The Band

Ann Kermans photography 2022
Wound Collector is the brainchild of Peter Verdonck, a renowned professional saxophonist and composer who has earned his stripes in performances across the globe with Thelema Trio, Manngold de Cobre, The Rhythm Junks, De Pandoering, Ambrassband and many more. Yet his heart truly beats for death metal.On a quest to combine his passion for death metal with his favoured instrument he teamed up with Kurt Hermans (Off the Cross, ex-Herfst, ex-Angeli di Piëtra) on 5-string bass and Guy Van Campenhout (Notti Del terrore, Angeli di Piëtra) on 7-string guitar. Each of whom bring considerable experience in various metal bands. A bit later on a drummer was found in Ben Van Pethegem (Myotis). In 2018 the first full length album “Eternal Bloodcult” was released through the brand new Dutch label Profane records. However that same year Ben decided to leave the band to pursue his travelling ambitions. Replacement was found in Nico Veroeven (Serial Butcher, Emeth, Carrion). After playing shows with a.o. Brujeria, Hideous Divinity, Cattle Decapitation, Serial Butcher, The Monolith Deathcult, the second full length album “Depravity” was released through the Belgian label Rotten To The Core Records and features guest vocals by Tommy Dahlströhm from the legendary Swedish death metal band Aeon in 2020. That year Kurt decided to leave the band to pursue other musical goals with his other band Off The Cross. Duet o the corona crisis that Spring it took a couple of months before replacement was found. However in July Stijn Deldaele (Blunt, beat Love Orcale, Mucho Gusto) joined the ranks. In 2021 a second guitarist, Poncho Gaval who had his experience with local Mexican metal bands, joined Wound Collector to complete the musical layers of the band thus becoming a quintet.

Peter Verdonck – saxophones & lead vocal

Guy Van Campenhout – guitar & vocal

Poncho Gaval – lead guitar

Stijn Deldaele – bass guitar

Nico Veroeven – drums

Peter uses Yanagisawa Sterling Silver tenor saxophone, Lebayle 8* mouthpiece, Gonzalez 3 1/4 reeds regular cut, François Louis ligature, BG neck strap, Shure wireless microphone (live) and a Hell lot of air.

Peter has previously performed, recorded and toured with Thelema Trio (7 tours USA, 2 tours Peru, concerts in Norway, Japan, Italy, Belgium & the Netherlands), The Rhythm Junks (tours in China, Poland, concerts in Belgium and the Netherlands), Champ d’Action (concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Belgium), FUNDAMENT, BLAFFF, and many others. This includes performances at Dour festival, ISCM festival North-Carolina, Centro Cultural de Espagna in Lima, World Clarinet Fest in Tokyo, and many others.

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Guy uses Mayones / LTD / ENGL / Boss / D’Addario / In Tune / Mono / Hercules / Loxx / DiMarzio / EMG

Guy started out life as a drummer, before discovering the guitar at the ripe age of 18. But then, all bets were off. Quickly growing in skills on a diet of Iced Earth, Death and rapid, technical bands, he honed his rhythm skills. Later on he went on to be the main vocalist/grunter of powerfolkband Angeli di Pietra, recording two full albums. But guitar needed to be played and he joined industrial metal powerhouse Notti del Terrore as lead guitarist and extreme vocalist. There, he recorded the mini ‘3-TR-DYI’ and two full length albums: ‘Maximum Destruction’ and ‘Havoc’ before Notti del Terrore disbanded. He has also done live session work with several other bands and now his focus solely lies with Wound Collector.

Poncho was born in the middle of the caos of Mexico City, where he played in various metal bands and projects. Spending most of his life in South Mexico, he was strongly influenced by local jazz proefessors and developed an appetite for more technical ways of playing the guitar. He formed bands like the thrash/crossover ban 666 Pack and the death metal band Infernal depth. In 2017 Poncho moved to Europe, finding his final destination in Belgium.

Stijn uses D’addario and DR strings, handbuilt monkeybasses, manufactured by himself. Epifany UL amplifacation and Bergantino HD 410 speakercabinet. A lot of effects from brands like TC electronic, electro harmonix, Dedalo and others….in a flashy rox in a box custom pedalboard powered by two Cioks schizophrenic power supplies.

Stijn started only at 16 with playing bassguitar but grew up in a musical family. His eleven year older brother was a big musical influence. Hearing his records of the early metalica with Cliff burton, Iron maiden, slayer,…His brother set up also a metalband in the 80’s called Anesthesia (pulling teeth…). Hardrock and metal music was injected in his veins at a young age. Studying bassguitar first at Jazzstudio Antwerp in 98 and then in 99 at the conservatory of Ghent till 2005. There Stijn was focussing more on Funk,jazz, soul and world music. More than over 20 years experience playing professional with bands as Orquesta famosa, Groove grocery, Blunt, Jizz, Pirana project, Gentlemen, Wretched Vixen,.. and sessionwork. Touring international on the europe mainland like France, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, UK and Ireland. From 2010 till 2012 Stijn was also part of an london based project with Ernesto Simpson (Richard Bona) and Oliv Savill (Basement jaxx and Jamiroquai). At this point Stijn keeps himself busy with bands such as Blunt(folkrock), Beat love oracle (chamber fusion), Burns haven (jazzfunk blues) and his own experimental jazz fusion, electronic trio: “E.E.T.”

Nico is most known for his drumming skills in Belgian death metal institutes Serial Butcher, Carrion and Emeth. He has been with Wound Collector since 2018.