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Extra-terrestrial new Textures axeman beams in

Textures audition

It was with great sadness that Dutch progressive metal band Textures announced the departure of founding member Jochem Jacobs last November. It’s always difficult when such an integral part of the band leaves, but Textures have weathered the storm before (he is the fourth of six to have left, with only guitarist Bart Hennephof and drummer Stef Broks remaining), and so recent months have seen them open up the floor for potential candidates to replace the erstwhile axeman.

The prospects were narrowed down to six, who were invited to jam with the band just over three weeks ago, and now it has been announced in the following video that the new guy is Joe Tal.

In true Textures style, it doesn’t really take itself very seriously – but what is serious are the chops that Joe has. The process was filmed for posterity and for the band’s ongoing podcast series, and it shows that the new guitarist is an impressive player. Bart says:

[quote-symbol symbol1]Joe was just outstanding  We jammed together, the jam was just awesome. He really knows what Textures is about: the chords he used; the voicings. Yeah, he surprised us really.

It certainly sounds like they’ve got an able replacement on their hands. Joe followed up:

[quote-symbol symbol1]I’m really super excited about this and it’s been a lot of fun doing this; jamming with the guys, and actually now it feels all there that I’m in the group and I really can’t wait to get started!

They also reiterated their fond wishes towards Jochem, which is nice to see. It seems all of the old members are still well-regarded by the group, which is testament to how laid back and easy-going they seem to be.

The band’s last album Dualism was released towards the end of 2011. With Joe now in place, we’re hopeful that the next phase of Textures will be just as fruitful.

Two shows are currently confirmed for the summer: Buma Rocks Festival at Doornroosje in Nijmegen, and Rockstadt Extreme Fest Open Air in Brasov, Romania. Keep your eyes peeled for more!

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