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Textures Announce New Keyboardist
September 10, 2010
The members of Dutch extreme progressive technical metal band Textures are proud to announce the addition of new keyboard and sample-maestro Uri Dijk to their line-up.

According to the band, "This past summer Uri helped out by filling in on keyboards [our] festival appearances. During the rehearsals and live shows, there was a strong personal and musical connection between Uri and the members of Textures, which made [us] decide to ask Uri to join Textures as a full member. Uri gladly accepted, which means Textures is a 6-piece again after a small period being without a keyboard player."

Uri comments about joining Textures:
"First of all, I am honored to have been asked to join Textures. This is an opportunity that doesn't come along every day, and let's be honest, how could I refuse? Getting to know the guys in the past few weeks has shown me that the spirit of Textures is as much alive as ever and that this is just an amazing group of friends who have worked very hard to bring mind-blowing music to the world. I feel privileged to be able to become a part of this and I am happy the band is now complete again. I hope I can bring as much atmosphere and musicality to the band and its music as [former keyboard player] Richard [Rietdijk] did. We are back in business!"

adds the following about Uri joining the band:
"To see Richard leave shortly after the departure of [lead singer] Eric [Kalsbeek], was quite a blow for us. Richard was a part of the band from the beginning, so it would feel pretty weird to fit a new person in that role. But after Uri joined us to help us out for the live shows, it felt really good to have a well-skilled person on keys again. It was such a good experience with Uri that we couldn't see ourselves moving on without him. Uri is more than a well-skilled synth-maestro and besides, he's an amazing guy to be around. We are very glad that Uri accepted the position and we are working very hard to write new material. We are working on taking it to the next level, so be ready!!"

The band's follow-up to 2008's 'Silhouettes' is due out in 2011.

Visit Textures online at www.texturesband.com, www.myspace.com/textures, and www.youtube.com/texturestv.
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Textures Keyboardist Leaves Band
April 14, 2010
Keyboard player Richard Rietdijk has left Textures to pursue other interests. In a statement to the band's fans he had to say the following:

"Dear fans,
After 10 awesome years playing synths in the band, I've decided to leave Textures. There are other projects (music and other) I've been wanting to do for a while now and currently the time and effort it takes to be in the band is in the way of me achieving those.

I want to thank all you fans for your continued support and making this journey as awesome as it has been. I got the rare opportunity to travel and meet the most awesome people from all over the world and appreciate the sustained contacts online. I hope all of you will continue supporting this hardworking band. They earn every bit of it. Their next album will blow your socks off, believe me!

To the guys (including the crew) I'd like to say it's been an absolute honor and a privilege to have been in this band, seeing and helping it grow from this small local band to the phenomenon it is now. It will take a while to get used to not doing this with you guys anymore, and I'll cherish the friendship we have forever. I wish you guys well in all your future endeavors. You're going to be just fine.

This decade has been one hell of a ride! THANK YOU!

For people wanting to keep up with my projects either follow me on my twitter http://www.twitter.com/richardrietdijk or on my homepage at: http://www.richardrietdijk.com."

The band commented on Richard's departure:
"After 10 very great years, it is sadly finally so... our synths & samples-maestro is leaving... We will miss Richard a lot, especially his laugh and his awesome humour...
After Eric left a few months ago, of course we began to think more about our future times... and everything we do along the way. Things change... all the time! For everyone...

We know Richard will have a great time doing the other things he really loves, but meanwhile our tourbus is going to keep hitting the road... we are unstoppable!!!!!

So Textures will live on of course, we are in the middle of writing a new album... and at the same time we are keeping our eyes open for a new keyboard player! So keep 'em coming folks!! The band is contemplating how to fill Richard's place within Textures."

In other news the band have announced their first appearances with the band's new front man Daniel de Jongh. The band will perform at Fortarock taking place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands on the 3rd of July and Sikelian Hell on the 24th of July in Palermo, Italy.
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Textures Announces New Vocalist
March 25, 2010
Textures is excited to announce that Daniel de Jongh, former front man of the Dutch metal band Cilice, will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.

had to say this about joining Textures:
"I am truly honored to have been asked to replace Eric as vocalist for Textures. Textures is a standout band and is a band which I've listened to the last couple of years, like so many other metal-fans out there. Although it was a pretty tough decision to leave my former band Cilice, this was an offer I just couldn't refuse. The guys in Textures are just a great bunch of people and it is clear that there is and will be loads of inspiration for the next years to come. I also know how much Eric was respected by the fans and I hope that I can assure you guys out there that I will replace him with as much dignity as he did for Textures the last 6 years. All I can say is that we as Textures are ready to rock everyone out there and that the anticipation for the next album can be withhold. We are in writing process at the time and I can reveal that it is going to be kick-ass as always!!

We will see you guys soon!!"

The band about Daniel joining Textures:
"It was really hard for us to part ways with Eric. Emotionally and musically. But Daniel gives us more than enough reasons to prolong our career, more hyped up than ever before. His experience, personality, musical taste and of course his awesome vocal skills make us see the future like a first spring morning after a severe winter-darkness."

Textures 2.0
has just been launched!

will make his live debut on a select number of shows this summer which will be announced soon.

Textures forthcoming album and debut for Nuclear Blast Records is due out in 2011.
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Textures Vocalist Leaves Band
January 26, 2010
Vocalist Eric Kalsbeek has left Textures to focus on his job and his family. He's issued the following statement:

"Dear Fans & Friends,

I decided to quit Textures. My life changed, priorities shifted. I can't cope with the heavy touring and the time investment anymore. I need to focus on my job and family. I need to take a few steps back. I've had six beautiful years with the band, did loads of amazing shows, made tons of new friends and created some mind-blowing music. I'm going to miss the guys, and of course you, the fans. I know Textures will continue to conquer the world and give you all great, heavy and awesome music. I wish my successor all the best. I will keep on making music, but something totally different, much more low-profile. Maybe we will meet again. Eric out."

"We are currently auditioning a possible replacement singer and hope to announce him in the coming months. We will miss Eric a lot. We had the greatest times together and these will live on in eternity. Eric, you rock!!!!"

Due to Eric leaving Textures the release date for the follow up of 'Silhouettes' has been pushed back to the beginning of 2011.

Visit Textures online at www.texturesband.com & www.myspace.com/textures.
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Exivious Announce Album Release Date, Details
March 13, 2009
Fusionmetal band, Exivious (featuring members of Cynic and Textures), will release their debut album May 11th through www.exivious.net and the band's Official MySpace page. Their self titled album will appear in a limited 1000 numbered copies, each single copy bundled with its own unique artwork. You can place your pre-order right now!

Album numbers 1 to 10 will be sold through eBay auction starting May 1st and ending on May 10th. This first batch of albums will be bundled with 2 guitar picks and a drum stick, all signed by the band.

A second song, "Asurim," is available on the Exivious website and MySpace now! With "Waves Of Thought" being one of the catchy songs on the album, the obscure fusion based "Asurim" will show another side of Exivious.

'Exivious' tracklisting:
1. Ripple Of A Tear
2. Time And Its Changes
3. Asurim
4. All That Surrounds pt1
5. Waves Of Thought
6. The Path
7. All That Surrounds pt2
8. Embrace The Unknown (feat. Paul Masvidal of Cynic)
9. An Elusive Need
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HOME TOWN: Tilburg, Netherlands
Jochem Jacobs - Guitars
Backing Vocals
Daniel De Jongh - Vocals
Stef Broks - Drums
Remko Tielemans - Bass
Richard Rietdijk - Synths
Bart Hennephof - Guitars

�We love to make music that makes your ears bleed,� says Jochem Jacobs, guitarist of TEXTURES - the most mind-bending Dutch experience not available in a coffee house or the red light district; �It�s all about layering and transitions from calm, serene passages to aggressive, hyped up stuff. We like to play with atmosphere a lot too, and vary a lot of stuff while still maintaining an overall sense of cohesion.�

Formed in 2001, TEXTURES � Jacobs, guitarist Bart Hennephof, drummer Stef Broks, bassist Dennis Aarts and synth maestro Richard Rietdijk � decided that the only way to truly capture their musical manifesto was to tackle every element of creating an album themselves � from production through to artwork. The result of these considerable efforts was TEXTURES� 2003 debut �Polars�, an album practically overspilling with ideas, the Dutch sextet merging the polyrhythmic attack of Meshuggah with Devin Townsend influenced soaring melody and stacks of imagination to epic effect.

Rapturously received by the press both home and abroad, �Polars� was bestowed with an Essent Award for �Most Promising Act� in 2004, TEXTURES hitting the road hot on the albums heels to rack up shows alongside the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Machine Head and Cult Of Luna as well as putting in crowd leveling performances at Fury Fest and Lowlands.

But now the time has come for the next chapter; the next layer, if you will, of TEXTURES.

The bands second album �Drawing Circles� (once again, self produced and self recorded) - was released April 17th, 2006 via Listenable Records - is a jaw dropping body of work that sees the sextet still frothing with rabid ambition, pushing the envelope of metal and hardcore to its limits; bending and moulding the genres into unexpected new shapes. It is a rare breed of metal/h ardcore album where one can find tracks such as �Illumination� - a subtle exploration of Broadway show tinged melody that showcases Eric Kalsbeek�s diverse tonsils � sitting comfortably next to �Regenesis� - a driving, complex mini-epic of thundering guitar work and guttural screams. But then, �Drawing Circles� really is unlike anything else you�re likely to hear this year, this decade, this century � a true original in a time of repetition.

Upping the ante in heaviness and melody, �Drawing Circles� is simultaneously richer and more in your face than �Polars�, its ten tracks unrestrained by boundaries, trends or conventions. So what are you waiting for? Perk up your ears, open your mind and prepare to be absorbed, intrigued, and utterly blown away.

The response to the album was overwhelming with multiple cover stories, album of the month in Hard �n Heavy (France) and amazing reviews around the world. Directly after the release of the album the band hit the road being supported by the like of The Ocean (Metal Blade Records) and label mates Gojira.

Ending 2006, touring as support act to Arch Enemy on their European tour.

In 2007 the momentum is growing, blowing the audience away at the international industry showcase event Eurosonic held in the North of The Netherlands. They were also chosen to play Holland�s Live XS Award show, pleasing fans and voters as they were nominated in 3 different categories.

In March/April the band hit the road together with All That Remains (USA/Prosthetic Records) and Misery Signals (USA/Ferret Music) for 23 European dates, most of which hit the longstanding rock venues in the UK including the Carling Academy London.

This was followed by a few short tours of Spain, Denmark and the UK, amongst festival appearances all over Europe. This period saw bass player Dennis Aarts leave the band. He was followed up by the talented Remko Tielemans (37 Stabwoundz, Isle of Man).

With a new solid line-up the band will spend the Fall of 07 in the studio, recording the follow up to 'Drawing Circles', which will see it's Worldwide release Spring 08.