cover anneke en arjen 3Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) are set to release the debut album The Diary by their new band The Gentle Storm on March 23, and now they are pleased to reveal the first music to be taken from the album.

You can watch the lyric video for the track ‘Endless Sea’ (Storm version) here. You can also check out the Gentle version of ‘Endless Sea’ here:

Anneke & Arjen had this to say: “Endless Sea is the album opener and it serves as an introduction to our story-based album. Susanne, the main character, sings about her busband Joseph, who has just sailed out on another long voyage to the Far East. We are very excited to offer everybody a first taste of our forthcoming album with the release of these lyric videos. This is such a special album to the both us.”

The album concept is a tale of love, loss, and separation told through the story of two fictional seventeenth-century lovers. A Dutch sailor embarks on a two-year voyage, leaving his wife at home in the Netherlands. The only way for the couple to communicate and keep their love alive during the long separation is through letters. These letters form the basis for the songs on the album.

The Gentle Storm are also pleased to announce that in advance of their full band shows, Arjen will join Anneke for a select few European live acoustic dates in what will be quite a rare and special occasion:

February 17 – Planetarium, Budapest HU

February 18 – Bronx, Istanbul TR

February 19 – Hard Rock Cafe, Bucharest RO

February 20 – Modern Theatre, Sofia BU

February 21 – Traffic Club, Rome

February 22 – K17, Berlin DE

February 23 – Nosturi, Helsinki FI

February 25 – Lo-Fi, Milan IT

February 26 – Locomotive, Bologna IT

February 27 – Hybrydy, Warsaw, PL

February 28 – Pod Minoga, Poznan PL

cover the gentle storm the diaryA full all-star band will go out without Arjen in March and April, and the confirmed dates and band line-up can be found below.

March 26 – Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

March 28 – ROCK ITtervoort Festival, Ittervoort NL

April 03 – Hedon, Zwolle NL

April 03-05 – Paaspop, Schijndel NL

April 11 – Paard van Troje, Den Haag NL

April 15 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg DE

April 16 – Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen DE

April 22 – Divan Du Monde, Paris FR

April 23 – The Garage, London UK

April 24 – The Musician, Leicester UK

April 25 – The Roadhouse, Manchester UK

April 26 – Prog-résiste Convention, Soignies BE

June 19 – Dokk’em Open Air, Dokkum NL

July 09 – Masters of Rock, Vizovice CZ

July 30-Aug 01 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken DE

The Gentle Storm live:

Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) – vocals

Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain, MaYaN) – guitars

Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-Dreadlock Pussy) – guitars

Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) – drums

Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) – bass

Joost van den Broek (producer, ex-After Forever) – keyboards

Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) – background vocals