Keswick


Keswick

Keswick - Keswick ©1997 Self-Released
1. 9x1
3. Liquor Dreams
4. Cage Of Description
5. Flower In The Desert
6. Visions

So-so demo recording that finds this Dutch band in a sort of musical limbo. While the mid-tempo metal has a progressive flair to it, singer Eric Bervoets' voice tends to fly all over the place and is too far forward in the production. While his baritone voice is strong, he attempts to use it too much and thus his misplaced "whoa-oh's" only hinder the music. However, from what I understand, he left the band to pursue other things so the core of Keswick can concentrate on their musical chops and hopefully find a vocalist more suited for their material.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1997

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Uncovered

Keswick - Uncovered ©1998 Self-Released
1. Downside Of Society
2. Empty Words
3. Bonefinger's Last Bow

Holland's Keswick is what you could call a band perpetually in search of a voice. After their tepid 1997 demo, Keswick replaced former singer Eric Bervoets with a young lady by the name of Petra Struijs and she lasted in the line-up long enough to help record this much improved demo. Progressive at times (particularly in the mid-section of "Downside of Society") and simply rocking out at others (the excellent "Bonefinger's Last Bow", which represents a direction the band should seriously consider), this demo is head and shoulders above its predessor. Petra's singing is similar to a husky Anneke van Giersbergen of Holland's slightly more famous The Gathering. Throughout this short CD her singing glides smoothly along with with whatever mood the band is producing. It's a shame she recently decided to leave Keswick behind as the band finally seemed to be onto something. Hopefully the remaining core of the band will use this as a blueprint to chart their course ahead.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/1998

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