Guitarist most famous for being a founding member of the Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever. Following the band's breakup in 2002, he founded two more symphonic metal bands: Epica and MaYaN.
He formed After Forever, originally called Apocalypse, in 1995. He later earned a master's degree in psychology.
He recorded a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love" as a charity single for The Red Cross.
In August 2010, he began a relationship with Laura Macrí. He previously dated Simone Simons, the lead singer for Epica.
He shared the stage with fellow guitarist Sander Gommans as a member of After Forever.