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3.64 | 8 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Wonder Why (4:35)
2. Mindless (3:01)
3. I Don't Need A Lover (6:21)
4. The Borderline (3:05)
5. Dark Nights (3:55)
6. All About You (2:35)
7. Mistake of a Lifetime (4:57)
8. Nighteye (4:02)
9. Fast Asleep (11:11)
10. Crawl Out of These Mountains (5:04)
11. Make It Happen (4:35)
12. Innocent Eyes (4:29)
13. Celebrate Your Life (4:04)
14. The Hurting (1:59)
15. Wide Awake (5:14)
16. Het Nieuwe Land (3:06)

Total Time: 73:07

Line-up / Musicians

Alan Case / vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums

Guest musicians:
- Raymond Hallatu, Jan Tervoort, Stan Peters, Steve Brooke, Raymond van Rooijen / vocals
- Lisanne Soeterbroek / violin
- Eddy Bopp / guitars
- Ad van Beek / guitars
- Hilde Amian / harp
- Gino Reremassie / guitar
- Debby Nagi, Vivian Peters, Eveline Cloin, Simone Cox / backing vocals

Releases information

Bee and Bee records BBAC 2000

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ALAN CASE Dark Matter ratings distribution

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Review by apps79
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4 stars Dutch musician Ernst van de Kerkhof, born in 1964, was involved is several projects since the late-80's under the guidance of guitarist Eddy Bopp, member of the Hard Rock band Vandale.They formed together the short-lived group Mystix, that split up in 1992, and the next year van de Kerkhof participated in the Eurovision contest, representing Holland.1995 sees him in the line-up of Dilemma, recording the ''Imbroccata'' album, then a couple of years later he released his solo work ''Wide awake'', surprisingly offered by the Japanese label Avalon.Two years later the same album was re-released with three bonus tracks under the title ''The dark matter'', featuring Bopp, Mystix'es singer Debby Nagi and several other guest musicians.

I admit that the first listening led to the false results of a mediocre album, because after several spin ''The dark matter'' prooves to be a really superb album with excellent songwriting and series of impressive, beautiful melodies.Basically the style is a mix of AOR and Neo Prog with a few ballads thrown in for good measure, but the most surprising fact is that I can find a striking weak moment in this album, despite the obvious commercial vibes.Several tracks could easily end up in a BOSTON or TOTO album, being delicate, melodic and pompous AOR compositions, but even these have something to offer: a Classical-inspired interlude, a great acoustic crescendo or simply an outstanding chorus full of emotion.Other tracks are closer to the sound of PALLAS, TRISTAN PARK or even GENESIS, led by full-blown synthesizers, melodic guitar lines, a few symphonic vibrations and tremendous vocal parts, placed mainly in the second half of the CD, like the great ''Nighteye'' or the long and melodic ''Fast asleep'' with the PENDRAGON-influenced bombastic keyboards.The few ballads appearing here and there are absolutely great, far from the cheesy songs offered by other bands, featuring sensitive vocals, multi-vocal lines and dreamy arrangements.

Since the release of this album, the traces of this man have been unfortunately lost and it seems this album will be his sole document that has been left behind.But do yourself a favor and track this down, because it is one of the greatest examples of well-crafted, accesible but also highly artistic Progressive/Symphonic/Pop Rock.Highly recommended.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Dutch musician Ernst van der Kerkhof known in musical scene as Alan Case was part of the dutch band Dilemma in the early '90s when decided to go solo and manageing to release two albums, or better said only one because his first album Wide awake is same album with his next Dark matter but only the second one has some bonuses added. Dark Matter was issued in 1999 and gone unnoticed then as now. Hmm, many pretend to be an excellent melodic neo prog album with some AOR elements thrown in, well, is good for sure but nothing is colose to greatness here. The pieces are short melodic in aproach, symphonic/neo combined with pop catchy parts something between Alan Parson Project, Toto, Asia with Pendragon for example. 3 vocalist are present here, all done an ok job, the best tune is Fast Asleep, an 11 min piece with nice intresting parts, maybe the best tune of the album, also are few more that caught my attention, the opening I Wonder Why and one more. All in all a decent release, nothing more, nothing less, is ok for those whoa re more into melodic neo prog. 3 stars.

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4 stars Alan Case (born Ernst van de Kerkhof) is someone who deserves more praise in the Dutch music community than he gets. He's received positive reviews for his music in such publications as Wonderous Stories (UK) and The Progressive (US). While he describes his musical style as Progressive, it's a ... (read more)

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