The last - but not the least - member we'd like to introduce to you is the lead guitarist, Paul Krempel.
Guitar, synth pedals and backing vocals
Rush, Marillion, Kansas, Pink Floyd and many…
Welcome to the official artist hub of the Dutch progressive rockband Sound of Strangers. This the go to place for everybody (both fans and media) to stay informed about the endeavours of the band. Here you will find all info in text, sound, images and videos about Sound of Strangers. You will be kept up-to-date about what's happening. Furthermore you will be able to listen to the music and - if you love it - to purchase the music, videos in your preferred format. Plus you will be able to buy tickets for events where Sound of Strangers will be performing. Fans can submit their information to be kept up-to-date plus there's a possibility to connect and converse with other fans and band online! For the media there is an electronic press kit [EPK] available.
Preceded and inspired by the likes of Marillion, Rush, Riverside and Pink Floyd, Sound Of Strangers set out in 2016 to establish themselves as a new household name in modern (progressive) rock music.
Founded by Serge Mannee and completed by Paul Peperkamp, Henk Zorge, Paul Krempel and Oscar Alblas, Sound Of Strangers have now finished their debut album “Crossing Borders”. The album was mixed and mastered by Jeffrey Revet (Stream Of Passion) and will be released on 21 May, 2023 through Dutch Music Works.
With “Crossing Borders”, Sound Of Strangers present the first chapter in their career as a band. It's a seven-song salute to five decades of symphonic and (neo-)progressive rock - yet at the same time the album offers a glimpse of what is to come for both Sound Of Strangers and the progressive/symphonic rock genre in general.
After years of honing their craft by performing classic songs from the symphonic rock catalogue, Sound Of Strangers are now ready to leave the musical past behind and step into the musical present with their first collection of original songs, entitled “Crossing Borders”.
The music and lyrics on “Crossing Borders” have been carefully crafted and recorded between 2020 and 2022. Thematically, the album revolves around a migrant family and relates of the hardships they endure during their travels, as well as their thoughts on past, present and future. Musically, it stretches all the way from soaring guitar solos and powerful grooves to warm-blooded melodies and mesmerizing polyrhythms.
For Sound Of Strangers, “Crossing Borders” marks both their official debut as a band and a paradigm shift in their collective career due to various lineup changes taking place during or shortly after the recording sessions. However, with the addition of Oscar Alblas (Kong) and Ron Mozer (Ulysses, For Absent Friends), Sound Of Strangers now have a combined 100 years of live and studio experience, thus guaranteeing memorable live shows and loads of epic music to come.
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DPRP [8 out of 10]
"...Crossing Borders is a very good debut album from Sound Of Strangers. The music certainly is neo-prog, and it transports you back to the days of eighties Marillion and Pink Floyd. [...] Sound Of Strangers is a welcome addition to the Dutch progressive rock scene..."
Full review read here.
'...The whole album is balanced, with no weak points, and I am sure that the music we are dealing with on it will elevate this album to one of the top progressive rock debuts of 2023..."
Full review [in Polish] read here.
PROFILPROG [8,3 out of 10]
"... Sound of Strangers does well in melodic neo prog rock with pleasant hints of IQ, RUSH [and others]; after having sharpened their ranges for two years on classic prog themes. [...] A good album which is almost funny where the captivating melodies could be even more accentuated, but we remain on melodic neo-prog...
Fulle review [in French] read here.
"...In short, Sound of Strangers has made a fine record with "Crossing Borders". [...] Those who like 'accessible' neo-prog with a 90s feel really have an excellent album in their hands with "Crossing Borders"....
Full review (in Dutch) read here.
PROGRESSIVE EARS [---]
"...I would describe them as neo prog era. It definitely touches my nostalgic prog button from that era, and it's done very well, without sounding dated. Nothing groundbreaking, but for me, I like how they sound, and the writing/performance...
Full review read here.
SEA OF TRANQUILITY [4 out 5 stars]
"...It’s unavoidable to talk of Crossing Borders and not highlight its clear love of early neo-prog bands such as IQ, Pendragon, Pallas and especially the first two-album era of Marillion, but it’s all done with such an honesty and clarity that instead of feeling like a collection of retreaded ideas, what Sound of Strangers have done here is to simply and expertly celebrate a time in music they clearly love...
Full review read here.