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Anneke van Giersbergen in 2014
Anneke van Giersbergen in 2014
Background information
GenresProgressive metal
Years active2016–present
LabelsInside Out Music
MembersAnneke van Giersbergen
Jord Otto
Ferry Duijsens
Johan van Stratum
Ed Warby
Past membersMarcela Bovio

VUUR (Dutch pronunciation: [vyr]) ("fire", "passion" or "drive"[1]) is a Dutch progressive metal band formed in 2016 by singer and lyricist Anneke van Giersbergen and musicians she has worked with previously in bands like The Gentle Storm[1][2] or her own solo band.

The band is intended to express van Giersbergen's heavy metal side, as opposed to the softer side of her solo career.[1][2] They released their debut album In This Moment We Are Free – Cities in October 2017.[3]


Singer Marcela Bovio was initially part of the line-up. However, when the recording of the band's debut album started, Bovio and Van Giersbergen "wanted to take very different directions when it came to the sound and approach of the vocals". After failing to find a compromise that would satisfy both creatively, it was decided that Bovio would leave the band, as the two were afraid that doing otherwise would leave both regretful and hurt their friendship. Bovio made her departure official on 11 April 2017, stating "I'm truly devastated, because I'm a huge fan of Anneke and every single member of the band; they're all incredibly sweet people, as well as top notch musicians. Plus, the songs are so fantastic… this is going to be a revolutionary album! But I have to follow my heart and choose for what I think in the future will bring me (and the rest of the band) happiness, no matter how hard it feels right now. Anneke, Fer, Jord, Johan and Ed: you guys are THE BEST. I'd wish you luck but you don't need it, you are going to ROCK this world".[4]

They released their debut album In This Moment We Are Free – Cities on 20 October 2017[3] and are expected to tour until the end of 2018. By October 2017, van Giersbergen was already writing songs for a second album.[5]

As of november 2019, the band is put on hold.


Former member[edit]



Studio albums
  • "The Mermaid and the Horseman" (2017)


  1. ^ a b c "Former THE GATHERING Frontwoman ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Launches New Band VUUR". Blabbermouth.net. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Scott, Munro (2 December 2016). "Anneke Van Giersbergen announces new band Vuur". TeamRock. TeamRock. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Ex-THE GATHERING Vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN's VUUR: Debut Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  4. ^ "I'm leaving VUUR". Marcela Bovio's official website. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ "New Band Of The Week: Vuur". TeamRock. TeamRock. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.