Name: Marcel Hubregtse
Born in April 1968, on a sweltering day, in Dordrecht and reborn in September 1979, on an even hotter and more humid day in Singapore, as a metalhead. Daily life entails being a barman at a specialty beer bar in Utrecht.
September 1979 will always remain engraved in my memory as the month in which by means of Kiss' ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ and cassettes by Scorpions and Motörhead I was infected by hard music. A virus which, until the day of today, still has me in a firm stranglehold.
Classics such as Kiss, Scorpions, Motörhead were quickly expended upon with all sorts of stuff out of the NWOBHM and swiftly developed into Speed, Thrash, Doom, Death Metal, more or less all metal. However, all sorts? Play me Symphonic, European Power, Gothic or Nu-metal there is a major chance I will run away screaming and crying my eyes out.
Besides metal I have a more than average interest in cricket (yes, that quaint English sport), microbrews, single malt whiskies, good food books by John Irving, Ben Elton, Nick Hornby, Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, Kazuo Ishiguro, Charles Bukowski, Bret Easton Ellis and television series such as Six Feet Under, Dexter, Twin Peaks, Southpark, The New Statesman, My Name Is Earl, Malcolm In The Middle, That '70s Show, The Young Ones, Bottom, Men Behaving Badly, Blackadder, 3rd Rock From The Sun. I won't even start to mention my favourite films cause those are way too many.
Metal jewels hailing from the first decade of the 21st century:
1. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
3. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
4. Process Of Guilt - Erosion
5. Negura Bunget - OM
6. Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
7. Neurosis - Given To The Rising
8. Burst - Origo
9. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
10. Alchemist - Austral Alian