The Difference is a Belgian quintet formed in 1996 when members of Nasty Society and Blackmail decided to start a new band. With the first line up ,Steven Van Hyfte on lead guitar, Christophe De Bock on rhythm guitar , Dirk De Kesel on bass , Kristof Ingels on drums and Gerd Hanssens on vocals, three demos were recorded. At that time the band had a rather doomy sound inspired by bands as Anathema and Paradise Lost. The Demo recordings resulted in quite some performances.
The band had a strong live reputation which made them well known in the local scene. Around 2002 bassplayer Dirk and drummer Kristof left the band for personal reasons. They were replaced by Steven Mervielde on bass and Edward Timmerman on drums. With this line up the first full album “ Lost in Mass Confusion” was recorded.
A few months later Christophe De Bock left the band, he was replaced by Bram Van De Moortel. In 2009 the second album “ When Light uncovers Grey” was released. After a few months Edward (drums) also decided to stop playing. He was replaced for a short time by drummer A.J.
During this period the music video “ The Awakening “ was recorded and released. The cooperation with the new drummer didn’t work out so drummer A.J. was asked to leave the band. As a result of the new album and the music video the band played some bigger festivals like Alcatraz festival ( with Saxon , Testament…) and played as support for Agent Steel and Vicious Rumours In 2012 The Difference performed at Graspop Metal Meeting. Meanwhile Kristof Ingels rejoined the band as drummer.
Autumn 2012 Bram decided to leave the band to go study and work in China. He was replaced by Ruben Dhaene almost immediately. Ruben seems to find his way in the band very well, a fresh breeze can be a good thing and so it is.