Aaron Yurkiewicz: Senior Staff
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Reviews, general cynicism, self loathing.
Current Top 5 Spins
1. Satan – Earth Infernal
2. Qaalm – Resilience & Despair
3. Tzompantli – Tlazcaltiliztli
4. Alunah – Strange Machine
5. Domkraft/Slomatics – Ascend/Descend
Age: Old Enough to Know Better
Present location: Orlando, FL
Non-MR Job: Professional Ditch Digger and Master of Ceremonies.
Job(s) @ Metal Rules: Music Reviews, Attitude
Length of Time with MR: Since December 2008
Brief description of how you came to MR:
I’d been a fan of the site for a while and saw the “help wanted” posting. I submitted some writing samples and the rest is history, deal with it.
Best thing about working for MR:
There are plenty of metal sites on the net that revel in hipster commentary or snarky scene snobbery, but MR was built from and maintained out of a genuine love of METAL. We’ve got an excellent group of contributors and an even better reader base. You guys rule.
Worst thing about working for MR:
Did you not read the above? Not a damn thing.
How/when you first got into metal:
I grew up overseas, so I was lucky to stumble into a Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, or Twisted Sister bootleg. In 1988, my buddy turned me on to a band called Metallica and their new album “…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” All bets were off after that, metal was a way of life. Shortly thereafter I was discovered the death metal scene blowing up in my backyard and it was officially on from there.
Favorite Metal Genre(s):
Any music that’s heavy, original and preferably off the beaten path.
Least favorite Metal Genre(s): I have zero tolerance for any music that lacks substance, regardless of genre. Or anything with a DJ.
First Metal CD ever bought: Anthrax, STATE OF EUPHORIA on cassette – $9.99 at my local K-Mart. I was pissed off because my copy didn’t have the lyrics printed in the booklet; suburban censorship in action. First CD was Black Sabbath’s TYR or maybe Deep Purple’s SLAVES AND MASTERS? Either way, both of those albums are better than you remember them to be, and I’ll argue better than any of their recent material.
First Metal concert: DIO on the “Lock Up The Wolves” tour, with Yngwie Malmsteen as the opening act. 2nd show was a local Metal Fest with Nuclear Assault, Monstrosity and Ripping Corpse. After that it was Deicide and Entombed…you get the idea.
Band or other music experience:
I dabble, but nothing serious. But I’d still love to be independently wealthy and run my own label someday.
Harvard research has empirically proven that Black Sabbath is indeed the greatest band to have ever existed. Napalm Death and any 90’s Florida death metal run a very close second.
Favorite Non-Metal bands/artists: Bad Religion is a band that every Metalhead should get to know. Great riffs, crazy energy, and some of the most profound lyrics ever put to paper.
Most underrated bands/artists: Too many to mention, the world is a cruel mistress. Limp Bizkit can sell millions of records and The Obsessed ends up owing Columbia Records 20 grand? FML.
Favorite album cover: Cathedral’s FOREST OF EQUILIBRIUM. Every time I look at the artwork, I see something new. Props to Aaron Stainthorpe and the TURN LOOSE THE SWANS variants.
10 favorite albums (as it stands at this particular moment in time):
1. Black Sabbath – Vol. 4
2. The Obsessed – Lunar Womb
3. King Diamond – Them
4. Cathedral – Forest of Equilibrium
5. Death – Human
6. Saint Vitus – V
7. Paradise Lost – Gothic
8. Morbid Angel – Blessed are the Sick
9. Napalm Death – Death by Manipulation
10. Candlemass – Live! (ARE YOU READY TO GO DOOM DANCING?!)
Honorable Mention – Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Motorhead – Overkill
Hobbies: Good books, good music, good food, good beer. Not always in that order.
Favorite films: Frankenstein, The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs.
Favorite books: Anything Agatha Christie, Stephen King or historical true crime.
Favorite TV shows: The voices in my head are too loud to keep the TV on.
Favorite food: Organic whole foods. Your grocery store is selling you poison.
Favorite drink: Red Wine, Local Crafts and one Mr. James Beam.
Which songs should be played at your funeral: Darkthrone – “Whiskey Funeral” and/or Saint Vitus – “Born Too Late”
Final Thoughts: Keep sending those demos and indie releases! I love hearing from new bands who believe in their craft, you guys are what keeps the scene alive. No guarantees that it’ll get a review, but everything gets a listen.
Last Modified: April 27, 2022