Dutch Symphonic Progressive Metalband, Ex Libris (Latin for, from the books) was founded in 2004 by Dianne van Giersbergen (ex-Xandria) and Joost van de Pas. Dianne today still features as front woman to the band. Other members are Bob Wijtsma (ex-Xystus, Ayreon) on guitar, Luuk van Gerven (ex-After Forever) on bass guitar and Harmen Kieboom on Drums. Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever, Ayreon) features as a guest musician on keyboards.
Their latest work is the previously named progressive metal trilogy "Ann" that will honor 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 Dutch producer Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Joost also features as guest musician on "Chapter 3: Anne Frank".
The band formed in 2003 in the Netherlands. In 2004, with the addition of guitarist Paul van den Broek and keyboardist Koen Stam, the band's name changed from Erinyen to Ex Libris.
Drawn demo and debut album Amygdala (2005–2008)
In 2005, they released a 4-song demo, "Drawn". They started playing more shows and bassist Peter den Bakker joined the band while recording their debut album. "Amygdala" was released in 2008, featuring demo tracks from "Drawn", "Dawn of Sugars" and "Breath with Me". The album was well received.
Line-up changes and Medea (2011–2014)
In 2011, Ex Libris returned to the studio and recorded a 3-track demo "Medea" for their upcoming album.
In 2013 drummer Joost van de Pas was replaced by Eelco van der Meer, who toured with Stream of Passion in 2012. Around the same time, Dianne became the new front-woman for German symphonic metal band Xandria, right after the departure of Manuela Kraller, without leaving Ex Libris.
The album Medea is a concept album about the Greek tragedy of Medea and her lover Jason, played by vocalist, Damian Wilson. The album was funded via an IndieGogo campaign with the goal of €2,000 which was successful and passed the goal with €3,549. The album was released independently in January 2014.
In June 2014, drummer Eelco van der Meer departed.
The latest release of Ex Libris is their third studio album, a metal trilogy called "Ann". It was divided into three chapters, each one about a different Ann that lived in different times and places, sharing the same fate - the death. The first chapter, called Anne Boleyn was released on August 1, 2018. The second one, called Anastasia Romanova was released on March 15, 2019. The third and final chapter, called Anne Frank was released on November 15, 2019 along with the complete edition with all three EPs.
Source: Wikipedia & Ex Librismusic.com
Drawn (2005) demo
Medea (2011) demo
Ann Chapter 1: Anne Boleyn (2018) ep
Ann Chapter 2: Anastasia Romanova (2019) ep
Ann Chapter 3: Anne Frank (2019) ep
Bob Wijtsma (ex-Xystus, Karmaflow, Blaze of Darkness) - guitars (2015–present)
Harmen Kieboom (Penny's Twisted Flavour, SMP Amsterdam) - drums (2015–present)
Joost van den Broek - keyboards (2019-present) (session member)
Bram van Breugel - bass (2004-2006)
Eva Albers - guitars (2004-2009)
Joost van de Pas - drums (2003-2012)
Paul van den Broek - lead guitars (2003-2014)
Eelco van der Meer (Last Breath Denied, ex-Ethereal, ex-Cirrha Niva (live), ex-Mythlorian, ex-The Saturnine) - drums (2013-2014)
Peter den Bakker (Beyond God, Sin7sinS) bass (2007–2014)
Koen Stam (ex-Schraapstaal, ex-Evershadow) keyboards (2003–2019)