Winston : Mix classical music with progressive metal and the musical path of the Dutch band Ex Libris is laid down. Started in 2003 by singer Dianne van Giersbergen and drummer Joost van de Pas, first under a different name (Erinyen). Bassist, guitarists and a keyboard player were added and now the band comes to the release of their debut 'Amygdala'.
Despite the hollow and echo rich production the true quality of their music shines clearly through. The bombastic mix of the band sound gives room to the unique, opera like vocal approach of van Giersbergen and the musical talents of the band members. 'Dawn Of Sugars' as first song is a good introduction to what the band is all about on this album and the highlight is reached with the long song 'The Day Our Paths End'. 'Love Is Thy Sin' and the instrumental 'Death Becomes Us All' are two other songs worth mentioning. Nightwish, Epica and related band have had their influence in a positive way. I strongly recommend a new production is tried for the album simply because the material deserves better. Easier said than done, I know, but as this is a genre that is big business it may not be impossible.