Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED have announced the addition of session guitarist Hein Willekens to the group's ranks.
Commented LEGION OF THE DAMNED frontman Maurice Swinkels: "Ever since we started as LEGION OF THE DAMNED with the four of us, we felt this was the best way to continue our journey. Now and then we got comments that we could be more powerful live with an extra guitar, but our bond was so strong that we truly believed that when another person would enter the band, the band would eventually collapse and that no one would fit in perfectly." In addition, LEGION OF THE DAMNED's former guitarist Richard Ebisch was strongly against bringing an extra person into the band.
"Bringing this topic up in the band sometimes resulted in heavy discussions with our management as well as in the band itself, because opinions changed," Maurice added.
After Richard's departure and with Twan van Geel having spent more than a year as LEGION OF THE DAMNED's lead guitarist, the band gave the idea of expanding the lineup more thought and discussed it internally. After numerous meetings, LEGION OF THE DAMNED decided it was time to take the step.
Stated Twan van Geel: "After years with just one guitar player, we felt it was time to extend. The use of a second guitar player shall bring more audial hell on stage and more exiting options in songwriting."
Asked if he is happy being part of LEGION OF THE DAMNED, Hein said: "If one would ask me: What would you like to do most? For me, it would be an easy answer: playing guitar like a madman and destroy every stage I'm playing on. I'm very proud, grateful and excited to announce that LEGION OF THE DAMNED is giving me the opportunity to join them as their second live guitarist, and do exactly that! This is a big once in a lifetime chance for me and I can't wait to hit the road with these guys. Let's crank up the volume and kick some major ass!"
LEGION OF THE DAMNED is:
Maurice Swinkels - Vocals
Twan van Geel - Guitar
Harold Gielen - Bass
Erik Fleuren - Drums
Hein Willekens - Guitar
LEGION OF THE DAMNED's latest album, "Descent Into Chaos", was released in January 2011 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at Abyss Studios in Pärlby, Sweden with producer and PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, who also makes a guest appearance on the limited-edition bonus track "Legion Of The Damned".