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Full name:
Ryan Mueller 
Favourite metal genre(s):
Black, Death and Sludge Metal 

I started off listening to death metal with recommendations from my brother. Now I'm primarily a listener of black metal, but I adore bands that fuse different elements together to create their own sound, like Agalloch, Cult Of Luna and Neurosis. As a songwriter I get lots of inspiration from bands like them, but some specific musicians that really inspire me are Ihsahn, and James Malone from Arsis.

You can look at my album collection to get an idea of the bands I really enjoy, but some of my personal favourites are Agalloch, Tool, Neurosis, Cult Of Luna, Drudkh, Fen, Arsis, Emperor, Ihsahn, Suffocation, Taake, Shining, and some others. I have a very open mind and can listen almost anything, although anything electronic (industrial, electronica, etc.) doesn't always sit well with me with the exception of Ulver and the Norwegian band Shining (NOT the Swedish one).

I play guitar in a local band in my area with my brother on drums and 2 other friends on bass and guitars. We've been together since 2009 and it's been a bit rocky trying to start off due to lineup changes and a consistent jam space, and we don't have any recordings right now but if we get some together I eventually want to add them to the archives. I've also played saxophone on and off for about 6 years or so, and want to get back into it.

I'm mainly just here to check out different bands, read reviews and also write some of my own, something which seems is becoming a new hobby for me. I don't really review many things I dislike because the way I see it, if I don't like it then why would I waste my time listening to it for the sake of writing a review? The only time I'd give a truly negative review is if it's an album I highly anticipated and instead was hugely let down.

At the time of writing this all of my reviews have been black metal reviews, but I look to expand it in the future. I am also trying to encourage my brother to write some reviews of his own, as he has a very good way with words. He's more into sludge than I am, so I imagine he would handle the reviews for bands like Yob, Neurosis, Cult Of Luna, etc.

My opinion may have changed a bit regarding some of my early reviews, but not by much. I may tweak them here or there and change the score a little bit, or I might just leave them as showing how my writing has grown. I might edit them if I find my opinion has changed drastically, or if a particular album I felt mediocre about has a similar score to something I love. That just wouldn't make sense, would it?

If you look at my metal collection, it is actually a combination of releases that both me and my brother have.

Under the "Homepage URL" I have a link to my YouTube channel, which has guitar covers as well as metal slideshows (and a few things I had to upload for school...don't bother with those). I'm also considering make audio versions of the albums I've reviewed on the archives.