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More about Songs Of The Exile

Country of origin: Netherlands
Founded: 1993
Status: Active
Official homepage: Songs Of The Exile

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Band History - Songs Of The Exile (Online Feb. 2004)

S.O.T.E.


We are S.O.T.E. which is an abbreviation of SONGS OF THE EXILE, a power trio founded in 1993.

Our current line-up is:
Gerton Leijdekker - guitar, baritone guitar, guitarsynth. and vocals
Peter H. Boer - 6-string fretted- and fretless bass, 8-string bass, foot controlled synth and backing vocals
Emile Boellaard - Drums, percussion, pad controlled synth and backing vocals

Our music is best described as Progressive/Symphonic Rock. Influences however are more diverse:
RUSH (who else?), DREAM THEATER, YES, ZAPPA, HOLDSWORTH, WAGNER, BOZZIO, MAHLER, VAI, MONK, etc. While composing few rules are taken into account, only that it has to be (somehow) playable for a trio, the result is a mix of loud & soft, tight & open, wide & small. The use of 'extended range' instruments and added guitar, pedal and pad synths broadens the musical spectrum to far outside a normal power trio.

Peter's lyrics give a cynical view of the world and therefore fit the music and emotion laden vocals of Gerton.

In 2000, we independently released our album "Time Re-Arranged" which received very favourable reviews and led to the new album "Time To End" being released by Musea Records in August 2003. This album in turn received and receives very favourable reviews.

Current Line-Up:
Gerton Leijdekker - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Guitar Synths & Additional Keys
Peter H. Boer - Bass Guitars, Backing Vocals & Pedal Controlled Synths
Emile Boellaard - Drums, Backing Vocals & Pad Controlled Synths

Previous members:
Menno de Vries - Drums (on "Songs Of The Exile", "And About Time", "Time Re-Arranged" & "Time To End")

Discography:

Time To End

Gerton Leijdekker - Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Guitar Synth & Lead Vocals
Peter H. Boer - 6-String Fretted & Fretless Basses, 8-String Bass, Pedal-Synths & Backing Vocals
Menno De Vries - Drums
Emile Boellaard - Backing Vocals
Esther Ladiges (Guest) - Percussion
Martijn Bos (Guest) - Moog Solos

"The Metal Observer" Review

2003 "Time To End" - Musea Records

Total playing time: 59:30
  1. The Blandness Of Being
  2. Morning Session
  3. Jack's A Friend
  4. The Days Fly Past
  5. Something Building
  6. Fire Incarnate
  7. Bitter
  8. Victim Of Circumstances
  9. Different Sensation
  10. Time To End!
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Time Re-Aarranged

Gerton Leijdekker - Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Guitar Synth & Vocals
Peter H. Boer - 6-String Fretted & Fretless Basses, 8-String Bass & Double Bass
Menno De Vries - Drums

2000 "Time Re-Aarranged" - Musea Records

Total playing time: 60:00
  1. Prelude
  2. Question
  3. Answer
  4. Consequence
  5. Conclusion
  6. Fragments
  7. Stressed Again
  8. Remembrance
  9. Where's 5
  10. The Void
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And About Time (CD/Tape)

Gerton Leijdekker - Guitar, Guitar Synth & Vocals
Peter H. Boer - 6-String Fretted & Fretless Basses
Menno De Vries - Drums

1995 "And About Time (CD/Tape)" - Independent

Total playing time: 60:00
  1. Songs Of The Exiled
  2. Brooding
  3. Brooken Illusions
  4. Stand Tall
  5. I
  6. Could I
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Songs Of The Exile (Tape)

Gerton Leijdekker - Guitar, Guitar Synth & Vocals
Peter H. Boer - 6-String Fretted & Fretless Basses
Menno De Vries - Drums

1993 "Songs Of The Exile (Tape)" - Independent

Total playing time: 45:00
  1. Heart Of Steel
  2. The New Window
  3. Bloom
  4. Holes II
  5. Addiction


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