A bright new star is rising fast in the celestial spheres of progressive music: EXIVIOUS. Featuring current and former members of CYNIC, DODECAHEDRON, PESTILENCE and others, EXIVIOUS' music is as avant-garde and nuanced as its members' backgrounds suggest. ‘Liminal’ excels in delivering lush and beautiful songs, flowing gracefully from complex arrangements to poignant moments of restraint. Yet how does an instrumental band speak to their listeners? “Through melancholic melodies and energetic rhythms, dense harmonies, starbursts of noise and breathless interludes”, the band tell in their own words. “Organic music that speaks of duality and plurality, of fleeting ideas and ephemeral moments, unexpected climaxes and explosive epiphanies – emotions from life captured in sound. That, in a nutshell, is EXIVIOUS”. The quartet was founded by Tymon Kruidenier with a clear vision to amalgamate jazz fusion and metal in previously unexplored ways. In a first phase, a number of demos experimented with different approaches: ‘Demo 1999’, ‘Demo 2001’ and ‘Exivious’ (2002). The next phase witnessed the band gaining a stable line-up, which came to fruition in 2005 and still included Stef Broks on drums. EXIVIOUS' self-titled and critically acclaimed debut was released in 2009. Yet instead of following up on their success, Tymon and Robin joined CYNIC in 2010, putting their own band onto a hiatus. After leaving the US Prog legends, EXIVIOUS was born again with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. As Stef had meanwhile fully committed to TEXTURES, he was replaced by Yuma van Eekelen. In 2011 the Dutch started to perform live, playing festivals and joined OBSCURA and others on tour. At the end of 2012, EXIVIOUS kicked off a crowd-funding campaign for their upcoming album ‘Liminal’ and reached their goal within a week. ‘Liminal’ captures emotions, while conveying feelings and experiences in a way that instrumental music rarely explores. It's experimental, original and most importantly, immersive, drawing the listener into a world of sound that is at once challenging and intriguing. Dive in deep and chill out!
|Yuma van Eekelen||Drums|