Progressive Rock / Metal - Netherlands

Exivious Band

A bright new star is rising fast in the celestial spheres of progressive music: EXIVIOUS. Featuring current and former members of CYNIC, DODECAHEDRON, PESTILENCE and others, EXIVIOUS’ music is as avant-garde and nuanced as its members’ backgrounds suggest. ‘Liminal’ excels in delivering lush and beautiful songs, flowing gracefully from complex arrangements to poignant moments of restraint. Yet how does an instrumental band speak to their listeners? “Through melancholic melodies and energetic rhythms, dense harmonies, starbursts of noise and breathless interludes”, the band tell in their own words. “Organic music that speaks of duality and plurality, of fleeting ideas and ephemeral moments, unexpected climaxes and explosive epiphanies – emotions from life captured in sound. That, in a nutshell, is EXIVIOUS”. The quartet was founded by Tymon Kruidenier with a clear vision to amalgamate jazz fusion and metal in previously unexplored ways. In a first phase, a number of demos experimented with different approaches: ‘Demo 1999’, ‘Demo 2001’ and ‘Exivious’ (2002). The next phase witnessed the band gaining a stable line-up, which came to fruition in 2005 and still included Stef Broks on drums. EXIVIOUS’ self-titled and critically acclaimed debut was released in 2009. Yet instead of following up on their success, Tymon and Robin joined CYNIC in 2010, putting their own band onto a hiatus. After leaving the US Prog legends, EXIVIOUS was born again with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. As Stef had meanwhile fully committed to TEXTURES, he was replaced by Yuma van Eekelen. In 2011 the Dutch started to perform live, playing festivals and joined OBSCURA and others on tour. At the end of 2012, EXIVIOUS kicked off a crowd-funding campaign for their upcoming album ‘Liminal’ and reached their goal within a week. ‘Liminal’ captures emotions, while conveying feelings and experiences in a way that instrumental music rarely explores. It’s experimental, original and most importantly, immersive, drawing the listener into a world of sound that is at once challenging and intriguing. Dive in deep and chill out!


  • Tymon Kruidenier : Guitars
  • Michel Nienhuis : Guitars
  • Robin Zielhorst : Bass
  • Yuma van Eekelen : Drums

This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.

Posted on November 6, 2017

Time to say goodbye! Dutch progressive quartet EXIVIOUS have kicked off their final dates before completely disbanding in support of their last album ‘Liminal’. EXIVIOUS have joined TEXTURES, who embarked on their last tour as direct support with EXTREMITIES as opening act. A list of all remaining shows can be viewed below.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Dutch progressive quartet EXIVIOUS have released a new playthrough video featuring bassist Robin Zielhorst for the song “Time and Its Changes” taken from their self-titled debut album. The clip can be viewed here.

Posted on September 25, 2014

Dutch progressive quartet EXIVIOUS have just released a new stunning play through video for the song “Deeply Woven” taken from their album ‘Liminal’. The clip can be viewed here. Disclaimer: Please take care not to break or entangle your fingers while trying to copy the moves of former CYNIC guitarist Tymon Kruidenier!

Posted on January 9, 2014

In December, Dutch progressive powerhouse EXIVIOUS launched a guitar contest on their Facebook page. The competition, which saw 100+ incredibly skilled guitar players give their best on YouTube, is now over.

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