The Elitist Metalhead: Staff Writer
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CD/DVD Reviews, Interviews, Metal News,
Anything else needed for the site….
Current Top 5 Spins
1. Claymorean – Eulogy for the Gods
2. Manegarm – Ynglingaättens öde
3. Oathbringer – Tales of Glory
4. Primalfrost – Lost Elegies
5. Nechochwen – Kanawah Black
- Frank Zappa – Overnight Sensation
Movies: The Irishman is probably the last movie I’ve seen.
TV: The Last Kingdom, Murdock Mysteries, Vikings, Castle Rock
Metal DVD: King Diamond – Songs for the Dead
- Sagas of the Icelanders
This collection of stories from the founding of Iceland during the Viking Age are prose narratives of oral stories passed down through the families and loosely based on actual events. A violent, brutal but also very enlightened society during the early settlements years. Post Christianity blood feuds and thirst for power was the downfall of this early society. Their Althing was the precursor to self governing in a time when kings ruled the rest of Europe. Highly recommended reading!
- Favorite Fiction Authors: Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, James Rollins
- Favorite Metal Authors: Martin Popoff is the only name coming to mind.
Metal Rules Nickname: The Elitist Metalhead
Real Name: Alan…..if you look hard enough, you’ll figure out my last name.
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD USA
Present Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Tattoos/Piercings: Just my ears. No ink.
Non-MR Job: I work in banking now. I was also a Correctional Officer for sixteen years and ran a restaurant kitchen for a while.
Job(s) @ Metal-Rules: CD/DVD reviews, news updates, interviews
Length of Time with MR: Since October 1, 2020…I’m a newb!
Best thing about working for MR: Helping up and coming bands get some exposure. I’m having a blast discovering new music and talking to the artists that create the metal we love. I’m extremely honored to be working for the OGs of online metal!
Worst thing about working at MR: The fact that I have a non MR job that takes me away from doing this full time.
How/when you first got into metal: There is no short answer and maybe I will write about it one day….short answer, in 1979 at the ripe age of 14 a record came out (yes a record) called Unleashed in the East. I heard the ending of “The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)” and that scream…..I was hooked. Metal began running through my veins!
Favorite Metal Genre(s): TRUE metal…..heavy/traditional/power, shred, black, death, thrash, viking, folk, Pagan Black, some melodic death metal, some gothic metal.
Least Favorite Metal Genre(s): Shitty bedroom black metal, droning doom/stoner, gym bro metal. Whatever genre Zakk Wylde is….I hate that genre! Anything -core is not metal….metalcore, mallcore, deathcore….not metal. Now my name makes sense?
First Metal CD ever bought: It was a vinyl record and it was the aforementioned “Unleashed in the East.” The first actual CD I bought was the Metal Church debut.
First Metal Concert: July 29, 1981 Judas Priest with Iron Maiden. Priest was touring for Point of Entry and Maiden was touring for Killers. The only time I’ve seen both.
Band or other music experience: Took piano lessons as a kid and have been sucking at guitar since 1979!
Favorite bands/artists: King Diamond/Mercyful Fate for sure. The moment I first heard Mercyful Fate, it scared the living shit outta me. I was hooked!!
Least favorite band/artists: As far as metal goes…..PANTERA!!! Trailer Park Metal!! Of course, those -core bands that everyone seems to think is the New Wave of American Heavy Metal like Lamb of God….not metal!
Most Overrated bands/artists: Pantera, Zakk Wylde
Most underrated bands/artists: Most true metal is underrated when it comes to the general public. One of the most underrated bands, in my opinion, is Coroner. Their brand of thrash blew most other thrash bands out of the water. Slayer? Metallica? Exodus? Coroner would eat them for breakfast! Their guitarist, Tommy T. Baron, is the most underrated guitarist with Ihsashn coming in at a close second.
Favorite Album Cover: King Diamond – “THEM”
Top Ten Favorite Albums:
In no particular order…..subject to change….probably tomorrow!
King Diamond – “THEM”
Kreator – Coma of Souls
Megadeth – Rust in Peace
Mercyful Fate – Melissa
Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break The Oath
Moonsorrow – Kivenkantaja
Claymorean – Eulogy for the Gods
Borknagar – Winter Thrice
Vintersorg – Till fjalls
Havukruunu – Uinuos syömein sota
CD you hate to admit is part of your collection:
I might have a Loverboy CD….some Eagles albums. That’s about it.
Spoken language: English
Hobbies: History, metal, trying to play guitar, metal, reading, metal, documentaries, metal, metal documentaries…..
Pet peeves: I’ve tried to cut this list down….it used to be longer. The older I get, the less time I have for them….
- FALSE METAL!!
- Fake fuckers
- Willful ignorance
- Herd mentality
- Tin foil hat weirdos
- COVID Deniers
- Pop culture
- Mean people
The Hobbit/LOTR series
Monty Python’s Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Greatest story ever told! lol)
and many many more….
The Harry Bosch Series (Michael Connelly)
The Scarpteta Series (Patricia Cornwell)
The Saxon Stories/The Last Kingdom (Bernard Cornwell – No relation to above)
SIGMA Force Series (James Rollins)
Alex Cross Series (James Patterson)
The Federalist Papers (Hamilton, Adams, Jay)
Favorite TV shows:
That 70’s Show
Trailer Park Boys
The Last Kingdom
Vikings (Kinda jumped the shark after the second season IMO)
IT’S…….Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Favorite drink: Water, Coffee, Mead, maybe an IPA once in a while. I don’t drink, really.
What song should be played at your funeral:
As a joke, Desecration of Souls by Mercyful Fate…can you picture that one? lol
Seriously, Moonsorrow – Rauniolla
Person you’d like to meet:
Alive: Rob Halford, Piet Seilck, Kai Hansen, Vintersorg, Vratyas Vakyas (Falkenbach), The surviving Beatles and the surviving Pythons, just to name a few.
Deceased: Lemmy, Neil Peart, Frank Zappa, Criss Oliva, Terje “Valfar” Bakken, Chuck Schuldiner, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Rodney Dangerfield, The Three Stooges, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Arminius, Widukind, Erik “The Red” Thorvaldsson, Leif Eriksson, Egil Skallagrimsson….to name a few.
Biggest thrill in life (so far): Life….my wife, my kids, my stepkids are the obvious personal thills. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have met a lot of my favorite bands and artists over the years. I’ve been to King Diamond’s house on April 18, 1999, I have been friends with James Rivera since 1999 and even had Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Also meeting…..
Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Jon Oliva and Savatage, Warrel Dane (R.I.P.) and Nevermore, Lizzy Borden, Blind Guardian, Matt Barlow, John Shaffer, Finntroll, Enslaved, HammerFall, Tony Taylor (R.I.P.) and Twisted Tower Dire, Jack Frost and Seven Witches, Urban breed and Tad Morose, Tobias Sammet and Edguy, Michael Weikath and Helloween, Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin, Timo Kotipelto, Midnight, Chuck Billy, Dave Mustaine, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mille Petrozza and Kreator, Heri Joensen and Tyr, Jonne Järvelä and Korpiklaani, Ville Sorvali (Moonsorrow), Dirk Thurisch (Angel Dust), Ray Alder, Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Matt Thompson, John Luke Hebert, Sharlee D’Angelo, Mikkey Dee, Frederik Folkare and Unleashed, Butch Balich and Kevin Latshaw from Argus, Andrew D’Cagna from the mighty Ironflame, Mike LePond and Symphony X, Roy Khan and Kamelot, Nils Patrik Johansson and Wuthering Heights, Andy B. Franck and Brainstorm….whew, that’s all I can think of.
Five favorite links:
Metal-Rules.com (What did you expect?)
Metal-Archives.com (The Encyclopedia Metallum – The ultimate resource for over 140,000 bands)
Bandcamp A great place to discover great bands
YouTube I stream all day long.
Wikipedia Yeah, I know it’s got a bad rep but they’ve gotten better. Not a good resource for metal at all.
Final comments about yourself:
Burn down the bridges
And leave it all behind
Turn on the music
Let it purify your mind
Shout it out
And play it loud
Cause this is what it’s all about
Heavy Metal – Heavy Metal never dies
Heavy Metal never dies!
Last Modified: April 16, 2022