Since 2011, For All We Know has been Ruud Jolie’s (known from Within Temptation) side project. The debut album of For All We Know was released in that year, followed by the second album ‘Take Me Home‘ in 2017. Both albums are released on vinyl for the very first time on our label. During the Covid pandemic, Jolie began contemplating the release of a third album. This album, ‘By Design Or By Disaster,’ is set to be released on CD and vinyl through the young Dutch prog rock/metal label Construction Records.
Throughout the writing process, Jolie collaborated closely once again with vocalist Wudstik, and the band consists of the same musicians who played on the first two albums: Léo Margarit (Pain of Salvation), Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex Pain of Salvation), and Marco Kuypers (ex Cloudmachine). The 11 songs were produced by Jolie himself and range from heavy thrashy metal to calm melodies.
Compared to the first two albums, ‘By Design Or By Disaster’ takes the listener to even more extremes, from beautiful atmospheric strings to pounding rhythms and guitars. However, Jolie continued to search for melodies and harmonies that one might not immediately expect. The music still does not conform to conventional norms. For the attentive listener, there are once again some ‘easter eggs’ hidden; melodies from previous albums that have found their way onto this new record but in a different form. This makes the first two albums, together with this record, a kind of triptych. The same applies to the artwork.
‘By Design Or By Disaster’ is not a concept album, but there is certainly a common thread in terms of the lyrics. They revolve around the journey of a young man navigating through life, building and losing relationships along the way, such as with his parents, loved ones, and later, his children. It’s as if he is constantly looking in the mirror. Hence the three characters on the album cover; it’s the same person but in different phases of his life. The two adults are blindfolded by the blue ribbons, symbolizing our preconceptions and the obscuration of vision. Because, whether we like it or not, we can get stuck in how we (think we) are. On the other hand, the baby is still free from judgment and completely open to life. For now…
Dit album wordt uitgegeven op Construction Records, het gloednieuwe Nederlandse progressieve-symfo rock-metal label dat officieel is gelanceerd als onderdeel van Suburban Music Group (NL) waarin ook platenlabel Suburban Records en Suburban Marketing & Distribution zijn opgenomen. Construction Records zal vooral progressieve en/of symfo rock- en metal bands in de breedste zin gaan huisvesten, die opvallen door hun vakmanschap in songwriting en in instrumentbeheersing.