Nemesea (the last 3 letters is pronounced like the English "sea") is an Alternative Rock band from Groningen, The Netherlands, who seem to like to undergo Genre Shift whenever they release an album. Founded in 2002 by Henrik Jan de Jong, Manda Ophuis, and Sonny Onderwater, Nemesea first rose to the Symphonic Metal scene after supporting After Forever, and released their first album Mana in 2004.
Following major label talks and funding from Sellaband.com, Nemesea then shifted to full-blown electronica with their sophomore effort In Control, out in 2007, followed by the immersive live album Pure Live @ P3. Signing on with Napalm Records before the end of the decade, the band went Darker and Edgier bringing to fruition their 2011 effort The Quiet Resistance, featuring guests from bands Maerzfeld, Bulletproof Messenger, and Delain. Five years later, Uprise, a Lighter and Softer album against its predecessor, was released, with bonus reworks of some of their old material.
In that same year, Manda left the band to focus on teaching gifted children. Nemesea promptly started a search for a new singer via social media and found Sanne Mieloo (of Grandview Avenue and Guinevere), who debuted with the band in their single "Dance in the Fire".
Nemesea's fifth album is currently in progress, aiming for a release later in 2019.
- Sanne Mieloo vocals (2017present)
- Sonny Onderwater bass, keyboards (2002present)
- Hendrik Jan de Jong guitar, keyboards, vocals (2002present)
- Steven Bouma drums (20062011, 2016present)
- Mathijs van Til keyboards (2017present)
- Manda Ophuis vocals (20022016)
- Lasse Dellbrugge keyboards (20072015)
- Frank van der Star drums (20112015)
- Chris Postma drums (20022005)
- Sander Zoer drums (20052006)
- Martijn Pronk guitar (20022007)
- Berto Booijink keyboards (20022007)
- Mana (2004)
- In Control (2007)
- The Quiet Resistance (2011)
- In Control 5.1 Surround/Live @ P3 5.1 bundle (2015)
- Uprise (2016)
Tropes in the fire
- Almost Kiss: The protagonist of "Afterlife" nearly gets to kiss Manda midway through the video but gets cut off. They Do at the end, though.
- Apocalypse How: A Stephen Hawking-like voice in "2012" dictates things like nuclear war, asteroids, Antichrist, among others.
- Artifact Title: Well, the world didn't end in 2012, did it?
- Badass Boast: "Lucifer".
- Bare Your Midriff: Sanne's black Dress Rehearsal Video outfit in "Dance in the Fire".
- The Baroness: A desperate power-hungry one in "Empress".
- Broken Bird: Lots of songs, especially in TQR, either talk about this trope or are sang in the perspective of one.
- Death of a Child: The video for "Forever". Subverted at the very end.
- Despair Event Horizon: The girl in "Like the Air" seems to be on the verge of suicide.
- Face on the Cover: Seems to be a staple in their main albums. In Control takes the cake for literally being just a closeup of Manda's face.
- Five-Man Band:
- Geisha: The video for the "Hear Me" rework features Sanne dressed up as one.
- Genre Shift/New Sound Album: Nemesea started out as a straight-up Symphonic Metal act with Mana, did a full 180-degree turn to electronic rock with In Control, smashed those two styles together into a heavy Gothic Metal sound for The Quiet Resistance, and then went Lighter and Softer since Uprise. They're bound to do another leap with Sanne and Mathijs on board.
- Gothic Metal: Mana foremost, The Quiet Resistance in shades. Other albums downplay this.
- Grim Reaper: The Taker in "Mortalitas I".
- Incredibly Long Note: Manda likes to do this. Sanne, we have yet to know.
- Industrial Metal: Well, industrial rock, but they did get heavy in The Quiet Resistance.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Like the Air" and "Can't Believe It".
- Male Band, Female Singer: Founded as this with Manda, and continues with Sanne.
- Mind Screw: This band's first two videos with Sanne.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly 6. Some of the heavier tracks in The Quiet Resistance are borderline 7. "The Way I Feel" is a 2.
- Ms. Fanservice: Manda in her last two albums with the band. Sanne all the more.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The Quiet Resistance, natch.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Mana has a few. Averted after the Genre Shift.
- One-Woman Wail: Manda was prone to this in Mana, but then the Genre Shift averted it afterwards.
- Pep-Talk Song: Quite a few in Uprise.
- Rearrange the Song: When Sanne and Mathijs joined Nemesea, "Hear Me" and "Twilight" were given new electronic passages unheard in Uprise along with a new voice.
- The all-electronic "Broken" was given an orchestral arrangement.
- "Lucifer" and "Angel in the Dark" were given a nifty Industrial Metal overhaul in the P3 live album.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Beyond Evil" and a great deal of tracks from In Control and The Quiet Resistance.
- Revolving Door Band: HJ, Sonny, and until 2016 Manda have been the Long-Runner Line-up as the group changes drummers and keyboardists every few years. Recently they even welcomed back drummer Steven Bouma after Uprise.
- Rule of Three: "Threefold Law" discusses a golden rule that Wiccans abide by: Three times what thou givest will return to thee.
- Sdrawkcab Name: "Krad Eht Ni Legna", a backmasked piano solo at the tail end of Mana.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The redhead part was invoked by green-eyed brunette Manda during the In Control era. Come The Quiet Resistance she shifted to a Raven Hair, Ivory Skin aesthetic until her departure. Sanne, also a brunette but hazel-eyed, invoked the red hair when she came to the band.
- Singer Name Drop: "Nemesis", the Album Intro Track to Mana. Also possibly an inversion of Titled After the Song when you find out the band originally was christened Nemesis but was altered to avoid confusion.
- Soprano and Gravel: Averted. Heli Reiißenweber's Badass Baritone isn't gravelly but still provided a striking contrast to Manda's soprano in "Allein".
- Statuesque Stunner: Sanne.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Manda is a bit of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak; Sanne is more straightforwardly feminine.
- Woman in White: Manda mashed this up with In the Hood for TQR.
- In the video for "Dance in the Fire", Sanne is first seen walking the woods in a flowing white dress.
- You Are Not Alone: "Afterlife" has shades of this.