Holland's extravagantly named the Lords of the Stone bear the distinction of having been one of the first doom metal bands to make use two singers: one male, one female. Founded by brothers Andre (vocals) and Roel Dijkstra (guitar) in 1992, the group was initially an on-again, off-again proposition, also featuring Inge de Haas (vocals), Evert Jepma (bass), and death metal act God Dethroned's Henri Sattler (guitar) and Ard de Weerd (drums). Two years and several demos later, the Lords of the Stone recorded a split EP entitled Fire in the Winter with compatriots Celestial Season, but by then only the brothers remained from the original lineup. The good news was that they'd managed to secure the services of former the Gathering singer Martine van Loon, who along with keyboard player Danny Servaes, bassist Sander De Wys, and drummer Wichard Visscher performed on the band's only full album, 1997's Nightflowers. Despite showing that the Lords of the Stone had successfully made the transition to a more gothic brand of doom, the album's paltry sales were too disappointing to halt the already volatile ensemble's split the very next year.
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