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Brett Fugate's Blog:
July 31, 2013
Musser in La Grange, IL closes its doors.
May 15, 2013
Appeared in the Suburban Life newspaper discussing the Chicago Cubs.
December 17, 2012
Fugatedrums.com was launched.
November 29, 2012
Filed United States utility patent: Drum and Method for Tuning and Making a Drum. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of my cutting edge drums please contact me for details.
October 26, 2012
Received a certification for CNC Wire EDM operator from Mitsubishi.
September 18, 2012
Michelle Akin leaves Idiom.
September 16, 2012
Church of Misery finally releases an album we recorded in 1993.
August 25, 2012
RIP Neil Armstrong. I attended Neil Armstrong grade school in East Peoria, IL and was a great admirer of his.
August 19, 2012
Auditioned for a sci-fi film called "Porting."
July 20, 2012
I appeared in Arthur Lipner's documentary film on the marimba called "Talking Sticks."
July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. No one understands Andy Griffith like I do. I always wanted to have an Idiom album with Andy Griffith and Rob Halford singing a duet.
March 27, 2012
I was published in NCBI database for the DNA sequence I discovered (accession number JQ397635). Check it out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/JQ397635.
January 31, 2012
Audition for Earthen, a Chicago based metal band.
December 5, 2011
Awarded provisional patent for Drum and Method of Tuning and Making a Drum.
Concerning Contacting Me:
Please read this in full before you consider to contact me.
I am not interested in trading with you unless it is for something I have on my want list. I am not interested in trading just to trade from my collection. And no I will not "digitize" anything for you. Right now the only band I am pushing is Idiom. So I will consider trades for Idiom discs with other bands for their original cds, tapes, or vinyls just for trading. Otherwise, I am happy to help you with history or information that can be used for the database.
My Musical Library:
I am very much into rare/obscure metal. I have an extensive collection of cassette demos I acquired during the tape trading days. Plus, I have more releases on both vinyl and compact disc. By the way, nothing from my collection is currently for sale (so don't bother me with that). Also, I have been trying to (when I get time) to rearrange my music collection by year. Yes, I am abandoning this alphabetizing non-sense and I am embarking on a numerical classification system. I believe that this will help me to put music into a chronological perspective by identifying the bands that were earlier or later.
Opinion on What is True Metal Music:
I think bands that use drum machines are weak and they are not metal and do not belong in this database. I can understand that musicians use drum machines much like those of us whom practice with metronomes. But the bottom line is that a true metal band would never use a drum machine on a release. Furthermore, I also feel the same way about "symphonic" metal bands that use synths instead of hiring or maintaining the real instruments or musicians. No matter whether they dub themselves as "exclusive sophisticated black metal" or "symphonic metal" their music is not true.
Thus, I believe that the staff at Metal-archives.com should start a new genre called "Synthetic" metal and dump all of these bands in there leaving the only true symphonic bands to be Deep Purple, Metallica, and whoever else performs or has performed with real orchestra(s)/big bands. So I guess largely I am saying that these bands are not true metal and again belong on this forum as much as ZZ Top or Winger belong here.
Guide to Understanding my Review system:
I have developed a rubric for reviewing bands on the Metal Archives forum:
Genius - 100%
Ph.D - 89% - 99%
Master of Science - 75% - 88%
Bachelor of Arts - 60% - 74%
Associate of Arts and Science- 45% - 59%
High School - 25% - 44%
Toddler - 1% - 24%
Idiot - 0%
My passions are performing, writing, collecting, and studying metal and music in general. I am a composer, virtuoso, molecular biologist, inventor, and marimba tuner. I am a professional musician and my career spans the acquaintance of over 20 metal bands. Feel free to contact me if you need to hire a drummer/percussionist for your project(s).
The following is a list of bands that I have been involved with (in no specific order):
Bands Profiled in the Database:
Church of Misery
Forgotten Silence (honorary membership)
Bands That are Not Profiled in the Database:
The Casey Jones Express
The Musser Quartet
The Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra
The Neil Hardesty Experience/Orchestra
The ICC Jazz Band
ICC Philharmonic Chorale
Michael E. Miller
The Kyle Campbell Band
Joe Fro and the Tune Ups
Bands Auditioned For:
Hell 'n' Back
These are They
Two Ton Anvil