KOEN HERFST releases new solo album “Leo”


LEO is Dutch drummer and composer Koen Herfst’s second solo album and features guest appearances by ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (VUUR), JORDAN RUDESS (Dream Theater), PAUL QUINN (Saxon), RUUD JOLIE (Within Temptation) and ROB VAN DER LOO (Epica) amongst others. LEO is a progressive metal concept album about the death of Leo Herfst, Koen’s father, who died when Koen was only 10 months old. After the successful release of his first solo album Back to Balance (2015) the moment came to tell this tragic story through music.

The concept album has four main characters; the mother’s role is played by Anneke van Giersbergen (VUUR), the father by Merijn van Haren (Navarone), ‘Death the person’ by Koen (voice with effects), and ‘the Son’ by Koen (singing). The album tells the tragic story from the characters point of view, expressing their emotions, thoughts and feelings in the spirit of a progressive rock opera.

Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
Rob van der Loo (Epica)
Paul Quinn (Saxon)
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
Jord Otto (VUUR, My Propane)
Mendel Bij de Leij (ex-Aborted)
Ben Mathot (Ayreon)
Marcela Bovio (MaYaN)
Harrison Young (DORO, ex-U.D.O.)


Dan Swanö (Unisound) and the artwork designed by Robert Muda van Hamel (Spacebar). It will be released by KOVA RECORDS on 14 July (the birthday of LEO) and on that day a documentary (see trailer here) about the album will be premiered in The Hague (NL), as well.

Koen Herfst has worked with ARMIN VAN BUUREN, EPICA, THE GENTLE STORM (ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN), I CHAOS & DEW-SCENTED amongst many others and was awarded ‘Best Hardrock/Metal drummer of the Benelux’ 5 years in a row by readers of Dutch drum magazine ‘Slagwerkkrant’. He hosts his own drumfestival ‘Herfstfest’, formed a new band with SAXON’s Paul Quinn (THE CARDS), battled a drumrobot earlier this year and recently played with JOHN PETRUCCI on the Sena Guitar Awards.

Koen coming down from the ceiling of the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam with Armin van Buuren

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