Progressive powerhouse Ex Libris entered the world of heavy metal in 2004. Hailing from the Netherlands, a country known for it’s big and diverse female-fronted scene, they stand out as u unique voice within the genre. Classically trained soprano Dianne van Giersbergen soars and whispers throughout big, bombastic songs that are not only impressive in length, but also in sheer, raw power. There’s ample room for progressive licks, melodies and solo’s next to athmospheric and soothing soundscapes. But make no mistake, they put the pedal to the metal. Pounding double bass drums, furious riffs and frighteningly intense vocals all combine to make Ex Libris a singular force in the world of female-fronted music. Expect full-on musicianship, epic songwriting, extreme dynamics and the full emotional spectrum from one of the most gifted sopranos in The Netherlands.
'..the variations keep your attention; it's like a bag with a lot of different exciting candy..'
‘And she is called Dianne Van Giersbergen, a young woman who has nothing to envy to the biggest names of the genre.’
La Grosse Radio...
‘Ex Libris moves into uncharted territory..'
‘The combination of bombastic progressive metal and the classical interpretation of Dianne van Giersbergen is rock solid.’
'..As a measure of how impressive they were, the merch stand was pretty much cleaned out within a few minutes of their set ending.'