Infamousbutcher: Guest Writer

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oncert reviews, album reviews, interviews

Current Top 5 Spins

1. Devouring Mortality – Skeletal Remains
2. Blind Faith – Blind Faith
3. The Lupine Anathema – The Grotesquery
4. Hollow of the Void – Petrification
5. Tonight’s The Night – Neil Young

Classic Pick
Dismember – Indecent and Obscene

Recommended Viewing
Movies: The Conjuring. Sinister. Classic sick films every horror fan should see / own: Henry, Portriat of a Serial Killer, Xtro, Basket Case
TV: Family Guy – can’t get enough of it!
Metal DVD: Lemmy, Obituary Frozen Alive, Obituary Live Xecution, Deicide When London Burns, Speak of the Devil (Ozzy Osbourne concert which aired on MTV in 1983!), Black Sabbath – Gathered in Their Masses, Beware of Mr. Baker.

Recommended Reading
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
Real Name: Joe Sullivan

Age: Mid 40’s
Birthplace: United States
Present location: Northeast United States

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 265

Tattoos/Piercings: Piercing (no). Tattoos – yes, Obituary tattoo on right shoulder, Motorhead Snaggletooth on left shoulder, Cancer To The Gory End on right calf, Asphyx The Last One on Earth on the left calf.

Non-MR Job: Finance Manager at GlaxoSmithKline

Job(s) @ Metal Rules: Concert reviewer and interviewer.

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): Death Metal, Thrash 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.

Favorite bands/artists:
Motorhead, Slayer, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Death, Suffocation, Deicide, 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, Benediction, Broken Hope, Disincarnate, Gorefest, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, Halford, Overkill, Deranged, Exhumed, Pungent Stench, Brutality, Monstrosity, Hypocrisy (Masse Broberg material only), Entombed (only first 2 albums and first EP), Séance, Mortal Skuld, Skeletal Remains, Undergang, Avulsed.

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, Tom Pety and the Heartbreakers, The Guess Who

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, Cattle Decapitation, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Gojira

Most underrated bands/artists:  Overkill, Anvil, Exhumed, Benediction, Cancer, Gorefest, Gorguts, Death Angel, Brutality, Monstrosity, Volbeat, Deranged, Sinister, Pungent Stench, Prong

Favorite album cover:

10 favorite albums:

Aerosmith – ROCKS
Megadeth – RUST IN PEACE
Motorhead – OVERKILL
Judas Priest – PAINKILLER
Gorefest – FALSE

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 5! Their names are Emma, 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, Terror Train

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, Everybody Loves Raymond

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: Alice Cooper, Rob Halford, Tom Araya, 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 21 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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Last Modified: July 10, 2018

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