Member Spotlight: Aaron T. Whitesides

whitesides-member-cardName: Aaron T. Whitesides

Rank: Warrior and Chapter Co-Founder

Time Served:

  • Patched -2006
  • Ranked Vice
    President – 2007
  • Ranked President – 2009
  • Relinquished Rank – 2012

Interests: cooking, music, camping, canoeing, shoot dog, traveling, beer

Instruments: guitar, bass, vocals

Bands: Anal BlastDisabler, Nailed Shut, Glutton for Punishement, Sacrificial Slaughter

Favorite Genres: early death metal, some thrash, grindcore, hardcore, classical, latin/world beat, jazz

Favorite Bands: Terrorizer, Immolation, Misery Index, Belphegor, Napalm Death, Hemdale, Motorhead, Doom, (old) Sepultura, (old) Celtic Frost, Tankard, Sodom, PossessedIncantation, (old) Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Venom, Morpheus Descends

Aaron has been playing metal on guitar since he was twelve years old. He sold everything he owned to earn money for an all black, generic pawn shop guitar so he could be like James Hetfield from Metallica. At that time, Aaron was a complete introvert and played for hours a day. Later, he was lucky enough to find several drummers in his home town of Bismarck, ND who could play extreme metal. From there, he went on to form a few bands. However, each time his bands recorded, they broke up! After some time dealing with this, he got so fed up he packed up and moved to Minneapolis. Shortly after his move, he ended up making friends with Ben the Ghoul and Scooter, who were in Anal Blast at that time and went on to form Disabler with him a few years later. He joined Anal Blast in summer of 2005 and the rest is history.

Aaron says: “It is strange to me to think about going to Milwaukee Metalfest in 1997 and hearing Anal Blast for the first time. Then, a few years later, not just playing in the band but being part of a heavy metal club with Don Decker! I never could have predicted this stuff when I was hanging out in my bedroom for hours, trying to downpick “Creeping Death” with my short hair, braces, and no friends, hahaha! In summary, I just have to express how awesome the underground community can be for people who don’t feel right in their surroundings – for those who have difficulty forming bonds (not just acquaintances, real bonds) with others, or live in the middle of fuck-all where there is no scene at all. The NYDM has made me feel like a part of a family. I am happy to see our chapter and our club grow stronger each year. NFLAD!”

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