After four years of absence Dutch rockers Nemesea returned with a new album, The Quiet Resistance. Backed up by Napalm Records as their new label, the band had shifted gears again. Now their proposal is more electronic, aggressive and with some new metal & industrial influences on it. Some of the gothic and metal elements still remain in there but no as they appeared back on their first release Mana (2004) and their following album In Control (2006).
The Quiet Resistance is a more aggressive album at level of sound that anything that Nemesea has done before, the opening track The Quiet Resistance has a more industrial approach that sounds like something pulled out of The Matrix movie. Caught In The Middle, is a very energetic song that shows the power of Manda Ophius, the talented and beautiful singer of Nemesea. Afterlife is a more electronic kind of new metal song with a beautiful story behind the lyrics.
The album also count with guesses like Charlotte Wessels of Delain, who sung a duo with Manda on the track High Enough, Markus Klavan and Matt Litwin of American band Bulletproof Messenger are featured on the track It’s Over. Nemesea also worked with Heli Reissenweber of Rammstein’s cover band Stahlzeit, who did vocals on the song Allein, one of the most powerful tracks on the album. Nemesea with The Quiet Resistance opened a new chapter in the story of the band, that puts them out there as one of the bands with most potential in the rock/metal scene in Europe now.
We had the pleasure to talk with Manda Ophius vocalist of Nemesea about the new album, the band and the future of Nemesea, this is what she told us:
Nemesea is about to release their 3rd studio album The Quiet Resistance, what can you tell us about the album?
Lyrically the album deals with a lot of emotional and post break up feelings that has some similarity with your previous release In control, what inspire you at the time to write the lyrics for Nemesea
Nemesea has changed their musical path from symphonic gothic metal to something more alternative gothic metal, how do you define the changes on Nemesea’s sound?
One of the lyrics from the opening track of the album The Quiet Resistance caught my attention “i spill my eyes on the red dress”. Is that a The Matrix reference?
The album was produced by Joost van den Broek (ex keyboard of After Forever) how was the experience of working with him in studio?
The Quiet Resistance also includes guess vocalists of the likes of: Charlotte Wessels (Delain), Heli Reissenweber (Stahlzeit) & Markus Klavan and Matt Litwin (Bulletproof Messenger), what was the criteria at the time to select the guesses on this album? and how was the experience to working with them?
Let’s talk about your singing, you have conservatory training, what make you go from classic and pop music to metal?
Nemesea recently signed with Napalm Records, how has been the experience of working with such of big label?
Last week you released the video clip for the song Afterlife, what can you tell us about the story behind the video and the track as well?
Are there any plans of touring after the release of The Quiet Resistance?
By any chance are there plans to come to the U.S?
What is next on Nemesea’s career?