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Current Top 5 Spins
1. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip 
2. Within Temptation – The Unforgiving
3. Lake of Tears - Ilwill 
4. Fullforce - One 
5. Vanderhoof – Blur In Time
6. Steel Panther – Feel The Steel  

Classic Picks
Heir Apparent – Graceful Inheritance 

Recommended Viewing
Metal: Live After Death, Rush Beyond The Lighted Stage 
Movie: Red Cliff, Tell No One and Brotherhood of The Wolf. 

Recommended Reading

Mistborn – by Brandon Sanderson (writing the final Robert Jordan Wheel of Time novel)
A World Undone – by G. J. Meyer
Malazan Book Of The Fallen – by Steven Erikson
Blood Meridian – by Cormac McCarthy

A Dance With Dragons – by George R. R. Martin


Extended Profile 

Metal Rules Nickname: Erich 

Real Name: Erich 
E-mail address: 
Age: Old
Birthplace: Barbourville, KY
Present location: Orlando, FL 
Tattoos/Piercings: N/A 
Job(s) @ Metal Rules: CD Reviewer, occasional interviewer

Length of Time with MR: December 2008 - Present 

Non-MR Job:  Reference librarian at an urban community college. 
Favorite Metal Genre(s): Hair, Thrash, Traditional Metal, Goth Metal, Doom Metal, Female-Fronted Metal, Progressive Metal, and Power Metal.

Least favorite Metal Genre(s): Nu-Metal, Black Metal, Rap-Metal, Metalcore  

First Metal CD ever bought: Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of A Seventh Son

First Metal Tape ever bought: Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind & Killers (Same time) 

First LP ever bought: Ratt- Out Of The Cellar 
First Metal concert: Iron Maiden with Yngwie Malmsteen, Somewhere In Time Tour, 1987
Favorite bands/artists: Initially, Kiss. I had their first album when I was six years old.  Iron Maiden came next, closely trailed by Metallica, Judas Priest and Queensryche.  During my second year in college Savatage claimed the top spot and then after that, I ceased to have a favorite. Currently I really enjoy Circle II Circle, Hardcore Superstar, Vanderhoof, Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx, and Fullforce.

Least favorite bands/artists:  Far too many to list, but basically anything lacking passion or spirit, especially formulaic music composed explicitly for mass consumption. Examples would be Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Beyonce to name a few.

Most Overrated Band/Artist:  Another huge list, but I’ll say Korn, Slipknot, Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage and Trivium from the newer metal perspective and Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep from the older metal.

Most Underrated Band/Artist: This is difficult to define, as plenty of well-known metal bands never received their just dues.  However, Lake of Tears, Tyketto, Vanderhoof & Fifth Angel are almost universally unknown, but great bands.

Band/Music Experience:  I have played in two bands, recorded one demo, played in talent shows, and live on a local radio station. Instrument: Rhythm and Lead Guitar
CD you hate to admit is part of your collection: None. If I don’t like ‘em, I toss ‘em. 
Spoken Languages: English. 
Favorite TV shows: Dexter, Supernatural, Justified, That Metal Show, The Walking Dead

Favorite drinks: Coffee, Beer, Soda, Red Wine, Water

Top 12 Albums:
1. Iron Maiden – Live After Death
2. Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime
3. Metallica – Ride The Lightning
4. Fates Warning – Parallels
5. Savatage – Streets
6. Sepultura – Chaos A.D.
7. Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East: Live In Japan
8. Dokken – Tooth And Nail
9. Paradise Lost – Draconian Times
10. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti   
11. Lake of Tears – Headstones
12. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
See all album reviews by Erich

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