Treading on the edge of rock and metal, KOWAI has an aptitude for melody, atmosphere and intensity, alongside elements of symphony, melancholy and doom. Their sound palette – the result of their various backgrounds – is as rich as it is dynamic. Hailing from the Netherlands, this six-piece band is ready to take on the world with the release of their first full-length album DISSONANCE: a nine-song magnum opus filled with haunting and fierce songs.
Although this is their first full release, KOWAI already has an impressive track record. Among over 60 gigs, festivals and radio performances, they have opened for international metal acts (e.g., TRAIL OF TEARS and STREAM OF PASSION), made their way into the finals of national music competitions (performing their hit Pride for Dutch national Radio 538), and performed abroad.
KOWAI is currently working hard to promote the release of DISSONANCE, which is produced by internationally renowned musicians JOOST VAN DEN BROEK (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and JEFFREY REVET (STREAM OF PASSION). Furthermore, alongside their full-blown electric fury, KOWAI is exploring a more quiet side with unplugged performances.
KOWAI is fronted by Laura van Nes (vocals), and completed by Arjen Bosma (guitar), Bastijn Vermeulen (bass), Joost Lobbes (drums), Lars Deelman (guitar) and Ruben Marrenga (keyboard).
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"Kowai heeft nu al de grootsheid van collegabands als Within Temptation, Epica, Delain en Stream of Passion..."
"Ik was na twee luisterbeurten namelijk al helemaal overdonderd."
"...they make a big impression with this album! Talented musicians and a fantastic singer..."
"...a very strong and excellent sounding album. Highly recommended!"
"Kowai do what they do extremely well, and that speaks volume for a band with only one album under their belt."
"I invite you to lose yourself in Kowai's Dissonance. You won't be disappointed!"
"...this is something you should totally check out. I know I am looking forward to the next release..."
"...they have an identity that excites me. The whole album song-writing is much more solid than I would expect from a début. Insert claps here."
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KOWAI #6: BASTIJN
We're both happy and proud to announce that we found our sixth band member and bass player extraordinaire: Bastijn! After a short but intense search we found our musical match in this young man from Utrecht. We can't wait to hit the stage with him!
We'll post more info about him shortly, so be sure to keep checking out our page. And of course the best way to get to know Bastijn is to come to one of our gigs!