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TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc is a band that brings a musical experience that stands for emotion, an open mind and intensity on one side, combined with precision, technique and craftsmanship on the other. This band was founded in 2016 by lead singer and front-man TOM DE WIT, who is also the main composer of the music and writer of all lyrics and concepts which this project represents. For years, Tom has released music under the moniker of TDW which can be described as Modern Metal mixed with symphonic elements, dynamic shifts, progressive touches and Tom's unique sounding voice. The music is built on dark, mostly melancholic stories that are expressed through the lyrics.

After years of only releasing studio albums under the TDW name, in 2017 it was time to bring this music to the stage. DWI is therefore not just a band, but more a collective of musicians that Tom has chosen to perform the music with in the best way possible. The goal is to bring shows in which the stories behind the songs can be told through music, lyrics and visual elements. The use of video and other theatrical elements add to this notion. The debut-performance of this band took place at Progpower Europe in September of 2016. The band took to the stage in an acoustic setting, which can be considered a surprise looking at the normal more metallic sound that this band normally has to offer. The fact that the band can actually also play acoustically with the same intensity as a full on metal show, is a testament to this bands' diversity and abilities.

Then almost a year later in June of 2017 the band took the stage to perform their first big metal show, which was received well for its intense and energetic delivery by fans and critics alike. The band released their album "THE ANTITHETIC AFFILIATION" in May of 2017 and is planning on touring for this album in the first quarter of 2018. There was also Next to a show on the 18th of November 2017 where they performed a new take on their first acoustic show, dubbed "The ambient show". This show took place in a chapel in Amersfoort and was be a hybrid of acoustic music and ambient music driven by beats and electronics to showcase another side of TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC

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3.00 | 2 ratings
First Draft (as TDW)
2004
3.65 | 6 ratings
Up close and personal (as TDW)
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Haunts (as TDW)
2008
2.97 | 3 ratings
Scrapbook (as TDW)
2011
4.63 | 7 ratings
Music To Stand Around And Feel Awkward To ! (as TDW)
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Antithetic Affiliation
2017

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Promotorium
2005
3.00 | 2 ratings
Brother
2006

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 Music To Stand Around And Feel Awkward To ! (as TDW) by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.63 | 7 ratings

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Music To Stand Around And Feel Awkward To ! (as TDW)
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by quxabletremor

5 stars Usually I start an album review with a bit of background information about the artist, band or project before commenting the music. This time the first thing I have to mention is the spectacular way the album is presented. At first the package looks like an old vinyl single, nicely wrapped in a cardboard cover. Inside there is a CD and a A6 size booklet that holds all the information you need as well as all the lyrics, a special card an as an extra, a nice moustache. Check the artist's you tube clips to find out why this gadget is added. This special package makes sure this album does not end up somewhere in your regular collection and needs to be stored in a special place. To be honest, even without the special package this album needs a special spot, direct for the taking, because when you have played it once, chances are it won't leave your player/pc for a long time. Before I forget, the actual CD has been released to 300 piece limit, all hand numbered. My personal copy does not have a number, but my name on the spot,' which makes me feel special as well.

Ok, before I get sentimental, let's talk music. TDW stands for Tom de Wit; vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, record label owner and nice person in general. Known from previous releases and a five star album with his band Mind:Soul (see review). For further information I would recommend to read the interview we did a while ago (see interview). The opener Some Things, Part One shows another side of Tom as we know from his band Mind:Soul. This almost acoustic composition has relaxed but intense vocals and Adeia's Laura Ter Voorde's violin playing perfectly suits to the created atmosphere. The following Chameleon is the first re made song of the album. Intensity wise this one sticks close to Mind:Soul compositions, although the keyboards are a bit more prominent and Lennert Kemper's (ReSolve) solo would not suit the aforementioned band, but does perfectly fit to this stunning song. Surface Scratching is another nice and powerful composition. This time background vocals are perfectly blend in to the song and Dimaeon's Sybren Boonstra completely goes bananas on his guitar solos. Heading Back is one of the reasons you should buy this album; together with Dreamwalk, Part II ' The Descent and Shock Awakening this is one of the songs that are the extras on the actual CD. By the way, the rest of the album can be downloaded for FREE at TDW's website. Only a fool would pass on this super offer. Heading Back is a relaxed composition that can be seen as the lead-up to the following Home, Lennert Kemper plays a nice and emotional solo. Home gently turns up the power, this composition is nicely build with super sounding guitar riffs. During the midsection, the vocals are more darker and raspier than on the previous songs, which shows the vocal capacity of Tom. Nice guitar solos of Michiel van der Werff (Weltschmertz) and Norbert Veenbrink (Mindshade) finish this composition. Absolute highlight is the emotional and very personal Butterflies; an intense piano ballad which features Hanna Van Gorcum excellent violin playing. Listening to the following Mourning After II, I realize how easily all the different atmospheres on the album go well together; after the intimate Butterflies, the pedal goes down and a brilliant duet is the result. Together with Rosita Reitsma, Tom pushes the song towards the stars. How perfectly those voices work together and how wonderful Laura's violin is combined with Sander Stegeman (Sense vs Sanity) heavy guitar parts. The second, CD only composition is the almost nine minutes lasting Dreamwalk, Part II ' The Descent, which definitely is one of the spectacular highlights of the album. This wacky epic has every element perfectly fitting into each other; metal riffs, progressive synths, dark and moody vocal lines combine with acapella vocals. Even a part of Grieg's Hall Of The Mountain King has been fitted into this killer composition. You are going to push repeat after this song I assure you, you will have the need to listen to this one again. Shock Awakening is the lead-up to Jimmy and sees heavy riffing and a sort of multi layers spoken words preparing you for an ultra-heavy riff that opens Jimmy. This song has been released in a different form on Tom's Up Close And Personal album and can be seen as a political song. Frank Schiphorst (MaYan) delivers some fine heavy solos to this bass driven monster. The final Some Things, Part Two, gives us the chance to listen to ten and a half minute of brilliancy. Tom leads us through this final epic with melodic and symphonic vocals, heavy guitars and super orchestrated parts.

This is one of those albums you immediately fall in love with. There is so much variation in music and styles, you just have to push repeat to listen again and let the music fill you up. A very strong point is the way Tom uses his voice, he exactly knows where his comfort zone is and uses that in a brilliant way. Music To Stand Around And Feel Awkward To ! is an album that shows a lot of Tom; the human being,.. at least, I think he is one.

 Up close and personal (as TDW) by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.65 | 6 ratings

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Up close and personal (as TDW)
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by MJAben

3 stars An album full of potential but lacking in scope, here is an album where we see the prodigy Tom de Wit really expand and develop as a musician. One truly has to commend the variety and the ambition put forth in the release, even if it does feel imbalanced and scattered at times.

de Wit will certainly be a musician to watch in the future as this feels like an album that holds a great deal of potential, even if it falls short in some ways. Standout tracks for me are 'The Curse From The Woods', ':' and 'Octave in 3'.

I think at times the album could sound more polished and at times the PT influence is a tad overwhelming but, nevertheless, what I like about this album is that if one song doesn't cut it for you, the next song likely will and although this causes the album to feel a tad bit fragmented it certainly keeps it from growing stale.

3/5 stars.

 Scrapbook (as TDW) by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.97 | 3 ratings

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Scrapbook (as TDW)
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Scrapbook' - TDW (5/10)

Well, that was something.

While I will do my best to speak of the music on this album by this Dutch progressive metal group, there is one thing on this album that stands out beyond anything else, even the music itself. That being the length of the album, which- after having listened to it from start to finish- has left me in a state of relative exhaustion. While I will do my best to critique the music based on its merits, this album has brought up a rather saddening point to me; that an album's length can greatly affect a listener's patience and appreciation of it, regardless of how good or bad the actual music is. In any case, from the two hour length of this record onwards, it is clear that TDW has invested alot of time and effort into this album, and indeed, this sense of effort gets across. While the music is well done and some of the songwriting here is excellent however, it all comes back to the length, and the album's general lack of variety, which leads it to becoming an exercise in tedium, should one attempt to listen to all of it from start to finish.

'Scrapbook' is a two disc album, although it could easily be considered as two albums under one name. Although the style of hard-edged melodic prog metal is kept consistent throughout the album, there is no narrative umbrella to reach over all of these tracks and create some binding concept, as is the case with many prog double albums. Instead, over the course of two hours, we are simply presented song after song of music that these guys have done. The music generally sticks to a slightly progressive formula of prog metal, with the occasional lapse into something different, like Middle-Eastern music, or symphonic metal, you name it. While none of the styles here (including the main sound of the band) is done particularly well, everything sounds solid, and there are even moments here where the listener's attention is grabbed. Of the two hours of material here though, there's probably an hour and fifteen minutes of music that I would consider to be very good, with the other forty five being something of a nuisance. It is not necessarily that TDW is inconsistent with their writing, but some of these songs could have used a little editing, to get the message across a little better.

The songwriting and performance here is very good, but I do not believe that the style that the band is playing is fresh or powerful enough to stay that way over the course of two hours. If TDW had cut half of this out and had a single disc hour long album (still fairly long by my standards), it would be much easier to enjoy the quality that is here, and there is most definitely quality here; it just gets incredibly tired before the end.

 Scrapbook (as TDW) by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.97 | 3 ratings

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Scrapbook (as TDW)
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A double studio album within the Heavy Prog genre is very rare. From the top of my head, I cannot remember any other albums like this.

Nominally, this is Heavy Prog. But that's in name only. The vast majority of the stuff here is progressive metal and even experimental metal. Think Dream Theater and Pantera. There is a lot of the latter one here. Add a bit Slipknot, Bush and Korn to this mix too. This album is a child of our time. In particular, disc 2. The first disc has a lot of modern rock too and is not as metal as the second disc.

This is not a concept album, TDW is stressing. But sometimes, this album feels like a concept album. The musicianship and vocals are good. Unfortunate, this two hours long offering from TDW is very ambitious, but sadly comes up short in the quality stake. The material is good, but not particular memorable and great. The two hours trundles on without really offering greatness. Some sporadic great melody lines and details shows up now and then. But nothing here is really bad either so TDW has pulled this off to a large degree. A middle of the tree rating would suffice here.

3 stars

 Brother by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Brother
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Up close and very personal

Just prior to releasing his second album "Up close and personal", Tom De Wit put out this very limited edition (150 copies) single. The A-side is a non-album song called "Brother" while track 2 is a reworking of a song which appeared on his first album. De Wit does just about everything himself here, accompanied only by guitarist Michiel van der Werff.

"Brother" is in De Wit's own words "about a person very dear to Tom who he had to say goodbye to due to unfair circumstances". In this case, "goodbye" does not necessarily mean death, but what De Wit saw as the unjustifiable deportation of someone back to a country they were fleeing from. The lyrics are clearly very personal, and written from the heart. They perhaps display the tender years of De Wit in their rawness, but in some ways that can be quite endearing.

Musically, the song is largely in keeping with the type of product to be found on De Wit's first two albums. If anything, despite the heavy nature of the lyrics, the mood is actually slightly lighter. It should be said that the track has little potential as a hit single, but given the limited production run we can safely assume that was not the intention anyway.

The other track here, "Happy day (2006 version)" sees the track of that name from his first album being updated with new lyrics and a different arrangement. Once again, the lyrics are personal and reflective, revealing a young man who is casting off his youth and discovering the true complexities of life. Melodically, the song retains the lighter feel of "Brother".

In all, this perhaps more of a rites of passage for De Wit than a genuine single release. Interesting but not essential.

 Up close and personal (as TDW) by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.65 | 6 ratings

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Up close and personal (as TDW)
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars Real hope for the future

Two years after the release of the debut TDW album, Dutch teenage prodigy Tom de Wit returned in early 2006 with a second album. Once again, he undertakes much of the work himself, although he does again call upon Ramon de Wilde to help out on guitar. He also brings in a couple of other contributors, including violinist Christine Reurink. The entire album was released as a free internet download, and remains available today via the official website.

In a deliberate attempt to challenge himself beyond his comfort zone De Wit decided that this album should explore many different styles and genres, resulting in a collection of great diversity. The opening "Surface Scratching" is certainly rooted in the harder rock which was a feature of the debut, but the production shows a new sense of ambition. The track has hints of Porcupine Tree (especially in the distorted vocals), although the guitar work is bluesier and the overall sound lighter. For a sub-four minute track, it certainly packs a lot in.

"The Mourning After II" sets of with a Sabs like riff, but the keyboard backed vocals offer a contrast not generally present on albums by the band. The track mixes heavy metallic moods with melodic vocal refrains. "Jimmy" is a heavier drudge through a rather muddled affair. The keyboard sounds give the track some colour, but for me this is the album's weakest track, musically and lyrically.

"Number 7" alters the mood completely, with a symphonic instrumental played out on keyboards. Here the feel is that of old Hammer House of horror B-movies. "The Curse From The Woods" retains the cinematic style, but this time through an acoustic instrumental with orchestral overtones. Here, solo violin adds welcome new colours to the sound. The following "Fearless Speeding Maniacs" is a brief disposable indulgence featuring Andreas Jongeneel on Pots, Pans and Kitchen sink.

The bizarrely and rather inconveniently titled " :' " (the lyrics refer to "double point, apostrophe-a, Heading for Catastrophe-a") reverts to a style which resembles some of Porcupine Tree's earlier less structured works, the improvisational nature of this piece being the loosest De Wit has permitted himself to be up to this point. The album closes with the instrumental " Octave in 3", an ambitious multi-part 8 minute suite featuring a variety of keyboards and guitars.

I know when assessing music one should remain dispassionate about the protagonist involved, and focus on the quality of the results. It is though difficult not to constantly listen in wonder at the talents of one so young. De Wit was still under 20 when he recorded this album, yet it has a maturity and sophistication others twice his age can but aspire to. The diversity of sounds and styles may in reality be limited, but there is still plenty of scope here for De Wit to explore new avenues. We can only hope that this great young talent continues to develop and bring us music of such high quality in the coming years.

 First Draft (as TDW) by TDW & DREAMWALKERS INC album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.00 | 2 ratings

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First Draft (as TDW)
TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc Heavy Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Musically mature beyond his years

The initials TDW represent a young musician from The Netherlands by the name of Tom De Wit. When he recorded this his first album in early 2004, he was just 16 years old. The album took 2 weeks to write and record, De Wit undertaking all the songwriting and production duties, along with the vocals. He also plays all the instruments you hear, with the exception of some of the guitars, where he is supported by Ramon de Wilde and Brian Vijber.

The brief "..?" which opens the album is certainly intriguing, the abstract melody being vaguely Floydian. It is though when the pounding rhythms of "Endless" burst in that we get our first real taste of TDW. The track is an amalgam of metallic riffs, gothic vocals and symphonic synths. De Wit is clearly ambitious with regard to both his songwriting and arrangements, and the results are surprisingly impressive. "The mourning after" mixes shades of Porcupine Tree with Dream Theater style heavy metallic drums. The rawness of the composition is well disguised by some nice production.

"Happy day" features some impressively melodic singing, the tone being rather like that of Scott Walker. The guitar work on this track is particularly notable, but perhaps the piece could have been developed a bit further. "Innerburn" is a sort of "Endless" part 2, the lyrics being well composed while revealing the impressionable youth of the writer. "Mosquitos" begins with some appropriate buzzing sounds the track taking a bit longer to introduce the heavy riffs and drumming which dominate the album. The track is an instrumental piece which is generally looser, more improvisational, than the relatively tight arrangements of it peers.

"New strength" and the two subsequent tracks form a three part piece with the sub-title "At the end of love", although each is a self contained track. "New strength", at 6 minutes the longest track on the album, returns us to the Porcupine Tree style, with shifting time signatures driving the piece forward. "Your room" finally offers a breather from the heaviness of the album, the track being primarily acoustic. This gives De Wit the opportunity to put the emphasis on his vocal, which in turn rises to the challenge well.

"My loss", the third part of the trilogy, opens in a Sisters of Mercy like gothic style, gradually building as the drums and cathedral like organ push things along. The album closes with ".!" which forms a suitable bookend with the opening piece.

While the tracks here have a certain naivety, De Wit pulls it off well, creating an album which belies his tender years and lack of experience. The blending of a number of styles popular in these parts will help this album appeal to many who come here, particularly those with an ear for the more metallic aspects of prog. There are no epics as such, but De Wit's willingness to take his songs beyond the simple structures of pop suggest that here we have a talent we will hear a lot more of in the future.

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