

SPLÍNTER

Splinter is a rock band from Holland and consists of  5 ambitious musicians. Although they are close friends, each band member has a different musical background. Therefore the music of the group is often described in reviews as ‘a new style on its own’.

Splinter started out writing material in the ‘Progressive Rock’ style. Even though magazines in this genre were very enthusiastic, the band unconsciously changed and headed for a more commercial style of writing. The music became less complicated and more sensitive, without becoming simple. The lyrics of Splinter often describe deep inner feelings we all have in daily life. 

Mothers’ Finest guitarist John Hayes produced Splinters first demo "Reflections" (released in 2004) which was received with extremely positive acclaim in magazines like Oor, Aardschok, Background Magazine and iOpages, to name just a few. Also, the band went on tour in the Dutch club circuit as support act for Hayes’ group Maxima. 

In 2005 they recorded most of their repertoire for the unofficial release "The Devil's Jigsaw". Again, critics were extremely positive about this so called "collection of demo songs". Later that year, the band played a gig as support act for the progressive ‘supergroup’ Karmakanic, featuring former "Yngwie Malmsteen-vocalist" "Goran Edman", and did a short tour with the Swedish band "The Flower Kings". As a result the band gained a solid fan base. 

The most important step was taken in 2006 when top producer Jonas Reingold suggested to record their debut album with him.

Enclosed with the "Dreamers" album, you'll find a unique 'Dream-code' to give access to the exclusive backstage area on the band´s website. 

New Release

"Dreamers"

01) Goodbye
02) Bio Engine
03) Reflections
......Part 1 - Dreamer
......Part 2 - The Dream
......Part 3 - REM
......Part 4 - Wake Up
04) Anthony's Songs
05) Korsakov
06) The Devil's Advocate
......Part 1 - Dreamworld,
..................The Saint
......Part 2 - Realworld
......Part 3 - The Devil's
..................Advocate,
..................Distinctness

This Special Edition version contains a bonus DVD on which we can find items such as:

01) Dreamers + lyrics
02) Live Footage
03) Photo Shoot
04) Biography
05) Reviews
06) Credits

Produced by Jonas Reingold, mixing by Jonas Reingold and Slpínter

Much more infomation about the the band, and their history, send a mail to Splínter.

For more information and every thing about the band, please visit SPLÍNTER HOME PAGEN
 
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