The female-fronted gothic/rock band Nemesea was started in 2002 by vocalist Manda and guitarist HJ at the conservatory in Groningen, the Netherlands, where they both studied. They were soon joined by the bassist Sonny and drummer Steven.
In September 2003, Nemesea signed a deal with a small local label and during the following year released their debut album Mana
, which had been recorded in various studios. The release of Mana
gave the band a great start. The band toured intensively and received excellent reviews. For many of Nemesea's fans, Mana
, the most gothic of all Nemesea's releases, still remains something of a cult album.
In 2006, Nemesea was invited to sign up on the just created website SellaBand.com, where artists and bands could seek funding for their albums. Nemesea became the first band to raise the recording budget, and with the 50 000 $ recorded their second album In Control
. The album, released in June 2007, was in a different style than the band's debut: from classical gothic rock Nemesea progressed to a more poppy sound, combining rock, gothic and elements of trance. The reactions were mixed; while the more hardcore gothic fans were disappointed with the new direction, the band's new sound seemed to appeal to a wider audience. Promotion shows followed, including a series of shows in Dolby 7 Surround (2009), which Nemesea was the first band in the world to play.
The lineup of the band changed. Drummer Steven decided to leave the band and was replaced by Frank van der Star. Also, the band welcomed the fifth member, keyboardist Lasse. In 2015 Frank and Lasse left the band, so at the moment Nemesea is Manda Ophuis (vocals), HJ (guitars, keys, vocals) and Sonny Onderwater (bass, keys).
In 2010, Nemesea started working on their third studio album. In 2011, they got signed with Napalm Records. The Quiet Resistance
was released in the same year.
Nemesea are currently working on their fourth studio album, which they will release on April 29, 2016. This will be a 14-track album with 10 new songs and 4 bonus tracks, again released via Napalm Records. You can pre-order it in their web shop, where you of course can purchase Nemesea's other releases too.Nemesea's new website