For All We Know
For All We Know
Style: Progressive Rock/Metal
Release date: 25 April, 2011
Playing time: 58:28

Side projects have always been a part of the music scene and is often used as a musical outlet, showing another side of you. Ruud Jolie, of Within Temptation fame is certainly going in another direction than usual.

He has written the entire album, he plays electric and acoustic guitars and Mandolin on it and has also produced the whole thing. He has called in many favours to complete his visions; the guest vocalists include Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Ruud Houweling (Cloudmachine), Anke Derks and Tom Sikkers (Daybroke). John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris Band) are each supplying a guitar lead and a fiddler is also a part of the sound (Camilla van der Kooij). But he is not alone, this is a band effort; Wudstik (vocals), Kristoffer Gildenlöw (fretless bass), Leo Margarit (drums), Thijs Schrijnemakers (Hammond) and Marco Kuypers (piano, Rhodes and Harmonium) completes the line-up.

The atmospheric soundscapes coming out of the speakers have some similarities with the more emotional and quieter Pain of Salvation moments as well as the acoustic and atmospheric sides of Porcupine Tree and Opeth. The combination didn't sit right with me the first couple of times, but the album did slowly begin to open spin after spin, and now I really like the atmospheric and acoustic universe created by Ruud Jolie.

If you loves atmospheric progressive rock with a few metal notes and you loves to let a an album slowly get under your skin, then I suggest you check For All We Know out, because this album really has a lot to offer...

01. Blind Me
02. Busy Being Somebody Else
03. Out of Reach
04. When Angels Refuse to Fly
05. I Lost Myself Today
06. Keep Breathing
07. Down On My Knees
08. Save us...
09. Embrace/Erase/Replace/Embrace
10. Tired and Ashamed
11. Open Your Eyes
12. Nothing more...
Label: Independent
Promotion: Metal Revelation
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 3 May, 2011