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Season of Mist signs HDK

Post by The Key on Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:54 pm

Season of Mist signs HDK!:-)

Hello everybody!

First of all, I'd like to thank you all for your patience, you waited a long time for HDK news, and finally I've got some real news!

The past period, I had to take it easy, you all know the reasons for that, so everything took a bit longer than expected.
I also had to deal with some unfinished After Forever business, and obviously that was my main priority.
Meanwhile, I talked to various labels about HDK, and one of those labels was Seasons of Mist.
They worked for After Forever in France for the first 4 albums, I got to know them as a hard working label with also a lot of experience with the more extreme/underground bands.
This label seemed to be the perfect option for HDK, and in the end, it also turned out to be like this.

Seasons of Mist is going to release HDK worldwide, check out their site so that you get an idea of the kind of music they are releasing: www.seasons-of-mist.com
I'm afraid you'll have to wait a bit till System Overload will be released, it will be an early 2009 release.
Then again, this music is more suitable for wintermonths than summermonths;-)
This is the official statement of Seasons of Mist:



SOM & HDK
Season of Mist is happy to let you know that the label just inked a deal with new Dutch project HDK, whose main man is no other than AFTER FOREVER co-founder, main songwriter, guitarist, and grunter Sander Gommans. Needless to say, we're very happy to welcome him to the Season of Mist roster! Here's the man's comment:

"I've been working very hard on my project HDK for several years, so it was very important for me to find a label that is specialised in the more extreme side of metal, but also experienced in the style of AFTER FOREVER. I already worked together with Season of Mist when they released the first AFTER FOREVER albums in France, so I know they will do a good job for HDK as well. My project is a mix of all kinds of metal styles, the label has to be able to give it its full attention in order to promote this the right way, and I feel confident Season of Mist is able to do that perfectly!"

HDK's first album is slated for an early 2009 release, so stay tuned for more news soon! You can also check www.myspace.com/sandergommans




Enjoy the summer and stay in touch, I'll keep you updated about everything related to After Forever and HDK, thanks again for your support!!!!!

Cheers!
Sander
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Re: Season of Mist signs HDK

Post by Diane on Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:49 pm

Finally some news!!! At least now everything is progressing but too bad we have to wait until 2009 until it is released Razz
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Post by Ktsunami on Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:13 am

*breathes sigh of relief*
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Post by Franneke on Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:49 pm

an interview made by Sander to Season of Mist's newsletter Smile

SANDER GOMMANS' HDK: "SYSTEM OVERLOAD" 23.02.2009
The release of "System Overload", the debut album of AFTER FOREVER leader Sander Gommans' new project HDK, has been set to February 23rd, April 21st in the US.

Sander gives us an explanation on the origin of the project:

"After Forever has always been a band that is diverse enough for me to write music for. The stuff I've written for After Forever contains a lot of metal and non-metal styles, the great thing about this band being that people expect every album to be different, so it's always interesting to write a new album.

"However, since our first release, I felt the need to write more extreme stuff. After Forever is already one of the most aggressive bands in the female-fronted genre, but I didn't want to use the extreme stuff I had in mind for the band, since that would not fit at all. Writing for After Forever has often been a result of positive energy, and I needed to do something with the negative energy I was beginning to feel after some problems we encountered with the releases of "Invisible Circles" and "Remagine". As this frustration was growing and growing, I just decided to transform it into songs, and they turned out to sound much more aggressive and experimental than the stuff I had done before.

"Since the songs sounded more extreme than I thought and contained a lot of the heavier metal styles, I thought it might have to become a very over the top project, in a cynical way. "Hate Death Kill" was a name that suited that cynical idea, but I started to realise the music actually represented a very important part of myself and my life, so it became much more serious. I changed the name to HDK, asking Amanda Somerville to write the lyrics for the project, based on the subjects I already had for each song. They are all very personal and describe what happens with somebody who is under too much pressure. The funny thing is that, when I got my burn-out (which caused me to take a break of a year of everything I was doing), reading the lyrics made me aware of where it went wrong. The collaboration with Amanda worked out really well, together we also wrote the vocal lines and after that I started searching for guest musicians.

"I didn't want it to be "only" an album with grunts, or clean male vocal, or screams, or female vocals. I wanted to have a combination of all of those, since they all represent emotions in their own way. I think that's the unique part of the project, you have to think "out of the box" when you listen to it, it doesn't fit in any style but I think it gives a combination of all kinds of metal styles in an extreme way. Working together with all those great musicians was a fantastic experience, without them I could never have made this intense album. This album shows a different side of me, and I'm thankful to be able to release it together with Season of Mist.

"If you are into different kinds of (extreme) metal and you are searching for a combination of those in one album, you might want to check out this album. :-)

"Thanks for your support!!!"

http://www.myspace.com/sandergommans


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Post by The Key on Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:34 pm

Thanks Fran.
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