October 1, 2023


Living on the edge!

Dutch Metal Quiz – While She Sleeps

The second last band who participates in our annual PitKings Dutch Metal Quiz, is the English metalcore band While She Sleeps. After Monster Truck (12 points), Sepultura (17 points), Metal Church (10 points), Melechesh (30 points), Avatar (17 points) and Devil Driver (16 points), it’s now up to While She Sleeps. At Graspop Johan and Lennart had a chat with guitar player Aaran McKenzie and vocalist Lawrence “Loz” Taylor and asked them the 10 questions. Before we start, we first share our review of their performance at Graspop with you.

While She Sleeps: sharp as a knife
While She Sleeps from Sheffield was founded in 2006. The band released three studio albums, ‘This Is the Six’ (2012), ‘Brainwashed’ (2015) and ‘You Are We’, which was released on 21 April 2017. So they are around for quite some years, but on this Saturday the band is scheduled on the small Jupiler Stage of Graspop (pics over here). The band knows what to do at Graspop to convince the organization for a bigger stage next time: play as sharp as a knife! Where most bands choose to play some older songs, While She Sleeps comes up with mainly new songs from their latest album. The audience is familiar with those songs and get loose during every song the band is playing. After eight songs and a decent setlist, the English guys leave the stage, while the crowd is screaming for more. Not today, but I’m sure they will return soon on a larger stage of Graspop.

We meet Aaran McKenzie and Lawrence “Loz” Taylor in the press village of Graspop. They just arrived from Dover: “We played there last night in a small venue. It was really hot in there, so now we are little bit wasted.” Well, let’s find out how terrible it is! Haha… The rules are simple. When you know the answer without the options you receive 3 points, when you know the answer with the options you get 1 point. Are you ready? Go!

1. From which Dutch symphonic metal band is Sharon den Adel the lead singer?
A. Within Temptation
B. Delain
C. Epica

While She Sleeps: Within Temptation
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

2. Which metal record label was founded in The Netherlands in 1980?
A. Roadrunner Records
B. Nuclear Blast
C. Metal Blade Records

While She Sleeps: Nuclear Blast
PitKings: No. Roadrunner Records
Points: 0

3. What’s the name of this Dutch symphonic metal band?

A. Epica
B. Delain
C. Nemesea

While She Sleeps: Epica
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

4. Which Dutch guitar player played for several years with Whitesnake in the 80’s?
A. Adrian Vandenberg
B. Jan Akkerman
C. Robby Valentine

While She Sleeps: Robby Valentine
PitKings: No. Adrian Vandenberg
Points: 0

5. Which death metal band from The Netherlands was founded by Jan Chris de Koeyer in 1989?
A. Pestilence
B. Legion Of The Damned
C. Gorefest

While She Sleeps: Pestilence
PitKings: No. Gorefest
Points: 0

6. Which Dutch metal festival was in 1995 (with Machine Head, Biohazard, Typo Negative) the largest metal festival in the world?
A. Waldrock
B. Dynamo Open Air
C. Fortarock

While She Sleeps: I guess Dynamo Open Air, because you guys love your open air festivals. Haha…
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

7. Who was the female lead singer of the Dutch gothic metal band The Gathering?
A. Anneke van Giersbergen
B. Floor Jansen
C. Simone Simons

While She Sleeps: Anneke van Giersbergen
PitKings: Yes
Points: 0

8. Who’s this Dutch composer/song writer/guitarist?

A. Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
B. Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Vengeance)
C. Mark Jansen (Epica/After Forever)

While She Sleeps: Arjen Lucassen
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

9. What kind of metal do the Dutch bands Sinister, Asphyx and God Dethroned play?

While She Sleeps: Death metal
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 3

10. Which Dutch hardrock guitar player moved to the USA when he was a kid and is ranked #8 as greatest guitar player according to Rolling Stone magazine.

While She Sleeps: Eddie van Halen
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 3

Total score: 11

Check all the other bands who played the Dutch Metal Quiz >>>.