March 17th 2013;
The first recordings for the new TijaD album have started! The concept album will be titled "Cognitive Dissonance". This album will feature lots of quieting acoustic guitar and piano parts but will certainly not be without TijaD's signature outbursts of relentless metal.
July 15th 2012;
A nice review came in from progrock e-zine Sea of Tranquility!
"The plaintive piano and guitars of "As Eurydice Lies Dying" that really provides a glimpse of how interesting TijaD's songwriting could become with more time to develop a more individual style. At the moment, the off kilter key changes and dark, melancholic harmony vocals scream of Akerfeldt and Co, but delve a little deeper and there's a hint of a very English, traditional, progressive hew underneath it all. Something the more modern, Scandinavian extreme prog that we have become used to in recent years, seldom possesses"
March 21th 2012;
Here is review of "Zware metalen"
March 3th 2012;
And the first review is in!
"Zijn muziek is zo doorspekt van melancholie en melodie, dat hij nog zo veel grunts, death metal blasts en black metalatmosfeer in zijn progressieve mix van doom-death met 70s prog kan stoppen, het blijft allemaal uiterst gevoelig, sfeervol en met passie"
Big thanks to Lords of Metal!
January 6th 2012;
After careful consideration Wouter decided to not continue as Libethra's bassist as he needed to focus on a new study. We all wish you best of luck in your future (musical) ventures!
December 30th 2011;
TijaD is proud to announce that Orpheus is now officially released! I would like to thank everybody that helped me out finishing this project! I could not have managed this alone! If you want to have a listen go here.
December 13th 2011;
OK everybody you can stop sending emails; we got ourselves a bass player. We are proud to present Wouter as the latest addition to Libethra!
May 5th 2011;
Bass player wanted (bassist gezocht)
We are currently looking for a bass player to join the new progressive metal band Libethra. We practise in Rotterdam. If you are a capable and creative base player and into our approach to progressive metal please send us a track or link to demonstrate your style. Email; email@example.com
February 16th 2011
Libetha started working on its first album. This album will be better adapted to be performed live when compared to the previous recordings of TijaD. The songs will be more tailored around guitar riffs and will contain less layers of organs, violins and such. We don't want to spoil to much information yet, but the album will be named "Zondvloed". The lyrics will be about the complex relationship The Netherlands has with the North sea that can be both giving and deadly.
November 28th 2010;
TijaD won the "Drechtsteden bezongen" composition contest with a 30 second composition named "BimBamBom". I understand this is not a very trustworthy review because I wrote it myself but I won so I guess they must have liked the tune. The song will be played regularly next coming half year by the carillons of Dordrecht, Sliedrecht and Zwijndrecht. So now you know for whom the bell tolls!
After being a progressive metal enthusiast for years, TijaD started in 2009 with it's first recording project "Voodoo Lily". The aim of this project was to record something like progressive rock but combined with the aggressive outbursts of metal and with the melancholic qualities of classical music. In 2009 and 2010 TijaD was guitarist of the Black Metal band "...of Melancholy Burning". It was during this time that the second recording project of TijaD "Orpheus" was started. This concept album based on the ancient Greek tragic myth of Orpheus is home recorded using a Lexicon omega audio interface and a laptop (and of course with the great help of some befriended musicians) Although the lack of professional gear might be audible, the tracks of Orpheus that have been pre-released received lots of encouraging feedback. (You can get the complete album or separate tracks on www.cdbaby.com.)
The birth of "Libethra"
In the beginning of 2011 the idea came up to start an actual band named Libethra. According to Greek mythology Libethra is the place where Orpheus was buried by the muses. Together with the other band members of Libethra, TijaD will produce fresh material with a stronger focus on live perfomance. Libethra will deliver a progressive mixture of doom, black metal and folk music. Everything will be allowed to create the desired atmospheres. Roel, the virtuoso drummer of the Dutch black metal band "...of Melancholy Burning" was first to join Libethra as a fixed band member. Roels drumming already formed an integral part of the Orpheus recordings. Libethra is now a quartet with the addition of Job on guitar and Sander as main vocalist and bass player. Just wait and see; we are ready to take part of the vibrant buzz that is going round progressive metal! Meanwhile TijaD will not rest and continue with more side projects.