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Former LEGION OF THE DAMNED Bassist Commits Suicide

May 23rd, 2011

LEGION OF THE DAMNED have posted the following news:

“After swallowing the departure of guitarist Richard Ebisch a few weeks ago, Legion Of The Damned got yet another sad news delivered to their camp: ex-bassist and friend Twan Fleuren commited suicide.

Twan joined the band OCCULT in 1998 where he directly joined them on a tour with MORBID ANGEL, AMON AMARTH and GORGOROTH in 1999, after the recording of Occult’s Rage To Revenge in 2001 and two great tours with DARK FUNERAL in 2001 and EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and ANGENT STEEL in 2003.

Twan Fleuren was also at the beginning of the succes of Legion Of The Damned and recorded with the band the legendary Elegy For The Weak with Andy Classen in 2003, that was later re-released under the name Feel The Blade in 2007, as well as the recording of Malevolent Rapture”in 2004, which was released in 2006, the album that brought Legion Of The Damned to a level where they are in right now.

Twan Fleuren was also part of the first Legion Of The Damned tour that took place in 2006 with no one less than KATAKLYSM and CANNIBAL CORPSE, however, Twan left the band halfway through the tour because his, at that time, newborn baby son was hospitalized, the band then agreed that it would be better for Twan to leave the band because doing the band and having his family was too complicated at that point, he was then replaced by bass player Harold Gielen in 2006.

About Twan’s loss, singer Maurice states: “Another very sad day in the Legion camp, Twan has been a great friend and we lost contact for several years because he was in some difficult times, only a few weeks back we were all back in contact again and it felt like these great old times were about to return, even Erik and me joined him on a terrace for a beer or two a few weeks ago, he even wanted to join us to With Full Force in July, where I was really looking forward to, he even showed alot of intrest in our new guitar player and the departure of Richard Ebisch. The bad news that came in today struck as a bomb, not for me only personally but also for the band Legion Of The Damned. Of course we wish his family and kids all the strength they need in this process. We will miss you brother and of course all of the upcoming Legion Of The Damned shows will be dedicated in his name!”

Drummer Erik announced following: “Yet another sad day in the history of Legion Of The Damned. We knew that Twan had to face some extreme difficult times, but we certainly did not expect this, he was about to join us at some upcoming festivals and we were really looking forward to that. Maurice and I are happy that we still had a nice chat and drink with him at a terrace not so long ago after a really long time of not seeing each other, rest in peace my friend and my sincere condolences to his family”

Andy Siry / Boomer Entertainment (management) states: “When Maurice informed me this afternoon that Twan commited suicide I was totally shocked and speechless. I remember when I met Twan at the first Legion Of The Damned tour in 2006 (with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm). Twan was a very kind and nice man and a good bass player. Our ‘beer talks’ were always funny. Twan made the decision to leave the band during this tour to take care of his wife and his two kids… and now this terrible news… and the big open question is of course, why??? What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we cannot understand why Twan left this earth so soon, but little by little, we will begin to remember not just that Twan died, but that he lived. And that his life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. Twan will always stay a member of the Legion Of The Damned! RIP – brother , see you on the other side, and my condolances to Cristel, Nina & Joep and his family.”

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Legion Of The Damned to play on the Sweden Rock Cruise!

January 10th, 2011
Legion Of The Damned

Legion Of The Damned

Legion Of The Damned have never played in Sweden, a fact that will be changed on April 7-8 when the band boards the Sweden Rock Cruise!

The roots of these Dutch thrashers can be found in Occult, which started out as a death/black metal band but flirted heavily with thrash metal at the end of their career. Occult gained cult status in the extreme metal underground but real success evaded them, so after a decade of misfortunes, line-up changes and record company disagreements, singer and band leader Maurice Swinkels decided it was time for a fresh start.

After changing the band name and signing a new record contract, the quartet finally got the breakthrough they had been fighting for for so long. Another three albums later, Legion Of The Damned have established themselves as one of the leading extreme thrash metal acts on the European metal scene.

Sweden Rock Cruise Line-up so far:

Electric Boys
Legion Of The Damned

Three more bands are to be announced!

More info on the Sweden Rock Cruise can be found here

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MetalCamp 2009 – Tolmin, Slovenia, 02/07/2009 – 08/07/2009

September 17th, 2009

Metal Camp 2009

Tolmin, Slovenia

2 July – 8 July 2009

All live pics by HannTu and Arto Lehtinen

Other pics by HannTu, Arto Lehtinen and Trease

Reviews by HannTu, Trease, Arto Lehtinen and Terry Douglas


For the first time ever, Metal-Rules brings you coverage of the one and only true metal holiday in the world: Metal Camp in Slovenia. Be warned, there’s pages and pages of reviews, press conferences and especially tons of high quality pictures ahead; but what can you expect from a week long festival of sheer awesomeness? Read on, if you dare…

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Amon Amarth / Obituary / Legion of the Damned / Keep of Kalessin – The Forum, London

April 5th, 2009


9th March 2009

The Forum, London

All pics and live review by HannTu

The Swedish Viking gods made their biannual assault on English shores bringing with them some all-star supporting acts and touring behind the ferociously epic TWILIGHT OF THE THUNDER GODS, an album hailed as their best melodic effort since VERSUS THE WORLD. It’s no wonder The Forum was packed to the brim eager to see how the new songs translated live.

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LEGION OF THE DAMNED – Vocalist Maurice Swinkels

March 3rd, 2008


 LEGION OF THE DAMNED – Vocalist Maurice Swinkels

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

Questions by Luxi L. & Arto L.

Live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen

Transcription by David Groves

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The relentless Dutch thrashers, Legion of the Damned, invaded to Finland in the beginning of February 2008, doing a 4-show mini-tour under the "Suomi Invasion 2008" – and showing no mercy towards their crazy and drunken Finnish fans when the band hit the stages in 4 different cities.

Legion of the Damned´s last show out of these 4 shows, was booked to a relatively small, but very cozy-looking metal bar named Nightlife Rock in Helsinki where the band had the opportunity to play with 3 Finnish thrash troops: Hateform, Axegressor and The Scourger (whom all – by the way – did a great job, opening up for L.o.t.D.).

Maurice Swinkels, who rips his lungs out in Legion of the Damned, was in a cheerful and talkative mood, and was kind enough to reveal the band´s both current – as well as future plans for, plus was kinda excited to tell a couple of interesting things about his past bands from Bestial Summoning to Occult, as well.   

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Celtic Frost & Kreator with Watain and Legion of the Damned

March 21st, 2007

Celtic Frost & Kreator
with Watain and Legion of the Damned
KOKO Camden, London
18th March 2007

Review By HannTu
Pics by Dave Ingham (view his flickr photo album)
Note: Pics were taken on various dates of the UK tour!

My first ‘gig’, so to speak, for started off freezing cold. London has been relatively warm for the past few weeks, but it chose today of all days to hail and snow and bluster while I was standing in line for 2 hours to watch the mighty Kreator at KOKO Camden. Bollocks to that for a start.

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