Dool – The Shape of Fluidity

Dool - The Shape of Fluidity



4.7/5 Pros

  • Very versatile rock style
  • Several epic, but very entertaining songs

I rarely run into rock bands from the Netherlands. The more, I was happy to receive the promo of the album The Shape of Fluidity by the band Dool. The third studio overall by the artists has been released on 19th April 2024. Here is a track by track review.


Dool – About The Artists

Dool is a rock quintet from the Netherlands. They have been founded in Rotterdam in 2015. Two years later, they released their debut album Here Now, There Then. The album received excellent reviews, including the Metal Hammer Awards for the Best Debut AlbumSummerland followed in 2020. Among other chart placements, it was a Top 10 release in the German Album Charts. On top of these studio albums, there have been two EPs and a live album in 2023. The quintet consists of singer Raven van Dorst, guitarists Nick Polak and Omar Iskandr, bassist Job van de Zande and drummer Vincent Kreyder.


Dool – The Shape of Fluidity – Track by Track

The nine track lasts 50 minutes.

1. Venus in Flames

After a slow opening, the listener is diving right into Venus in Flame. The song is one out of three single releases. It is a seven minute epic, which is having a great dramatic plot and comes with great guitar peaks and virtuosity. However, the band is also showing some slower, almost emotional moments, which turns this song into a very special listen.

2. Self-Dissect

If you wonder about the long duration of the album despite just containing nine songs – the Dutch quintet loves epic tracks. With 5:50 minutes, Self-Dissect is the shortest of the first three songs. Raven van Dorst is showing a great performance in here, supported by his powerful bandmates. A very virtuous song again, which feels more melancholic than Venus in Flames.

3. The Shape of Fluidity

The title track of the album has been released just some two weeks before the full set of nine tracks. Van Dorst is making extensive use of his falsetto voice in the beginning of the song, before the guitars and bass push for the first time. However, especially the vocal-centric parts of The Shape of Fluidity impress while listening to the song.

4. Currents

Long tracks only? No! With Currents, Dool is showing a just 2:14 minute listen, which is, however, concentrating on the instrumental side of the band. Nonetheless, the track feels like more than “just” an interlude and adds quite some atmosphere.

5. Evil in You

Before the songs get longer again, Dool put the 3:34 minute song Evil in You on the fifth position of their album. Especially the marching rhythm and the catching vocal performance turns the song into a lovely listen.

6. House of a Thousand Dreams

Slow, but very atmospheric – House of a Thousand Dreams illustrates another side of the Rotterdam band. The usage of instruments is rather limited in most parts, apart from a very present bridge, which turns a fragile listen into an intense one. The versatility of sounds is intriguing.

7. Hermagorgon

The third and last single release featured on The Shape of Fluidity is Hermagorgon. The song kicks off with a darker touch, but then again turns into a very virtuous, never boring plot. It is definitely remarkable, how the Dutch band is putting metal-alike section together with very fine parts – and it still does very harmonic.

8. Hymn for a Memory Lost

The eighth song of the album is just longer than seven minutes. Especially the choir-alike parts of Hymn for a Memory Lost leave a mark in the rock heart of the listener. It almost feels needless to state that you just do not feel the vast duration of the track – there is just so much going on in it.

9. The Hand of Creation

The first moments of the last track of The Shape of Fluidity focus on the rhythmic section. The drummer of the band is driving the song with the slow, but intense theme. Another epic listen, which is showing a fine sense for using just the right portion of rock instruments to create a very unique mood.


Dool – The Shape of Fluidity – Spotify

Here is the album on Spotify:


Dool – The Shape of Fluidity – My View

The Shape of Fluidity is a great rock experience. The talent and virtuosity of Dool leads to fascinating sounds, there is always something new happening. Regardless if the Dutch are loud and powerful or create rather fine and quiet moments, you simply enjoy what they are doing.

Favorite Song: Venus in Flames


Dool – Tour Dates 2024

Apart from an album release show, the band is touring Europe extensively, especially on festivals. Here are the tour dates:

Fr 19.04.2024 Tilburg (Netherlands) – Roadburn Fest
Th 02.04.2024 Rotterdam – Annabel
Sa 04.04.2024 Antwerp (Belgium) – Trix
Su 05.04.2024 Haarlem (Netherlands) – Bevrijdingsfestival
Fr 24.05.2024 Hoogeveen – Graveland Fest
Sa 01.06.2024 Haarle – Dauwpop
We 05.06.2024 Dresden (Germany) – Chemiefabrik
Th 06.06.2024 Gdansk (Poland) – Mystic Fest
Sa 07.06.2024 Prague (Czechia) – Klub Modra Vopice
Sa 22.06.2024 Bourlon (France) – Rock in Bourlon
Su 23.06.2024 Landgraaf (Netherlands) – Pinkpop
Fr 28.06.2024 Vivero (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
Su 30.06.2024 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
Sa 20.07.2024 Lichtenvoorde (Netherlands) – Zwarte Cross
Sa 27.07.2024 Osterholz-Scharmbeck (Germany) – Burning Q Festival
Tu 30.07.2024 Rilaar (Belgium) – Down The Hill
Sa 03.08.2024 Gränichen (Germany) – Open Air Gränichen
Fr 06.08.2024
– Su 08.09.2024
Balve – Prophecy Fest
Sa 02.11.2024 Manchester (United Kingdom) – Damnation Fest
Sa 16.11.2024 Eindhoven (Netherlands) – Helldorado


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