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I was at first a reluctant convert to metal who made my way toward metal fandom by way of Nightwish and Edenbridge, though I have very avidly expanded my horizons since then. I am still very much an aficionado of traditional and melodic heavy metal for the most part, though I also enjoy thrash, crossover, melodic death and blackened thrash metal. I do tend to like music with a bit of a social or intellectual 'edge' to it, but not to the point where it becomes self-important, pretentious or preachy.
My favourite bands are: Rage, Angel Dust, Falconer, Tad Morose, Forever Storm, Мастер, Ария, Forefather, Moonsorrow, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Demon, Testament, Voivod, Kreator and Revocation. All-time favourite album is Angel Dust's Enlighten the Darkness.