Pictura Poesis was founded in the south of the Netherlands at the closing of 2012. taking their inspiration from paintings and literature, the band succeeds in combining a broad spectrum of classical music with energetic death metal. Contrary to current trends Pictura Poesis maintains a true live performance by using 2 members on synthesizer and no backing track for the orchestral sections. The band released their latest CD Miseriae Mundi on the 6th of May 2017 following their 2 earlier releases in 2013 and 2014.

In Death's Embrace, released May 2013, is the first demo released by the band. This release, containing three songs written in 2012, gives a good impression of the variety this band offers. The EP quickly caught the attention of the media, resulting in several bookings throughout the summer of 2013.

In august of 2014 Pictura Poesis released their second product titled "Demonic Delusion". This 5 track release was recorded at the Tombstone studio in Nieuwstadt. Several concerts were done in promotion of this CD including support shows for Ancient Rites (BE), Rotting Christ(GR), Herfst(BE) and Madgod(CZ). The band also headlined Frostfest 2015 and earned a second place in the BMM Festival contest.

Writing for a full-length began in 2015 with eyes fixed on a 2016 release. The band did several shows supporting among others: Dood (NL), Matricidium (BR) and Slechtvalk (NL). It was somewhere at the end of this path that vocalist Mike Vogels decided to part ways with the band due to creative differences. Writing and recording kept on going and the band started to search for a replacement.

Bas de Esch was hired to replace Mike in august of 2016 and in the following winter he recorded all songs to Miseriae Mundi. This record was released in May 2017.

Unfortunately, Bas decided to part ways with the band. In the second half of 2017 Pictura Poesis once again had to set out to find a new vocalist. Linda van Vugt soon appeared on the band's horizon, and proved to be a good addition to the band's sound. With Linda on vocals, Pictura Poesis is confident that 2018 will bring them many positive opportunities.

The main inspiration for the lyrical aspect of the band comes forth from paintings and literature. In this, there is no differentiation made between old and new, popular and obscure culture, though the emphasis is slightly influenced by the personal preference and knowledge of the writers. In the lyrics, a subject connected with the said painting or poem is secluded and looked at critically, before writing the text, to ensure a critical note on both the subject itself and the broader perspectives they can be placed in by the general public.

As for the musical aspect of the songs, the general mood of the chosen subject is enhanced by the combination of every member’s own musical parties contributing to the whole to create a haunting, lingering sound. The emphasis between both the musical and the lyrical aspects, as well as the close connection that is sought between the musical world created by the band and the direct world it finds itself in, gives Pictura Poesis a new and critical edge, and has proven to be a unique aspect of the band.

Thus the band hopes to encourage their listeners both to broaden their horizons, and explore those aspects of society previously unknown to them, as well as hoping to spark a critical note in the conscious of the listeners, enabling them to look at modern society from a different, questioning perspective.

Current line-up:
  • Linn van Vugt – Vocals
  • Didier Lasoe – Guitars
  • Maurice Braam - Bass
  • Rick Krause – Synthesizer
  • Harald Bouten - Drums
  • Audio



    Title: Miseriae Mundi
    Label: Self-released
    Type: Full-Length
    Release Date: 6-5-2017

    No.   Title Length 
    1 Legions of Doom (Ego Sum Bellum pt. I) 4:32
    2 Holy Whore 4:22
    3 The Paralytic Child 3:28
    4 Visions of Death (Ego Sum Bellum pt. II) 5:56
    5 Persephone 4:29
    6 Nightfall 1:17
    7 The Bockereyders 4:07
    8 De Witt 3:45
    9 Plains of Existence 3:57
    10 Father of Destruction (Ego Sum Bellum pt. III)      8:04

    Total playtime: 43:57

    • All music by Harald Bouten
    • Except: The Bockereyders by Didier Lasoe

    • All lyrics by Mike Vogels
    • Except: Persephone, De Witt & Plains of Existence by Sheree Hoogenberg

    • Miseriae Mundi was:
    • Recorded at: The Meister, Geleen (Drums),
    • De Boerderij, Geleen (Guitars), De Oefenruimte, Helmond (Vocals)
    • Between February 2016 and November 2016 by RArecordings

    • Mixed by Rick Bouwman, October – November 2016
    • Mastered by Rick Bouwman, December 2016
    • Orchestration by Harald Bouten
    • Artwork by Bart Heijman (
    • Bandphotography by Rick Bouwman (

    • Line-up:
    • Bas de Esch - Vocals
    • Didier Lasoe - Guitars
    • Rick Krause - Synthesizer & Piano
    • Sheree Hoogenberg - Synthesizer
    • Maurice Braam - Bass Guitar
    • Harald Bouten - Drum & Orchestration

    Title: Demonic Delusions
    Label: Self-released
    Type: EP
    Release Date: 6-9-'14

    No.   Title Length 
    1 Dawn 1:01
    2 The Wrath of Diana       3:45
    3 Demonic Delusions 5:03
    4 Screams of Silence 3:58
    5 L'Immortalité 5:28

    Total playtime: 19:15

    • All music by Harald Bouten & Didier Lasoe
    • Lyrics by Sheree Hoogenberg (Track 2&3), Harald Bouten (Track 2&5) and Mike Vogels (Track 4).

    • Demonic Delusions was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Bronneberg at the Tombstone Studio Nieuwstadt during the spring of 2014.

    • Line-up:
    • Mike Vogels - Vocals
    • Didier Lasoe - Guitars, Backing Vocals
    • Rick Krause - Synthesizer & Piano
    • Sheree Hoogenberg - Synthesizer
    • Harald Bouten - Drum, Backing Vocals & Orchestration

    Title: In Death's Embrace
    Label: Self-released
    Type: DEMO
    Release Date: 31-8-'13

    No.   Title Length 
    1 Intro 0:58
    2 The Face of Death 3:18
    3 Death and the Maiden         4:29
    4 The Raft of Medusa 3:43

    Total playtime: 12:28

    • All music by Harald Bouten
    • Lyrics by Sheree Hoogenberg (Track 2&4) and Mike Vogels (Track 3)

    • In Death's Embrace was recorded, mixed and mastered between march and may of 2013 by Pictura Poesis.

    • Line-up:
    • Mike Vogels - Vocals
    • Didier Lasoe - Guitars
    • Niels Rüland - Bass
    • Rick Krause - Synthesizer
    • Sheree Hoogenberg - Synthesizer
    • Harald Bouten - Drum & Orchestration


    Upcoming Shows

    Date City Venue Info
    19-05-2018 Echt The Curve
    02-06-2018 Antwerp, Belgium Café Canada
    25-07-2018 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays with: Judas Priest, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, a.o.
    11-08-2018 TBA TBA
    01-09-2018 Turnhout, Belgium Frietrock
    06-10-2018 Reykjavik, Iceland Gaukurinn
    13-10-2018 TBA TBA
    14-12-2018 TBA TBA

    Past Shows

    Date City Venue Info
    17-02-2018 Urmond De Kelder
    09-02-2018 Tilburg The Little Devil Metal Battle
    19-11-2017 Best JC Todo With RAN
    21-10-2017 Nijmegen Backstage
    14-10-2017 Antwerpen Rocking Bull
    22-9-2017 Barendrecht Poppodium De Beuk
    26-8-2017 Geleen De Meister With Daemonos
    24-6-2017 Arnhem De Brigant
    11-6-2017 Maasmechelen Jan Hertog Liveclub Supporting Welicoruss
    20-5-2017 Beverwijk Rockcafe Asgard
    13-5-2017 Veghel Veghel Death Fest With Belphegor a.o.
    8-4-2017 Vierlingsbeek Beukfeest
    19-11-2016 Deventer Walhalla's Fury With Yaotzin
    24-9-2016 Dronten Nirwana
    11-6-2016 Eygelshoven Rockheaven supporting Matricidium (BR)
    23-4-2016 Best JC Todo Supporting Slechtvalk
    27-2-2016 Eygelshoven A Genne Komm Supporting DOOD
    27-12-2015 Beek 't Auwt Patronaat Headlining Frostfest
    6-6-2015 Hilversum Cafe Barracuda With Morvigor & Desolate Fields
    5-6-2015 Beverwijk Asgard With Morvigor & Desolate Fields
    30-5-2015 Genk Rondpunt 26 Supporting Ancient Rites
    9-5-2015 Geleen De Meister
    5-4-2015 Deurne OJC De Roos
    30-1-2015 Eindhoven PopEI With Paperdoll Decay
    17-1-2015 Echt The Curve With Selfmachine
    3-1-2015 Grevenbicht Cafe Potbelly With Daemonos
    21-12-2014 Maasmechelen Jagersborg Supporting Rotting Christ
    25-10-2014 Den Haag Musicon With Kevlar
    5-10-2014 Eindhoven The Jack With Morvigor & Desolate Fields
    26-9-2014 Tilburg The Little Devil
    6-9-2014 Geleen De Meister "Demonic Delusions" Release Party
    14-6-2014 Deventer Walhalla With Morvigor & Desolate Fields
    7-6-2014 Helmond Markt Finale 0492 Poppodium
    4-6-2014 Helmond Muziekcafe
    21-4-2014 Sittard Downtown Bunnypop
    7-3-2014 Middelburg Bar American With Onheil & Herfst
    16-2-2014 Sittard Downtown Battle for Bunnypop
    8-2-2014 Helmond The Black Moon
    4-1-2014 Den Haag HPC Pop Centrum
    3-1-2014 Tilburg The Little Devil
    30-11-2013 Echt The Curve
    29-11-2013 Beek 't Auwt Patronaat Frostfest
    26-10-2013 Kerkrade Cafe Nulland
    31-8-2013 Geleen De Meister "In Death's Embrace" Release Party
    3-8-2013 Kerkrade De Weide Open Air Kerkrade
    27-7-2013 Geleen Mr D's


    All items are available during live shows or via Big Cartel:


    Miseriae Mundi
    CD Jewelcase
    €9,99 + shipping

    Miseriae Mundi Shirt
    B&G Shirts and Girlies
    €9,99 + shipping

    Demonic Delusions EP
    CD Jewelcase

    The Painfucktory Issue 6
    Magazine + Compilation CD
    €5,- + shipping.
    Also available on the Painfucktory Bigcartel

    Logo Shirt
    Fruit of the Loom M / L / XL
    €6,99 + shipping

    In Death's Embrace EP
    CD Wallet


    Reviews of Miseriae Mundi:
    Bleeding for Metal
    "This disc is highly recommendable!"  ~   9/10
    ZEF Magazine
    "Miseriae Mundi has become a very successful and varied album."
    Zware Metalen
    "Fleshgod Apocalypse with a splash of Amon Amarth."  ~   8/10
    Wings of Death
    "The album as a whole is very good!"
    Lords of Metal
    "Miseriae Mundi is a good album. It has good songs and the band presents their concepts well"  ~   72/100
    Crossfire Metal Germany
    "A successful combination of keys and brutal parts"  ~   7/10
    White Room Reviews
    "Miseriae Mundi shows the band has everything to achieve success across the globe."
    Lyrical Spell Magazine
    "Pictura Poesis to me is a professional sounding band which can be proud of its first full length album."   ~   8/10
    Nightmare Patrol
    "Miseriae Mundi is a strong Symphonic Death Metal album."

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