"At the same time, I joined a local marching band and would play with them for eight yuears. Besides a lot of fun, this appeared to be very helpful for discipline, too. When I was 15, I made some friends at school, and was introduced to rock and metal music (Anthrax, Slayer). As a group we began making heavy music. Then, British grindcore/deathmetal formation Napalm Death crossed my path, and I was blown away when listening their intense, fast, cyclone-like metal, gazing with open mounth at the record store. A new love was born."Van Weesenbeek's improvised band, named Pandaemonium, grew and developed into a six-man effort playing Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel inspired metal. Double bass pedals were purchased, and so began a long period of intense training. School efforts went below zero; being a fulltime musician was his only ambition. Pandaemonium's first demo, "Misanthropic", was chosen as "demo of the month" in 1998 by Holland's largest metal magazine Aardschok.
"Dutchman Ariën van Weesenbeek, a third year conservatory drummer with the speed, power and precision to match "Ravenous" session drummer Tony Laureano."Soon after the recordings of "Ravenous" frontman Henri Sattler reveils in an interview with Ad Noctum:
"We've just found an awesome drummer a couple of weeks ago by the name of Ariën van Weesenbeek. Ultrafast, hard hitting, very tight and definitely able to compete with aforementioned drummers [Tony Laureano and Janne Saarenpää]."And Sattler is totally right! Only very few people are capable of replacing giant drummers like Tony Laureano and Janne Saarenpää. One of them is Ariën van Weesenbeek. To drummerszone.com Van Weesenbeek modestly comments:
"Well, the recordings [of "Into The Lungs of Hell"] were not very different from recording a demo: I had nailed all tracks down within six hours. I've been told this is pretty fast. Actually everybody in the studio was amazed. The only thing I did was to make sure all drums had new heads and to play as neat as I could."Clearly The Netherlands have breed a new top drummer. Reviews of "Into The Lungs of Hell" were all acclaimed. Ariën van Weesenbeek:
"As a project for my education, I made a personal promo-cd: containing three self-written songs, one Pandaemonium song, and one Conspiracy song. It contains my musical experiences till this recording, and are summarized in the 5 songs. I was also asked to record a demo of the band Edgecrusher from Belgium. Isaac Delahaye, one of the guitarplayers, was also studying at the Conservatory, and asked me for the recordings. I recorded 6 songs for the demo called "Impressions of Mankind"."After recording the MCD Ariën departed again and Edgecrusher added Michael Maes to their line-up as his replacement.
"I had 5 students who I was training each one to play one song of God Dethroned, and to perform the songs live together with fellow students who played the rest of the instruments, and even with a female grunter!! It was a great thing to do, and everybody gave their best!"Ariën van Weesenbeek went on playing gigs with God Dethroned, and around summer 2003 he went into another new musical adventure: gothic metal with the band Imperia. Together with them he recorded their debut album as a session drummer, and also did two live gigs with them. In July 2004 Imperia's debut album "The Ancient Dance of Qetesh" was released. However, soon after the recording session Ariën decided to fully focus on God Dethroned and left again to be followed up by drummer Steve Wolz (Bethlehem).
"After playing together for a year and a half, and later on with Isaac Delahaye in the band, we recorded their first promo-cd, to find out where the band musically was standing."The drummer also got a phonecall from the guitar player/singer of the band Pace Grace, a rockband with sixties-blues covers, and was asked to play live gigs whenever he was available. And so he did quite a lot of gigs with this band.
"So.... pffffff... and whats happening now?? Well, its been busy with gigs the last couple of months of God Dethroned, Pace Grace and Down Till Dawn. I was also asked to participate in a project called Delain of Martijn Westerholt (ex- Within Temptation), and I recorded the drums for 11 songs at Spacelab Studios in Germany."And Ariën van Weesenbeek is still teaching drums on a part-time basis, and has are more gigs coming up......