Reviews and concert reviews
Current Top 5 Spins
1. Asphyx – DEATHHAMMER
2. Slayer – WORLD PAINTED BLOOD
3. Motorhead – THE WORLD IS OURS VOL 1: EVERYTHING FURTHER THAN EVERYPLACE ELSE
4. Cannibal Corpse - TORTURE
5. Hail of Bullets – OF FROST AND WAR
DIARY OF A MADMAN – Ozzy Osbourne (remastered version that was released in 2011 is brilliant and comes with a vintage live concert!)
Movies: The Machinist
TV: Family Guy – can’t get enough of it!
Metal DVD: Lemmy
Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir by Dave Mustaine and Joseph Layden
I Am Ozzy: Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres
White Line Fever: by Lemmy and Janiss Garza
Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith: by Stephen Davis and Aerosmith
Metal Rules Nickname: Infamousbutcher
Real Name: Joe Sullivan
E-mail address: email@example.com
Age: turning 40 in April (2012)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Present location: Hilltown, PA
Tattoos/Piercings: Piercing (no). Tattoos...not yet.
Non-MR Job: Finance Manager at GlaxoSmithKline
Job(s) @ Metal Rules: Concert and CD reviewer.
Length of Time with MR: Since January 2012
Best thing about working for MR: Being able to write about the music I love and meeting metalheads.
Worst thing about working for MR: None so far.
How/when you first got into metal: In the late 80s I became an Aerosmith fan and a Motley Crue fan with the PUMP and DR. FEELGOOD albums. Then in 1990-1991 I moved on to AC/DC, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Slayer and Metallica. In April of 1992 I was introduced to Death’s HUMAN album and my life changed forever as brutal music began to get burned into the tissues of my lop-sided brain (no joke here, I had an MRI a few years back and they told me my brain was abnormally shaped)!
Favorite Metal Genre(s): Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Classic Metal, NWOBHM, Doom Metal, Speed Metal
Least favorite Metal Genre(s): Black Metal, Metalcore, Deathcore, Glam Metal
First Metal CD ever bought: SHOUT AT THE DEVIL
First Metal concert: Guns and Roses with Skid Row, June 1991.
Band or other music experience: Played violin as a kid for 6 years and sucked. Took acoustic guitar lessons for 6 months as a kid, didn’t pan out.
Motorhead, Slayer, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Death, Suffocation, Testament, Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Grave, Asphyx, Anvil, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio, Malevolent Creation, Anthrax, Immolation, Incantation, Mortician, Cancer, Pantera, Carcass, Napalm Death, Prong, Cannibal Corpse, Sinister, Alice Cooper, Disincarnate, Gorefest, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, Halford
Non-Metal: The Beatles, Aerosmith, Neil Young, REO Speedwagon, AC/DC, Green Day, The Black Crowes, The Doors, The Cars, Cream, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, Three Dog Night, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Least favorite bands/artists: Bon Jovi, Prince, anything hip hop, anything rap, anything country music
Most overrated bands/artists: Kiss, Mastodon, Opeth, As I Lay Dying, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson
Most underrated bands/artists: Anvil
Favorite album cover:
Motorhead – OVERKILL, Obituary – CAUSE OF DEATH, Slayer – HELL AWAITS, Immolation – DAWN OF POSESSION, Sinister – DIABOLICAL SUMMONING
10 favorite albums:
(NOT IN ORDER)
Aerosmith – ROCKS
The Beatles – THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)
Slayer – REIGN IN BLOOD
Megadeth – RUST IN PEACE
Motorhead - OVERKILL
Judas Priest – PAINKILLER
Gorefest – FALSE
Morbid Angel – BLESSED ARE THE SICK
Obituary – CAUSE OF DEATH
Grave – INTO THE GRAVE
CD you hate to admit is part of your collection: None
Favorite EP: Suffocation – HUMAN WASTE
Spoken Languages: English.
Hobbies: Concerts, listening to music, lifting weights, watching NFL football (Philadelphia Eagles specifically but I’ll watch any NFL game), watching boxing, horror films, roller coasters, cats – we have 4! Their names are Shayna, Ella, James, and Lulu.
Favorite films: Star Wars, Alien, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Conan the Barbarian, Spider-Man, The Devil's Rejects, Batman Begins, Robocop, 3:10 to Yuma, The Thing, Airplane!, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, Gladiator, Master And Commander, Rocky, A Clockwork Orange, Goodfellas, Jaws, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2, Taxi Driver, Black Christmas, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Revenge of the Nerds, Caddyshack, The Best of Times, The Exorcist, The Shining, Predator, The Terminator, An American Werewolf in London, Raging Bull, Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer, Silent Rage, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Amadeus, The Passion of the Christ, The Fly, Bloodsport, The Octagon, Young Frankenstein, Creepshow, The Mist, Commando, Return Of The Jedi, A History of Violence, National Lampoon's Vacation, Aliens, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Alligator, Toxic Avenger
Favorite books: Somebody Up There Likes Me by Rocky Graziano
Favorite TV shows: Family Guy, Seinfeld, King of Queens, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Favorite drink: Coke
Which song should be played at your funeral:
“Dying” by Obituary. We’re dying for our souls to learn…
Person you'd most like to meet:
Alive: Lemmy, Alice Cooper, John Tardy, Rob Halford, Tom Araya, Martin Van Drunen, Randall Cunningham, Mike Tyson
Deceased: John Lennon, Rodney Dangerfield
Biggest thrill in life (so far):
Getting married. Best day of my life bar none. I have been happily married for more than 15 years. For a metal reference I cranked Morbid Angel’s ALTARS OF MADNESS while I got ready for the wedding!
Five favorite links:
Final comments about yourself:
I try to be myself and be genuine at all times, never try to be something I’m not just to impress people or fit in.
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