Name: Koen S.
What exactly inspires someone to actually start writing stuff on his 40th?
I am still not sure about that.
Maybe because I only have two jobs? Maybe because I have only one wife and one daughter and I just listen to music, play soccer, ride a racebike, play tennis, go to concerts and festivals, learn Spanish in night school and like to go out drinking at a bar, café, cafeteria, reception room or even at a funeral? Or maybe because there are just 3 hours, 47 minutes and some seconds left each month that I don’t necessarily need to sleep, eat and toilet? Even though I have not taken that toilet fact into account.
I'm a typical Belgian who lives in typical Belgium with his typical family, near Reusel, at the border with The Netherlands, so chances you see my fifty kilograms and one meter sixty-one in Tilburg or Eindhoven are as big as in Vosselaar or Antwerp.
I am a loyal visitor of the Graspop Metal Meeting (that festival is almost in my backyard) and I also go to one large foreign festival each year, genre Wacken or Summer Breeze. Also the Eindhoven Metal Meeting is on my list since the beginning and I still regularly go to other gigs in the neighborhood. And this is how it all began:
In 1988 I a schoolfriend “forced” me to buy a bunch LP’s from him, including Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath and Def Leppard – Hysteria. Also that same "friend" sold me LP’s of AC/DC, Motörhead, Helloween and Testament. Since I had a new stereo but no music, I started to play those albums and…liked them.
In 1989 I bought ... And Justice For All with my Christmas money , around New Year I purchased the entire back catalog of Metallica and by then I was just getting started.
In 1990 I bought Left Hand Path for the cover and when bands such as Deicide, Death, Obituary, Tiamat, Nocturnus, Pungent Stench and Napalm Death released all those real death metal classics that same year I was sold . I jumped in the fire. That fire didn’t go away so neither did I.
In between I found out about Kreator, Slayer, Sepultura, Autopsy, Paradise Lost and Morbid Angel and also around that time I went to see the weekly radio show "Thrashing Madness" with Wannes Gubbels (Pentacle) and Marleen live in the local radio studio. There I got in touch with Celtic Frost, Asphyx, Pestilence, Venom, Bathory and so on, when they all were still extremely underground. Good times!
In 1992 I became bass player in a death/grindcore band and played quite a bit of shows in that period with bands like Ancient Rites, Belgian Asociality, Agathocles, Intestinal Disease, Excess Of Cruelty ... but that wasn’t a never ending story. Several of those former band members play now or have played before in more famous bands like In-Quest, Saille or Caducity.
And now we are here. Twenty-five years later and I still listen to metal, and preferably to death metal in all its forms and shapes, but I’m also into black, thrash and grindcore. I spent quite some time to follow all (read ‘a lot’) releases of the aforementioned genres, so I don’t take time to explore other styles that I mostly don’t care about anyway, but I'm always open to suggestions.
See you in the field,
Koen "Smitske" Smits