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A metalhead by way of Nightwish and Edenbridge, though I have avidly expanded my horizons since then. I am an aficionado of traditional and melodic heavy metal for the most part, though I also enjoy progressive, thrash, folk and doom metal. I 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. I review on a 20-point system.
My favourite heavy metal bands are: Saxon, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Girlschool, Raven, Savage, Iron Maiden, Ария, Кипелов, Accept and Dio.
Along more progressive lines: Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory, Savatage, Heir Apparent, Fates Warning, Tad Morose, Anubis Gate, Communic, Forever Storm, Threshold, Сергей Маврин and Hammers of Misfortune.
Power metal: Agent Steel, Lääz Rockit, Morgana Lefay, Angel Dust, Stygma 9, АнДем, Xentrix and Gamma Ray.
Folk metal: Myrkgrav, Fejd, Nest, Falconer, Alestorm, Forefather and Калевала.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin. Now operating out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, by way of Baotou and Luoyang, China.