Special thanks to music distributor Sepulchral Silence (Italy), especially to Matteo Antonelli who found me and introduced me to their organisation. All music under licence of Black Heaven Productions, all copy-rights Roelof Broekman.
Hesperus - Death of my Dear Demons
1 Genesis (6:49)
I. Genesis II. Darcropolis (1) III. Ein Mensch gewesen IV. Darcropolis (2) V. Mountain
2 Death of my dear demons (11:07)
I. Foreboding sentinals II. Malevolence III. Isolation IV. Hermeneutic circle V. The black storm
3 Observing the hyperworld (8:11)
I. I disappear II. Into the virtual III. A cell of space
4 Reconsideration (7:46)
I. God II. A mystery III. Reconsideration (guitar solo) IV. Enzymes of time V. Awakening
Written, produced and performed by Roelof Broekman
Voices: Yuma Funai (Japan, member of Het Nationale Ballet), Edward Horsman (GB, Conservatory Amsterdam), Leya Broekman (NL, my lovely daughter), prof. R.W. Broekman (NL, my grandfather) and Jelle van Baardewijk (NL, Philosopher at VU university)
Hesperus - Crepuscular Rays
1 Om Ah Hum (8:30)
2 Crepuscular Rays (8:37)
3 Black Heaven (6:31)
4 Enoch (10:41)
1 Om Ah Hum
The overture of the album. Introduction of the grand guitars. Drums stumbling around, in search of a rhythm, an affiliation, a destiny, all under the watchful eyes of the gods from the mountain. The mantra Om Ah Hum, repeated three times, is commonly used at the end of a meditation. Om is the primal vibration out of which all things came forth. Ah is the symbol of the primal state of the spirit. Hum is the descent from universality (Om) into the human heart.
2 Crepuscular Rays
Rain. Thunder. Guitar swells. The harbinger of things to come. A small village near the sea. Impressive sails on the horizon. Men with polished swords. The villagers know they don’t stand a chance. But they know who will wind up in hell. After the slaughter, through the rays in the sky, the souls of the villagers reach the sparkling beauty of the entrance of the heavens that await them.
3 Black Heaven
Through the crepuscular rays in the sky, also known as Jacob’s ladder, one reaches the heavens. One of them is Black Heaven. And as we know, black is beautiful. But it takes a winter and a storm before the entrance opens up.
‘Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him’. The book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work. Enoch learned about the stars and the planets when visiting heaven under the guidance of the archangel Uriel. In a world of evil and impurity brought to humanity by the fallen angels, before the biblical flood, Enoch stayed righteous. And so God took him.
The great OM... at Tivoli, Utrecht
The great, great OM... at Vera, Groningen
The holy YOB... at Doornroosje, Nijmegen
Zeal & Ardor at Valkhof festival Nijmegen
Black Sabbath at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Wreckmeister Harmonies in Utrecht
Japanese group Boris, at De Patronaat, Haarlem
Sunn O))) at Paradiso, Amsterdam
Darsombra live at The Cave, Amsterdam... 2019
Hesperus at the Undisputed Attitude festival. Thanks Unison Theory (Italy) for the nice conversation afterwards! Pics Unison Theory, Zenit and Thank U For Smoking...
Hesperus at Azzurro Rock pub and Guggenheim, Bilbao, 2019
Distinguished live at The Cave
At Lowlands 2018 with Iggy Pop... The guy standing behind him is their roadie: I met him in an airbnb in Kopenhagen just a few weeks before this concert, he had a van with him with all the equipment of the band. We had a nice chat, nice guy. By the way: the Danish owner of the airbnb had been to Jimi Hendrix in 1969, on the wall of the living room in his white villa with swimming-pool was a large framed picture of Hendrix during that concert.
Metallica deluxe experience with best friends Chris, Robert and Bas. In 1983 Metallica was the highpoint following the NWOBHM. Back then we were all into Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Accept, Tygers of Pan Tang, AC/DC, Loudness and much more... but when Kill 'em All came out it was something different, the speed, the crystal clear production and the energy!
Hesperus at St Pancras Church, London...
Hesperus private studio where Crepuscular Rays was born...