Vandenberg was a Dutch hard rock band named after guitarist Ad "Adje" van den Berg (a.k.a. Adrian Vandenberg)
ANDENBERG is a Dutch rock band that was formed in 1981 by guitarist Adrian Vandenberg. The band's music is a blend of hard rock and heavy metal, characterized by powerful guitar riffs, catchy choruses, and soaring vocals. Despite achieving considerable success in their home country and in Europe, VANDENBERG is perhaps best known for their hit song "Burning Heart," which was released in 1982 and became a top 40 hit in the United States.
One of the defining features of VANDENBERG's music is Adrian Vandenberg's virtuosic guitar playing. Vandenberg's style is characterized by a combination of speed, technical proficiency, and melodic sensibility. He is equally comfortable playing blazingly fast solos and weaving intricate, melodic lines into the band's songs. Vandenberg's playing has been compared to that of Eddie Van Halen and Ritchie Blackmore, and his influence on the development of 80s guitar rock cannot be overstated.
Another key aspect of VANDENBERG's music is the powerful vocals of lead singer Bert Heerink. Heerink's voice is reminiscent of classic hard rock vocalists like David Coverdale and Robert Plant, with a powerful, soulful quality that perfectly complements the band's muscular sound. Heerink's vocal performances on songs like "Burning Heart" and "Different Worlds" are among the highlights of VANDENBERG's catalog.
In addition to Vandenberg and Heerink, the band also featured drummer Jos Zoomer and bassist Dick Kemper. Zoomer's drumming is characterized by a propulsive, hard-hitting style that drives the band's songs forward, while Kemper's bass lines provide a solid foundation for Vandenberg's guitar heroics.
VANDENBERG released their debut album, simply titled "Vandenberg," in 1982. The album was a critical and commercial success, spawning the hit single "Burning Heart" and earning the band a loyal following. The album's sound was a perfect example of the classic 80s hard rock/metal sound, with soaring vocals, thunderous drums, and, of course, plenty of shredding guitar solos. Songs like "Ready for You" and "Too Late" showcased the band's ability to write catchy, anthemic rock songs that were tailor-made for arenas and stadiums.
The band's follow-up album, "Heading for a Storm," was released in 1983. While the album didn't achieve the same level of commercial success as its predecessor, it was still a strong showing for the band, with songs like "Different Worlds" and "Friday Night" showcasing the band's continued growth and maturation. The album's title track, "Heading for a Storm," is a standout, with its moody, atmospheric intro giving way to a thunderous chorus and a blistering guitar solo.
VANDENBERG released two more albums, "Alibi" in 1985 and "The Definitive Vandenberg" in 2004. While these albums didn't achieve the same level of success as the band's first two releases, they still showcased the band's musicianship and songwriting chops. In particular, "Alibi" is notable for its darker, more introspective tone, with songs like "All the Way" and "Once in a Lifetime" displaying a more nuanced approach to hard rock.
ATCO 79-0121 , 1983 , Netherlands
This album "VANDENBERG - Heading for a Storm" is by the Dutch hard rock band Vandenberg was released in 1983 on Atco Records. The painting on the album cover is made by Adrian Vandenberg.Show Details
ATCO ATC 50 904 , 1982 , Netherlands
Vandenberg was a Dutch hard rock band named after guitarist Ad "Adje" van den Berg (a.k.a. Adrian Vandenberg) This album "VANDENBERG - S/T Self-Titled" is the debut album by the Dutch Hard Rock band Vandenberg, released in 1982 on Atco Records and reaching #1 on the American Billboard charts the album spawned one single: the power ballad "Burning Heart"Show Details
ATCO ATC 50 904 , 1982 , Germany
This album "VANDENBERG - S/T Self-Titled" is the debut album by the Dutch Hard Rock band Vandenberg, released in 1982 on Atco Records and reaching #1 on the American Billboard charts the album spawned one single: the power ballad "Burning Heart"Show Details