Ayreon is a Progressive Metal project by Arjen Anthony Lucassen. I ran across them because Anneke van Giersbergen provided some vocals for the work. Progressive Metal isn’t quite Progressive Rock from the 80s, but it isn’t far off, either. You might like it.

This is “Comatose” by Ayreon from their 2018 live album Ayreon Universe. It features vocals by Jonas Renkse and Anneke van Giersbergen. The song was originally on their 2008 album 01011001. (That’s the binary representation of an ASCII letter “Y” if your interested.)

Beautiful One

Mot Monday. Not Metal. Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer mostly known for Heavy Metal. (Don’t worry, ENGLISH lyrics ahead.) She was lead vocalist for The Gathering for years, and lately she has VUUR, also Heavy Metal. But with a voice like hers, you don’t always sing hard rock, and her solo work is not all Heavy Metal.

This song is “Beautiful One” by Anneke van Giersbergen and her solo project band (formerly Agua de Annique) with vocals by Niels Geusebroek. It is from the 2009 album Pure Air.

Valley of Diamonds – Mexico City

Anneke van GiersbergenMore Heavy Metal that has no touch of the Death Metal Death Growl? Sure.

As I mentioned in January, I really like Anneke van Giersbergen’s voice. While I don’t always like her music, some of it is outstanding.

This song is “Valley of Diamonds – Mexico City” by VUUR from their 2017 album In This Moment We Are Free – Cities.


Anneke van GiersbergenAnneke van Giersbergen is another woman from The Netherlands singing Symphonic Metal. For many years she was lead singer for the The Gathering, but they parted company about 10 years ago, or more. She has a solo career and she recently founded a new band (VUUR) which we have sampled, and will get back to in the future.

And although she is singing in English, here’s a link to the lyrics. It is Metal, after all.

This is “Leaves” by The Gathering, from their 1995 album Mandylion. It was their first album to feature Anneke van Giersbergen as lead vocalist.

The Fire – San Francisco

Anneke van GiersbergenSeveral commenters had expressed interest, back before Christmas, in Heavy Metal without the Death Growl. So here you go.

Anneke van Giersbergen became known (to fans of metal anyway) when she was the lead singer for The Gathering for a number of years in the late 1990s. She parted ways with them some time ago. Anyway, she has a somewhat new project, VUUR. It is new to me anyway. (VUUR means “fire”, “passion” or “drive” in Dutch – according to the Wiki.) VUUR is listed as progressive metal in a number of places. Anneke van Giersbergen is another Heavy Metal singer with a beautiful voice.

She may be singing in English, but Dutch is her native language, and it is also metal.. So here is a link to the lyrics.

This song is “The Fire – San Francisco” by VUUR from their 2017 album In This Moment We Are Free – Cities. I don’t like all the songs on that album, but I do like this one. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)