Name: Leon Vonk
My love for Metal started when I was only fourteen years old and got introduced to a Metallica album. When I heard it for the first time I was sold, this was awesome, I couldn’t believe that I had never listened to this music before! Years later I look back at this moment with mixed feelings, as I got introduced to Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’. I started deep diving into the dark world of metal music and was overwhelmed by its diversity, but of all the styles I formed a true love for progressive and symphonic Metal. I often listen to bands like Haken, Ayreon, Riverside or Symphony X, but my musical pallet goes much further than that, my Spotify playlist can literally go from Joe Bonamassa to Bloodbath, or from Jason Mraz to Pantera.
When got my first guitar it was clear… I needed to do something with music. After years of guitar lessons, playing in bands and studying music for two years it was very clear to me that…. it would not be as a successful guitar player! Many years later I found my passion in singing and joined the progressive metal band Epic Mind, with whom I’ve recorded an album that was released under own management. This tasted for more, so I joined progressive metal project ‘Darkest Light’, with whom we hope to release an album late 2017.
I love writing lyrics and creating vocal lines, but my hunger for more hadn’t gone away yet. I also wanted to express my love for music in a different way than listening and songwriting, so, when I saw that Lords of Metal was searching for a writer, I just couldn’t resist signing-up!
Here’s one of my all-time favorite tracks: