VETRAR DRAUGURINN fullfills Crowdfunding Campaign

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Thank you to all my dear friends for supporting the Vetrar Draugurinn crowdfunding campaign. It means so much to me. It means a good and healthy start to my post-Stream of Passion musical carreer… 🙂 It’s humbling… Forever grateful!

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STREAM OF PASSION added to Epic Metal Fest

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I’m happy to announce that Stream of Passion has been added to the line-up of this year’s Epic Metal Fest in Tilburg, the Netherlands. We will share the stage with our friends in Textures, Mayan, Epica, and Katatonia.

At the moment this show looks like the only extra show that will be added to our last ever run as Stream of Passion. I’m happy it could be at this festival, with these bands.

New Photo Galleries Added

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Hello all,
I just added several Stream of Passion galleries to this page. Some nice memories from tours and shows throughout the years. 🙂
Enjoy!!

Eric

End of an Era: Stream of Passion to disband at the end of 2016

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Here’s the official statement:

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

Dear friends and fans,

Over the past eleven years we’ve had the time of our lives playing in stages all over the world and sharing moments of joy on stage. But all good things come to an end, and we feel it’s time to move on and search for new musical challenges. We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved, with your help, and we want to end the band history on a high note instead of losing focus, interest and drive.

Before parting ways as a band we will perform a few goodbye shows; we also want to record a DVD to serve as a memento of the good times we’ve had. Dates are as follows:

– Aug 26, 2016: Zebra Festival, Gemert (NL)

– Sep 2, 2016: P60, Amstelveen (NL) (DVD recording)

– Sep 7, 2016: ProgPower USA XVII, Atlanta GA (USA)

– Oct 13, 2016: Underworld, London (UK)

– Oct 14, 2016: Bierkeller, Bristol (UK)

– Oct 15, 2016: Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)

– Oct 16, 2016: Robin 2, Bilston (UK)

We’re also looking into adding an extra, final show towards the end of the year; more details to follow.

Once again, we’d like to express our eternal gratitude for the support you’ve given us all these years. All of us will continue to make music, one way or the other; so we still hope to see you soon on a stage near you.

Thank you for being part of the wonderful adventure that has been Stream of Passion!

Marcela, Johan, Eric, Steve, Jeffrey, Martijn

Vetrar Draugurinn: Words from the Leader of the Pack

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VETRAR DRAUGURINN…

What is Vetrar Draugurinn? What does it mean? Why a new band? What can we expect?
Vetrar Draugurinn is in some way my solo project. After The Saturnine died a slow death a little while back I really needed a new vehicle for my song writing needs. I’ve been writing songs in Manifest, Daeonia, Trisomy, DiTCH and The Saturnine, and I desperately need a way to vent those urges; express certain thoughts and emotions. The thought of releasing my new music under my own name was (at first) not an option, so I searched for a monicker that reflected the images behind the sounds. I was drawn to snowy landscapes, melancholic memories, desolate and abandoned locations, otherworldly… loneliness in nature or urban situations. I came across the term The Winter Ghosts. But history always told me that there’s always someone else that comes up with the same idea, so I started looking for a translation in a different language; just to be sure that I was the only one. Icelandic seemed a logical choice. Internet told me at first that The Winter Ghosts in Icelandic should be Veturinn Drauga. That looked awesome, and I was happy with my choice. I slowly started mentioning the name on Facebook, until an old friend of mine said it wasn’t correct. He’s living in Iceland and married an Icelandic woman, so he helped me out with the right version of The Winter Ghosts. Vetrar Draugurinn.
So, with songs and a name it was time tot hink about what to do with the eventual recordings of the songs, and most important who… Who did I want to contact to translate my first self-written music since 2007? Throughout the years I ran into many great musicians, and I knew that if I was going to ask, some of them would be delighted to help me out. But I wanted something else…
Vetrar Draugurinn could be a band. No hired help, just friends. People I knew were up fort he task and of which I knew they are friendly, happy individuals that would get my philosophy behind making music in general. I found the best musicians among the closest of friends… And now it’s 2016. Things changed and we rubbed the sleep from our eyes to kick start Vetrar Draugurinn into gear. We needed a goal, a deadline. And we created one. Before the end of 2016 we need to have finished the album. There are close to 12 mostly finished songs, and we’re working hard to hammer out the dents and bes ure the songs are the best and the most sincere we can make them. The band is planning. Shows in 2017, looking fort he right company to release the album, the right friends to ask for help. Month 4 of 2016 is about to start and the buzz is starting to grow.
VetrarDraugurinn is a melting pot of influences from the likes of Ghost Brigade, Katatonia, A Perfect Circle, Alice in Chains, Paradise Lost, Draconian, and more. Together with the legacy of The Saturnine i twill be different. Different from the individual members’ current projects/bands. Something else… It’s too early to send some full songs out into our brave new world, but soon we will.

Happy birthday, AIDYN!

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Today my little baby daughter turns 10 years old. She is, was and will always be the most important person in my life. I hope you’re having an awesome day!!

VETRAR DRAUGURINN official website launched!

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The next step has been taken! My new band VetrarDraugurinn is making a lot of progress this year. After rehearsals, and completing the line-up, plus editing and finalizing the songs for our debut album, we can now say that the primal version of our official website is online!
In the upcoming weeks we shall update and expand our digital footprint.

Keep an eye out and bookmark the site.

STREAM OF PASSION UK mini tour announced

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I’m rather pleased to announce that Stream of Passion will return to the U.K. this October for 4 headlining shows!!
Together with our friends of Awake by Design we will be hitting the stage on the following dates:

October 13., 2016 – The Camden Underworld, London (UK)
October 14., 2016 – Bierkeller, Bristol (UK)
October 15., 2016 – The Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)
October 16., 2016 – Robin 2, Bilston/Wolverhampton (UK)

Hope to see you all there!

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DiTCH @ Musicon for Road to Parkpop pre-rounds

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Yesterday we got the call that DiTCH has been selected out of 70 applications to play on March 13 at the 2nd pre-round for the Road to Parkpop competition, to win a spot at the Parkpop festival. We’ll be competing with Icarius, Dead Cat Stimpy, and Dr. Justice and the Smooth Operators in front of a jury. So come on down to the Musicon in Den Haag to support us and get us on the bill. Cheers!

DiTCH @ Boerderij Café in Zoetermeer

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On March 11 we will hit the stage once again, but this time as support to our friends Mudguard. So come on down to Zoetermeer and RAWK! 😉