Lord Of The Wasteland: Guest Writer
Email: | Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
CD/DVD reviews, interviews, concert reviews.
CURRENT TOP 5 SPINS
Destruction ~ DIABOLICAL
Skull Fist ~ PAID IN FULL
Abbath ~ DREAD REAVER
Dark Funeral ~ WE ARE THE APOCALYPSE
Crowbar ~ ZERO AND BELOW
Obituary ~ CAUSE OF DEATH
Martin Popoff ~ DREAM EVIL – DIO IN THE ’80S
Triumph ~ ROCK & ROLL MACHINE
Metal Rules Nickname: Lord Of The Wasteland
Real Name: Sean
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Present location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height: 6’0”/180 cm
Weight: 265 lbs./120 kg (my Mom says I’m not fat, I’m “big boned”!!)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Tattoos/Piercings: 4 tattoos / used to have lots
Non-MR Job: Accountant
Job(s) @ Metal Rules: CD reviewer, interviewer, concert reviewer, photographer
Length of Time with MR: Since July 2003
Brief description of how you came to MR: I first heard about MR on Blabbermouth.net who posted parts of the infamous interview Marko did with Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee back in December 2002. I clicked on the link back to MR, read the interview and checked out the rest of the site. I saw it was run by a fellow Canadian so I bookmarked it and soon became a regular visitor. One day, I was bored at work and after reading the June 2003 CD reviews, I thought I’d e-mail EvilG to see if he wanted to hire another writer. The rest is history!!
Best thing about working for MR: Discovering new bands, getting free concert passes and CDs, and getting to interview some of my favorite bands are all pretty sweet perks, but most of all, writing about a genre of music that I love is the real treat.
Worst thing about working for MR: Seeing the end of the month right around the corner and realizing I still have a stack of CDs to review! Typing up my long-winded interviews and formatting photos are a close second.
How/when you first got into metal: Watching the Power Hour on MuchMusic and when I was 12 or 13, my friend’s older brother had Judas Priest’s SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE record (yes, record!). I thought it was the cat’s pajamas and started building my own collection.
Favorite Metal Genre(s): Death, thrash, “classic” (70s & 80s).
Least favorite Metal Genre(s): Grind, folk metal, opera/classical metal and prog (with the exception of Dream Theater). I’m not crazy about power metal with dragons/elves, etc. either.
First Metal CD ever bought: First metal recording was Quiet Riot’s METAL HEALTH. First metal CD was KISS ALIVE! when CDs were first being rolled out in the late 80s.
First Metal concert: KISS/Anthrax in Calgary, Alberta (March 1988).
METAL: Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Pantera, Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Black Sabbath, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Opeth, Primal Fear, Slipknot, Testament, Type O Negative, 3 Inches of Blood, Celtic Frost, Death, Evergrey, Ghost, Into Eternity, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying.
NON-METAL: KISS, Van Halen, Rush, AC/DC, Tool, Tesla, Tragically Hip, Queen, ’60s Motown.
Least favorite bands/artists: Too many to mention.
Most overrated bands/artists: I never understood what people got excited about with Savatage and Fates Warning.
Most underrated bands/artists: Too many to mention.
Favorite album cover: KISS ~ ROCK AND ROLL OVER
10 favorite albums:
Very difficult to nail down to ten, but here goes…
1. KISS ~ KISS
2. KISS ~ REVENGE
3. Judas Priest ~ DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH
4. Iron Maiden ~ IRON MAIDEN
5. Black Sabbath ~ HEAVEN AND HELL
6. Quiet Riot ~ METAL HEALTH
7. Black Sabbath ~ BLACK SABBATH
8. Tesla ~ MECHANICAL RESONANCE
9. Type O Negative ~ BLOODY KISSES
10. Killswitch Engage ~ ALIVE OR JUST BREATHING
CD you hate to admit is part of your collection: I like ’em all…no apologies.
Spoken Languages: English
Hobbies: Running, cycling, cooking.
Pet peeves: Elitists and negative nellies on the M-R forum; logo-worshippers; people who hate a band once they become even vaguely known; idiot drunks; potheads; moshers; people who sneeze/cough and don’t cover their nose/mouth; people who talk loud on cellphones; impatient drivers; mayonnaise; B.O.; cigarettes…the list can go on forever. Yes, I’m a bitter guy!!
Favorite films: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, American History X, Apocalypse Now, Boogie Nights, Cape Fear, Casino, A Christmas Story, Conan The Barbarian, Dead Poet’s Society, Devil’s Advocate, Dumb and Dumber, Exorcist, Fargo, First Blood, Full Metal Jacket, Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting, High Plains Drifter, Jungle Fever, The Man With Two Brains, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Pulp Fiction, Risky Business, The Shining, Seven, Sling Blade, Swingers, The Terminator, Tommy Boy, True Lies, Uncle Buck, Usual Suspects, Young Frankenstein
Favorite books: The Dirt by Motley Crue, KISS: Behind The Mask by Ken Leaf and David Sharpe, Medicine River by Thomas King, M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, King Lear by William Shakespeare.
Favorite TV shows: Don’t watch TV.
Favorite food: Chinese, donair, pho, a long-simmered bolognese, chicken piccata, mushroom risotto.
Favorite drink: Rye & coke, red wine, craft beer, good scotch.
Which song should be played at your funeral: “A Kiss To Remember” by My Dying Bride or “God of Thunder” by KISS.
Person you’d most like to meet: Gene Simmons of KISS
Biggest thrill in life (so far): The birth of my kids.
Final comments about yourself:
Always being right is not as easy as it sounds.
Last Modified: May 2, 2022