AMADEUS AWAD - Announces Anneke Van Giersbergen As Guest In Upcoming Album2015-07-13
Lebanese guitar maestro AMADEUS AWAD has announced Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING, AGUA DE ANNIQUE, THE GENTLE STORM) as guest vocalist in his upcoming album titled "Death Is Just A Feeling". The album will also feature Dutch vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen (AYREON, GUILT MACHINE, THE GENTLE STORM), as well as Lebanese vocalist Elia Monsef (OSTURA, AMADEUS AWAD'S EON) and German drummer Marco Minnemann (EPHEL DUATH, JOE SATRIANI...).
Regarding Anneke Van Giersbergen's participation in the album, Awad commented the following: "I know you're all waiting for the release date to be announced, but before that I'd like to add the Crème de la Crème of news. I am beyond proud to announce that the beautiful Anneke Van Giersbergen is featured on "Death Is Just A Feeling". It was such amazing experience to work with Anneke, a dream come true."
The album will be released by Melodic Revolution Records throughout this summer. The release date will be announced soon.
The guitarist made the following statement about his upcoming album: "My upcoming album "Death is just a Feeling" is a concept album that is the result of my personal experience with death. Both the tragic loss of loved ones (father, brother and a best friend) and my own attempt of committing suicide, which happened more than once at a certain stage in my life, helped me form a certain opinion about death that I will be sharing with you through music and lyrics in less than a month".
He added that: "A while ago, I was, maybe like the rest of us, passing through a phase of extreme self loathing; I hated everything about myself, felt like I lost everything and the pain was an eternal slow death. That night, I decided to put an end to this eternity of sorrow and pain, I was too drunk to understand where I am and what I am doing, my mind was set on a single goal, the end of everything. I decided to take pills, I wanted a peaceful and painless end to the war and pain.
I took a nasty combination of pills, maybe the nastiest I could come up with, I kept on taking pills until my mouth was sore, I was sure the combination of alcohol, Neurontin and Lithium should be enough to help me win the battle. I slept on my bed, skin getting numb and muscles losing grip, I smiled at the pain and closed my eyes. Long long hours later, I woke up on the same bed. And I started having flashbacks, I saw everything that pushed me to the edge going in fast motion, everything was real and cinematic, my family, my very few friends, the love of my life, the hearts I broke, the smiles I destroyed, the happiness I caused, the pain, the sorrow, every part of me was there, and every part of me was already dead.
I was trying to murder the dead. I was trying to kill an already dead man. It was then that I knew that I don't need to kill my flesh to end my pain, I did not need death because it was already there; what I needed was to recreate myself from the inside, and to unkill me, unkill the selves that dwell inside me, to kill death itself, to kill the feeling and reverse its effects.
I decided to do what I do best, I went into the studio and wrote an album about those very moments, the moments I opened my eyes and realized that I was still there, that I was real and that I should love myself. Because it is all temporary. Suicide is not a selfish act, it is a struggle, it is a war, it is a last gasp and a last attempt to give life a chance. We're still here, and death is just a feeling."
"Death Is Just A Feeling" follows up the artist's solo album from 2013 "Schizanimus". Apart from it, the guitarist released another effort last year with his side project AMADEUS AWAD'S EON titled "The Book Of Gates".