Sander Gommans

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Sander Gommans
Gommans performing with After Forever in 2007
Gommans performing with After Forever in 2007
Background information
Born (1978-08-15) 15 August 1978 (age 43)
Reuver, Netherlands
GenresSymphonic metal, death metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1995–present
LabelsNuclear Blast, Seasons of Mist, Frontiers
Associated actsAfter Forever, HDK, Trillium, Scheepers, Kiske/Somerville, MaYaN

Sander Gommans (born 15 August 1978[1]) is a Dutch musician and songwriter. He founded the symphonic metal band Apocalypse with Mark Jansen in 1995, which later changed its name to After Forever. He played guitar and performed the vocal grunting parts in the band. He managed the band and was the main writer of After Forever's music.


After recording all guitars for the album Rise of the Warrior by Anna Phoebe, he began a project called HDK, which is signed to Season of Mist; HDK's debut album, System Overload, was released on 23 February 2009.

He is also the additional lead guitarist on Kiske/Somerville, an album by the German singer, keyboard player and guitarist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) and the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach Amanda Somerville. In 2010, he co-wrote the album Scheepers, a solo album of Primal Fear's lead vocalist Ralf Scheepers.

Resulting from his partnership with Amanda Somerville on HDK and Kiske/Somerville, Sander became one of the main members of Amanda's self heavy metal-oriented project called Trillium, which first album Alloy was released in fall 2011 by the record company Frontiers Records.[2]

He released another HDK album, Serenades of the Netherworld, and he owns, together with longtime friend Paul Simons, a music company called "The Rock Station", which consists of a music academy, a music studio, music management and music merchandise.

Between 2015 and 2019, Gommans joined forces with Scott Wenmakers (teacher and illustrator) and Menno Kappe (Graviton Music Services)[3] to work on "Enter the Metal Realm", the first chapter of Magic-O-Metal, a heavy/power metal musical project for children. Through the website,[4] people can (pre-)order various products concerning the project.

Personal life[edit]

On 19 August 2013, it was revealed that Gommans was engaged to be married to Amanda Somerville,[5][dead link] and the pair were married in July 2014.[6] On 8 January 2015, she announced that she and Sander Gommans were expecting their first child.[7] In July 2015, their daughter, Lana Elise Gommans, was born. In 2018, their twin daughters Anya and Juliet were born.[8]

Prior to marrying Somerville, Gommans had previously been in a relationship with Floor Jansen.[9][10]


With After Forever[edit]




  • Ephemeral (1999)
  • Wings of Illusion (1999)


With HDK[edit]

With Trillium[edit]

  • Alloy (2011)
  • Tectonic (2018)

With Magic-O-Metal[edit]

  • Enter the Metal Realm (2019)

Other credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Sander Gommans - Metal Storm". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  2. ^ Bravewords (July 1, 2011). "Frontiers Records To Release Debut Album From Vocalist AMANDA SOMERVILLE's New Metal Project TRILLIUM In Fall 2011". Bravewords website.
  3. ^ "Graviton Music Services – Welcome to the new dimension of music!". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  4. ^ "Welkom in de wereld van Magic O Metal". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Amanda Somerville 28 July 2014". 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  7. ^ "Amanda Somerville 8 January 2015". 2015-01-08.
  8. ^ "Sander Gommans 14 March 2018". 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  9. ^ Begai, Carl. "EPICA - THE ECSTASY OF AGONY". Bravewords. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Epica interview - Mark Jansen (part 1)". YouTube. FaceCulture. Retrieved 29 May 2021.

External links[edit]

New title Vocalist for After Forever
Guitarist for After Forever

Vocalist for HDK
Guitarist for HDK

since 2009