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

Nemesea is a Dutch alternative rock band, formed in September 2002 in Groningen, The Netherlands by singer Manda Ophuis and guitarist, songwriter Hendrik Jan 'HJ' de Jong and shortly thereafter completed with Sonny Onderwater on bass.[1] Initially, Nemesea were a symphonic metal act, and were compared to Dutch compatriots After Forever.[2] However, since 2007's In Control, the band's music has become more rock-oriented, also incorporating strong electronic influences.[3]


Early years[edit]

Following a three song demo, Nemesea had their first performance as support act for After Forever in the P60 Amstelveen 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, Belgium and other European countries extensively 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 major record labels, but later decided to sign up to the Dutch crowdsourcing website Sellaband. They were the first band to raise more than $50,000 from fans in a three-month period. The album In Control, mixed by Ronald Prent and co-produced by Tony Platt was released on June 21, 2007.[4][5] 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[6] and found a new manager in David Arden, brother of Sharon Osbourne and former manager of James Brown.

In 2009 a live album was released following the bands performances at the P3 in Purmerend. The two live shows were set up in full 9.2 omni surround to give the audience the feeling they were "immersed in sound". The live album Pure Live@P3 was released on September 7, 2009. The album was later on remixed and re-released as part of a special 5.1 surround album bundled with the 5.1 surround version of In Control with Ronald Prent again in charge of the 5.1 surround mix.

The Quiet Resistance[edit]

In 2010 Nemesea signed with the Austrian music label Napalm Records and preparations for their new album began, resulting in Nemesea's third studio album The Quiet Resistance (TQR), released November 2011.

In July 2010, the band announced they were recording their third studio album,[7] which they hoped would be early late 2011.[8] On a tight budget, recording at their home studio, new elements were added to the Nemesea sound developed on both previous albums. This resulted in more synth heavy, somewhat darker, bigger sound with melodic arrangements. The new song "Caught in the Middle" was posted on YouTube,[9] and was added to the tracklist of The Quiet Resistance. The albums 14 songs contains three duets, one with Charlotte Wessels (Delain), one with Bulletproof Messenger members Matt Litwin (vocals) and Marcus Klavan (DJ) and another duet with vocalist Heli Reißenweber from Maerzfeld. For drums Nemesea attracted Frank van der Star and for keyboards/DJ Lasse Dellbrügge. The band reached out to producer and mix engineer Joost van den Broek for production and mix. The album was met with positive reviews and TQR helped grow Nemesea's fan base. 'Afterlife' was released as a single and video and after the release Nemesea toured extensively in Holland and Germany.


On August 9, 2012, guitarist Hendrik Jan de Jong posted a photo on his Facebook timeline stating that the band had officially started working on their yet to be named fourth studio album.[10] On April 2, 2015 the band began with early pre-production that resulted in three new songs in Key Studio's and Mastersound studios.

The band posted the front cover of the album on their Facebook page on January 28, 2016, the stating that it would be called Uprise and the release date would be April 29, 2016. This was also announced by[11][12] With Uprise Nemesea has evolved from a metal band to a rock band with songs to match.

According to the press Uprise is the testimony of Nemesea reminiscing after an emotional chapter of hanging on to the past whilst dealing with a new reality and allowing oneself (as well as others) to make the next step.

Recording process

Uprise was recorded at the Giesound-studios in Zwolle. Producer Guido Aalbers (Muse, Coldplay, No Doubt) played a crucial role. Nemesea pushed for a more natural, organic, pure sound while avoiding over-production and adding electronics as a flavour this time. Former Nemesea drummer Steven Bouma joined Nemesea again in the studio. From the album 'Twilight' was released as a lyric video and 'Forever' released as a single and video on YouTube.

On August 1, 2016, Manda reported on Facebook that she is "giving up [her] dream of being a singer" and therefore has left the band. Later the same day the band reported on their homepage that Manda was going to focus on "her education job with highly gifted children". Nemesea also stated that they will continue as a band and that their previous drummer Steven Bouma had rejoined the band.[13]

New Singer

On October 10 2016 Nemesea started with the search via social media, a newsletter and their website.


Current line-up
  • Sonny Onderwater – bass, keyboards (2002–present)
  • Hendrik Jan de Jong – guitar, keyboards, vocals (2002–present)
  • Steven Bouma – drums (2006–2011, 2016–present)
Previous members
  • Manda Ophuis – vocals (2002–2016)
  • Lasse Dellbrugge – keyboards (2007–2015)
  • Frank van der Star – drums (2011–2015)
  • Chris Postma – drums (2002–2005)
  • Sander Zoer – drums (2005–2006)
  • Martijn Pronk – guitar (2002–2007)
  • Berto Booijink – keyboards (2002–2007)


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

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


  • No More (2007)
  • Forever (2016)


  1. ^ "Nemesea - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  2. ^ :: Mana :: Nemesea/ Archived September 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Nemesea, elektronisk rock -". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  4. ^ John Tozzi (September 10, 2007). "Scoring Money from an Online Crowd". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2007-10-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ Rupert Jones (October 6, 2007). "Power to the fans - profits to the bands". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  6. ^ "AT Productions". AT Productions. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Nemesea News". 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  8. ^ "Nemesea on Twitter: "@PrincessMeena95 Well... If all goes well, early this year. You have a fantastic day as well! ;-)"". 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Nemesea Caught In the Middle". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Hendrik Jan HJ - Timeline Photos". Facebook. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Nemesea - Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  12. ^ "NEMESEA To Release 'Uprise' Album In April". 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Manda Ophuis quits the band". Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Nemesea Reveals New Album "The Quiet Resistance" Details". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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