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I am Marco alias Patchman or Spandex haha. I am the main editor and founder of Headbangers Zine, Gigs and Records. I am into Hard & Heavy Music since the mid-80s and worked for several Zines, webzines and bands in the past. I also tried to play music myself but I failed haha!  Back in the day I worked as a teacher but now I am completely focused and dedicated to the music scene.



Our crew includes a big bunch of volunteers in all ages and genders, in all ranges of society and from different backgrounds, but it also includes several people in the Autism spectrum.

Marco (alias Patchman) van Empel


Stichting / Foundation Iron Force

Matt Verschoor (NL)

Audio editor and compiler.
Matt is an old Heavy Metal maniac who started back in the 70's, playing in bands (Tempter, Ear Danger and others), managing bands (Vulture (NL)). These days he runs a small studio in his house. He also is the main man behind Hurricane Holland, a company that produces CD's, Vinyl's and Tapes, based in France. Matt is there to help me with all the technical stuff, especially around Headbangers Label. I'm glad to have a veteran with such great knowledge in my team!


Sandi Mujanović (NL/YUG)

San has been active in the Metal underground since 2004. Starting at 15 years old with his first label/distro Final Punishment Records releasing killer bands like Olof Wikstrand’s (famous for being the frontman of Enforcer) first Thrash bands Leprosy/Caustic Strike and besides that more bands like discovering the Norwegian Deathhammer. In 2007/2008 FPR dissolved and San came back in 2013 with his new label Inverted Inhumation Records that discovered bands like the Dutch Villainy (which later got released by Hammerheart and Listenable). In 2019 he started Vulcan Tyrant Records and in 2020 the parent label to Inverted Inhumation and VTR; Take This Torch Records. Besides that San also plays in the bands Vulcan Tyrant and The Nefarious Integration. After more than 15 years in the Metal/Punk underground still going strong!


Happy to join forces with the music president of Friesland, the north of the Netherlands. Tamme is an old school Metal-Punk-Rock veteran in many ways, running his own label ‘Big Bad Wolf Records’ and store in the city of Leeuwarden. Tamme is a really great and loyal partner to work with. He has many connections and passion for the music industry.

Gianni Riga (IT/B)

Proud to join forces with one of the main concert and festival promotors in Belgium. Gianni Riga from the DMC Group. Thanks for cooperation and trust and loyality my friend. You Rock. Also cheers to your partners Koen and Nick. Really great passionated people to work with!

Check his events out at: www.facebook.com/dmcgroupbelgium

Sjouke Bakker (NL)

Hello, my name is Sjouke Bakker. I started listening to heavy music back in ’84. I started with Venom (At War With Satan) and shortly after that I discovered thrash bands like Exodus and Slayer. Nowadays I’m mostly into thrash and hardcore. I am the webmaster for M.O.D. in Europe (milanomosh.com). Music is my main hobby, both listening and playing. I’ve played bassguitar since I was 18 in several (cover)bands. In 2017 I became the bassplayer of the resurrected Mandator. My other hobby is designing artwork. I designed lots of flyers and posters for Dilana and also did some shirts. For M.O.D. I created artwork for their last 2 releases: ‘Red, White and Screwed’ (frontcover cd) and ‘Busted, Broke & American’ (all art and lay-out for CD and LP) and for the 2017 re-release of ‘U.S.A. for M.O.D.’ (LP and CD). Recently I created all merch and the backdrop for M.O.D.’s European Tour. My favorite metal album of all times:SLAYER - Reign In Blood!

Gerben “Herbie Der Herbmeister” Heijkant(NL)


My name is Gerben “Herbie Der Herbmeister” Heijkant. I was born in Dongen (11-10-1989), but I am living in Tilburg now.

My hobbies are listening and collecting music. Working with computers. Watching comedy series. And chilling / having a good time with my friends.


I am keeping several databases (like: discogs.com, metal-archives.com, etc.) up-to-date for Marco.


Hello My name Is Kynan, also known as TEAMMI6.

I like to listen to music and play pc games and I know more about the new technology, like pc, mobile, tablet, laptop.

Recently Macro did invite me to keep his website up/to/date. I gladly accepted. During the week I work at Office Assist.

Marc Alias DJ Hard ‘N’ Heavy (NL)

Marc is (Marco’s) best friend since he have met him in highschool back in 1994. Marc is also his 2nd hand in most of the activities, especially because he runs our webstore very decently. Marc is never very visible and never ask for any attention or whatever, But he is always there to give us support and helps us a lot. For example he supports us a lot with the social media part of our activities. Marc is a really great guy and very good friend and one of the coolest DJ’s at the Tilburg Metal-Rockbar Little Devil in The Netherlands.

Dennis Kivits (NL) Discogs editor and interviewer  Hi there, my name is Dennis and I’m the newest member of the Headbangers team. I will be editing the Headbangers Discogs catalog, so you maniacs have enough music to browse through. Also I’ll be doing som

Dennis Kivits (NL)

Discogs editor and interviewer


Hi there, my name is Dennis and I’m the newest member of the Headbangers team.

I will be editing the Headbangers Discogs catalog, so you maniacs have enough music to browse through.

Also I’ll be doing some interviews for Headbangers. So don’t be afraid when you see this big bear coming towards you, I only want to ask you some music related questions.

Hope to see you lovely headbangers really soon out there.

Sjak Roks (NL)

Sjak is a new member on the team, whose passion for Metal started in 1977 when hearing the ‘Made In Japan’ live album of Deep Purple for the very first time. From that very moment onwards he became an avid collector of traditional Heavy Metal releases. Later on his personal taste broadened quite a bit and now he’s really into Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Symphonic Metal, A.O.R. and even Death Metal. Sjak is a veteran editor who has worked for magazines like Fanfare and Mindview and who has been (and still is) a Lord (of Metal) from 2003 onwards.

Linda Lush (NL)

Linda is a Dutch adult entertainer & video performer. Her main taste is based on Screamo, Deathcore, Metalcore, Hardcore and Nu Metal, (yes thats 90's, so old school today haha) . Linda studied music management and booked some bands back in the day. Also her boyfriend Pasha is involved in the music business and owns his own agency: Sleep Is Wrong Productions but also performs as a DJ by names such as: Pussyfoot and Roger Ramket and is vocalist in bands like: SynerG Onefix, I Are Minor en Arcadya Lake. I am really happy to have Linda in the team, she is the right person to give the more modern bands a spot as well.  


Natasja Lain (NL)

Natasja is a fellow Metal fan, professional photo model, dancer and friend since we hang out together at the Dynamo Metalfest 2019 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Natasja will join the team to focus on the more Death, melodic and or symphonic metal acts in the team. The team is happy to welcome this great Metal lady in the crew!

Denise Maria van Hel (NL)

Denise is a long-time friend of mine and Dutch model. Denise will join the team to focus on the more classic Rock and Rock ‘N’ Roll in the team. The team is happy to welcome this great rocking lady in the crew!

Dragontail666 Karim (NL)

I’m happy to introduce my fallen Arabian Metal brother Karim in our gang. Karim is a Metalhead for more than 25 years and I know him because of seeing him around in the Tilburg scene and streets of T-Town. Karim also works at the local main concert venue 013 and for years he was all days in Town. Now he’s getting older, got a wife and two children. You know how life goes…, so especially, now during the Covid19 days he was doomed for be a family man 24 hours a day. This is a good reason to listen some more Metal music and start writing about it. Welcome Karim in the team!

Denise “Thrash” Karwinski (Germany)

Denise is the beloved daughter of Dipsomania vocalist and old school headbanger Dirk Karwinsk (Kawi). Who both (Dirk and Denise) are part of the notorious Ruhrpott Thrash Metal family. I have met father Dirk several with his unique but really awesome headbanging daughter Denise and asked father Dirk if his daughter could join the team. Denise gladly accepted, so welcome to be part of the crew my friend!

Hans Robben (NL)

Hans is a real veteran in our local Tilburg Metal scene who played in some bands and worked for the Norwegian Dark Metal band ‘Aeternus’, as their webmaster. I am happy Hans is willing to do some articles for my own ‘Headbangers Zine’, starting with a killer interview with one of his favorite Thrash Metal bands & good friends Death Angel. Thank you Hans for that! I hope to see ya back with some articles in Issue # 11

Zoltán (HU)

Zoltán from Hungary is an editor who joined to the crew with the HBzine issue 7. He has his own printed fanzine written in Hungarian, under the name of Burning Sun (named after the Helloween song). No wonder, he is a devoted Helloween fan! He likes to do deep interviews with known and unkown artists alike and is also a huge supporter of the Hungarian Heavy Metal scene. His favorite genres are Heavy/Speed/Power/old school Thrash. Zoltán is also a freelance journalist at the Hungarian Fémforgács webzine.

Leonie van de Westelaken (NL)

Leonie is a member of the crew since 2013. She is the professional DeskTop Pubisher of the Zine. She worked on issue 4 as a student of graphic school SintLucas in Eindhoven. Her teacher was Mrs. Joyce van Baar. Leonie stayed at HBzine and did the DTP of issues 5 till 10.

Frank Stevens (NL)

Frank is one of my big local Scene brothers! I love Frank as a big brother! Frank started his career for Headbangers Zine with the article about our dear passed away friend D’n Ad aka Fozzy. But promised me to continue as an editor. Especially with reviews and interviews with the bigger American Hard Core and Crossover acts! Frank, welcome in my team! Note: Frank wrote in the eighties for local Cult Fanzine: Ravenous Magazine. The magazine that was ran by Adje Van Osch alias Rocking Adje who was later editor for Aardschok Metal Hammer and Mario’s Metal Mania webzine.

Metal Wim van Grunsven (NL)

Wim Is an on-hold editor in our team. Wim’s passion for Hard and Heavy started way back in the good old seventies with bands like AC/DC & Van Halen. From that moment it was confirmed that he was a Hardrocker! Wim is still a lover of old fashioned Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Thrash, Industrial and even new stuff, like Mastodon. Wim is/was a longtime writer for magazines and webzines as Fanfare, Mindview, Headache, Up, Rock Tribune and Mario's Metal Mania, so he was even active for some bigger zines! I am really happy to have an old veteran like Wim in my team. Wim really saw all Hard Rock and Metal styles come and go. So it’s great to have an older guy like Wim in our team!


Editor HBzines from issue 4 till 10. Is a good friend of mine who was always one of the most active editors in the team! Thanks Daniel! He has been active as a drummer in Somewhere In Nowhere since 2009 and Goat Of Mendes since 2015. He also plays as session drummer for SpiritBell from Hungary since 2017. Daniel also was involved in many other German underground bands like Black Horizonz, Is Love alive ? and Wytchscythe and Zadögoat. Daniel also writes also for Crossfire Metal webzine and Metal Command, both from Germany.  

Breiti (GER)

The artwork from nearly all HBzines is developed and drawn by Christoph Breit. Breiti is an old friend of mine who is famous in Germany for the cult artworks he made for many populair German Underground acts. I am really happy to have Breiti in my team!


Eline (NL)

Eline is a young Heavy Metal girl from the Netherlands who made the artwork for Headbangers Zine Issue 10. Thank you dear girl, really hope we can count on you in the future when we need you!

Scott Buijs (NL)

End-editor Headbangerszine 6 till 10. Scott was a student in the school were Marco work for years. Marco and Scott became friends later on, because they shared the same passion METAL! Scott became end-editor, also because of his English roots. I am happy to have Scott in my team!

Marius Gindra (GER)

Editor HBzine 2 till 10. Marius is the main man behind German Metal Command Zine and is a very good friend of mine. He is the main man for Headbangers / Iron Force Foundation activities in Germany ! Note: Marius works also for the German Underground label Pure Steel Records!

Wannes (NL)

End-editor HBzine 5 till 10. My Local buddy I can always count on with my activities! Wannes you rule!

Hans Hostile (NL)

Editor issues 1 till 10. One of my closest friends in the scene and also one of the main guys behind Crossover Thrash Metal band T.C.F. (RIP). Currently Hans is active in Remain Untamed, a Hard Core / Thrash Metal band from the Amsterdam area thats active since a couple of years.

Ferdy-Deadpool (NL)


Ferdy is an old Hardcore dude from Holland, who is a close friend of Frank Stevens. He was interested to do some articles for Headbangerszine in the future.


Skater Jesse (NL)

Skater Jesse is one of the most important skateboard dudes in The Netherlands, but besides all his skateboard talents, he is also a really huge Metal and Hardcore freak and that’s why I asked him to add him to my team as a freelance editor.

Maartje Van Dokkum (NL)

Maartje is a huge Metalfan and the girlfriend of editor Wannes and she will write some articles from time to time, welcome my friend.

Andre The Cowboy (GER)

Editor for HBzine 4 till 10.. Andre is one of the sleaziest dirty underground guys in Germany and was active for several issues.


One of the youngest Black Speed Thrashing Teens from The Netherlands, I accept and trust to interview ancient cult acts from the past and the present. Jesper is totally underground dedicated and has also his own band called Witchfukker, who are definitely the most die-hard Sadistic Execution, Poison and Slaughter Lord worshipping horde in the lowlands. Hail the cult, glad to have this maniak in the team.


Thyra is a young lady, I need for her big mouth and charmes, thank you lil Punk for joining us with getting free beers during interviews hihi…