The band ‘Meadows is, so far as I could determine, a splinter group formed from the Dutch Band ’ Silhouette’ by lead guitarist ‘Daniel van der Weijde’ together with band members from ‘Silhouette’, ‘Incidence’ and ex-Coppersky. It is difficult to know whether this creative is the result of the ‘lockdown’ or a product of ‘Daniels’ desire to showcase his undoubted compositional prowess and wonderfully dazzling lead guitar skills. It is fair to say though that the writing of ‘Modern Emotions’ has been in preparation for the last few years suggesting that a solo project has always been an objective of his desires.
The first thing to make perfectly clear is that the band ‘Meadows,’ the subject of this review, is a band from Holland formed by ‘Daniel van der Weijde’. They are not the UK family orientated Celtic crossover band of the same name. But certainly, especially on the first track, the strains of acoustic guitar, Celtic violin and piano that creep in throughout the album, could create some slight confusion between the two bands. However, that is where the similarity ends as the music here tends more towards a bastion of powerful heavy metal riffing guises sandwiched between beautifully engineered and well-considered guitar and violin phrases.
Indeed ‘Modern Emotions’ is, without doubt, a very diverse album shifting ingeniously through the gears, between a variety of different musical styles. Central though, to the overall sound, is a complexity of song-based material with gently delivered vocals by ‘Peter Meijer’ and nicely arranged two and three harmonies. Peter actually wrote and pieced the vocals together. Each of the songs is built up with a variety of different phases and contributory indulgence where the individuality of the separate instruments come to the fore. Some particularly nice violin is spread out through the tracks together with gorgeous piano. Apparently and I quote:- “To get this musical journey to an even higher standard, Daniël invited Ruud Jolie from the Dutch symphonic metal band ‘Within Temptation’, and Richard Henshall from the UK based progressive metal band’Haken’, for two guest performances on the album. However, the question of why these two guest guitar interventions were necessary, is beyond me considering obvious skill of ‘Daniel van der Weijde’ who could easily of handled those solos with as much skill and dextrorotary.
Summary: A nice melodic album with an excellent extravaganza of rapid lead guitar fingerwork.
Daniel van der Weijde :Guitars, synths, drum programming, mixing & mastering
Jurjen Bergsma -Bass guitar
Peter Meijer -Vocals & lyrics The album is about daring to dream and fantasize, nostalgia, accepting each other, but also ab the growing pressure to perform in our modern society and the mental consequences on ourselves.
Erik Laan: additional piano (1,8)
Sophie Zaaijer: Violin (1,4,8)
Ruud Jolie: Guitar solo (6)
Richard Henshall: Guitar solo (8)
1. Dance With The Corpse Bride
2. Modern Emotions
6. Good Times
7. The Void
8. The Brave
Information from the internet
Daniël has previously released two albums and a live DVD with Silhouette (Beyond the Seventh Wave, The World is Flat & Staging the Seventh Wave) and has shared the stage with Marillion and 30 Seconds To Mars.
He first picked up and fell in love with the acoustic guitar at the age of 13 gradually honing and improving his skills. Most of the time now he plays electric guitar but he also plays various acoustic guitars including an Ortega 8 string classical guitar, which for example was used on the Silhouette piece ‘Sakura’.
His main working guitar is his the ‘Music Man John Petrucci Majesty 7’ which he cites as the most brilliant guitar I’ve ever played. When it comes to guitar effects and modelling he uses his ‘ Line 6 Helix LT ‘as mastermind and effects controller/amp modeler live and in studio. Also he has used Blackstar Amps which pack the horse power but still manage to keep a brilliant clean sound.
Daniël has previously released two albums and a live DVD with Silhouette (Beyond the Seventh Wave, The World is Flat and Staging the Seventh Wave) and has shared the stage with Marillion and 30 Seconds To Mars.