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Music: After Forever

After Forever (1995-2009) was a Dutch Symphonic Metal band. They started out playing Death Metal under the name Apocalypse, but had shifted styles by the time they released their first album in 2000. (They did continue to use death metal-style Harsh Vocals in addition to operatic female vocals.) They released five albums before disbanding in 2009, due to burnout.

Afterwards, Floor announced a new band called Revamp and ultimately went on to join Nightwish as lead vocalist after Anette Olzon's departure.

Members (as of breakup):
  • Floor Jansen (soprano vocals)
  • Sander Gommans (guitar, death growls)
  • Bas Maas (guitar, backup vocals)
  • Luuk van Gerven (bass)
  • André Borgman (drums)
  • Joost van den Broek (keyboards)

Previous members:
  • Joep Beckers (drums, 1995-2000)
  • Mark Jansen (guitar/death growls, 1995-2002)
  • Jack Driessen (keyboards, 1995-2000)
  • Lando van Gils (keyboards, 2000-2004)


Tropes that apply to After Forever

  • Abusive Parents: The theme of Invisible Circles. The workaholic father refuses to compromise his chances at his dream career to help raise his daughter, leaving the mother to give up her job completely to spend time with the girl. This progresses for several years with the father rarely around and the mother taking out her frustrations on the daughter, who retreats into an escapist fantasy online in search of positive attention she doesn't get at home. But things go From Bad to Worse when an argument ends with the father walking out on both of them...
  • Cover Version: "Who Wants To Live Forever" from the "Emphasis" single, and "One Day I'll Fly Away" and "The Evil That Men Do" from the Exordium EP. (Originally performed by Queen, Randy Crawford, and Iron Maiden respectively.)
  • Death Growl
  • Epic Rocking: "Dreamflight" on their self titled album, clocking in at 11:09.
  • Gratuitous Greek: The cover to the Self-Titled Album simply has the band's name and the letter Omega. Accidentally symbolic, as they weren't planning to break up after it was released.
  • Green Aesop: "Equally Destructive"
  • Incredibly Long Note: Not as long as examples by other bands, but Floor's final note on the fast-paced "Monolith of Doubt" is an A5 held for ten seconds.
  • Rock Opera: Invisible Circles
  • Religion Rant Song: Prison of Desire contained the introduction and first three chapters of "Embrace That Smothers," a musical suite which flew over onto Epica's work through the Mark Jansen connection.
  • Self-Titled Album: Oddly enough, their last album.
  • Soprano and Gravel: With two gravel vocalists on Prison of Desire and Decipher: Sander for grunts, and Mark Jansen for screams. On later albums, Mark was replaced by Bas, who provided clean male vocals for a unique variation on songs like "Between Love and Fire."
  • Start My Own: Mark Jansen (no relation to Floor), their original guitarist, left due to Creative Differences and went on to form Epica.
    • Floor formed Revamp sometime after they splitup.
  • Stepford Smiler: "Strong" is about a Type A.
  • Symphonic Metal
  • Titled After the Song: The band is named after a Black Sabbath song.
  • Write What You Know: Sander Gommans encountered many abused children while working as an art teacher, which inspired Invisible Circles.

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alternative title(s): After Forever
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