“Everest” is heavily influenced by the death in a car accident of the drummer Denis Wielemans, brother of singer and guitarist Antione. The event, which took place in 2010, has understandably stretched the creative process and the gestation of the album, which was started in 2009 and ended in 2012. This album has been produced with the financial support of the music department of the Wallonia, a Brussels region.
Starring are Christophe Léonard (guitar, keyboards), Antoine Wielemans (vocals, guitar), Daniel Offermann (bass), Lionel Vancauwenberghe (vocals, guitar), Brice Vancauwenberghe (guitar) and Boris Gronemberger (drums).
The first thing to notice while hearing this album is the atmosphere of melancholy, that pervades every song. Virtually all texts refer to Denis. The acoustic guitar is the real winning instrument of this album.
Is not possible talk about this album without imagining what might have happened after the car accident. “Everest” is at the same time a dignified and discreet cry of pain from a group of friends for Denis. For this reason is not possible to classify the album with a single word, such as “good” or “bad”, although it is always clear that the writing skills of this Brussels band remains untouched. As said, to fully understand this album, which can donate real and strong emotions, is needed to understand feelings before and after that accident.
The phrase “This is a chance to maybe grow up”, from “Wars”, the last song of the album, is the most significant statement of the album itself.
As said from the band “we have called this record “Everest” not only in reference to the mountain, but especially in reference to what happened to us in the last 4 years, which is a thing too big to be described in words”.