CD Reviews, Interviews
Current Top 5 Spins
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
Metal Rules Nickname: Erich
Real Name: Erich
E-mail address: email@example.com
Birthplace: Barbourville, KY
Present location: Orlando, FL
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