Dutch for wandering, the sound of Dool is a call to let oneself float freely and weather the storms of everyday life, taking flight into the wild unknown…all those who wander are Dool.
Holland’s most notorious rock musicians have gathered to form Dool, a dark rock band featuring bassist Job van de Zande and drummer Micha Haring from celebrated cult rockers The Devil’s Blood and the country’s most infamous rock singer, the striking Ryanne Van Dorst. Rounded out by guitarists Nick Polak (Gold) and Reinier Vermeulen (The New Media), Dool radiates an undeniable raw energy and has created a distinct and dynamic sound right from the start.
Three days ago Dool released the sophomore album Summerland and this is a successful sequel to the debut album Here Now, There Then. The tittle track Summerland,
Since their hatching from underneath the industrial fumes of Dutch harbour city Rotterdam back in 2015, Dool has undeniably left their gloomy mark on the European dark rock scene. After having risen from the ashes of both The Devil’s Blood and Elle Bandita, this pack of wildlings has gathered and set their collective goal to achieve creative evolution and spiritual ascension through the unity that was since then called Dool.
Summerland encapsulates the meaning behind the quintet’s moniker. Expansive and more varied on all fronts, it represents the constant evolution that goes along with the soul’s quest for ascension, resulting in a bedazzling mix of dark and post rock, Middle Eastern flourishes, psychedelia and metal. Each track displays its own identity within a loose thematic frame as summarized in the climactic title track: the struggle to find a place in this world, reaching some ultimate state mind, ecstatic pleasure and reincarnation, also inspired by Richard Matheson’s novel What Dreams May Come as a modern take on the Biblical cycles of hell. The track Sulphur & Starlight
The term Summerland comes from paganism and refers to heaven, nirvana or whatever else you’d like to call it,” the lyricist explains. «Since I usually write from experience and about what keeps me awake at night, I was asking myself what makes me happy on this existential plane and how the ideal afterlife would look like. This became a recurring motif throughout the lyrics in the shapes of sex, magic, psychedelics and many other means to invoke this Summerland in the here and now».
The group recorded Summerland at DAFT Studios in Malmédy, Belgium, and Studio Cobra in Stockholm, Sweden, with Martin Ehrencrona (Tribulation, In Solitude). Mix and mastering were handled by Cult Of Luna’s drummer Magnus Lindberg in Redmount Studio Stockholm. As guests, Dool invited Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Candlemass) on Hammond organ, backing vocalist Farida Lemouchi (The Devil’s Blood) and Okoi Jones (Bölzer), who contributed spoken words to The Well’s Run Dry.