Semistereo emerged from the deafening silence of the sloughy land, under the heavy smoke of Amsterdam and right next to where massive flying machines find their temporary home.
Their objective: to enrich the broad musical universe with mind blowing tunes. And their efforts have not been left unnoticed: Semistereo has grown into an impressive band with 3 critically acclaimed full-length albums to its name.
The recent (4th) album is called Zabriskii, a mysterious name to a bold selection of songs that cover the entire sonic spectrum of the band. The title might contain a subtle reference to the desolate place in Death Valley, where beauty and decay meet. This is also visualized in the cover art, designed by Holland Drive. The album Zabriskii is self-produced, recorded at the band’s own studio and at e-Sound studio by Thomas Cochrane. The album is mixed by Guido Aalbers (the Gathering, Muse, Miss Montreal, Coldplay), and he made it into a very powerful and balanced sounding album. Zabriskii is mastered by the great Andy Vandette, who contributed to many albums by artists like Beastie Boys, Rush and Porcupine Tree. The band is filled with pride and joy to finally be able to share the impressive result with the rest of the universe.
Semistereo absorbs its surroundings, combines the metropolitan structures with the passionate expansiveness of the Dutch Polder, translating this to sound and resulting in what can best be described as a refreshing crossover between Post and Progressive Rock.
Their songs are constructed from various elements: strong melodies, organic grooves, atmospheric soundscapes and biting voluminous eruptions. An intricate process, similar to the way a Japanese master swordsmith forges a "Saijo Owazamono", layer by layer ... Semistereo is at times whimsical and unpredictable, but always "in your face". In their lyrics, themes like social alienation and the horrors of technological progress are not shunned. The collective has been tried and tested on stages and festivals at home and abroad, such as Prog Power Europe, Mixtream, the Boerderij Zoetermeer and Paradiso Amsterdam. In the media the band is compared with, among others, Oceansize, Karnivool, Deftones and A Perfect Circle.
released April 4, 2019
Paul Glandorf (vocals),
Martijn Weyburg (guitars, backing vocals, programming),
Frank Weijers (guitars),
Marcel van de Graaf (drums, percussion)
Max Mastrangeli (bass, piano).