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 40)
GenresDeath metal, symphonic metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, vocals, percussion, keyboards
Years active1995–present
Associated actsGod Dethroned, Epica, Aborted, MaYaN

Ariën van Weesenbeek (born 17 May 1980 in Waalwijk) is a Dutch drummer who plays for the symphonic metal band Epica and the symphonic death metal band MaYaN, both created and led by guitarist Mark Jansen.

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 3 December 2007 Weesenbeek became a full-time member of Epica, taking the place of session drummer Koen Herfst.


Preceded by
Roel Sanders
Drummer for God Dethroned
Succeeded by
Roel Sanders
New title Drummer for HDK
since 2005
Preceded by
Jeroen Simons
Drummer for Epica
since 2006
New title Drummer for MaYaN
since 2010