Progressive rockband Mangrove and drummer Joost Hagemeijer have ended their collaboration. There is a common conclusion that a productive co-operation is not desired anymore. Manager Henri Heijink: “It was a far reaching decision for us all, but in the end an inevitable one. The band is striving for further growth and we are convinced that no musical challenge in whatever form it could appear may be ruled out. The foundation for that is an absolute commitment of the complete band.”
The remaining bandmembers Roland van der Horst (guitars, vocals), Pieter Drost (bass) and Chris Jonker (keyboards) are pleased to announce that all scheduled gigs will take place as planned.
During the upcoming series of gigs in May drummer Remco Engels will take place behind the drumkit. Remco has many years of experience in different bands and is most of all known for his drumming in ‘Genesis Project’ and the symphonic/progressive coverband ‘Knight of the Progs’.
Roland van der Horst (guitars, vocals) and Joost Hagemeijer (drums, vocals) start in 1995 with the project
‘Brainstorm’ and release ‘Cold World’ in 1998. To be able to do live-performances, a band is formed and
the result Massive Hollowness is the first Mangrove release in 2001.
After a line-up change Pieter Drost (bass) and Chris Jonker (keyboards) complete the current line-up. New songs are written which results in the successful release Touch Wood in 2004.
The international press is very positive about the 2005 conceptalbum Facing The Sunset. An album with exclusively long tracks including the magnificent epic ‘Hidden Dreams’. The album even wins an award.
Coming Back to Live ('06) is an absolute fine Prog album. Really good live recording of those craftsmen from the
Netherlands. A mix of old 70-ies Prog a la Genesis and some new influences. Sometimes you can hear a Tony
Banks keyboard, listen to "Fatal Sign", what is a superb song with great dynamics, tempo changes and poundering bass loops. Roland vd Horst has a good voice and is credited for a few awesome guitar solo's ("City of Darkness" & "Facing the Sunset").
One of the best new 70-ies melodic Prog album i heard in years.
If you're able catch them life! A new Star on the Prog scene.
They have uploaded a new track to their
MySpace page which features excerpts of the 20 minute epic Hidden Dreams which is featured on
the double live album Coming Back to Live
and the concept album Facing the Sunset
They did support The Reasoning on their Dutch tour on 2 dates:
News May '09
Mangrove has release the new album Beyond Reality on June 27th 2009 in collaboration with Rockstage Gigant!
The title 'Beyond Reality' seems to fit the great expectations of the band very well. Beside the epic tracks like ‘Daydreamer’s
Nightmare’ and the vivacious ‘Voyager’, there is the title track 'Beyond Reality' which inherits everything of a classic rock song
suitable for a wide music loving audience.
The album has a fabulous sound and belongs to the Top of the Dutch prog scene. Okay it's old fashioned Prog, but with a great style and new licks.
So the album has a Genesis feel, but also influences or likeness with the old Pink Floyd (Echoes stylish), Steve Hackett and even my mind went to Deep Purple.
The main body of the sound are the excelent keyboard layers and the great guitar work.
With this new album, Mangrove intends to make a clear statement: pushing the limits in an amazing way and they succeeded, they succeeded very well.
Go download it and i'm convinced you will buy it afterwards.
Review Beyond Reality
Mangrove is an old stylish Dutch Neo-Prog Band. Their last studio album was recorded 4 years ago. Has it been worth the wait? Absolutely! With Beyond Reality Mangrove rise above the skies of the Dutch proggy flatlands. The overall sound is excellent, the tunes adventurous, full of dynamic changes, well crafted and above all melodic. So let's have a look at the songs:
Songs / Tracks Listing
2. Time Will Tell (18:30)
3. Love and Beyond (4:16)
4. Reality Fades (6:56)
5. Beyond Reality (9:02)
6. Voyager (14:39)
Line-up / Musicians
- Roland van der Horst / guitars, vocals
- Joost Hagemeijer / drums, vocals
- Pieter Drost / bass
- Chris Jonker / keyboards
Just a review, there are more on their site:
Mangrove at the Spirit of 66 / Verviers.
03 October 2009.
Mangrove was the opening act of the Prog Rest. Convention.
The last time i saw them was 2 years ago, they supported The Reasoning twice here in the Netherlands, and i was impressed twice.
Verviers is a mad mad city, one of the poorest of Belgium, not very cheerful, it's 40 minutes driving from my house (60 miles), it took me another 30 minutes to find a parking place....
Anyway i entered the cozy venue and a perky keyboard from Chris filled the space above the heads of the 220 people, Mangrove just opened.
They were full of energy, eager to play and it sounded very well. Francis (the venue owner and behind the desk), managed to get a clear full sound in the first song.
Heavy keyboards and soaring guitar solo's. The vocals were nice and pleasant.
The sound is a bit similar to the old Genesis sound, but with an own Mangrovian appraoch.
The crowd loved those boys and the applause was loud, very loud with a lot of jelling. Mangrove made a clear statement; we want to be the headliner next year! And yes they already deserved it. Anyway their set was ended in a wink of an eye... what a shame... so yes i was impressed again, the band was more tight, and better as before.
This is band to keep an eye on, think they should be able to reach a bigger audience and bigger stages.
So after seeing Moongarden (nice but not so...) i went home, had to work the next day and seeing Mangrove was more then enough... dind't want to see the rest of
the festival anymore, so i missed Damian Wilson, sorry....
The Dutch Prog-Rockers Mangrove are very active with special gigs, gimmicks and last Saturday with a pretentious dvd
recording at De Boerderij / Zoetermeer.
Together with Knight Area, PB2 and... they are the "new" toppers of the Dutch Prog scene. And they proved that they are in the
same league as Pendragon and IQ.
Flaweless play with a cheerful attitude, interacting, well crafted... and i'm not a drummer boy but Remco is a highlight in the drumscene.
Typical for Mangrove are the long epics. The lighthearted keyboard play of Chris, he has the ability to play keyboard with a big grin and his way of hitting the keys makes the audience smile.
Roland is a busy guy on stage, laying down fantastic solo's, making jokes, driving around (?) and above all those solo's...
The forth member is the solid Pieter, grooving arround, enjoying...
Mangrove has the link with the early Genesis, specially the ability to sound like Tony Banks with perky keyboards. Filled with sometimes a Roland Hackett solo powered by the emotion of a driven well crafted band.
Good sound excellent light plan and some funny gadgets that worked out well.
There was a good crowd, that got into the show with cheering and a lot of applause.
Resume; finally a Dutch band that has guts and proves that Dutch Prog is a live and kicking!
Next year they have a 10th birthday party, i hope in the lovely South as well ;-)
Photos of Bert Treep
May 2010 Theater Gigant Apeldoorn.
Pictures by Peter Vroon.
New Live pics from Mangrove & Knight
Area @ Poppodium de nieuwe Nor / Heerlen.
Go out and see them! One, maybe the best Prog band of the Netherlands:
Nowadays Roland sings in Genesis Project with Remco on the Tomtom.