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Current Top 5 Spins as at June 2012
1. SONATA ARTICA - Stones Grow Her Name
2. SABATON - Carolus Rex
3. RAGE - 21
4. HARLDINE - Danger Zone
5. AMBERIAN DAWN - Circus Black

Classic Pick
Anything by Whitesnake

Recommended Viewing

Recommended Reading 
The Harry Potter series 

Extended Profile
Metal Rules Nickname:  Brat   

Real Name: Natasha

E-mail address:

Age/Birthdate: 10 October 1967

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Present location: Sydney, Australia

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 77 kg

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: blue/green/grey depending on the mood and amount of sleep

Tattoos/Piercings: multiple ear, monroe and navel

Non-MR Job: Editor

Job(s) @ Metal Rules: Australian contact, reviewer, festival reporter

Length of time with MR: Since 2002

Brief description of how you came to MR: Lord Alvarez of Dark Order told me about MR

Best thing about working for MR: I've discovered a whole new metal world and forged great friendships with some of the metal-rules brothers

Worst thing about working for MR: While renovating these past 2 years-finding the time to write my material

How/when you first got into metal: Kiss in 1977, but my rebirth was during the late 80s/early 90s with bands like Skid Row, Whitesnake not to mention Yngwie Malmsteen and local bands which hit the scene, including Mortal Sin, Candy Harlots, De Mont, Roxus, Empire. After a slump during the grunge period I was introduced to "power metal" by Dungeon and the European metal scene via Edguy's Theater of Salvation. I haven't looked back since.

Favorite Metal Genre(s): as long as it's fast and have melodic elements

Least favorite Metal Genre(s): cookie monster metal with absolutely no melody

First Metal CD ever bought: ok, when I started my collection, it was still tapes and vinyl. Kiss Alive I & II

First Metal concert: I guess the early 90s when all bands started touring Australia like Skid Row, Warrant, Motley Crue, Whitesnake

Band or other music industry experience: What haven't I done? Singer -- performing since I was 8
Publicist -- metal and non-metal bands for over 15 years
Photographer -- Dark Order CD, Dungeon CD plus millions of live and promo photos for local publicity
Promoter -- tried to open an all-ages venue in Sydney but the christian powers shut me down 2 days before opening night *!%$#@%$ It was hailed  "the best promoted gig that never happened!"
Writer -- reviews and reports

Favorite bands/artists: How long have you got!?
equal 1st. Edguy and Sonata Arctica
3. Nightwish
4. anything Finnish lol
5. anything with bagpipes

NON-METAL: early Live, Streisand and a lot of '80s stuff -- Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, The Damned, Geisha, Bell Jar

Least favorite bands/artists: I don't waste energy or time thinking about things that don't impress me

Most overrated bands/artists: see above comment

Most underrated bands/artists: I think every metal band is underrated in one way or another

Favorite album cover: Don't understand how people get a happy when they see the artwork of a CD prior to release, I don't really pay attention to artwork but do get frustrated then the sleeves are unreadable because of the artwork

10 favorite albums: (in no particular order) This is always so hard because I forget what I have most of the time.
Duran Duran - Seven and the Ragged Tiger
Edguy - Theater of Salvation
Sonata Arctica - Wintersheart Guild
The Damned - Phantasmagoria
Skid Row - Skid Row
Whitesnake - Greatest Hits
Poisonblack - Escapexstacy
Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Alice Cooper - Trash
Geisha - Geisha

CD you hate to admit is part of your collection: Jason Donovan - it's there because of a person involved in its production

Spoken Languages: English, Russian and basic German 

Hobbies: I'm consumed by endless renovations on house that was neglected for 30 years 

Pet peeves: Ignorance, liars and discourteous people

Favorite films: See Spot Run, Turner and Hooch (what can I say? I'm a woman of simple pleasures), Queen Margot (French), Not Everyone is Fortunate Enough to have Communist Parents (French), Peculiarities of the Russian Hunt/Fishing Trip (Russian), Wall-E, Horton Hears a Who

Favorite books: I keep re-reading the Harry Potter series and am hooked on the Anita Blake series

Favorite TV shows: Big Bang Theory, Kommisar Rex reruns; Supernatural; since becoming a regular traveller I like the customs/boarder control shows; NCIS; Tell Me Lies has just started her and first episode was good; Food Safari (SBS); Long Way Down (Across); I watch way too much tv at night-it's how I relax

Favorite food: I love lots of flavours. Good celebrations are all about prawns, usually tiger have the sweetest meat. Mangoes, icecream (had a wicked espresso gelato in Rome last summer), hazelnuts in food: hazelnuts in chocolate, hazelnut icecream and there's an awesome hazelnut muesli you can get in Austraia

Favorite drink: coffee, vodka, mead, dry or sour apply cider; Pimms, mojito is the cocktail of the summer

Which song should be played at your funeral: err a lot of Gregorian chanting

Person you'd most like to meet: I've met a lot of them already and I doubt it would be anyone profound unless it was someone from the past whom I would like the bitch slap and ask "What the hell were you thinking?"

Biggest thrill in life (so far): a first kiss (with anyone), international metal festivals

Five favorite links:
They're so not metal at the moment
1. weather websites, I'm always interested in what's happening in the places I love
2. a life-time's supply of wishlists here
3. myspace - the place to check a band's samples before I buy
4. - the one stop site for metal travel
5. any money exchange rate site *sigh*

Final comments about yourself:  There's only so much temptation a person can handle ;)
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