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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sellaband
  • ASIN: B000V7KJ6C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Nemesea are a young rock band from Groningen in the remote north of Holland who have already achieved a remarkable first in rock history: they are the first artists anywhere to have an album financed via crowdsourcing at internet platform www.sellaband.com. Amazingly it took only 10 weeks from the time they joined the site for music fans from over 40 countries to invest the target recording budget of $50,000. This has created great interest and was covered in a variety of publications from Billboard to The Financial Times and Wired, and with the help of press agencies such as Reuters, AFP and ANP the story was picked up on websites and blogs all around the world. This resulting album was recorded at legendary Dutch rock facility Studio Spitsbergen (Focus, Solution, Weekend At Waikiki). During preproduction the band worked with Ronald Molendilk (DJ, Soulvation), while recording was overseen by producer Tony Platt (AC/DC, Bob Marley). The finished album was mixed by Ronald Prent (Rammstein, Kane) at Galaxy Studios and was also mastered there by Darcy Proper (R.E.M, Porcupine Tree). The result is a huge leap forward for the band both technically and musically - guitarist Hendrik Jan de Jong and singer Manda Ophuis who write all the band’s music describe their sound as “female fronted rock”, with influences ranging from Lacuna Coil and Depeche Mode to Kelly Clarkson. Plans for 2008 are built around solid touring with new manager David Arden and AT Bookings setting up club tours in Benelux, Germany, the UK and Scandinavia. Tracks: No More / In Control / Home / The Way I Feel (featuring Cubworld) / Lost Inside / Remember / Believe / Like The Air / Broken / Never.

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I got lucky with this one, it's really my cup of tea. I'd heard of Nemesea but never heard the music. For fans of the girl-fronted rock genre, a simple description would be a cross between Lacuna Coil and After Forever. The songs are LC, the softer synthy guitar sound is AF. The end result is something that sounds infinitely better than Evanescence, who I've never liked. Nemesea don't sound pretentious and manufactured, and they manage to pull off a rather poppy upbeat style of their own, which might appeal to mainstream listeners. I wouldn't be surprised if they end up on a label like Napalm or Nuclear Blast though.

The most impressive aspect of Nemesea is Manda's vocals. She has a good range, is very clear, and in places suggests that she has the lungs. And she sounds different enough to not be a Sharon/Floor/Tarja clone.

In Control is only 34 minutes long, which flies by. All the tracks are fairly short, it's a shame they didn't give some of them a more prog touch with long instrumental sections to flesh it out a bit, there was certainly scope for that. A good sign though is that I'm pressing play again quite a lot.

I'm so impressed I'm going to see if I can find the debut CD Mana and try and catch them live in the UK. Hopefully the departure of Martijn won't have too much impact. Those contributors to Sellaband definitely chose a good band!
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Ultimately, if Evanescence are little more than a watered-down Lacuna Coil, then this is, in turn, a watered down Evanescence: Pseudo-gothic keyboards and plenty of big, dramatic choruses and a soaring, female vocal.

If that's your kind of thing, this is as glossy and polished a performance as you're likely to find. For me, they'd score much higher if they left out weaker, more middle-of-the-road songs such as the horrible The Way I Feel, which is a slushy, ballad that wouldn't seem out of place on a Disney soundtrack. They move more in the right direction with heavier tracks such as Remember and Never, but for me, I'd really like to hear them let loose and do some darker, heavier, rockier tracks.
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Everybody seems to concentrate on what other groups this one sounds like, especially when it's easy to stereotype a rock band with a female lead vocalist. Besides, when I listened to 'No More' and 'Remember' the introductions sounded more like Rammstein. There, nobody thought of that one, have they? OK, that might be the quoted Depeche Mode influence rather than Rammstein! Nevertheless apart from the inevitable comparisons, I think it's healthy when bands like this mix up some eclectic music styles and influences. This album is the first I've heard by Nemesea, so I can't comment on their previous effort, but I'm going to be looking out for the next one.
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In my mind this is not as good as their first album, some direction seems to have been lost, there are more keyboards ( not a bad thing in itself) which seems to be to the detriment of the guitars. The sharp choppy guitar work present in the first album is not so evident. All in all though it is still a very good and extremely listenable piece of music.
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Nemesea's style of music, a gothic rock mix of heavy guitar riffs, electro keyboards and female vocals, has attracted favourable comparisons with the likes of Evanescence and Within Temptation, which should be taken as a huge compliment such is the success of these bands.

Originating from Holland the band was formed in 2002 by front girl singer Manda Ophuis and guitarist HJ (Hedrik Jan de Jong). They released their debut album `Mana' (variously described as meaning `a source of magic') in 2004 and after extensive touring of Holland and Belgium during the next few years they became established artists, in those countries at least, in the Rock/Metal scene. The follow up album `In Control' was released in June 2007.

This album is my first experience of Nemesea, and for me there are all the ingredients here which justify the bands favourable reviews and to elevate them far out of the league of simply another Evanescence tribute act.

Manda's vocals (there's no sign of a Dutch accent) are versatile without the shrillness of Within Temptation's singer Sharon den Adel and less tragically emotional than Amy Lee, and the guitar work is straight out of the Evanescence riff book - the same chords but different sequence.

In my opinion there really are no bad tracks on this album, and the highlights for me are `Home' and the beautiful ballad (with Cubworld) `The Way I Feel' which are candidates for hit singles. My favourite is the rocky, catchy `Like the Air' which is easily worthy of expanding to double its 3 minute duration to make it a real `Bring Me To Life' Evanescence chart success contender.

The only let down is the album's length, or lack of it, which at 34 minutes is far too short, and some of the tracks, which range from under 3 minutes to a little over 4, do have scope to be expanded to create some real epics.

Then again, it did leave me wanting more and I'll certainly be buying the debut album.
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I had never heard of this band before, but thought I'd take a chance and order their album. I was very pleasantly surprised. The album reminds me of bands like Lacuna Coil and Evanescense, but stands up on its own merits, as it is not a tribute/rip off of them, although the song "Home", does have a similar sound to "Bring me to life". Manda has a strong voice for good lead vocals and obviously has superb vocal range. The album is quite short at only approx. 34 minutes long, but it gives you chance to listen to the whole album during a lunch break. It leaves you wanting more and I have listened to it several times already, after only just receiving it. I will be looking out for more from this band.
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