Vengeance - Ariaba 12" Vinyl LP Album

- Heavy metal , Hard Rock

This album Ariaba by the Dutch Heavy Metal band "Vengeance" has been produced by John Sonneveld and released in 1989. It has been recorded at the Bullet Sound Studio and Zeezicht Studio in the Netherlands, Sonneveld was also responsible for the sound recording. The album cover was designed/drawn by Ben Verkaaik and Henk de Jong and the photos on the cover were done by Rens Plachek.


Front Cover Photo Of Vengeance - Ariaba

Vengeance - Ariaba: A Bold Stride in Dutch Heavy Metal
Album Description:

Released in 1989, Vengeance's "Ariaba" marked a significant point in the band's evolution and the Dutch heavy metal scene at large. Produced by John Sonneveld, the album was recorded at the renowned Bullet Sound Studio and Zeezicht Studio in the Netherlands.

A Sonic Shift

"Ariaba" represented a sonic shift for Vengeance, moving away from their earlier speed metal leanings towards a more melodic and commercially accessible sound. This shift was met with mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. Some praised the band's willingness to evolve and explore new musical territories, while others lamented the loss of their raw, aggressive edge.

Musical Exploration

Despite the controversy surrounding their change in direction, "Ariaba" showcased Vengeance's musical prowess and songwriting capabilities. The album featured a blend of hard-hitting riffs, soaring vocals, and catchy melodies. Songs like "If Lovin' You Is Wrong" and "Cry of the Sirens" displayed a newfound maturity and complexity in their songwriting, while still retaining the band's signature energy and passion.

A Collaborative Effort

The album was a collaborative effort, with all band members contributing to the songwriting process. Frontman Leon Goewie's powerful vocals were a driving force behind the album's success, while the dual guitar attack of Jan Somers and Arjen Lucassen provided a solid foundation for the band's sound. The rhythm section of Barend Courbois on bass and John Snels on drums added a tight and energetic groove to the music.

Production Values

John Sonneveld's production on "Ariaba" was top-notch, giving the album a polished and professional sound. The album's mix was well-balanced, allowing each instrument to shine through while maintaining a cohesive overall sound. The album's sound quality was a testament to the high production values of the era.

Music Genre:

  Dutch Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Album Production information:

Produced by John Sonneveld

Recorded at Zeezicht Studio, Haarlemmerliede, Holland and Bullet Sound Studio, Nederhorst Den Berg, Holland.

Arabia was mastered at Tape One, London, England

Ben Verkaaik - Cover art

Henk de Jong - Art direction

Rens Plaschek - Photography

Record Label & Catalognr:

CBS 463437 / 17-463437-20-1

Album Packaging:

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos of the Vengeance band-members.

Media Format: 12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 200 gram  

Year and Country:

  1989 Made in Holland
Band Members and Musicians on: Vengeance Ariaba
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Jan Somers
  • John Snels
  • Leon Goewe
  • Jan Bijlsma
  • Arjen Lucassen
Track Listing of: Vengeance Ariaba

The Song/tracks on "Vengeance Ariaba" are

    Side One:
  • Arabia
  • Broadway - Hollywood - Beverly Hills
  • Castles in the Air
  • The Best Gunfighter in Town
  • Children of the Streets
    Side Two:
  • Cry of the Sirens
  • That's The Way of the Story Goes
  • Wallbanger
  • If Loving You is Wrong
  • How About Tonight

Vengeance - Ariaba High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of Vengeance - Ariaba
Front Cover Photo Of Vengeance - Ariaba


Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )

Photo Of The Back Cover Vengeance - Ariaba
Photo of album back cover Vengeance - Ariaba


Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve Vengeance - Ariaba
Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve Vengeance - Ariaba


Close up of record's label Vengeance - Ariaba Side One:
Close up of record's label Vengeance - Ariaba Side One


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