Member Spotlight: Paul Ochtrup

Paul cardName: Paul Ochtrup

Rank: 5SRC Wisconsin Warrior

Club Name:  Pannick (unless you’re Randy Kastner, then it’s Creeper)

Time Served:

  • Began Prospecting – March 2014
  • Patched – April 24th, 2015 at Spring Bash

Interests: radio, politics, assorted cuts of beef, pork, venison, and puppy

Instruments: guitar

Bands: WrathBringer

Favorite Genres:  death, thrash, black, traditional

Favorite Bands:  Morbid Angel, Death, Possessed, Archgoat, Whiplash, Burial Ritual, Profanatica, Sodom, Morta Skuld, Towering Abomination, Metallica, DIO, Sabbath, Venom, The Cold Beyond, Neldoreth, etc…


Paul’s metal journey started with listening to the type of music which was commonly referred to as “heavy rock”, “acid rock”, etc.  The term “heavy metal” hadn’t really stuck at that time.  Sabbath’s “Master Of Reality” was the first record he owned.  Just like everyone else, he was into Zeppelin, ZZ Top, and Skynyrd.  When KISS came into being, that was his first turning point. Now he had to be in a band.  When Van Halen appeared on the scene in 1978 he had to be a guitar player (he was playing drums in the school band at the time).  It wasn’t until he was 16 years old that he played in a bar for the first time.  From then, he got the bug, badly.

Paul played in lots of bands in lots of cool places, wrote, recorded, performed.  He got involved in metal radio when he was going to school in Stevens Point, Wi.  That’s when he started a radio show called Metal Thunder on WWSP 89.9FM. The show still exists to this day, being DJ’d and programmed by his good friend that Paul handed the show to when he left Stevens Point to start a band in Chicago.  Iron Maiden happened – another turning point.  Metallica happened – yet another turning point.  Paul heard Abattoir’s debut album in 1985 and it was at that point that he was determined to play extreme music.  It wasn’t until way late, after Soul Scream, after Kraycheq, and after Lost Dog that he finally got his wish with the band WrathBringer.  Unfortunately, it was short-lived.  Paul said fuck it, so here he is, a big fan of this music and it he thinks it feels good to be able to kick back and watch.

He now has an internet radio show called The MetalStorm, which is broadcast on Sonic Asylum Radio.  Paul was introduced to NYDM by Randy Kastner and he hasn’t looked back as this brotherhood/sisterhood is incredible.  Paul says, “Sponsors are an integral part of continued growth in this club.  Logos Ironpaw, Vance Hetherington, Chris Stark, Heather Litter, and Carl Pavesich, I owe so much to all of you. Thank you for your support and kindness.  Randy Kastner has been a huge influence as he’s able to slap me upside the head and get me thinking in terms of the future.  My work has just begun.  NFLAD brothers and sisters!”

Favorite Quote:

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” –Winston Churchill

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