Name: Pim Blankenstein
Pim Blankenstein is active on various fronts within the ‘metal realm’. The main reason is his passion for music in general and the heavier styles in particular. This resulted in an enormous urge to start collecting as a teenager and this is still happening to this day. Next to that being in a band became part of the lifestyle and to this day Pim still is the vocalist of the doom/death formation Officium Triste. Next to that Pim is also active in Extreme Cold Winter and the international project Clouds. He was also part of The 11th Hour.
Writing about metal is also an important way to express this passion for music. He started his career at the English written Quintessence e-zine. A bit later on LiveXS was added. Both magazines don’t exist anymore. At Lords of Metal Pim initially started out doing book reviews. After a while regular reviews and interviews became part of his activities too. Pim listens to every form of metal. But he appreciates other styles too. When it comes to metal he prefers old-school death metal, doom, obscure heavy metal and hardrock.