“Nature’s creative power is far beyond man’s instinct of destruction”
(Jules Verne, 1869)
Blood-red stories painted by dark progressive rock/metal.
This is Scarlet Stories, a Dutch band from Tilburg, who became known for their unique dark progressive music with an eclectic range of musical influences, such as heavy metal, ambient, film scores and doom.
In September 2019 they released their debut-album ‘Necrologies’ (Necrologies – obituary/list of deaths), which received critical acclaim from the press, like NRC, iO Pages, Music Maker and Aardschok. The album was recorded under supervision of producer, musician & sound- engineer Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Van den Broek produced, recorded and mixed albums for Ayreon, Powerwolf, Navarone and MaYan.
Scarlet Stories originally consists of Bram te Kamp and Lisette van den Berg, who started out creating melancholic acoustic songs heavily influenced by progressive metal. After fall 2012 they decided to sculpt their music in both an acoustic and expanded form and joined forces with Tim Kuper (drums), Maarten Grimm (bass), Carmen Raats (guitar) and Sophie Ansems (violin). In 2022, guitarist Robin van Poppel joins the band.
Their album ‘Necrologies’ is a tribute to all animals and humans who suffered or died by the greed of others. It acknowledges their battle, struggle or innocence. The songs tell stories about their suffering or how they died. Our stories show the dark side of humanity and are soundtracks to emotions, injustice, murder, but also beauty and innocence. These tales are brought with a dramatic live performance and dynamics. One moment fragile and quiet, and the other moment intense and raw.
Scarlet Stories was support act for Antimatter, Danny Cavanagh (Anathema) and KLONE and performed at festival like Castlefest, ProgPower Europe 2019 and Prognosis 2022.
Watch the music video of ‘Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers’: