The similarly slothful and depressing Solar Lovers album from 1995 would redress this issue somewhat, enriching the band's sound with the addition of full-fledged violin arrangements, courtesy of Jiska ter Bals and Maaike Aarts. Guitarist Pim van Zanen and guitarist/bassist Olly Smit had replaced Haverkamp and van Slegtenhorst for this release (which was supported by a European tour with countrymen the Gathering), but before the year was out, Celestial Season would undergo a drastic metamorphosis with the arrival of new singer Cyril Crutz and the transitional Sonic Orb EP. Inspired by the new gospel being preached by California desert stoner rock combos such as Masters of Reality, Fu Manchu, and especially Kyuss, the group was soon stripped down to the bare-bones quartet of Crutz, van Zanen, Smit, and Kohnen for the recording of 1997's brusque creative facelift, Orange. Signifying a virtual product relaunch of Celestial Season Mark II, the album delivered a surprisingly convincing "California desert party" feel, considering it was coming from a Dutch band. But with the subsequent departure of last remaining original member Kohnen (replaced by former Kong drummer Rob Snijders), there was no denying that Celestial Season had effectively become an entirely new group.
This lineup, plus new bassist Jacques de Haard, carried on for three further releases of pounding stoner rock, namely 1999's Chrome (which led to appearances at the Dynamo and Roadburn festivals), 2000's Lunchbox Dialogues, and 2001's Songs from the Second Floor EP, before calling it quits, claiming that the band's musical quest had been "fulfilled." MEMBERS Last line-up * Cyril Crutz (1995 - 2001) - Vocals (also drums 1996-99) * Rob Snijders (1999 - 2001) - Drums (see also Agua de Annique, Kong, Garcia Plays Kyuss) * Olly Smit - (1994 - 2001) - Guitar (Bass 1994 - 95 ) * Pim Van Zanen (1994 - 2001) - Guitar * Jacques de Haard (1999 - 2001) - Bass (see also Agua De Annique, Garcia Plays Kyuss) Former members * Stefan Ruiters (1991 - 95) - Vocals * Jason Kohnen (1991 - 97) - Drums (Bass 1996 - 97) (see also Bong-Ra) * Robert Ruiters (1991 - 96) - Guitars * Jiska ter Bals (1994 - 95) - Violins * Maaike Aarts (1995) - Violins * Jeroen Haverkamp (1991 - 93) - Guitars * Lucas van Slegtenhorst (1991 - 93) - Bass Session musicians * Edith Mathot - Violin on "Forever Scarlet Passion". * Sylvester Piyel - Keyboards on "Forever Scarlet Passion". * Atie Aarts - Cello on "Solar Lovers". * Lex Vogelaar - Vocals on "Solar Lovers" Discography * Promises (Demo, 1992) * "Flowerskin" (Single, 1993) * Forever Scarlet Passion (1993) * Fire in the winter/Above azure oceans (Split with Lords of the Stone, 1994) * Promo 1994 (Demo, 1994) * Solar Lovers (1995) * Sonic Orb (EP, 1995) * 3 Track Demo (Demo, 1996) * "Black Queen is Dynamite" (Single, 1997) * Orange (1997) * Demo '99 (Demo, 1999) * Chrome (1999) * Lunchbox Dialogues (2000) * Songs from the Second Floor (EP, 2001) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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