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Artist News: Alerion Announce New Keyboardist

Posted on Saturday, July 03 @ 23:00:00 UTC by nightowl

Dutch female-fronted progressive metallers Alerion have announced the addition of keyboardist Nathalia Hoogkamer to the group's ranks.

Commented the band: "After auditioning several keyboardists, Nathalia was asked to join the band on May 17th. Formerly, Nathalia was a member of folk metal band Thronar from Arnhem, The Netherlands, with whom she performed on many gigs. With Thronar, Nathalia released two albums: 2008's Unleash The Fire and 2005's For Death And Glory.

"We are happy to have her in Alerion and look forward to creating new music with her. Furthermore, we are now able to finish the writing process of the new songs 'A Life Less Ordinary,' 'Colourblind' and 'Chains Of The Collective.' We'll add them to our live set as soon as they're done."

Added Nathalia: "After Thronar broke up, I've been busy giving piano lessons. But my my, did I miss the stage and a good band around me! Then Alerion came on my path: great musicians, great people. I'm glad to have the honour to be part of the band. Let's make some music!"

Alerion parted ways with keyboardist Paul Bouman late last year due to "musical differences."

In March 2009, Alerion announced the addition of guitarist Bart Lubbers to the group's ranks.

The band's latest promo recording, Turn Of Fate, was recorded at Storm Studio and produced by Kevin Storm, who is best known from the female-fronted rock/metal band Cardamon and his project The Comeback.

According to a press release, Turn Of Fate contains the title track, which has a running time of almost eight minutes and "mold[s] together heavy and occasionally fast stuff with various slower and melodic parts," and the song "Clash with Eternity", which is "more subtle and features fingerpicked guitar parts."

[Source: via e-Prog, Alerion website]

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