Famous as a founder of the symphonic metal group After Forever, this Dutch guitarist, singer, and songwriter also became known for his collaborations with German musician
He and fellow guitarist Mark Jansen founded After Forever in 1995; the band's original name was Apocalypse.
His After Forever side project, HDK (Hate, Death, Kill), released its debut album, System Overload, in 2009.
He was born and raised in the Netherlands.
He collaborated with Michael Kiske on the Kiske/Somerville music project.