Aaron Yurkiewicz: Senior Staff
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Reviews, general cynicism, self loathing.
Current Top 5 Spins
1. Autopsy – Puncturing the Grotesque
2. Druid Lord – Grotesque Offerings
3. Pestilence – Hadeon
4. Portal – Ion
5. Loudness – Rise to Glory
Turn off the TV and pick up a book.
Age: Old Enough to Know Better
Present location: Orlando, FL
Non-MR Job: Professional Ditch Digger and Master of Ceremonies.
Job(s) @ Metal Rules: Music Reviews, Attitude
Length of Time with MR: Since December 2008
Brief description of how you came to MR:
I’d been a fan of the site for a while and saw the “help wanted” posting. I submitted some writing samples and the rest is history, deal with it.
Best thing about working for MR:
There are plenty of metal sites on the net that revel in hipster commentary or snarky scene snobbery, but MR was built from and maintained out of a genuine love of METAL. We’ve got an excellent group of contributors and an even better reader base. You guys rule.
Worst thing about working for MR:
Did you not read the above? Not a damn thing.
How/when you first got into metal:
In 1988, my buddy turned me on to a band called Metallica and their new album “…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” All bets were off after that, metal was a way of life. Shortly thereafter I was discovered the death metal scene blowing up in my backyard and it was officially on from there.
Favorite Metal Genre(s):
Doom/stoner, old school death/grind, anything that lives off the beaten path.
Least favorite Metal Genre(s): I have zero tolerance for any music that lacks substance, regardless of genre. Or anything with a DJ.
First Metal CD ever bought: Anthrax, STATE OF EUPHORIA on cassette – $9.99 at my local K-Mart. I was pissed off because my copy didn’t have the lyrics printed in the booklet; suburban censorship in action. First CD was Black Sabbath’s TYR. Quit laughing, that album rules – you wish that “13” was half the album that TYR was.
First Metal concert: DIO on the “Lock Up The Wolves” tour, with Yngwie Malmsteen as the opening act.
Band or other music experience:
Nothing serious, but I’d still love to run my own label someday.
Harvard research has empirically proven that Black Sabbath is indeed the greatest band to have ever existed. Napalm Death and any 90’s Florida death metal run a very close second.
Favorite Non-Metal bands/artists: Bad Religion is a band that every Metalhead should get to know. Great riffs, crazy energy, and some of the most profound lyrics ever put to paper.
Most underrated bands/artists: Too many to mention, the world is a cruel mistress. Limp Bizkit can sell millions of records and Scott Weinrich ends up owing Columbia Records 20 grand? FML.
Favorite album cover: Cathedral’s FOREST OF EQUILIBRIUM. Every time I look at the artwork, I see something new. Props to Aaron Stainthorpe and the TURN LOOSE THE SWANS variants.
10 favorite albums (as it stands at this particular moment in time):
1. Black Sabbath – Vol. 4
2. The Obsessed – Lunar Womb
3. King Diamond – Them
4. Cathedral – Forest of Equilibrium
5. Paradise Lost – Gothic
6. Saint Vitus – V
7. Death – Human
8. Morbid Angel – Blessed are the Sick
9. Napalm Death – Death by Manipulation
10. Candlemass – Live! (ARE YOU READY TO GO DOOM DANCING?!)
Honorable Mention – Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Hobbies: Good books, good music, good food, good beer. Not always in that order.
Favorite films: Frankenstein/The Bride of Frankenstein, The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, quality horror films in general.
Favorite books: World War Z by Max Brooks, anything written by Agatha Christie, Stephen King.
Favorite TV shows: The Simpsons, Poirot, Ripper Street, 30 Rock.
Favorite food: Organic whole foods, your grocery store is selling you poison.
Favorite drink: Local Crafts, Samuel Adams seasonal wares, and one Mr. James Beam.
Which songs should be played at your funeral: Darkthrone – “Whiskey Funeral” and/or “Too Old, Too Cold”, Saint Vitus – “Born Too Late”, The Obsessed – “Endless Circles”.
Final Thoughts: Keep sending those demos and indie releases! I love hearing from new bands who believe in their craft, you guys are what keeps the scene alive. No guarantees that it’ll get a review, but everything gets a listen.
Last Modified: January 28, 2018