'My Christmas Message? - Celebrate with a BLAST!' - The year in review with Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren

He may know a flam from a paradiddle, but Soilwork's Dirk knows a thing or two about other stuff too..

So, Dirk, its been a great year for extreme music - Best album you bought this year?
Jesu Jesu/Dethroned vinyl

And what was the best album you’ve heard this year but never got round to buying?
Brutal TruthEndtime

Any turkeys for us? What was the worst album you bought this year?

My wife bought the new Lady Gaga and I was very disappointed by that one

That's understandable. Who or what was the best artist  you saw in the live arena in 2011?

Prince’s Welcome 2 America tour

How about your most exciting event of the year?

Tied between Devin Townsend Project in London; the first Sick Drummer Camp; Soilwork at Roskilde & Graspop; and Decibel’s monthly flexi.

At the othe end of the scale, tell us about your most yawn-inducing event of 2011?
Editing hours and hours of drums...

Sounds like thirsty work. Assuming you give yourself a little holiday break, what will you be drinking at Midnight on December 31 to see in 2012?
A strong cup of black coffee

And who is your tip to break out of the underground and into the general consciousness in 2012?

The Arcane Order (severely underrated!), Colosso and Anatomy of I

What does 2012 hold in store for you?
New releases with Bent Sea; online drum lessons via BandHappy and RealLesson; lots of Soilwork

And what is your Christmas message to the readers of Metal as Fuck?

Celebrate with a BLAST!