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Resident of Ottawa. Born and raised in British Columbia. Former resident of Calgary.
I am an administrator on Metal Archives. I am one of the policy experts for the site. For that reason if you need clarification on anything about the site, feel free to ask me. You can PM me on the forums, email me, or contact me through the site's chatroom.
My musical taste varies. I am most experienced with black metal, folk/viking/pagan metal, thrash metal and death metal. I am least experienced with stoner metal, post-metal, and grind/punk. Feel free to contact me with questions on viking/pagan metal.
If you are an artist wanting an album reviewed, or updates made to your page on the site, I have no problem doing that for you. I thoroughly enjoy chatting with and meeting with folks in the metal scene.
Review Rating System:
All reviews are rated on a 5% increment scale.
When reviewing an album, I tend to look at the following:
-- Who is behind this work? Do they show skill in their intentions?
-- When does it take place in the band's career? How might that be relevant?
-- What is the nature of the album? Does it have substance and/or meaning to it?
-- Where does this album fit in its chosen style? Is it a quality piece of work?
-- Why does the album succeed or fail at conveying its purpose?
-- How does the album hold up? Is it a worthwhile listen? A worthwhile purchase?
To what extent an album positively or negatively reflects on these questions impacts how I rate the album; more negative, a lower rating; more positive, a higher rating.
Current Personal Projects (as of August 2016):
-- Draft new, detailed site guidelines. Priority #1.
-- Update and Review "Viking Metal" bands.
-- Update and Review "Black Metal" bands from Finland.
-- Update and Review "Pagan" bands.
-- Update Bathory with its albums' many versions.
-- Go through labels, correct their pages + catalogs.