The main protagonist behind this grandiose project is composer Tom De Wit (whose initials conveniently equate to some kind of Alto Ego maybe ‘The Dream Weaver?’). Tom not only wrote all of the music but he was also responsible for the recording and production.
The ‘Authentic Affiliation’ is an elaborate conceptual progressive rock opera which embodies within its depths an ingenious mixture of frenetic metal tinged heavy riffing guitar which act as an embellishment to an overall layer of beautifully melodic music. A wonderful balance has been achieved between the musical divisions of progressive rock, which tends sometimes towards the more adult orientated rock and then the much heavier infused interludes of Nordic styled metal.
In true rock opera style it is not surprising that one of the interesting focal points of the whole affair are the multiple vocal deliveries and interactions between the various band members the resultant quality of which is quite outstanding. Paramount in this is ‘Tom De Wit’ whose classy lyrical projection is faultless and beautifully delivered with much panache and style. Particularly enjoyable too are the vocal duets involving violinist ‘Hanna van Gorcum’ and ‘Tom de Wit’. Furthermore there are many sprinklings of background chorus styled backing vocals adding colour and interest to various songs.
There are quite an abundance of musicians that make up the basic band lineup with what seems like two lead gutarists.There are several passages where spasms of exciting duel lead heavy metal riffing erupts to shake the very foundations of your listening post. Oodles of exquisite violin add much texture and atmosphere and together with some fiery bass and powerful drumming create an ever changing array of interesting musical phrases and subtle time changes within each of the lengthy tracks. In addition there are a whole host of guest musicians that bolster the sound even further with selected guitar solos, atmospheric cello and even demonic vocals.
Summary: An interesting, fast moving progressive rock opera styled epic with superb vocals and nicely ordered but not over indulgent splattering of metal edged guitar.
Artwork: Extremely Good Comprehensive Package with Track Lists and Lyrics.
CD1 The Idealist
1: The More We Remember
4: Monolith – The Ascent
CD2 The Cynic
1: Monolith – The Descent
4: Lest We Forget
An Acoustic Night At The Chapel – Bonus DVD
1: Some Things
2: Surface Scratching
4: Happy Day
6: Your Room
Dreamwalkers Inc Members:
Tom de Wit – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Synths
Hanna van Gorcum – Violin, Vocals
Lennert Kemper – Guitar, Vocals
Norbert Veenbrink – Guitar
Joey Klerkx – Guitar, Vocals
Vincent Reuling – Synths, Vocals
Peter den Bakker – Bass
Kenneth Martens – Drums
“Pure expression through multiple art forms; Scoring emotions by the day”
This description sounds vague, but it symbolizes the main attitude that is behind this project and its output. TDW is not just a band that makes music that fits in genre A or B and Dreamwalkers Inc is not just a live band playing rock shows. It’s a total musical and visual experience that strives to communicate emotion no matter what artistic vehicle is chosen to achieve that.
TDW was founded by Tom de Wit when he was 14 years old. As a self-thought, non experienced writer & musician, the chances of him succeeding at actually making something listenable/watchable were highly unlikely… If one thing, the career path of TDW has proven that perseverance and hard work pay off as a growing catalog of multiple well received albums and video productions have shown over the last couple of years.
Developing himself as a singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer in both video and audio, Tom used the TDW project as a way to expand his skills and his library of creations. The lyrics (also written by him) focus on the human psyche and emotions. Big themes as life and death are tackled next to subjects such as politics and sociological issues. All these subjects and themes come from Tom’s mind and heart, making each song an emotionally charged statement in itself. The music of TDW has been an ever-evolving and expanding musical journey. Metallic and aggressive sounds on one side are combined with melodic and sensitive sounds on the other. The clash between these musical worlds creates a sound that sounds pleasantly familiar, yet new and adventurous.
Since 2016 Tom has surrounded himself with a host of band members to perform his music live. This band is entitled Dreamwalkers Inc. Tom wanted to have a big band around him to perform the music in exactly the way he saw it in his mind’s eye. The band reflects the way the music is written and made as this is not just a metal band, but a band that can both play intimate, sensitive acoustic sets as well as full blown metal shows with all canons blazing. So far the band has performed a hand full of gigs, but these include a debut gig at Prog Power as well as an album release show that showed an energetic live band with the intent to create an experience that is both diverse & entertaining, as well as layered & thought provoking.
So perhaps it is due to finally answer the question: What is TDW?
Well, it just IS what it is. And you can come along for the ride if you want to!
"The whole album pleases me. If you like even a bit of prog metal, this will please you, too. From the soaring epic bits to heavy riffing, from the subdued sections to the ripping solos, all covered in that melodic, progressive, symphonic gravy. Being thrown off your feet by the breaks and the sheer power of it all. It is more than a great album, it's a new benchmark for the world of prog metal."
(9/10 - Jerry van Kooten - DPRP.net)
"‘The Antithetic Affiliation’ is his most ambitious work to date and he certainly doesn’t hold anything back. Intelligent songwriting and superb musicianship delivered by a talented cast has made this a musical experience that won’t be forgotten anytime soon."
(Martin Hutchinson - Progradar)