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Background information
Origin Netherlands
Genres gothic metal (early), symphonic metal, alternative metal, alternative rock, electronic rock
Years active 2002 – present
Labels Ebony Tears, Napalm
Members Manda Ophuis
Hendrik Jan de Jong
Sonny Onderwater
Frank van der Star
Lasse Delbrugge
Past members Chris Postma
Martijn Pronk
Berto Booijink
Steven Bouma

Nemesea is a Dutch alternative metal/alternative rock band, formed in September 2002 in Groningen, The Netherlands by vocalist Manda Ophuis and guitarist Hendrik Jan de Jong.

Initially, Nemesea were a symphonic metal act, and were compared to Dutch compatriots After Forever.[1] However, since 2007's In Control, the band's music has become more rock-oriented, also incorporating strong electronic influences.


Early years[edit]

In April 2003, Nemesea had their first performance as support act for After Forever, and remained that band's support for a year. They attracted record company interest and signed for the Dutch independent label Ebony Tears in November 2003.


In November 2004, Nemesea released their debut album Mana, touring the Netherlands and Belgium until December 2005. By this time, they were well-established in the European gothic/symphonic metal scene.

In Control and Pure Live @ P3[edit]

For their second album, Nemesea had talks with some major record labels, but they later decided to sign up to the Dutch crowdsourcing website Sellaband. They were the first band to raise more than $50,000 from the fans, and the album, called In Control, was released on June 21, 2007.[2][3] A distribution deal was made with Rough Trade Records to bring the new album to music stores in Benelux on October 26, 2007. The band signed also a booking deal with Dutch agent AT Productions[4] and found a new manager in David Arden, brother of Sharon Osbourne and former manager of James Brown.

The live album Pure Live @ P3 was released on September 7, 2009.

The Quiet Resistance[edit]

In July 2010, the band announced they were recording their third studio album,[5] which they hoped would be released in early 2011.[6] The new song "Caught in the Middle" was posted on YouTube,[7] and was added to the tracklist of The Quiet Resistance. The Quiet Resistance was released on November 21, 2011 under the band's new record label, Napalm Records. The album was met with positive reviews.

A music video was made for the album's only single, "Afterlife".

Upcoming fourth studio album[edit]

On August 9, 2012, guitarist Hendrik Jan de Jong posted a photo on his Facebook stating that the band has officially started working on their yet to be named fourth studio album.[8] On April 2, 2015 the band began preproduction on the new album in Key Production BV studio and Mastersound studios.


  • Manda Ophuis – vocals (2002-present)
  • Sonny Onderwater – bass (2002-present)
  • Hendrik Jan de Jong – guitar (2007-present)
  • Lasse Dellbrugge- keyboards (2007–present)
  • Frank van der Star - drums (2011–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Chris Postma – drums (2002–2005)
  • Sander Zoer - drums (2005–2006)
  • Martijn Pronk – guitar (2002–2007)
  • Berto Booijink – keyboards (2002–2007)
  • Steven Bouma – drums (2006–2011)


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Pure: Live @ P3 (2009)
  • Pure: Live @ P3 (2012) (Remixed and remastered)


  1. ^ :: Mana :: Nemesea/[dead link]
  2. ^ John Tozzi (September 10, 2007). "Scoring Money from an Online Crowd". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2007-10-07. [dead link]
  3. ^ Rupert Jones (October 6, 2007). "Power to the fans - profits to the bands". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Nemesea News". 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  6. ^ Twitter post
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Nemesea Reveals New Album "The Quiet Resistance" Details". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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