Dutch guitarist/composer and member of Casual Silence Henry Meeuws delivers with ‘A Fate Symphony’ his fourth rock opera. This time he combines a medical cure for epilepsy with the history of The Netherlands. This may seem a strange mix,
but reading the story behind it, it makes sense. It takes ten pieces with a timing between three and ten minutes to tell the whole story. To perform this ambitious work he gathers an impressive cast of singers who each have their own character to play. The
instrumental arrangements are played by Henry backed up by a rhythm section (Igor Koopmans and Frank De Groot) and occasional parts by Iris Gilsing on clarinet. As an independent artist, Meeuws always delivers impressive productions as is again the case with
‘A Fate Symphony’. A good balance between instrumental parts and epic vocal melodies makes this album a joy to listen to. There’s enough variation to keep the attention going and what makes this album extra interesting is the natural
organic sound and playing. It’s not a high-end production, but it sounds good and real. No artificial sounding studio trickery spoils the natural sound of the instruments and voices. High musicality of real people makes listening to this album a charming
experience. The singers are Bart Schwertman (Kayak), Jos Mennen (Zinatra, Mennen) and Jo de Boeck (ex-Beyond The Labyrinth), John Cuijpers, Bas Dolman, Sandra Peeters, Robbie van Stiphout, Noor van de Voort, Ernst Le Cocq ‘d Armandville (Casual Silence)
and The Vocalettes (a quartet of female backing singers) . Henry himself is a very good guitar player who uses his skills in many ways -, with different guitars and sounds (and keyboards). Stylist-wise the music draws on melodic hard rock and progressive metal,
without being extreme or earsplitting. A true and honest piece of work!