DMME on Pandor


Dmitry Epstein always writes wonderful thought provoking reviews, and his take on the Pandor album is no exception. Read it on his website and read why he says that “in the absence of extremes, variety could save the day here; as it is, the project’s nature is cryptic indeed”.

Thank you Dmitry!


Review in Empire

Empire 124 - Cryptic NatureGerman Magazine Empire have written a nice review of my album.

Some quotes:

  • a pompous rock opera, about dragon’s and unicorns, brought by several guest singers, with cinematic soundscapes and heavy guitar riffs
  • respect, the album does not sound as a one man affair
  • despite the drums sounding a bit sterile, the overall impression is convincing
  • excellent sound, fans of prog metal opera’s should find this to their liking.

Read the full review (in German) here: Empire_124_Preview 24

Thank you Martin!


The Rocker likes Pandor!

the rocker - cryptic natureUK site The Rocker wrote a very nice review of the Pandor album. Good to see that there are people getting the total picture.

Some quotes:

  • Mad as a very mad thing. That’s how power and prog metal should be. So I’m tipping my topper to Koos J Thönissen who has went all out on this release.
  • As metal operas go, this is a good one.
  • Ambition such as this deserves to be heard and lauded.

Read it in full here. Thank you Mr. H.!


Your Music Blog on Pandor:

your music blogYour Music Blog have written about Pandor! You can read it here.


Where to Buy?

cryptic nature - pandor

Since Pandor is officially released now, here some tips on where to find it:

  1. Our label Rock Company
  2. Bandcamp
  3. CDBaby
  4. Spotify
  5. iTunes
  6. And of course it is available from Amazon, in Europe through Rock Inc/ Bertus and through most other retailers, on- or offline.

Video EPK out

In the next video you can sample several tracks from the album. You can also see all the guests and other relevant info about it.
And please remember there is only a week left to benefit from pre-ordering it on Rock Company!


Pre Order now!

cryptic nature - pandorExciting news! the pre order for the album has arrived at Rock Company. And the best thing is, order now and not only will it be sent out in October (official release is October 27), you will also get a discount!

So, do no longer hesitate and head on over to the webshop!

Oh, on iTunes there will also be a pre-order soon, with an instant download of the track Glynyd!

Thank you for your support!


a little background and the tracks

cryptic nature - koos After being an active songwriter, bassist, guitarist and vocalist in several bands I thought it was time to try out something radical: To create a Rock Opera on my own – from the writing and recording (and playing all  instruments myself) all the way to mixing and mastering the project – and find out if I could pull off something of this magnitude…

As it turned out it became a road littered with bumps and potholes, successes and falling flat on my face at times only to pick up the pieces and boldly continue – learning from the mistakes I’ve made – eventually finishing the whole thing.

Creatively and technically it is the accumulation of all my skills – composing arranging performing Sound designing mixing and mastering – and it has been a journey during which I’ve improved on my know-how, learned a lot of new things got to know some wonderful people along the way!

Band:   Koos Thönissen – Guitars, Synths, Basses & Fretless Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Vibra Slap, Didgeridoo, Skull Drums & Soundscapes.
Guest musicians – Jeroen van den Biggelaar : Lead guitar on Certamen Ultimus, Ron van Rhee : Flutes on Consulting Serna.

Vocals: Sascha Burchardt as Pandor, Emmelie van Deurzen as Tayla, Jacqueline van Elsbergen as Serna, Cathy van der Valk as Ieeryah. Koos Thönissen as Nebucor, Krolok, Oomat & the Sage.
Backing vocals by Emmelie van Deurzen, Anita Alberts & Koos Thönissen.
Special appearance by Huw Lloyd Jones as Teelon.
Narration by Ian Jillings.



Release date and artwork!

cryptic nature - pandorWe are very proud to present to you the front cover artwork for the Pandor album. It was made by the famous Blekkmark studio from Sweden! The album will be released on Oktober 27 by Rock Company and it is a double disc with 14 tracks.

More info about (pre) ordering soon!


Hello world!

New site is in progress. Thanks for your patience!

And just to whet your appetite; here a song from the coming album!