AFTER FOREVER guitarist Sander Gommans has issued the following update on his HDK project:
"The past two days, Joost [van den Broek, AFTER FOREVER keyboardist] and I made HDK ready to be mixed. I expect a definite mix around December, and after that I will negotiate with the labels. I must say the project turned out to be something unique (combination thrash/ death/ prog/ female-fronted/ heavy metal, rock, rap), something that has never been done by any other artist, at least not that I know. But maybe that has a reason. Just hope you'll enjoy it!
"Exciting times. Sorry it took a while, but then again, AFTER FOREVER's my main band and it deserves my full attention."
Gommans previously stated about his HDK project: "HDK is much more agressive and guitar-oriented than AFTER FOREVER, but in combination with the varied vocals we now have, I think we've created a unique style that might be very difficult to market, but shows a combination of all kind of metal styles. We've combined rap (yes, aggressive rap, I think it really works out awesome in combination with grunts and clean vocals), grunts/screams, whispers etc, male melodic voices and Amanda's [Somerville; the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who is better known for her collaborations with various European metal bands, including EPICA, AFTER FOREVER and EDGUY — Ed.] vocals without making it too intense.
"I think people who love AFTER FOREVER might still find the project interesting, because obviously I've still put some of the AFTER FOREVER elements in it (I've written music for AFTER FOREVER since 1995 so it's impossible not to do so). Amanda's vocals are also perfect for this kind of music, especially while she's able to sing great melodies combined with lots of emotion. She can do practically every style, she can record and edit stuff and has great ideas for melodies and lyrics. What more could I wish for?"
HDK features contributions from the following musicians:
Amanda Somerville: Vocals
André Matos (ex-ANGRA, SHAAMAN, VIRGO): Vocals
Ariën van Weesenbeek (GOD DETHRONED): Drums
Joost van den Broek (SUN CAGED, AFTER FOREVER): Keyboards
Jos Severens (SUSTAIN): Vocals
Patrick Savelkoul (CALLENISH CIRCLE): Vocals
Paul Niessen (I WITNESS): Vocals
Peter Vink: Bass
Sander Gommans: Guitar, Vocals