Founded in September 2002 by singer Manda Ophuis and guitarist, songwriter Hendrik Jan ‘HJ’ de Jong – and shortly thereafter completed with Sonny Onderwater on bass -, Nemesea realised quickly that limiting oneself to one specific type of music would not allow the band to fully reach their creative purpose. Nemesea’s own sound therefore became an ever evolving melting pot, combining the best possible sounds: rock, synths and electronic elements with catchy vocal lines.
Following Nemesea’s 3 song demo, the band landed their first gig in April 2003 opening for Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever in the P60 Amstelveen, continuing as After Forever’s support act for over a year.
In November 2003 Nemesea signed to a Dutch independent record company, resulting in the November 2004 release of ‘Mana’, their debut album. The combination of this release and extensive touring in Europe secured Nemesea a strong base in the European gothic/symphonic metal scene.
For their follow-up album Nemesea teamed up with crowdsourcing website Sellaband, raising $50.000 through fan investments within a record breaking period of only three months, subsequently leading to Nemesea getting into the studio in no-time, recording the album ‘In Control’ (released June 2007). Nemesea attracted top-engineer Ronald Prent (Rammstein, Guano Apes, Within Temptation, Simple Minds etc.), who mixed the album at the Galaxy Studios Belgium with Tony Platt (Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Foreigner, Cheap Trick etc.) producing the album.
‘In Control’ featured a more mature sound, combining rock guitar riffs, synths, loops with catchy melodies and vocal lines. A not so subtle change to the previous album ‘Mana’ which got the fans reeling.