Ariën van Weesenbeek

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Ariën van Weesenbeek
Ariën van Weesenbeek 2011.03.15.jpg
Background information
Born (1980-05-17) 17 May 1980 (age 34)
Origin Netherlands
Genres Death metal, symphonic metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, vocals, percussion, keyboards
Years active 1995–present
Labels Metal Blade
Associated acts God Dethroned, Epica, Aborted, MaYaN
Website www.arienvanweesenbeek.com

Ariën van Weesenbeek (born May 17, 1980 in Waalwijk) is the Dutch drummer for the symphonic metal band Epica, the symphonic death metal band MaYaN, and the melodic death metal band HDK (band).

Van Weesenbeek started as a 3 year old smashing furniture with spoons and forks before discovering his dad's drum kit. Inspired by bands like Cream, he then took drum classes. He later joined a marching band and at the age of 15 started a band, Pandaemonium, and joined others such as Downslide & Conspiracy. He studied at the Conservatorium of Rotterdam where he met Isaac Delahaye who also joined God Dethroned.

Van Weesenbeek joined God Dethroned in 2003. In 2007, he recorded the drumming parts for the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica's album The Divine Conspiracy. On December 3, 2007, Weesenbeek became a full-time member of Epica, taking the place of session drummer Koen Herfst.

Discography[edit]

Preceded by
Roel Sanders
Drummer for God Dethroned
2001–2008
Succeeded by
Roel Sanders
New title Drummer for HDK
since 2005
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jeroen Simons
Drummer for Epica
since 2006