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Website/Database Programming.

Current Top 5 Spins
1. Into Eternity - The Scattering of Ashes
2. Circle II Circle - Burden of Truth
3. Poisonblack - Lust Stained Despair
4. Angra - Aurora Consurgens
5. Zero Hour - Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond

Classic Pick
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast

Recommended Viewing:
The Big Lebowski

Extended Profile

Metal Rules Nickname: shaq
Real Name: Greg Shackles
E-mail address:

Age/Birthdate: 21/10-13-84
Birthplace: Long Island, NY
Present location: Long Island, NY
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Tattoos/Piercings: none

Non-MR Job: Web Design, Student

Job(s) @ Metal Rules: Website and database programmer

Length of Time with MR: Since January, 2005

Brief description of how you came to MR:
I've browsed the site for years, and saw they needed help so I applied.

Best thing about working for MR:
Being able to give back to a site I've visited for years.

Worst thing about working for MR:
Have yet to encounter one.

How/when you first got into metal:
I found a cassette tape of Metallica - Ride the Lightning on my school bus way back in 4th grade.

Favorite Metal Genre(s):
I listen to all areas of metal, but my biggest areas would probably be progressive and power metal.

Least favorite Metal Genre(s): Nu-metal, if that even counts? 

First Metal CD ever bought: Megadeth - Rust in Peace

First Metal concert: Dream Theater

Band or other music experience:
Other than being a band geek til the end of high school, I play guitar just for fun.

Favorite bands/artists:
Too many to name here, but my top bands include Opeth, Symphony X, Blind Guardian, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, and the list goes on and on.

Most underrated bands/artists: Persuader, Rage

Favorite album cover: Blind Guardian - Imaginations From the Other Side

10 favorite albums:

This is in no particular order, and is subject to change from day to day.

1. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
2. Opeth - Still Life
3. Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
4. Slayer - Reign in Blood
5. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From the Other Side
6. Metallica - Master of Puppets
7. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
8. Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy
9. Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
10. Judas Priest - Painkiller

CD you hate to admit is part of your collection:
War - Why Can't We Be Friends?
(simply for those occasions that call for Low Rider)

Spoken Languages: English

Hobbies: Music, computers

Favorite films: The Big Lebowski, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix

Favorite books: Lord of the Rings

Favorite TV shows: Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Favorite food: Hard to pick one, but some sort of Italian dish

Favorite drink: Fine German beer

Which songs should be played at your funeral:
Rage - Straight to Hell
Opeth - Ending Credits
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