As 2020 turns out to be such an horrific year so far I am, as so many other colleagues, forced to reasses all my musical activities. Great shows with AUGUST LIFE and THE DUTCH DISCIPLES were / are cancelled and / or resceduled and as plans made for 2020 are now on hold all energy will go in making AUGUST LIFE's successor for NEW ETERNITY the best effort by the band so far... and... we are making great plans for 2021 as we speak. So no DEAD END... we will be back... with a very nice surprise soon!



After 17 year of loyal duty I decided to quit HIGHWAY CHILE.
I had great moments with this band but it is time to move on to expand my musical endeavors.

After the KEEPER OF THE EARTH release in 2008 inspiration and motivation to continue the progress made by making a successor of this great album was not carried by the whole band .

Consequently we went on for a fair amount of years without really having much to add to the legacy. We kept gigging and some very nice shows were done the past years together as a band and we certainly had fun moments.

Needless to say , however, my creative ambitions were cut short so I really needed to evolve musically and keep writing. As a consequence the stunning new Progressive Hard Rock / Metal act AUGUST LIFE became effective in 2018.

Over time you realize you grow in different directions and unfortunately the direction HIGHWAY CHILE is choosing is not for me.

I wish the guys in the band the best of luck. I am sure we will see each other again on the road after we have overcome the present unreal reality of COVID-19!    



AUGUST LIFE will be special guest for THRESHOLD at HYPOTHALAMUS in Germany



The 2008 HIGHWAY CHILE album KEEPER OF THE EARTH will be released through
NO DUST RECORDS on a very nice special edition red vinyl on April the 18th next!



And this is how it went with THE DUTCH DISCIPLES at 7er Club in Mannheim on the 27th of December in the last year of the last decennium...


AUGUST LIFE to play at Boerderij Zoetermeer together with TYKETTO


More shows TBA! 


is touring again


21-09-2019 P60 Amstelveen
25-10-2019 Bel Air Breda
02-11-2019 Holland heavy metal Festival Drachten
23-11-2019 South of Heaven Bilzen
24-01-2020 Boerderij Zoetermeer
01-02-2020 CrossRoads Kaatsheuvel
07-03-2020 Elektra Sliedrecht
24-04-2020 Gebouw T    OPTION! Bergen op Zoom

More shows TBA!


First LIVE REVIEW for AUGUST LIFE written by Toine van Poorten and illustrated by Rita van Poorten at TRUEMETALFAN.

Thanks so much Toine & Rita!


On the 28th of June AUGUST LIFE will play in Germany for the first time in Hypothalamus (Rheine). We will play there as Special Guest for our friends of PRAYING MANTIS.




On the 23rd of June THE DUTCH DISCIPLES will play Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel Belgium...


Turn Back Time Rehearsal video! 



Last minute call to witness AUGUST LIFE play live for the first time!

Zaterdag 6 april vind de echte live aftrap plaats voor August Life in SoundDog Breda samen met de bands Unexpected,...

Geplaatst door Gert Nijboer op Zaterdag 16 maart 2019

Gert will play with AUGUST LIFE on the 30th of June at
Bel Air
Breda together with his buddies from PRAYING MANTIS


Gert to do a special double gig with both AUGUST LIFE and
on the 25th of May at WMM 2019.


Available for pre order in Black and beautiful Ocean Blue vinyl Early March 2019 at No Dust Records!



Man has it been a year that 2018! Many ups and downs! On a personal level but also professionally it has been a rollercoaster.

Despite many draw backs I finally saw my new album released where I have been working on intensely for some time with singer Bryan Ketelaars and producer Jack Nobelen.

I am psyched that 2019 will be the year we will let you hear our great conceptual music live for the first time and I can finally introduce the live band August Life:

Gert Nijboer - lead guitar (Highway Chile, Deathriders, Picture)
Bryan Ketelaars
- lead vocals (Auracle, Armageddon)
Hans in 't Zandt
- drums, backing vocals (Praying Mantis. Mad Max, Vengeance)
Gerald Vos
- keys, Hammond, guitar, backing vocals
Ronald Pieterse
- bass, backing vocals (Disquiet, Divine Rebellion)

In a nutshell: AUGUST LIFE's album NEW ETERNITY, the brand new Dutch progressive melodic metal project initiated by Gert and Bryan, saw the light of day late August this year. The reactions of fans and press for this brand new outfit were overwhelming.

A bunch of great guest musicians and singers participated on NEW ETERNITY like for instance Peter Vink (Ayreon, KnightArea), Rob van der Loo (Epica, Mayan), Madicken de Vries (Heidevolk, Annatar). The list goes on.

The CD was released worldwide and can also be found on every digital platform (Itunes, Spotify etc.) An LP version is expected to be released in the near future!

But enough about the album. Let me take this opportunity to especially welcome to the live band, being the one not to have played on the album, brilliant bass player: Ronald Pieterse (Lockdown, Divine Rebellion, Disquiet).

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who proved to be a real friend in 2018.

I am so much looking forward to see you all next year on and off stage with AUGUST LIFE, HIGHWAY CHILE and THE DUTCH DISCIPLES.

 Keep rocking the free world and have a great 2019!


Very nice review about NEW ETERNITY, AUGUST LIFE's debut album at Rockportaal by Hans Ravensbergen.



Nice review about NEW ETERNITY, AUGUST LIFE's debut album at leading Dutch Hard Rock Metal magazine AARDSCHOK by Ron Willemsen



AUGUST LIFE in July issue of AARDSCHOK magazine...


AUGUST LIFE's debut album mixing and mastering is finished!

Last sunday the 22nd of April we had a first listening session with all musicians involved together with all other great people helping us during the whole process so far in SOUND DOG Breda.

The reactions were so overwelming!

Both Bryan and Gert are beyond grateful to everyone present!
We can't wait to make the next step and release the album so we can let you all be able to be part of this new legacy onwards!

Eventhough, if you really look close enough
, some peak views are already there

ALBUM TITLE and ARTWORK will be revealed SOON!

We might even post a complete song (or two) SOON before release...





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