Dianne van Giersbergen’s progressive metal band Ex Libris has announced details of their upcoming record. Their third full-length album called “Ann” will be divided into three releases. The first chapter “Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn” is now available via an exclusive crowdfunding campaign.
The band explains: “ANN is not only the title of our third album, it is also the name that binds the three women from the different chapters together. Each from a different time, a different place and a different background, but all three of the women have a story that needs to be told.”
The first chapter is a blend of modern an progressive metal and chapter 2 and 3 will bring different flavours. The whole album consists of a wide variety of vocal colours, melodies, rhythms and atmospheres.
It’s not only the story and music that is divided into three parts. Each cover will show the portrait of the women whose story is told. All the artwork for Ann – the progressive metal trilogy is designed by artist and illustrator Jelle Steenhuisen. The album is produced by Dutch producer Joost van den Broek, at Sandlane Recording Facilities.
But who exactly was Anne Boleyn? Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536, the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Elizabeth I. Henry’s desire to divorce his first wife and marry Anne helped bring about the English Reformation. Anne was spared the axe and granted the mercy of beheading. She was the first English queen to be publicly executed.
“Our story picks up in 1526, when Anne returns to Hampton Court and Henry VIII begins his pursuit of her,” specifies the band.
And what about the chapter 2 and 3? The names of chapters as well as their main character are yet to be announced. Estimated delivery of chapter 2 is early 2019 and chapter 3 should follow at the end of summer 2019.
You can now support Ex Libris and “Ann” via their crowdfunding campaign here.