TDW: Brewery, textile center and symphonic prog metal….

TDW - Fountains

In the Middle Ages, Amersfoort was an important center for the textile industry and there were many breweries in the city. In the 18th century, the city flourished due to the cultivation of tobacco. Now the city is best known to me because of the very talented and nice musician Tom De Wit lives here.

Today some symphonic progressive metal from TDW and the album Fountains is produced by TDW maestro himself Tom De Wit. The album is mastered by Rich Gray, and Janneke Stam have created the very good artwork. Fountains will be released 26th of November 2021.

Foutains is an album made by the fans, for the fans. That’s how you could describe this new TDW album in a simple way, but that wouldn’t tell the whole story, as the eighth TDW album entitled Fountains has become something unexpected indeed.

Spurred on by an all too familiar worldwide pandemic and an urge to keep moving forward after releasing the well-received album The Days The Clock Stopped in December of 2020, main songwriter Tom De Wit took the possibility to quickly write new material that would become this very record. Written, recorded and produced in a record tempo for Tom De Wit’s standards, but also fueled by a very special ingredient… Song input from the fans who preordered the last album and helped to make it all possible! The track Gratitude Song,

Like releasing one double album in a year is not enough, Symphonic, progmetal act TDW returns with a brand new song called Gratitude Song that is a part of an upcoming album. This song is the first single which is now available with a music video on youtube. And with this song, TDW might have something of a first-time on his hands as it’s not often that over 60+ people are credited in a song and it makes sense musically.

 When asked about this single, TDW’s main man Tom De Wit said the following:

«Gratitude Song especially represent my feelings regarding the current state of the music industry rather well. It’s a song that thanks everyone who has been immensely supportive in making my last album the thing it has become, but also serves as an observation on how certain artists (not naming names but we all know them) are just completely disregarding their fans… I think it’s very special when someone wants to support my music in a way like this and this song is my way to at least acknowledge everyone who did in 2020».

Multiple songs on this new offering are based on suggestions given by TDW fans in 2020 when they preordered The days…. Tom De Wit told the fans that if they gave him a subject and basic idea, he would write a song based on those ideas and 6 songs on this album came to be based on these very concepts. Added to this were 4 songs written by Tom De Wit that all formed a loose theme tying everything together. And especially after the heavy, concept-driven approach of its predecessor, this felt like a fresh start with new ideas coming from many directions.

As a result, Fountains has become an eclectic collection of songs that touches upon the familiar symphonic, progressive TDW sounds and themes, but also expands it. Flowing rapidly from angular electronics and weird tonal switches to flamenco infused breaks to swing-jazz cabaret metal and everything in between. The songs might seem a bit more concise this time around (except for the closing epic Hope Song II) but there’s no shortage of ideas on display. Instead this vinyl length offering can be seen as a Fountain of ideas that is ready to be dived into.

When asked about the theme of the album, Tom De Wit described it as follows: «This album has a few themes that form its framework. We have been through the wringer as creators & mankind in general, so I made songs about staying hopeful even when life beats you down, understanding the human value of real art over just blindly staring at sales numbers and marketing and more».

«My life has been a constant, crusade against hollow art made for profit only. The highest goal for me is to make something that invokes a real response. I think this represents that to the fullest. People often get sidetracked by the business side of things, but at the end of the day it’s our creative fountain that keeps us going. Yes, you have to take your career seriously, yes you have to think of these things, but for me the music and the creative adventure ALWAYS comes first».

An album with a clear statement of intent, that shows gratitude to its co-creators as well, tries to spread hope and has a message for those whose fountains might have dried up. All brought in a lighter, more direct musical fashion. Time will tell how this album will end up being recieved, but for the creator it was a great, creative experience that got the fountain overflowing with ideas. And at the end of the day that is all that matters isn’t it?


1: Fountains (5:45)

2: Inner Enemy (4:30)

3: Hope Song I (3:04)

4: Gratitude Song (6:28)

5: Hunter’s Eyes (5:01)

6: Anthracite (6:56)

7: Another Choice, Another Universe (5:33)

8: Graveyard Boogie (4:26)

9: Traveller (5:31)

10: Hope Song II (8:50)


Tom De Wit – Vocals, Guitars, Synths, Orchestrations

Rich Gray – Bass, Backing vocals (Annihilator/Aeon Zen)

Fabio Alessandrini – Drums (Annihilator)

Guest musicians:

Bryan Ramage – Guitar solo on #1 (Ramage Inc)

Linn Liv – Guest vocals on #1 (Cyanide Paradise, Pictura Poesis)

Eric Hazebroek – Guitar solo on #2 (Vetrar Draugurinn)

Ron Brouwer – Guest vocals on #2 (Sacrosanct)

Cathinca Porsius – Flute on #5

Lennert Kemper – Guitar solo on #5 (Dreamwalkers Inc, Elithium)

Lola Damblant Soler – Guitar solo on #6 (Soledad)

Vikram Shankar – Synth solo on #7 (Redemption, Silent Skies)

Michael Mills – Guitar solo on #8 (Toehider, Ayreon)

Morean – Guitar solo, flamenco guitar & palmas on #9 (Alkaloid)

Lucas De La Rosa – Guitar solo on #10 (Solo artist)


Laura Ten Hoedt, Iris Van ‘t Veer, Cailyn Erlandsson, Rania Bailey, Rikke Linssen, Linda Van Vugt, Ron Brouwer, Rich Gray, Tom De Wit


About Ulf Backstrøm (7174 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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