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Floor Jansen (born 21 February 1981) is a Dutch singer, who was the lead singer of the symphonic metal band After Forever which disbanded in 2009, and is the current singer for ReVamp.
Jansen was sixteen when she joined Apocalypse (the name of the band After Forever in its early days) in 1997. Three years later the band released its first album, Prison Of Desire. Floor's ability to sing both classical and rock music have made her reasonably popular in the metal scene. She took sole charge of After Forever's lyrics and vocal melodies since the departure of Mark Jansen (no relation) in 2002. Prior to this, up until the Decipher album, the two would write together.
Floor started studying music at the Dutch Rock Academy in 1999 and entered the conservatory three years later. She studied Musical Theatre and one year of Opera. Later on, she started teaching performing in her own course called Wanna be a Star?!.
Floor plays the guitar, piano and flute and has completed several years of music studies, and has a dramatic soprano vocal range.
Three albums by the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen include guest vocals from Floor. She sang one song on Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, made a number of contributions to the Star One project and plays the character O in the Ayreon album 01011001. She is the older sister of fellow singer and Ayreon guest vocalist Irene Jansen, who played "Passion" on The Human Equation. She has also been a guest for the metal band Nightmare.
Because of the burn-out that After Forever bandmate Sander Gommans underwent, the band took a year off starting in January 2008 but ultimately decided to call it quits in February 2009. Floor posted on her website that while After Forever was on hold (and since then disbanded), she would use this opportunity to start writing music with Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan's Mind, Jřrn Lande) for a new musical project. On 16 June 2009, Floor announced through her Myspace site that she had started a new metal band, which has put her project with Jorn Viggo from Pagan's Mind (called Sinh) on hold. On 17 October 2009, Floor Jansen announced via Myspace that the name of her new band was ReVamp. ReVamp contains former After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek, bassplayer Jaap Melman formerly of Dreadlock Pussy, and guitarist Waldemar Sorychta of Grip Inc., Voodoocult, and Eyes of Eden fame as songwriters and producers. In August 2011 Van Canto announced on Facebook that ReVamp would no longer participate in their "Out of the Dark" Tour, as Floor Jansen suffered a burnout herself.
Floor joined the Latin American MaYan tour performing in Săo Paulo. Just after the tour Floor post a blog announcing that ReVamp will be making a second album and has performed with Epica in January 2012.
After Forever was a Dutch symphonic metal band with strong progressive metal influences. The band relied on the use of both soprano vocals and death grunts. In February 2009, it was announced that After Forever had disbanded.
After Forever was originally assembled in 1995 under the name Apocalypse, playing death metal, with harsh male vocals. With the joining of vocalist Floor Jansen in 1997, their style and sound shifted towards symphonic metal, in order to give emphasis to her soprano voice, in contrast with the grunts and screams provided by Gommans and Mark Jansen. Their line-up at this point comprised Floor Jansen, Mark Jansen, Sander Gommans, Luuk van Gerven, Jack Driessen and Joep Beckers.
In 1999 the band began composing their own songs and recorded two demos entitled Ephemeral and Wings Of Illusion, which drew the attention of the Dutch Transmission Records label, with whom the band signed a contract.
Their debut album Prison Of Desire was recorded in 2000, featuring the guest appearance of Sharon Den Adel of the Dutch band Within Temptation on the song "Beyond Me". The album obtained very good reviews in Europe. By the end of the year, drummer André Borgman and keyboardist Lando van Gils joined the band, replacing Joep Beckers and Jack Driessen. During the year 2000, Floor Jansen was invited to guest sing in Ayreon's Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer album. Ayreon is the most successful of the many projects by Dutch guitarist Arjen Anthony Lucassen and this album is only the first of many other collaborations with Floor Jansen.
In 2001, the band released the album Decipher, that featured for the first time live classical instruments and a live choir. The complex arrangements of the new compositions pushed After Forever's music even more towards the symphonic metal genre.
In 2002 Mark Jansen, one of the main composers of the band, was fired from After Forever and subsequently assembled the band Epica, where he continued to pursue the contamination of symphonic metal with death metal elements, already present in the first two albums by After Forever. He was replaced by Bas Maas, who had been a roadie for the band for years. In 2003, the new line-up of After Forever released the EP and DVD Exordium.
In 2004, the concept album Invisible Circles was released. The album, that deals with childhood traumas and abuse, introduced progressive metal elements to the music of After Forever and the use of a clean male voice. The album reached 24th place in the Dutch Top 100 musical chart. In the same year, Lando van Gils also left the band and was replaced by Joost van den Broek, a keyboard player that Floor Jansen had met during her tour with Star One .
In early September 2005, the band released their fourth album Remagine. The album was produced using pre-recorded drum tracks by André Borgman, who had to take a long leave of absence to cure his illness. The songs of the album are simpler and more straightforward than in the previous albums, preserving anyway the usual dual voice dynamic in the sound of the band. On March 3, 2006, the band left the Transmission Records label, due to the scarce promotion that the label was providing to their albums. Following this departure, Transmission Records released the Mea Culpa compilation, with plenty of rarities and b-sides. By October of the same year, After Forever had signed to Nuclear Blast Records.
In the end of 2006 the band recorded their final and only album on the Nuclear Blast label, self titled After Forever. It features guest appearances from Annihilator guitarist Jeff Waters and Doro Pesch. Videos of the recording sessions were available for download on the band's website. The album was released on April 23, 2007.
In January 2008, After Forever announced on their website that the band would be taking a break of at least a year, mainly to assess the health problems of vocalist and guitarist Sander Gommans, who had been absent during most of the tour supporting the album After Forever. In an interview with Ragnarök radio, Floor said the band would get together early 2009 to discuss After Forever's future.
On February 5, 2009, After Forever announced that they decided to call it quits. The long break, during 2008 and 2009, had made them realize that they did not feel the passion towards the band any longer.
After the split up of the band, Sander Gommans published in 2009 the album System Overload with his solo project HDK and continues working as a high school art teacher. Floor Jansen started a new band called ReVamp and signed in 2010 a contract with Nuclear Blast for their first eponymous album. Joost van den Broek collaborated with both Gommans and Jansen on their new musical projects, meanwhile producing the Christmas Metal Symphony shows in 2008 and 2009 and Stream of Passion's second album The Flame Within. Guitarist Bas Maas joined the live band supporting German hard rock singer Doro Pesch in 2008.
October 11, 2011
By morris "the cat" - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
after forever was an excellent band that did'nt get the recognition it should have in the usa. the vocals are beautiful, powerfull and an example of one of the finest female singers out there. i recomend this band and all it's cd's to any symphonic metal fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Grunts!, February 23, 2009
By Focused Frenzy "Focused Frenzy" (Salt Lake City, Utah USA) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
Great CD, Love the grunts especially on "Follow in the Cry", which is a fantastic song. Floor's vocals are great too. Seems like not a lot of folks like the grunts, but I consider them an essential part of the overall "sound". Check out "Decipher" from the same band, which is great also. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice CD until the cookie monster interrupts..., June 12, 2006
By fionamae (MKE, WI) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
I just recently started listening to After Forever and I just can't understand this cookie monster crap in the songs! Floor Jansen has a beautiful voice, the music is pretty darn good...then the cookie monster destroys the mood! I know some people like growling; but I think it undermines the music, especially Floor's vocals. The last song on the cd 'Beyond Me' has Sharon den Adel as a guest singer. Both women sing beautifully, the song is wonderful, then HE shows up! You could edit 2 mintues out of the song to get rid of the growling and the song would be almost perfect. I would really like to see the band drop the growling and let Floor's voice soar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, May 27, 2006
By Clay-D "Clayton" (Suriname) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
I'm a huge fan of After Forever. They are a very great band. This album is a great album for a debut album of a band! Great. It captivates you from the second you put the cd in your player.
I like the intro and all of the songs. The artwork of the album is also very good.
I love the latin in the album, mixed with gothic/metal sounds, and Floor's amazing and powerful voice, mixed with the grunts!
This is just a masterpiece!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The dice are rolling now..., October 16, 2005
By D.W. Williams "Dave" (Pittsburgh) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
Here we have the first album of popular Dutch symphonic metal act After Forever. Combining the epic sound of Therion with the dark atmosphere of such bands as Opeth, and adding a little prog to the mix, AF really have left their imprint on the modern metal genre. On Prison of Desire, you'll find 11 songs of pure emotion - be it love, sorrow, animosity or fear - supplemented with blaring guitars, double-bass percussion and some quite beautiful choral and synth arrangements. Lead soprano Floor Jansen is without a doubt one of the best ladies in the music biz, and some of her most difficult vocal lines can be found on such tracks as the driving "Semblance of Confusion", the Sabbath-esque "Black Tomb", and especially the rage-filled "Inimical Chimera", which offers one of AF's strangest yet most unforgettable choruses. On "Leaden Legacy", we are comfortably introduced to this mystical enigma of sound the band crafts - offering a stunning chorus and some very beautiful guitar passages, compiled with the theme of how our human nature is to easily conform and that we should not let our potential be overwhelmed by becoming a sycophant. With the catchy "Follow in the Cry", Mark Jansen directs his anger towards religious fundamentalists who seek nothing but power and fortune. And as a nice bonus, Within Temptation frontwoman Sharon den Adel makes a brief appearance on "Beyond Me", a remarkable ballad dealing with the concept of, if I can interpret it correctly, being in the presence of some sort of phantom.
While this doesn't quite compare to the masterpiece they would later create - 2001's Decipher - the intensity and tight musicianship (and I can't emphasize just how much this band perfects these two factors) really pull together to form one of the best symphonic metal records of the new millennium. I suggest all fans of this style of music buy it - you'd only be mistreating yourselves if you didn't.
Highlights: "Leaden Legacy", "Black Tomb", "Follow in the Cry", "Inimical Chimera", "Beyond Me"
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is really something special., August 14, 2005
By Carp "carp" - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
This is one of my favorite albums, and not just in this genre. I have the rest of After Forever's albums, Epica's first, The Gathering's Mandylion, Nightwish's Oceanborn, among others but they are not in the same league as this is.
I'm not very good at explaining what I like about a song or an album, so I won't break it down song by song, but I will say that the melodies are so beautifully written that it's hard to imagine that this is the bands first release.
If I had to pick my top 10 favorite albums of all time, this one would be on it. To give you an idea of my tastes, others would include Metallica's 2nd - 4th albums, Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime, Dream Theater's Scenes From a Memory, Iced Earth's Burnt Offerings, Death's The Sound of Perserverance, Opeth's Deliverance.
Hell, I've even heard my wife humming melodies to herself from this album and she is not into this kind of music.
This album was the first I ever bought from this genre of music, and it has been a bit of a letdown because nothing else has measured up to it yet.
I know this review is a bit disjointed, but I assume you get the idea that I like this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After Forever & Prison of Desire, May 15, 2005
By Luis Aurelio Torres Salazar (Lima, Peru) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Prison of Desire (Audio CD)
11 titles, 11 songs, one feeling: ACE! AWSOME! KWEL! COOL!
This is my opinion of this album, hope it helps you to buy this After Forever album:
1. Mea Culpa (*5*)
Gothic introduction. You can play it as long as you want and you will hear just voices in your head, a dark sound around your mind, and a quiet but softly voice of Floor Jansen.
2. Leaden Legacy (*4*)
Where is the cookie monster? Why's he singing with Floor? Leaden Legacy mixed both voices that confussed you. Some hard moments will take you into an incredible sound of guitar and keyboard. Last minutes are incredibles. It really sounds hard.
3. Semblance of Confusion (*4*)
Guitar with high strings, voices over the normal options, its a Semblance of Confusion. I like this song because you can hear more than 2 bridges to keep you from one sound to another. Well, is not the best of this album, but I really enjoy it.
4. Black Tomb (*5*)
Creeping keyboard. Male voice is freaking me out here. You can compare the guitar as a march to nowhere, maybe to a tomb which is everywhere. Drums are great here. It marks a pause in all the song.
5. Follow in the Cry (*5*)
Egiptian introduction. I don't now why, but this is the song, as the voice of Floor do the same. Double-pedal-drum run at the begining, then it turns gothic. Any influence here? Not really. This is a real original version of After Forever. Hear the last 40 secs of the song. Listen carefuly to Floor voice.
6. Silence from Afar (*3.5*)
Not the best song of this album. Maybe lyric is kewl, but, personally, not the best at all. You can judge me if I am wrong, but I keep 3.5 points here.
7. Inimical Chimera (*5*)
The hard one of this album. Inicimal Chimera is a good song. The begining is really hard. A desperate voice like an insane help in the darknest. Yes, we got a cookie freaky monster voice again. Drums marks all the song here. Guitar song as a bridge in the last minute is amazing.
8. Totuous Threnody (*5*)
Devil and angel. Beauty and the beast. Who knows what can happen with this song after you hear it complete. It keeps me to a real mysterious way. Voices are great here. Slow introduction, but it keeps better as song goes on. Floor has a strong feeling which guides the last minutes. Really, a good one of this album.
9. Yield to Temptation (*4*)
Gothic voices as an introduction. A cookie monster with violins as keyboard plays. Then a guitar which marks the drums sound. Not a good one, except the last minutes because its really hard to play. We tried with my cousin and we couldn't. Try for yourself.
10. Ephemeral (*4*)
A ballad? A soft song? I like this song because is not hard but not soft. You must have to hear the lyric. As part of the first album, it really rocks.
11. Beyond Me (*4*)
Hard one. My friends like this song, but I... not really. I like it because is strong, hard, pure metal, but even don't complete me at all. Voices are good, same as instruments. Is just "in my opinion", do not judge me about it.
Well, I really hope it helps you. After Forever is, like Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and, NIGHTWISH, one of the metal bands with female voices that really rocks.