Please allow me to introduce myself, given the fact that you are likely to be interested in that by clicking on “About”. My name is Kevin Pasman and I was born in 1986 in Voorburg, a suburb of The Hague. Like the Dutch government, parliament and a majority of the royal family, I lived in The Hague. Until my parents were forced to relocate north – where I still live – due to my father’s work.

After a short period of fairly standard boy-ish ambition of wanting to be a superhero or a sportsman – both of which I’d be physically unable to become – I became obsessed with writing. Initially limited to stories that only could spring from a child’s imagination, news anchorman Frank du Mosch somehow made me realize I wanted to be a journalist at a fairly young age. The anchorman ambition faded quickly, but I did eventually get a degree in journalism at the prestigious School for Journalism in Utrecht.

Ever since my second internship in 2009, I have been involved with Keijser 18 Mediaproducties as a regular contributor to studio engineering magazine Interface, drum mag Slagwerkkrant and most prominently guitar magazine Gitarist, that I actually feel very involved with as a regular despite my freelance status. My contributions were originally limited to text, mostly interviews and reviews to be exact, but more recently, they have published my photos as well.

As may be clear if you have made it this far already, I have an almost unhealthy interest in music, the people creating it and the equipment they do that with. That has been the case for many, many years, starting out with only blues, hard rock and heavy metal, but once the peer pressure and mainstream media shackles got released, I discovered that in any genre of music, there is a little something for me and became very enamored of soul and funk as well along the way.

In the past, I have been heavily invested in playing music myself. I have sang for quite a few bands, the most prolific of those being thrash metal bands Anubis and Chaos Asylum. However, I have grown increasingly disillusioned with playing live – something I have never really liked – and my own voice. I still write music on a fairly regular basis and look forward to recording the material, but I don’t see myself returning to the stage any time soon.

That doesn’t mean music is the only thing I am interested in. My interest in sports faded quite quickly after my childhood years, but I am still particularly fond of ice hockey; my second name is Ron, after Holland’s hockey legend Ron Berteling. Friends and acquaintances have pointed out I can be unnaturally fanatic about TV series I like, most of them comedy series. Comedy itself is also something I am fond of and somewhat knowledgeable about. A good documentary – on any subject, really – is something I can always appreciate and I devour books, many of them dystopian novels, magic realism, dark fantasy or autobiographies of musicians.

This weblog was started because I noticed there were people who wanted to remain informed about my publications. That also gave me the possibility to review albums, something I really like doing, on a weekly basis.

Me (on the right) interviewing jazz guitarist Julian Lage in 2019

For those of you who would like to know more about specific preferences of mine, there will be a list on them below. If you think you see any order other than alphabetical, it’s all in your head!


J. Bernlef – Hersenschimmen (translated into English as ‘Out Of Mind’)
Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451
John Fowles – The Collector
Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
Stephen King – The Dark Tower (the entire series)
Stephen King – The Green Mile
Stephen King – The Stand
Ira Levin – This Perfect Day
Haruki Murakami – Dance Dance Dance
Nevil Shute – On The Beach
Koushun Takami – Battle Royale


Bill Bailey
Lewis Black
Ed Byrne
Herman Finkers
Ronald Goedemondt
Wim Helsen
Steve Hughes
Harrie Jekkers
Theo Maassen

Composers (classical, keep in mind that I strongly prefer orchestral music):

Gustav Mahler
Nikolai Myaskovsky
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Dmitri Shostakovich


The Blues Brothers
Jenseits Der Stille
Stand Up Guys
The Zero Theorem

Music (albums):

24-7 Spyz – Strength In Numbers
Aerosmith – Aerosmith
Alice In Chains – Dirt
Amorphis – Elegy
Bad Company – Bad Company
Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell
Tommy Bolin – Teaser
Jerry Cantrell – Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2
Sam Cooke – Night Beat
Deep Purple – Burn
Deep Purple – Come Taste The Band
Fields Of The Nephilim – Elizium
Friday Night In San Francisco (by Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola)
Herbie Hancock – Man-Child
Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsys
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Jupiter – Classical Element
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
Living Colour – Vivid
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
Mother’s Finest – Mother’s Finest
Nevermore – Dead Heart In A Dead World
Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent
Ocean Machine – Biomech
Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
OverKill – Wrecking Your Neck
Pearl Jam – Ten
Saber Tiger – Decisive
Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On
Sly & The Family Stone – Fresh
Tamikrest – Chatma
Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous
Toto – IV
War – The World Is A Ghetto
While Heaven Wept – Vast Oceans Lachrymose
Whitesnake – 1987
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions


A Bit of Fry & Laurie
Arrested Development
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Daily Show
The Fast Show
Father Ted
The IT Crowd
Koot & Bie
Last Week Tonight
Modern Family
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
South Park
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

  1. Thanks Kevin. Pleased to have found your eclectic blog. Looking forward to more reading here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now!).

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Thom. I’m glad you like the eclecticism of my blog. I realize it can both be a blessing and a curse, but it’s good to read that you see it the same way as I do, haha!
      Thanks once again and keep reading! 🙂

      • A pleasure. hope you will visit the Jukebox. thom.

        • Vlad Nowajczyk
        • October 18th, 2017

        Hi Kevin, cool writing here! How could I send you some cool music for review consideration? Don’t see any contact info.

      • Hello Vlad,
        Thanks for visiting and complimenting my writing. I’ll look into the option of having a contact form on my weblog – it probably wasn’t possible yet when I started it – but I think I have your e-mail address here, so I could shoot you a message if you like?

        • Vlad Nowajczyk
        • October 21st, 2017


        yes please! Awaiting your message 🙂

  2. “I have an almost unhealthy interest in music, the people creating it and the equipment they do that with”

    I was always interested in the equipment and the recording process as well as the music (although I have more limited tastes in music than you). So much so that I was originally going to be a sound engineer. Just as I was almost getting into the industry, sound recording and music became digitised and too computerised and I lost interest.

    • Understood. Although I’m not as opposed to digital recording as my tastes might suggest. I like the analog sound a lot more – for me there are no better records sonically than Stevie Wonder’s records from the seventies – but I understand people’s choice for the convenience of digital.
      For me it was the business side of things that scared me away from “the industry”. As a musician, that is. Business is killing talented artists. Especially these days. It is making people much more talented than myself bitter and unproductive. Sadly.
      Hm… I really feel I should add something positive to the end of this, haha!

      • I think the business side of the music industry has always been a huge problem and has always killed off all but a small proportion of the talent out there

      • Absolutely, but now that it’s relatively easy to make a recording, I have the feeling that there’s so much more mediocre – or sometimes even downright bad – material that the good has to compete with.
        And these days, I don’t really understand how record company executives pick their stars. I can appreciate quite a lot of Pop music, but the criteria from the days of Motown, Stax and Atlantic, or even more recently the ABBA days, don’t quite seem to be in power anymore. How else would you explain abominations like ‘Call Me Maybe’?
        But that’s a discussion maybe better saved for another time, haha!

      • I’ve noticed that many of the new genres sell their stuff purely by ‘sex’ – i.e. nearly-naked girl singers writhing around on stage to sell their singles

      • Too young nearly-naked girl singers at that. And with not very powerful voices. But to be honest… Sex has always sold, the level of subtlety is just a sign of the times. Personally, I have never successfully written a sex song and my body isn’t worth selling, haha!
        In all honesty: the Metal scene is guilty here as well. A lot of the women in Metal bands are so skimpily clad that it’s ridiculous. And that’s not diminishing their qualities, because I love some of the female-fronted bands. It’s the marketing department of their record labels that I’m wary of.

      • You’re right that sex has always been involved to sell records and that it is to do with sublety. I suppose the difference then is that, the women in metal bands etc. usually have a lot of talent, can play instruments (and play them well) etc.

      • Ever heard of the Polish band Crystal Viper? Somewhere on the border between NWOBHM and contemporary Power Metal is their sound. Their singer Marta Gabriel isn’t only good looking, she’s a great singer and an accomplished guitarist. And I’m a sucker for accents.

      • I’m a sucker for East European accents – my favourites actually. I haven’t heard of them, no but I’ve a feeling I’m going to learn a lot of new stuff reading your blog 🙂

      • That’s an assumption I consider a compliment. Thank you very much!

  3. Glad Eurovision brought us together. That sounds gayer than intended by the way (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!). I know you’d love some of the reviews by our Music Guru Scott. Pop on over to our music reviews some time and a follow from me 🙂

    • Haha, I listen to so much music that is considered “gay” by my acquaintences who are into heavy music – some of those things are actually Metal bands that are too melodic for them – so I don’t mind the choice of words. I will check your blog regularly, as I like the approach you guys have adapted!

    • Fubito
    • September 28th, 2016

    Hey Kev!
    I just shot you e-mail but error msg returned again.
    Can you tell me if my mail didn’t reach?

    • I shot another e-mail your way, my friend. I have no idea why it keeps bouncing… I hope you can reply to mine!

    • Kami
    • June 11th, 2017

    Nice blog. Because you do not even create a profile on https://rateyourmusic.com/ ?

  4. Great writings, If you would be interested to join us. Please contact to sam@darkartconspiracy.com

    • Keegan
    • September 15th, 2017

    YO i love your review of Mology. Is there anyway you can share that album’s mp3’s with me, like per say via drop box?

    • Hello Keegan,
      Apologies for my late reply, times have been very hectic. Given the fact that I often inform the bands I write about to check on my website, I don’t think it’s smart to grant that request here.
      Have you found another way to check out the album yet? I’d still say it’s one of their best.

        • mrvivi83
        • October 21st, 2017

        Ay yo! I’m def in love with it! I bought it was just trying to get my hands on it as early as possible!!

        I think it’s their most consistent album since modern grade! Or I ranked it among the other merry albums I’d say it’s probly 3rd!

        Sent from my iPhone


      • It’s probably my third favorite too. After ‘Peep Show’ and ‘Modern Garde’. I thought ‘Nonsense Market’ was a huge step back in the right direction, but ‘M-Ology’ surpassed my expectations in every way imaginable. Glad to see I’m not the only one who enjoys the record! I seem to be the only Merry fan on the Japanese Metal Forum, so it’s good to see I’m not alone haha!

        • mrvivi83
        • October 22nd, 2017

        Nice!!! Merry is one of the most underrated bands I’ve ever come across and it’s a shame. There in my top 5 favorite bands and I’m American. My number one is modern garde. And my second is one of their most hated albums l, beautiful freaks is my number two.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • I wasn’t aware of the reputation of ‘Beautiful Freaks’, but I personally like it considerably more than the two before it. If only because ‘Fukinkou Kinema’ is on it, which is likely my favorite Merry song. There’s a bunch of other great tracks on it, I just think it feels like a collection of songs rather than an album, where Merry usually has that great, consistent album oriented feel.

        • mrvivi83
        • October 24th, 2017

        I’m curious then, can you rank all their albums for me? Then I’ll give you mine!!

        Sent from my iPhone


      • I guess that would be something like this:

        1. Peep Show
        2. Modern Garde
        3. M-Ology
        4. Gendai Stoic
        5. Nonsense Market
        6. Beautiful Freaks
        7. Nu-Chemical Rhetoric
        8. M.E.R.R.Y.
        9. under-world

        Still, I like all of them really.

        • mrvivi83
        • October 24th, 2017


        Wow this is so hard… I think I got it like this:

        1. Modern garde 2. Beautiful freaks 3. Mology 4. Koseiha blend classic 5. Gendai stoic 6. Under-world 7. Nonsense market 8. Nu chemical 9. Peep show 10. M.e.r.r.y.

        Sent from my iPhone


    • Neil
    • February 26th, 2018


    nice intro ..and a John Fowles fan too! I assume you’ve read ‘The Magus’ – my old English teacher said that one day we will all study this book for our English exams..magical! As a Dutch person, I’m surprised to see no Robbie Valentine on your blog – he’s not metal of course, but a supremely talented musician, ‘Bizarro World’ is just brilliant..

    • Hey Neil,
      I did read ‘The Magus’. One of the most confusing novels I’ve ever read and it takes a calm, stylish writer like Fowles to keep it together. I have always found the ending of the novel a bit weak, but everything else I find really intriguing. And the court scene is one of the most bizarre things I have ever read.
      You’d be surprised that Robby Valentine is not a big household name in the Netherlands. Personally, I like his style, but there are other artists that do a similar thing in a manner I enjoy more. I think I’m more a fan of the way he arranges things than his actual melodies.
      Thanks for stopping by again!

    • Leroth
    • August 4th, 2018

    Hi Kevin. Since you are interested in Japanese music, I suggest you listen to some city pop artist. City pop is a predominantly Japanese genre born during the economic boom of the 70s and 80s. Compared to J-pop, it is aimed at a more adult audience and it has a more western and contemporary sound than kayokyoku and enka. it has some interesting musical influences such as jazz fusion and kayokyoku.

    • I will dig into the genre sometime. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Japanese pop music, but I know the more adult oriented market is nowhere near as bloated and childish as J-pop. The song you provided is a little too laid-back for me, especially the vocals, but I do really like the string arrangement in the beginning of the song.

    • Leroth
    • August 6th, 2018

    As for the J-pop, it depends. Under the label “J-Pop” are also listed great artists such as Ringo Shiina, for example.

    Returning to City pop, the song I posted is a ballad. Try this that is faster.

    This chart could be useful to understand where to start with the genre:


  5. Hi Kevin, nice to meet you. I too am a fan of Tommy Bolin and the Sabbath Albums with DIO. I know NARUMI from social media. She posted your interview. It is nice to read an English interview with her. I will post it to twitter. If you have a Twitter account I would like to credit you. Most of my 10,000 followers are musicians from the Tokyo area. Best Tim

    • Hello Tim! First of all, thanks for stopping by and especially for reading more than just the Narumi interview. I really appreciate that! And Tommy Bolin in my opinion does not get the appreciation he deserves, so I’m always glad to talk to a fellow fan. I don’t have Twitter at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate you sharing the interview through the medium. Thanks very much! Please stop by again if you see something that interests you and have a great day.

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