The guitar. Wonderful instrument, but also a potential source of problems when you push yourself too hard. I just came out of a bout of tendonitis, as I overloaded the tendon in my fretting hand, and most notably the tendon that connects my thumb to the rest of my body. This is called ‘De Cuervain’s Tendinosis’, and it can happen when you grip incorrectly. I usually warm up before I start practice. I stretch and massage my fingers so they are nice and limber and flexible. I paid attention to my stretching and warming up routine, and discovered I often overlook my thumb, even though you use that thing very intensively every time you grab a chord. With thrash and death metal I haven’t needed to grab overly complicated chordings, now that I am messing with black metal, more traditional chording is way more prevalent. Add a guitar with heavier gauge strings, and you end up with an overworked thumb, in the fretting hand.

Lesson learned? Stretch all your fingers, also your thumbs. It’s so important.

Goodbye, Nergal

Nergal was the VPS (a virtual server, for the laypeople) which used to serve this website (amongst other things). After many years of faithful service, I had to decommission it because it was draining a bit too much of my funds. So, after some furious back upping and transferring of services and data, I just turned it off and sent it to Valhalla.

So, Ave Nergal. It was fun.

Get me out of here.

I’m kinda fed up. Fed up with the current government. Fed up with the apathy and simple boneheadedness of people. Fed up with the social justice idiots. Fed up with wage slaving. Fed up with the Netherlands. Fed up with Europe.

I’m pretty much done with everything and I would much rather like to go somewhere else and do something else. Sure, my infinite patience will provide me with the means to carry on, but in my heart of hearts I would rather just leave and go somewhere far, far away, and pretty much watch the world burn from there without my participation. I would rather just go to the outer rim of the world and dive into my music.

I hear Iceland is nice.

So, will I just pack up and leave? No. Can’t. Responsibilities and all that. But when I get an opportunity and I can tie everything off here, I am gone. I’m fed up.

Droplets, droplets, everywhere

Seems I need to reboot some things again. So I am now moving my websites to Digital Ocean. Right now, this website is running on Ubuntu, PHP-hhvm, and MariaDB. And everything is managed
by SaltStack. It’s a nice low-maintenance setup this way.

I might retire the VPS I have at TransIP. It’s becoming a bit of an expense that I can avoid. DigitalOcean seems to scale a lot better for me, and less of a headache to maintain with Salt.

I’ll keep you guys updated.

Oh, if you want to help me out, check out Digital Ocean, and try it out with my referral link. If you use it, you get $10 for free, and I get a drop in my bucket: DigitalOcean

Andrath the Merciless

Wow, what a week it has been. I haven’t been putting time into music again since I was just starting out with BMPS. If Andrath must slay, my guitar game needs some work. I have the skills, but I need to hone them again and I need to push some boundaries. I’m up for that. There are some areas I’m going to put some time into:

  • Stamina. I would like to have it where I was gigging with BMPS again, possibly even better.
  • Solo’s. Since I’m the sole guitarist in RÁN, this duty befalls upon me. I currently suck at that. I’ve always been a rhythm bloke that could destroy with sheer brutality. Now I need some finesse too.
  • Accuracy. Especially for my solo game.
  • Speed. Faster is better. I’m already quite fast, but I can always get faster.

On top of this, I still have a metric ton of material to get through. But I think I can squeeze the above into mastering the songs.

I have my work cut out for me. Let’s rock and RULE! !m! !m!

Grymm and Frostbitten

Welp, I have another project. My good friend Didrik from RÁN recruited me to play in his band. I’m looking forward to it too, since I’ll be crushing stages not before long. I do have to learn a lot of material though. It’s not all super mindblowingly difficult stuff, but still, it is quite a lot of stuff to learn and memorise. Since I am pretty much stage-ready since I have all the gear that I need (head, cabinet, axes, stompboxes, cables, pedalboard, etc), I am looking forward to getting out there again, even though I’ll be pretty much unrecognisable with all the corpsepaint, leather clothing and spikes. But I don’t mind. I might enjoy the obscurity.

So, meet Andrath, the guitar wielding Marquesse of the Deep, my current black metal avatar. Hopefully you will hear that name often.

Anyway, I’ll have to get neck deep into black metal, so hail Satan it is.


I generally don’t enter into competitions. I never win them anyway. But his one was too much fun to pass up. Here’s the competition outlined (ignore the US-only part, because that was amended in a later video)

So yeah, the goal is to make this guy laugh with a self-written metal track. I decided to make a spoof of every black metal videoclip out there. here’s my entry:

Yes, that’s me frolicking around in corpse paint, with a very deep set of lyrics (ahem). I hope Glenn Fricker appreciates the softer mastering and the time and care I put into mixing. It turned out pretty good, the balance is there. I myself basically don’t care if I win that Washburn V, but wouldn’t it be nice?