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Zeist, Netherlands (2004 – present)

Cardamon is a melancholic rock/metal band formed in early 2004 in Zeist, Netherlands bij Thomas Kalksma (drums) and Koen Romeijn (guitar) of renowned Dutch Death/Thrash metal band Detonation. A short while later, they ran into Floortje Donia, an old schoolmate and friend of Thomas and Koen. After doing a short try-out session, she joined the band.

During the following months they recorded 3 melancholic songs at Thomas’ home studio. When Hans Pieters, owner of Excess studios in Rotterdam, heard the material, he insisted that the band should record the 3 tracks anew at his studio. In the meantime the decision was finally made to name the band Cardamon.

Now the band became more serious, they started looking for a 2nd guitarplayer. They asked Michiel Bikker, an amazing guitar player who was already a friend and a bandmember of Koen in M-90’s, to join the band. Michiel decided to join almost instantly. Now it was time to find a bass player in order to complete the live line-up.

Bass player Patrick Velis soon joined the band and the line-up was finally complete. Michiel Bikker left the band in late 2005 due to personal reasons. Not long after he was replaced by kevin storm. In autumn 2006 the band entered Excess studios to record 11 songs for the debut album. Spread out over a period of several months the album was completed and in summer 2007 “The Primrose Path” was finally finished. Now the search was on for a label to release the album.


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  • just_Kish

    Amazing band. "Sun As Never" is an awesome album

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • StoatBox

    It's pretty great.

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MadTinus

    Amazing new album "Sun as Never" is available NOW as a free download from the band's website:

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
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    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • JillianWT

    Female fronted Katatonia. Like it a lot... Floortje's voice is beautiful.

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • MadTinus

    New pic of current line-up added, please vote it up and get rid of this hopelessly outdated default pic:

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • sillygirlNL

    crystal clear because everything is equally loud...but nowhere near the real sound of guitars, drums, vocals etc. No volume differences. The drum is no louder than a soft vocal. Is that crystal clear, or distorted? ;-) And clipped. Could be that the cd was not mastered like this before they signed with a label...then you're lucky that you have the old version

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • DWarsong

    ? I don't have anything of your problems, my sound is crystal clear? (I have old version tho)

    8 Mar 2010 Reply
  • sillygirlNL

    Great cd, with good songs, but the compression is awful, it sounds so distorted. The dynamic range is below 6, which means hardly any range at all, like static noise from beginning to end with heavy clipping and distortion. This cd would have been awesome if the production had been better, because the music is actually very good! ( Then again, the same goes for almost every metal cd that has come out in the last five years, so who can blame them? everyone wants to win the loudness war)

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • MadTinus

    Pics of new line-up added, please vote!

    16 Feb 2009 Reply

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