Lord Of The Wasteland

January 12th, 2017
by Lord of the Wasteland

Lord Of The Wasteland: Guest Writer

Email: | Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada

Lord Of The Wasteland

Responsibilities
CD/DVD reviews, interviews, concert reviews.

CURRENT TOP 5 SPINS
The Devin Townsend Project ~ TRANSCENDENCE
Aversions Crown ~ XENOCIDE
Sepultura ~ MACHINE MESSIAH
Kreator ~ GODS OF VIOLENCE
Overkill ~ THE GRINDING WHEEL

CLASSIC PICK
Strapping Young Lad ~ CITY

RECOMMENDED READING
Anything written by Martin Popoff

RECOMMENDED VIEWING
KISS ~ KISS ROCKS VEGAS


Extended Profile
Metal Rules Nickname: Lord Of The Wasteland

Real Name: Sean
E-mail address: lotw@metal-rules.com

Age/Birthdate: 45
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Present location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Height: 6’0”/180 cm

Weight: 235 lbs./106 kg (my Mom says I’m not fat, I’m “big boned”!!)

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Hazel

Tattoos/Piercings: 4 tattoos / used to have lots (1/2″ lobes, labret, tongue and both nipples)

Non-MR Job: Accountant

Job(s) @ Metal Rules: CD reviewer, interviewer, concert reviewer, photographer

Length of Time with MR: Since July 2003

Brief description of how you came to MR: I first heard about MR on Blabbermouth.net who posted parts of the infamous interview Marko did with Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee back in December 2002.  I clicked on the link back to MR, read the interview and checked out the rest of the site.  I saw it was run by a fellow Canadian so I bookmarked it and soon became a regular visitor.  One day, I was bored at work and after reading the June 2003 CD reviews, I thought I’d e-mail EvilG to see if he wanted to hire another writer.  The rest is history!!

Best thing about working for MR: Discovering new bands, getting free concert passes and CDs, and getting to interview some of my favorite bands are all pretty sweet perks, but most of all, writing about a genre of music that I love is the real treat.

Worst thing about working for MR: Seeing the end of the month right around the corner and realizing I still have a stack of CDs to review!  Typing up my long-winded interviews and formatting photos are a close second.

How/when you first got into metal: Watching the Power Hour on MuchMusic and when I was 12 or 13, my friend’s older brother had Judas Priest’s SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE record (yes, record!).  I thought it was the shit and started building my own collection.

Favorite Metal Genre(s): Death, thrash, “classic” (70s & 80s), some metalcore

Least favorite Metal Genre(s): Grind and prog (with the exception of Dream Theater).  I’m not crazy about power metal with dragons/elves, etc. either.

First Metal CD ever bought: First metal recording was Quiet Riot’s METAL HEALTH.  First metal CD was KISS ALIVE! when CDs were first being rolled out in the late 80s.

First Metal concert: KISS/Anthrax in Calgary, Alberta (March 1988).

Favorite bands/artists:
METAL: KISS, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Pantera, Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Tesla, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Iced Earth, Megadeth, Testament, Type O Negative, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying.

NON-METAL: Neil Young, Van Halen, Rush, Tool, Queen

Least favorite bands/artists: Too many to mention.

Most overrated bands/artists: I never understood what people got excited about with Savatage and Fates Warning.

Most underrated bands/artists: Too many to mention.

Favorite album cover: KISS ~ ROCK AND ROLL OVER

10 favorite albums:
Very difficult to nail down to ten, but here goes…
1. KISS ~ KISS
2. KISS ~ REVENGE
3. Judas Priest ~ DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH
4. Iron Maiden ~ IRON MAIDEN
5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse ~ RUST NEVER SLEEPS
6. Quiet Riot ~ METAL HEALTH
7. Black Sabbath ~ BLACK SABBATH
8. Tesla ~  MECHANICAL RESONANCE
9. Type O Negative ~ BLOODY KISSES
10. Danzig ~ I

CD you hate to admit is part of your collection: I like ’em all…no apologies.

Spoken Languages: English

Hobbies: Running, cycling, cooking.

Pet peeves: Elitists and negative nellies on the M-R forum; logo-worshippers; people who hate a band once they become even vaguely known; idiot drunks; potheads; moshers; people who sneeze/cough and don’t cover their nose/mouth; people who talk loud on cellphones; people who think their ringtones are cool and let them play so everyone can hear them; impatient drivers; mayonnaise; people who say “tag you’re it” when repeatedly trying to call someone on the phone; B.O.; cigarettes…the list can go on forever.  Yes, I’m a bitter guy!!

Favorite films: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, American History X, Apocalypse Now, Boogie Nights, Cape Fear, Casino, A Christmas Story, Conan The Barbarian, Dead Poet’s Society, Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Devil’s Advocate, Dumb and Dumber, Exorcist, Fargo, First Blood, Full Metal Jacket, Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting, High Plains Drifter, Jungle Fever, The Man With Two Brains, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Pulp Fiction, Risky Business, The Shining, Seven, Sling Blade, Swingers, The Terminator, Tommy Boy, True Lies, Uncle Buck, Usual Suspects, Young Frankenstein

Favorite books: The Dirt by Motley Crue, KISS: Behind The Mask by Ken Leaf and David Sharpe, Medicine River by Thomas King, M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Favorite TV shows: Don’t watch TV.

Favorite food: Chinese, a long-simmered bolognese, chicken piccata, mushroom risotto.

Favorite drink: Rye & coke, red wine, beer, good scotch.

Which song should be played at your funeral: “A Kiss To Remember” by My Dying Bride or “God of Thunder” by KISS.

Person you’d most like to meet: Gene Simmons of KISS

Biggest thrill in life (so far): The birth of my kids.

Five favorite links:
1. http://www.blabbermouth.net
2. http://www.bravewords.com
3. http://www.metal-archives.com/usercol.php?id=5391&nickname=LOTW (my CD collection)
4. http://www.allmusic.com
5. http://members.shaw.ca/amazingone/KISSpage.html

Final comments about yourself:

Always being right is not as easy as it sounds.

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