The creation of our third full length album is a journey that started in June 2018 with the launch of a successful crowdfunding campaign in which we were supported by fans from all over the world! Our journey has been captured through studio documentaries and vlogs and the release of “ANN” has resulted in not one, but three official videos!
The story behind “ANN” is that of 3 different historical women, coming to you through 3 chapters. All of these women have a horrific story to tell and are bound by the same name “ANN”:
Dutch symphonic progressive powerhouse Ex Libris was founded in 2004 by Dianne van Giersbergen (ex-Xandria) who today still features as front woman to the band. Other members are Bob Wijtsma (ex-Xystus, Ayreon) on guitar, Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever, Ayreon) on keyboard and arrangements, Luuk van Gerven (ex-After Forever) on bass guitar and Harmen Kieboom on Drums.
Their latest work is the previously named progressive metal trilogy “ANN” that honors 3 historical female figures, all carrying the name ‘Ann’. In writing and releasing this trilogy they aim to educate as well as entertain their fans all around the world. “ANN” is produced by producer Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities.
In previous years the band released the album ‘Medea’ which was mostly written with the same vision. Only then was the chosen character taken from Greek mythology.