Ball Noir – Bio 2016


Inspired by their old heroes from My Dying Bride and Anathema, Ball Noir brews her own music. In dark cellars these musicians mix a sparkle of metal, a distillate of balfolk and a drop of drum ‘n base. Elegantly they add their medieval sound to heavy guitars and electronics. They play with fierce enthusiasm and are not afraid to experiment on their newly paved path of balfolk-metal. Every Ball Noir live show gives a glimpse into their laboratory: a feast of wings, candles, clocks and costumes.

About Ball Noir

Ball Noir is a band of experienced musicians that had already earned their degrees in the balfolk- and the metal scene before Ball Noir started. They come from bands like the metalband Eria d’Or (warming up for Anathema, Tivoli 2001) and the balfolkband Orfeo (supporting Estampie, W2 2008), among others. Ball Noir first performed live on the Summer Darkness festival in Utrecht in 2010. After that a lot of live shows followed, among them in venues like Tivoli (Utrecht), Melkweg (Amsterdam), LVC (Leiden) and on festivals like Castlefest, Summer Darkness and as a headliner on Folkwoods. Ball Noir released their first album ‘Bitter Dreams’ in 2012.

Band members:
Marco van Asperen – hurdy-gurdy, electric hurdy-gurdy, electric guitar, gramophone, theremin
Jeroen Gilhuys – voice, electric guitar
Mark van den Heuvel – drums
Richard van den Hoven – bass guitar, bass clarinet
Rutger van Krieken – programming, synths
Lies Sommer – harp, hurdy-gurdy

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