When Dutch rock act Nemesea debuted its first album Mana, the group was labeled female-fronted gothic metal. The follow-up, 2007’s In Control moved the band to an alt-rock tag. With the band’s third album (its first for Napalm Records), The Quiet Resistance, bridges have been crossed between metal, rock, pop and electro/trance. If you’re in need of a label, check the neck of shirt.
The Quiet Resistance is at times heavy with guitar and pounding drums, while at other times haunting with piano and atmospheric keyboard passages, the latter courtesy of newcomer Lasse Delbrugge. But all the tracks are ripe with soaring vocals from Manda Ophuis and strong hooks and melodies penned by co-founder and guitarist Hendrik Jan de Jong. The album marks the first with the band for drummer Frank van der Star who teams with bassist Sonny Onderwater to create a solid rhythmic foundation.
Manda’s vocals either grab or lull the listener dependent on the mood and tone of the song. Her years of vocal training are on display throughout, and Nemesea is coming into its own voice with this record.
Today I spoke with Manda to discuss the new album, the new additions to the band, and Nemesea‘s sonic progression. She talks about why she keeps the meaning of her lyrics private, her shy nature, love of Rammstein, writer Dan Brown, and Bing Crosby.