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Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by Russell, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Russell

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    The starry attic
    Adam McAuley a.k.a. Victim of Deception


    Adam recently completed his English Major at the University of Toronto, but his permanent residence remains Sudbury, Ontario. He hopes to become a writer for a publication like a music or videogame magazine, and is currently a writer for Avantgarde-Metal, Spirit Of Metal, Metal Underground, Metalbite, and PureGrainAudio. His other interests include reading, going for walks and playing piano. His current location has proven to be his most enjoyable of all his places of residence.

    Current top 10 bands:
    Iron Maiden
    Alice in Chains
    Jethro Tull
    King Diamond

    Currently listening to:
    Immolation - Shadows in the Light
    Nick Cave - No More Shall We Part
    WASP - Best of the Best
    Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
    Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
    Edge of Sanity - Crimson 2
    Machine Head - The Blackening
    Armored Saint - Delirious Nomad
    Queensryche - Empire
    Place of Skulls - The Black is Never Far

    Anthony Lustmord aka LLCT (Ladies Love Cool Tony)

    26 years old, from Phoenix Arizona. Spend my time going to concerts, working on my band Lustmordrunning Death Rape Inc. and trying to get into low budget horror film production and soundtrack work. I also work a day job in Hotel I can help touring bands with rooms!


    Top ten bands:
    Cannibal Corpse
    Murder Squad
    Kult Of Thorn
    Six Feet Under

    Currently listening:
    Sins Of Thy Beloved
    Gothic doom as background stuff

    Brandon Peters a.k.a. swizzlenuts


    Brandon is currently a senior in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University, and will be starting graduate school in the fall. He spends his time listening to metal, heavy rock, progressive rock and ambient; brewing beer; drinking beer, whiskey and coffee; and reading. Brandon loves metal, but at the same times spends a great amount time talking and reading about science. He also loves listening to podcasts and audiobooks.

    All time top 10 bands in no order:
    Manilla Road
    Pagan Altar
    The Chasm
    Judas Priest
    Mercyful Fate

    Currently listening to:
    Beardfish - Sleeping in Traffic: Part two
    Anael - From Arcane Fires
    Krallice - Krallice
    Revelation - Release
    Dreaming - II
    Zemial - In Monumentum
    Darkspace - Darkspace III
    Yes - Close to the Edge
    Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff
    Cynic - Focus

    Ellie McGee a.k.a Vikingess


    Ellie, a creature of many and varied guises, is currently living in Birmingham UK with a degree in American Studies and English Lit., quite a few spiders, a violin and a much-loved Megadrive II. When she’s not playing with her multitude of alter-egos, Ellie can be found writing feverishly in one of the 60+ notebooks scattered around her desks, indulging her addiction to luxury stationary, goofing off in various forums, wandering off up mountains or, very occasionally, getting some work done. Her reading obsession has left her with an extensive library of the literary great and good (although rumours abound that she reads Sweet Valley High books in the bath) and her shady reviewing history has left her with an equally extensive collection of CDs, although there are plans to excavate a path to the outside world by 2011. Capable of inducing lethal levels of boredom when talking about spiders, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other selected authors, the merits of proper writing instruments, binomial nomenclature, and the joys of a good notebook. She feels very strongly that writing should involve a fountain pen, black ink and acid-free paper, and is best done on a mountainside in all weathers except excessive rain.

    All time top 10:
    Fist In Fetus
    Camille Saint-Saëns
    Matias Kupiainen (solo stuff)
    Steeleye Span

    Currently listening to:
    Masato Nakamura
    Matias Kupiainen (solo stuff)
    Lola Rennt OST
    The Wombles
    The Wurzels

    Jack Deming a.k.a TheTechnogoat


    Jack hails from the frozen forests of New England, and is soon to be a English/Literature Major at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He divides his free time between reading, writing, enjoying music, watching films, and playing/writing music on guitar and other instruments. Jack hopes to someday move to a quiet, northern country with plenty of snow where he can live in peace, very far from all of the crazies and loud people who annoy him so very much.

    Current top 10 bands:
    Anaal Nathrakh
    Fionn Regan
    Joanna Newsom
    Sigur Ros
    Yann Tiersen

    Currently listening to:
    Big Black - Songs About Fucking
    Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
    Yann Tiersen - Tabarly
    Sigur Rós - með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    Nevermore - Enemies of Reality
    Agalloch - The White EP

    Jason Jordan a.k.a. circus_brimstone


    Jason Jordan is a writer from New Albany, Indiana, who always says he's from Louisville, Kentucky, because people actually know where that is. His favorite metal subgenres are black, death, grind, and avant-garde.

    If you'd like to read more of Jason's reviews, check out Zero Tolerance Magazine, of which he is also a staff member. He was formerly with and The Metal Observer. For more information about him, visit his blog.

    Current top 10 bands:
    Buried Inside
    Wolves in the Throne Room

    Currently listening to:
    Austere - To Lay Like Old Ashes
    Long Distance Calling - Avoid the Light
    Obscura - Cosmogenesis
    Stand-Up Guy - Avenue Unawares

    Kim Furness a.k.a. Axemaiden


    Kim Furness is a nefarious goblin of doom currently residing in Wales, UK. She has many interests and when not burning things and maiming those around her can generally be found in the university library studying for her MA in Mythology and Folklore. She can also be found surgically attached to her guitar or bass, and generally spends a good proportion of her life being crushed in mosh pits. Kim has been listening to all things heavy since her time in the womb (proof, methinks that parents are occasionally worthwhile) and considers music to be her all consuming passion in life.

    Current top 17 bands:
    Alice in Chains
    (Old) Metallica
    Amon Amarth
    Black Label Society
    Bolt Thrower
    Corrosion of Conformity
    White Zombie
    Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Days of the New

    Currently listening to:
    Heidevolk- Wodan Heerst
    Metallica- Kill em All
    Metallica- Ride the Lightning
    Pantera- Far Beyond Driven
    Rammstein- Sehnsucht
    Amon Amarth- With Odin by our Side
    God Dethroned- The Lair of the White Worm
    Vried- Kraft
    Enslaved- Isa

    Neil Hauer a.k.a. optionthree


    The man known as Neil Hauer is, to put it lightly, rather enigmatic in nature. Currently studying at the University of Calgary in the business program, his plans for the upcoming year include everything from traveling to Turkey, to changing his major, to flying around the continent in order to catch shows of those bands who have decided to forgo the frozen lands of Western Canada. A bass guitarist for many years, he is presently shopping around to determine the best usage of his talents in that field. Primarily enjoying the more progressive side of metal, he also makes extended forays into thrash, death, technical, and experimental metal territory.

    Current top 10 bands:
    Fates Warning
    Judas Priest
    Faith No More
    Ozric Tentacles

    Currently listening to:
    Agalloch - The Mantle
    Psychotic Waltz - Into the Everflow
    Samael - Above
    Carcass - Necrotism
    Gordian Knot - Gordian Knot
    Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse

    Paddy Walsh a.k.a. Bleakest Harvest


    Paddy Walsh is a writer, historian, and self styled pantheist antichrist who enjoys ranting at the moon about everyone else's faults. During the rare moments of quiet introspection, he also enjoys writing reviews for this fair 'zine, reading a good ol' yarn, attempting to stay fit, irritating others via smug vegetarianism, listening to metal/rock/unlistenable music, and is an avid short story and fiction writer. He graduated not so long ago from an overblown Dublin university with a Masters in International Relations, yet hasn't been able to find any international based relations thus far. Paddy currently resides somewhere in the urban, grey depths of Ireland's rainy capital with his radically radical and most feminist girlfriend, but is hoping to move to Ireland's even rainier countryside by the end of 2009 so that he can listen to music louder.

    Current top 10 metal bands:
    Anaal Nathrakh
    Negura Bunget
    Reverend Bizarre
    Warning (RIP)

    Currently listening to:
    Reverend Bizarre - Death is Glory...Now!
    The Wandering Midget - The Serpent Coven
    Warning - Watching From a Distance
    Diagonal - Diagonal
    Napalm Death - Time Waits for No Slave
    Primordial - To the Nameless Dead
    Steve Wilson - Insurgentes
    Virus - The Black Flux
    Bauhaus - In the Flat Field

    Russell Garwood


    Russell lives in London with his girlfriend and their pet snake. He is studying for a PhD in palaeobiology at the Royal School Of Mines, Imperial College: this involves the use of CT scans to create three-dimensional computer reconstructions of rare fossils. As well as editing UM’s webzine he is the news & reviews editor of Zero Tolerance Magazine. In addition to his studies and journalism Russell loves movies and is an avid amateur photographer. His tastes are varied; if something is good, he’ll listen to it, anything from extreme metal to jazz, with a healthy dose of EBM, electronica, industrial, rock and many other styles thrown in. A big fan of world and transgressive cinema, his taste in films is nevertheless similarly wide-ranging, favourites including Battle Royale, Hana-Bi, Elephant, Oldboy, Requiem For A Dream, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Versus, The Crimson Rivers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Spirited Away and Ichi The Killer.

    Russell’s website

    Current top 10 bands:
    Type O Negative
    Between The Buried And Me

    Currently listening to:
    Ulver - Shadows Of The Sun
    Hangman's Chair - (A Lament For…) The Addicts
    Between The Buried And Me - Colors
    Woods Of Ypres - Woods III
    Covenant - Europa
    Controlled Bleeding - Inanition

    Ryan Starr a.k.a. genocide roach


    Ryan is currently enlisted in the USAF and stationed in Colorado Springs. He enjoys long walks through the forest, candlelight dinners, and gory zombie movies. He also has a serious case of G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) and fancies himself a musician. For the last 7 years Ryan has been entrenched in the scene, whether in the US or abroad, playing in various bands, teaching guitar, and spreading the word of metal to all he meets.

    Current top 10 bands (in order of preference):
    Blind Guardian
    Negura Bunget
    Carpathian Forest

    Currently listening to:
    Watain - Sworn to the Dark
    Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
    Isole - Silent Ruins
    Anaal Nathrakh - In the Constellation of the Black Widow
    Bathory - Hammerheart
    Summoning - Lugburz
    Nortt - Ligfærd
    Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
    Extol - Undeceived
    Thyrfing - Hels Vite

    Simon Brand a.k.a. TartanLlama


    Simon is an inhabitant of Edinburgh, Scotland, currently preparing to go off to the University of St. Andrews to study Computer Science.

    He spends most of his time based around either music or computers, more often than not with a cup of tea at his side. His music tastes range from metal (avant-garde, progressive, doom, black, death) to Jazz (free, avant-, fusion) all the way to folk (neo-, dark, pagan, martial) and over to compositional (romantic, 20th-century, medieval) and various other deviations.

    Current top 10 bands:
    Ne Obliviscaris
    Spiral Architect
    The Fractured Dimension
    Scale The Summit
    Psychotic Waltz
    The Mahavishnu Orchestra

    Currently listening to:
    Scale The Summit - Carving Desert Canyons
    The Moon and the Nightspirit - Osforras
    Amaranth - You Shine, Beyond Dawn
    Ne Obliviscaris - The Aurora Veil
    Animals As Leaders - s/t
    Jesu - s/t
  2. leadbender

    leadbender New Metal Member

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    Congratulations to all of you for pursuing your interests. Keep up the good work.

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