This blog exists to cater to the mass of metal fans across the globe. You're from Japan? Konichiwa. Norway? Hallo. Canada? Hello. It doesn't matter where you call home because we're all united toward a universal cause. So, follow me, and I'll lead you deep into an underground cavern where I keep my archives of compact disks, vinyl, and cassettes. Undoubtedly, you'll have heard of many of the bands you see as you shuffle through the shelves; others not so much. From Judas Priest to Lago, we'll take a look at the whole lot. I hope you enjoy the ride.
So who am I?--admittedly nothing more than a devotee to our sacred music. Most live in ignorant bliss of who I am as a disciple of the Metal Gods. I am an aficionado at heart with one goal in mind: to lead the metal legion onward with the discovery and discussion of the music we love. Aside from my daily wear leather jacket (adorned with two Iron Maiden pins) and a Skeletonwitch beanie, I traverse the world in relative obscurity as an enthusiast. Surprisingly, I lack an abundance of metal tees, and even when I do wear them, the naive fail to see who I am. But that's okay. I prefer to keep it that way because only those clever enough to pick up on the clues of my passion are the ones worthy.
As expected, the journey began in my early years, in no small part thanks to my father, who regularly worships at the altar of the Metal Gods. Iron Maiden's Powerslave--particularly the title track and "Aces High"--played an integral role in my development as a person and as a metalhead. Thanks to Harris and company, hard and heavy music flows in my veins. I often travel the globe in search of fresh tunes: traditional heavy metal, thrash metal, and death metal remain my favorites, although other subgenres are certainly welcome because metal is a boundless genre.
I'm an extremely open-minded person, usually willing to try anything thrown at me. I'm especially fond of hard rock, classic rock, and progressive rock. Jazz, classical, additional forms of rock, occasional punk (crust, hardcore, etc.), grindcore, and foreign language music hit home, too. House, electro house, and other dance-based types of electronic music, as well as pop are a further look into my taste. While my fervor for metal cannot be matched by another form of music, dance pop runs in close proximity because it is filled with infectious melodies and typically very rhythmic. Metalheads that love pop are not as impossible as you might think. For me, they share a symbiotic relationship.
I am also a musician. At the age of five I picked up a guitar with haste, only to dislike the material I was forced to play. But once my niche in music cemented itself, I took the instrument and ran with it. I can frequently be found at Dio's grave emotionally reproducing "Holy Diver" note for note as a meager tribute to one of the metal greats. Wherever you are, Dio (in the place they call Metaltopia), you remain an inspiration to us all. Besides that, I compose, write, and record my own tunes. But you'll have a savage time getting me to finish a composition by a proposed deadline--I am too anal for my own good and sometimes take months to complete a single track.
Now you have a slight idea of who I am. I am no celestial being, but a fairly normal metal-loving human with a few quirks. I won't reveal my true identity, but rest assured you're in good hands. As a general rule of thumb, I will guide and teach you as an enlightened individual on the topic of heavy metal--you might find you don't like every tidbit I post, but something you love will pop up shortly thereafter. And don't forget, you can make a request via email. I will never ignore my readers. You are my first priority.
I may or may not add more to this in the future. For now, it is adequately adequate.
The Metal Advisor