Stephen van Haestregt


Stephen van Haestregt (born September 12, 1972, in Westdorpe, Zeeland) is a Dutch drummer, best known as the drummer of the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation.

Van Haestregt first band was Sacrament, and then he joined Paralysis. In 2000 he worked with Within Temptation, as sound engineer of their album Mother Earth. When the band's drummer, Ivar de Graaf, left in 2002, he joined them and five days later made his first performance with the band on the German festival Rock im Park. Stephen has performed on Arjen Anthony Lucassen's album Fate of a Dreamer, under the Ambeon moniker, and has also produced several albums such as The Rebel in You.

Also Stephen produced several albums, such as Middles EP and Tsumi from the Dutch Nu-Metal band Dreadlock Pussy.

On March 30, 2010, Stephen announced via Within Temptation's official website that he would be leaving the band after the Theatre tour planned for April in order to concentrate on his new band My Favorite Scar.