ABOUT THE WRITER OF THE BOOK
AND HOST OF THIS WEBSITE

I am Vincent Meelhuysen, born in 1974. I grew up, most of my life, in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. It was there my fascination with metal started, most likely after seeing the four painted faces of Kiss on television in the late 1970s and early 1980s (I never really remembered any of their music though). I also loved to listen to the hardrock of Status Quo (Whatever You Want), Queen (Live Killers), Meat Loaf (Bat out of Hell), and Deep Purple (In Rock), which were in my childhood vinyl collection. It was in 1986, that my nephew Arthur got me hooked on real metal, having warmed things up with occasional tracks from Iron Maiden and Motorhead, kickstarted with Venom's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Slayer's Reign in Blood, followed by albums like Carnivore's Retaliation, Kreator's Terrible Certainty, and Onslaught's Power from Hell. Later on, I actually got to appreciate the whole section of heavy metal bands he had, like Iron Maiden, Manowar, and Black Sabbath, which I had merely browsed through (but I am still deliberately ignoring his old Quiet Riot, Wasp, and Thin Lizzy albums.) From the few really fine thrash metal albums, my attraction to and interest in extreme music grew rapidly. It was really boosted with the discovery of death metal on Death's Scream Bloody Gore, Obituary's Slowly We Rot, Autopsy's Severed Survival, Pestilence's Malleus Maleficarum, Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness, Sepultura's Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions, Panic's Rotten Church, and the musical extremes of Napalm Death's Scum and Carcass's Reek of Putrefaction, which brought music to an even more brutal level. Still, they were a relatively long step away from black metal...

Ever since legendary albums such as Samael's Worship Him, Blasphemy's Fallen Angel of Doom, Beherit's The Oath of Black Blood, Deicide's Deicide (yes, that one deserves to be here!), and Darkthrone's A Blaze in the Northern Sky were released around 1990/1991, the new wave of black metal immediately caught my main interest, and I started investigating the music, ideology, and history of that particular segment. This lead to a renewed exploration in metal releases of the past, where I discovered musical gems such as Sarcófago's Inri, Possessed's Seven Churches, Mayhem's Deathcrush, and The Great Kat's Worship Me or Die!, and that of a Dutch underground, with dark acts like Funeral Winds, Apator, Countess, and Bestial Summoning. Black metal became an ever-present element in my life. In 1995, after experimenting with several metal subgenres for about three years, my fascination led to joining the Dutch band Liar Of Golgotha, in which I played guitar for almost four years and served as its main lyricist. From there on, I moved to more extreme and obscure things with four years of old school black metal in Funeral Winds, adapting my V Xul alias, four years of more contemporary black metal in Israthoum, and finally participating in Coldeemstorft (since 2004), Veghe (since 2008, a rough guess) and Lanz (since 2012), which are still part of my life.

Because of my continuous musical involvement in black metal, I communicated with a lot of persons active in the scene. Early on I became aware that Dutch black metal was slowly rearing its ugly head. Before that time only a few bands seemed to be part of, what could be descibed as a Dutch black metal scene. This awareness grew in my inquisitive mind into what turned out to become The Encyclopedia of Dutch Black Metal in 2004. With skills I had picked up in the section Cultural Sciences of the Rotterdam University, where I had graduated early 2003, I began exploring the internet, interviewing people around me, purposefully expanding my social network, and combining heaps of research material, with the hopes of creating the ultimate book for all those interested in the face of Dutch black metal. This took about five years of work, before I took a chance and walked into a printing factory. Even though I can tell you tons of things I would do differently now, it turned out quite satisfying, though of course never really finished. That's why I am still running this website, although I don't have enough time to update it on a regular basis...

About a year after the initial release of the book, I reckoned it was time for a first update, and prepared for the release of a photocopied addition, sold with every new order of the catalogue. By now, the first small update has grown into a set of official downloadable updates! The black metal scene is an ever expanding entity, that deserves more attention with every change it undertakes. So I still see it as my duty to inform the public!



 

Apart from writing the encyclopedia and maintaining this website, I have contributed to a lot of projects and bands: I designed covers, contributed lyrics, and recorded music of others and of myself at my primitive home "studio" (today mainly a PC with very basic equipment, but in the past just a cleverly linked stereo and a few microphones). I will list all of the releases I have collaborated on here. Some do not appear by name because of an oath of secrecy I have sworn to the band or myself. To be 100% clear: I have not been part of the line-up of all of the bands below...

PARANOIA
The Spectre of Paranoia (demo 1992)

The band of close friend Paranoia. I designed the logo (and later the cover) for this first demo of the band that later changed into Lanz. It was recorded at my home on my simple double tape deck recorder using its overdub function. Genre: death black metal.

MASTICATE
Maggot Invasion (demo 1993)

Masticate was my first band, formed with a few high school friends, in which I played bass guitar, did some backing vocals, wrote some lyrics, and drew all the artwork. Due to our inability to play instruments and a lack of additional equipment like distortions, we played improvised acoustic death metal and named it 'deathrock'. Everything was recorded live at my home. Genre: deathrock.

MASTICATE
Welcome to My Ass (demo 1993)

Masticate's second demo was a politically incorrect protest demo against the antics and attitude of one of our high school's annoying students - bragging to everybody about an obscure gay porn movie he had done, including those who did not ask. Again I played bass guitar, did some backing vocals, wrote some lyrics, and managed to create more original artwork. More live music from my home 'studio'. Genre: deathrock.

LANZ
Faust der Macht (demo 1994)

This is the second demo of Paranoia, releasing his material as Lanz. Another product from my home studio, with artwork from my hand. Genre: primitive black metal.

ENDEMONIZED
Muziek van Hogere Klasse(n) (video 1994)

My second real band, and the first performance I have ever done, was with Endemonized, in which I played bass guitar. In 1994 I performed with Endemonized at my high school's music night, introducing a lot of parents and teachers to music they never knew existed. Genre: black death metal.

MASTICATE
Lost (demo 1994)

This third release of Masticate was a big improvement after the first two demo's. I am dealing with the bass guitar, electric guitar, programming of drums, some vocals, some lyrics, and the artwork. Again my own 'studio' was the source of all evil. Genre: deathrock.
MASTICATE
Corpse Fucking (demo 1994)

This fourth release of Masticate constituted of unreleased tracks and different versions of earlier music, and the thirty minute long doomy improvisational track 'Corpse Fucking'. More music from my studio, with me doing bass, guitar, programming, vocals, lyrics, and artwork. Some songs featured a different line-up. Genre: deathrock.

LANZ
Göttin der Hölle (demo 1995)

In 1995 Paranoia returned to my home to record Lanz's new demo, for which I wrote some lyrics and drew the artwork. Genre: primitive black metal.

ANIMASTURBATOR
Causing Great Dislike (demo 1995)

Animasturbator was a primitive unconventional grindcore project I had launched with my younger nephew Patrick, in which I handled bass guitar and vocals. I also wrote some lyrics, facilitated the recording equipment, and did all the artwork. Genre: grindcore.

ENDEMONIZED
Muziek van Hogere Klasse(n) (video 1995)
Because of the success of the 1994 show, Endemonized reformed and visited the high school music night again. We returned with 14 minutes of deafening mayhem (I played bass again). The cool thing was, most of us were not even studying at that school anymore. Genre: black death metal.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Winter Returns... (demo 1995)

In the spring of 1995 I had joined Liar Of Golgotha, and only a few months later Gorgoroth and I (on guitar, keyboards, bass, and lyrics) released this atmospheric demo, recorded in the professional Via Ritmo studio. After a self-released promo, the demo was released by Witching Hour Productions from Poland. Genre: black metal.

NAMTILLAKU
Namtillaku (demo 1995)

Namtillaku is another demo from my friend Paranoia, and one of his friends on guitar, made in my studio and featuring my artwork. Genre: atmospheric black doom metal.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Rehearsal November 1995 (promo 1995)

After finding more musicians, Liar Of Golgotha recorded this promo cassette in the Dynamo rehearsal room as a taste of what was to come for labels. It's me on guitar and I have written the lyrics to the songs. Genre: black metal.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Dancing through the Palace of the Ungodly Beauty (lp/cd 1996)

The debut album of Liar Of Golgotha, recorded in the Via Ritmo studio, featuring me on guitar and as lyricist. The debut was released on lp by Maggot Productions from Italy and on cd by Shivadarshana Records from the Netherlands. Genre: black metal.

OBSEQUIES
In Total Obfuscation (demo 1996)
I got together with my nephew and a friend from Masticate, to create this project, playing music that had been influenced by Disembowelment and Abruptum. I played bass guitar, keyboards, did the vocals, and designed the artwork. It was also recorded live at my own 'studio'. I have re-released this one in 2014 through NLBMe Management. Genre: black doom metal.

FÜHRER
Der Totale Krieg (demo 1996)
After almost a year of silence, Paranoia returned to my studio to record another demo, again under a different name, creating a blend of Von/Absurd-styled black metal with gabber dance music. Again I designed the logo and did the artwork. Genre: black metal.

ANIMASTURBATOR
The Great Experiment (demo 1996)

The second demo I recorded with Patrick, again featured me on bass, vocals, artwork, and facilitator of the studio equipment. Thirty minutes of unorthodox extreme music. Genre: grindcore.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Promo 1996 (promo 1996)

After the release of the debut album, we recorded another promo for the label that was about to release our follow-up mini-cd. Recorded in Studio Dynamo, I played guitar and wrote all the lyrics. Genre: black metal.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Vendetta (mini-cd 1996)

After approval of the promo, Cryonics Records from the Netherlands released this mini-cd, which was re-recorded at Studio Dynamo, located at our rehearsal place. Genre: black metal.

UTOPIAN SEXGOD
Paradise of Brutality (demo 1997)

The one-time project with a former Endemonized musician, and my first fully digital recording at the home studio of my collaborator. I was taking care of the bass guitar, vocals, electric drill solo (hardly audible, which is too bad), and I did the artwork. Genre: industrial black metal.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Promo 1997 (promo 1997)

In 1997 we had to record another promo to attract labels for a new release; again done in Studio Dynamo. I return on guitar, lyrics, and artwork. Genre: black metal.

ANIMASTURBATOR
More Animasturbator (compilation demo 1997)

Apart from the two demo's mentioned above, Animasturbator had recorded a lot of experimental sessions, which were compiled on this demo. I can be heard playing guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and doing vocals. Genres: grindcore and deathrock.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Dwell within the Mysterious Dark (cd 1998)

The second full-length album of Liar Of Golgotha, released by Mascot Records from the Netherlands, saw me return on guitar and lyrics. It was recorded at studio Het Pand in Vlaardingen, and contained -among others- the songs previously released on Promo 1997. Genre: black metal.

BLACK ART MAGAZINE
Issue III 1999 A.Y.P.S. (magazine 1999)

Together with Arvath, drummer of Israthoum a.o., I worked on various aspects of this magazine, including lay-out, reviews, and interviews, most notably the Mayhem and Darkthrone interviews.

OFFICIUM TRISTE
Goes Disco (unreleased demo 1998)

As a birthday present of one of its musicians, I collaborated on a remix of Rotterdam doom metal legends Officium Triste's track The Happy Forest. Of course this has never officially released. Genres: doom metal and disco music.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Ancient Wars (cd 2000)

After my departure from Liar Of Golgotha in 1998, the band still used some of my lyrics on their third full-length album, released by Mascot Records. It also featured songs I had still played with them. Genre: black metal.

N.E.S.L.O.S.
Not Even Satan Likes Our Shit (demo mcd 2001)

Not Even Satan Likes Our Shit is the parody band of the local venue Baroeg's programmer at that time, as a response to overly simple and some far-below-par black metal that hit the market around Y2K. On request I did the logo and artwork for the release. I was never a part of the band, though. Genre: primitive black metal.

BLACK ART MAGAZINE
Issue IV 2001 A.Y.P.S. (magazine 2001)

Together with Arvath, drummer of Israthoum a.o., I worked on various aspects of this magazine, including lay-out and reviews.
ISRATHOUM
Hatred (demo mcd 2001)

This is the first demo I recorded with Israthoum at Studio Dynamo, for which I played guitar and did the artwork. Genre: black metal.

FUNERAL WINDS
Promo 2001 (promo 2001)

After finishing a bunch of new and rewriting some old songs, we recorded four tracks on a digital recorder at the rehearsal place of the band. In Funeral Winds I played guitar. The recording remains largely unreleased, and can mainly be found in the band's private collections. Genre: black metal.

LANZ
Sink the Black Titanic (demo cd 2001)

After years of silence, Paranoia returned to my studio to record this legendary and controversial release of weird hate music. Apart from using my equipment I had the challenging task to take care of the revolting artwork. Genres: lounge and hate music.

BLACK ART MAGAZINE
Issue V 2002 A.Y.P.S. (magazine 2002)

Together with Arvath, drummer of Israthoum a.o., I worked on various aspects of this magazine, including lay-out and reviews.

XXXX
xxxx (2002)

The person behind this anonymous band decided to record music on my equipment, and asked me to put together the artwork.

XXXX
xxxx (2002)

The person behind this anonymous band asked me to remix some of the old tracks, and asked me to put together the artwork.

ISRATHOUM
The Art of Malice (demo cd 2002)

The second release I recorded with Israthoum at Studio Dynamo. I played guitar and did the artwork. Genre: black metal.

FUNERAL WINDS
Promo 2002 (promo 2002)

After finishing a new bunch of songs we recorded four more tracks on a digital recorder in our rehearsal room, that were never really released for the masses. Genre: black metal.

XXXX
xxxx (2002)

The person behind this anonymous band decided to record music on my equipment, and asked me to put together the artwork. Genre: black metal.

XXXX
xxxx (2002)

I was a part of this band, and did the artwork for the release. Genre: black metal.

LANZ
Lanz & Girls (demo 2003)

Paranoia of Lanz (somewhat of a regular customer at my studio) wanted some more tracks recorded and picked my studio and design skills to be used. Genre: black metal noise.

LANZ
The Satanic Rock Opera (2003)

Paranoia of Lanz wanted to do a 'rock opera' black metal album, and I helped him with the recording of the seperate tracks. The thing was later compiled into one big track in Vortex Studio, Zevenhuizen, and finally officially released in 2013 by NLBMe Management + Zwaertgevegt in 60 copies. Before that it had only been 'tape traded' to a few fans. I also did all the art work. GEnre: black metal.

XXXX
xxxx (2003)

I was a part of this band, and did the artwork for the release. Genre: black metal.

BLACK ART MAGAZINE
Issue VI 2003 A.Y.P.S. (magazine 2003)

Together with Arvath, drummer of Israthoum a.o., I worked on various aspects of this magazine, including lay-out and reviews.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
The Proliferation (promo cd 2003)

On this promo recording of my old band, two of my lyrics were used. Genre: black metal.

ISRATHOUM
Black Scenery Avatar (cd 2004)

This cd was recorded at R&T Music in Hilversum, and features me on guitar, bass guitar (on some tracks), and on artwork. It was first released by SARS Productions from the Netherlands and later by Merciless Records from Germany. It was the last release I recorded with this band. Genre: black metal.

LANZ
Incinerator: The New Church (cd 2008)

After a long pause, Paranoia returned with the request to co-program the base tracks that were used for this full-length album, that was later finished at Necromanteion Studio in Schiedam. I have also made all the artwork. I have also taken this band and album into my NLBMe Management section to promote it. It was picked up by a label in 2010. I also feature on this release as an uncredited guest vocalist. Genre: industrial black metal.

ISRATHOUM
Monument of Brimstone (cd 2008)

My old band asked me to do the artwork of their SARS Productions release. Genre: black metal.

BLACK ART MAGAZINE
Issue #10 2009 A.Y.P.S. (magazine 2009)

After a long hiatus, I regrouped with Arvath of Israthoum a.o. to create the tenth issue of this old-school underground magazine. I worked on various aspects of this magazine, including cover art, lay-out, gig reports, and reviews.

ISRATHOUM
Monument of Brimstone (cd 2009)

I also reworked the different artwork for the re-release of the 2008 cd by Spikefarm Records from Finland. Genre: black metal.

LIAR OF GOLGOTHA
Dancing through the Palace of the Ungodly Beauty (cd 2009)

After years of silence Shiva Rage Music (formerly known as Shivadarshana) wanted to re-release the 1996 debut album of Liar Of Golgotha, and I decided to do all the artwork for the release, and prepare it -as far as I could- for the label. The re-release never happened. Genre: black metal.

ENDEMONIZED
Crushing the Herd Mentality (compilation mp3's 2009)

With the internet as a perfect medium to spread the unreleased tracks from the two live performances from 1994 and 1995, I compiled these songs, and a small interview from 1994, into this official release of Endemonized. I also made some artwork to go with it. Genre: black death metal.

LANZ
Excrement Terrorism on the Holy Trinity Part 2 (split single 2013)

New Era Productions released an exclusive track by Lanz on a split 7" EP with The Parents Of Oude Pekela. The music was put together in 2012 at my home 'studio' and finished off in the relocated Necromanteion Studio. After years of helping out the project I joined Lanz. Genre: unorthodox black metal.

XXXX
xxxx (2013)

I mixed two tracks for this anonymous band. Genre: black metal.

COLDEEMSTORFT
Coldeemstorft
(demo 2014)

After years of rehearsing without recording a single note, Embernach and I recorded the debut demo (over several years) at my home 'studio'. I have contributed the lyrics to this one. I released it though NLBMe Management. Genre: old school black metal.

THE PARENTS OF OUDE PEKELA
As Satan Spawns from the Grave of a Thousand Infants (cd 2014)

Recommended by Paranoia of Lanz, the musician behind this project asked me to help out with the band's debut album. I ended up balancing out the individual tracks in a simple WAV-editor. Because I was surprised with the quality I have taken on the job of promoting the album for proper release by a label in 2014. Genre: (death) black metal.