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United States 
Favourite metal genre(s):
Gothic/Symphonic Metal 

Joined Jan 25, 2011 4:00 pm PST

Favorite Bands/Artists: Evanescence (1995-2012), Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, Tori Amos, The Agonist (2007 - 2014), Leaves' Eyes (2003 - 2016), After Forever, Rain Fell Within, Nightwish (1996 - 2005), Artrosis, Mortal Love, Moonlight, Amaran, Anabantha, Tristania, The Sins of Thy Beloved, Midnattsol, & Elis

I'm much more subjective than anything else. Whether or not I enjoyed something matters more to me than if it's "new" or "different", or if the production is on point. Something that sounds good is going to get a higher rating than something that is the epitome of mature song writing if that objectively better peace isn't enjoyable to me.

You may notice that my review scores skew higher than most, and that's for two reasons: I tend to review things that I like, and as an American, I'm hardwired to view scores in a certain way, and use the grading scale that I am most familiar with. For perspective:

100 - 93: A - Favorites (4/4, way to go kiddo.)
92 - 90: A- - I Love It
89 - 87: B+ - Great
86 - 83: B - Really Good (This bracket corresponds to 75% of possible points)
82 - 80: B- - Good
79 - 77: C+ - Solid
76 - 73: C - Decent (congratulations, you receive 50% of total points available towards your GPA.)
72 - 70: C- - Middle of the road
69 - 67: D+ - Passing by definition, technically failing
66 - 63: D - It sure is music... (25% of total points towards GPA; you will have to try again.)
62 - 60: D- - Actively bad, I don't want to listen to it
59 - 0: F - Failure, few to no redeeming qualities, and those that are present do not outweigh the bad. (you guessed it, you've received a zero.)

Note: I probably won't give a lot of albums in the F range, because despite what I think, I still respect artistic vision, and the fact that people want to create music. But it does happen. Examples: "Lux Noctis" and "Dark Passion Play".

Basically, if I like an album, chances are that it starts at around 80% and can only go up from there.

Other Albums I Own:
10 Years - The Autumn Effect
10 Years - Feeding the Wolves
12 Stones - 12 Stones
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Funkie
Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entanglement
AnaDies - Formanentum
AnaDies - Prevail
Annah Anti-Palindrome - An(n)a(h)log
Annah Anti-Palindrome - Dangling Modifiers
Asrai - As Voices Speak
Asrai - Touch in the Dark
Asrai - Pearls in Dirt
The Azoic - Where Broken Angels Lie
Babymetal - Babymetal
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go
The Birthday Massacre - Nothing & Nowhere
The Birthday Massacre - Violet
The Birthday Massacre - Walking with Strangers
The Birthday Massacre - Pins and Needles
The Birthday Massacre - Hide and Seek
The Birthday Massacre - Superstition
The Birthday Massacre - Under Your Spell
The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds
The Birthday Massacre - Fascination
Björk - Debut
Björk - Post
Björk - Homogenic
Blackmore's Night - Fire's at Midnight
Bloodflowerz - Diabolic Angel
Bloodflowerz - 7 Benedictions / 7 Maledictions
Bloodflowerz - Dark Love Poems
Britney Spears - In the Zone
Britney Spears - Glory
Bullet for My Valentine - Fever
Carlotta - Depresionismo
Clan of Xymox - Clan of Xymox
Closterkeller - Blue
Closterkeller - Cyan
Closterkeller - Graphite
Closterkeller - Nero
Closterkeller - Bordeaux
Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber
Collide - Chasing the Ghost
The Cranberries - No Need to Argue
The Cranberries - To the Faithful Departed
Days of the New - Days of the New
Dazzle Vision - Camellia Japonica
Dazzle Vision - Crystal Children
Dazzle Vision - To the Next
Dazzle Vision - Kirari
Dazzle Vision - Evolution
Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal
Dead Can Dance - A Passage in Time
Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
Delerium - Chimera
Diva Destruction - Passion's Price
Diva Destruction - Run Cold
The Dreamside - Pale Blue Lights
The Dreamside - Apaika
The Dreamside - Mirror Moon
The Dreamside - Spin Moon Magic
The Dreamside - Lunar Nature
The Dreamside - Sorrow Bearing Tree
The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
Edge of Paradise - The Unknown
Elysion - Someplace Better
Emilie Autumn - Enchant
Emilie Autumn - Opheliac
Emilie Autumn - Fight Like a Girl
Enigma - MCMXC a.D.
Enigma - The Cross of Changes
Eths - Soma
Evanescence - Origin
Evanescence - Fallen
Evanescence - Fallen (Sweet 16 Silver Vinyl)
Evanescence - Bring Me to Life (Single)
Evanescence - Anywhere But Home
Evanescence - The Open Door
Evanescence - Evanescence (Deluxe)
Evanescence - Synthesis
Evanescence - Synthesis + Lost Whispers
Evanescence - Synthesis Live
Evanescence - The Bitter Truth (Limited Edition Box Set)
Evanescence - The Bitter Truth (Target Exclusive)
Eyes Set to Kill - Broken Frames
Faith and the Muse - Annwyn, Beneath the Waves
Faith and the Muse - Evidence of Heaven
Faith and the Muse - The Burning Season
Flyleaf - Flyleaf EP
Flyleaf - Flyleaf
Flyleaf - Much Like Falling
Flyleaf - Memento Mori
Flyleaf - Remember to Live
Flyleaf - New Horizons
Flyleaf - Between the Stars
Garbage - Garbage
Girugamesh - 13's Reborn
Girugamesh - Girugamesh
Girugamesh - Music
Girugamesh - Now
Girugamesh - Monster
Halestorm - Halestorm
Halestorm - The Strange Case of...
Halestorm - Into the Wild Life
Heather Dale - The Trial of Lancelot
Heather Dale - May Queen
Her Chariot Awaits - Her Chariot Awaits
HIM - Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666
HIM - Razorblade Romance
HIM - Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
HIM - Love Metal
HIM - Dark Light
HIM - Love Metal Archives Vol. I (DVD)
HIM - Venus Doom
HIM - Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Chapters 1 - 13
Icon for Hire - Scripted
Icon for Hire - Icon for Hire
Icon for Hire - You Can't Kill Us
In Tenebris - Fall Away
In Tenebris - In Tenebris
In This Moment - Beautiful Tragedy
In This Moment - The Dream (Ultra Violet Edition)
In This Moment - A Star-Crossed Wasteland
In This Moment - Blood
In This Moment - Black Widow
In This Moment - Ritual
In This Moment - Mother
Indila - Mini World
Infected Rain - Asylum
Infected Rain - Embrace Eternity
Infected Rain - 86
Jem - Finally Woken
Jinjer - Inhale, Don't Breathe
Jinjer - Cloud Factory
Kari Rueslåtten - Other People's Stories
Karnataka - The Storm
Karnivool - Sound Awake
Katell Keineg - Ô Seasons Ô Castles
Kells - Gaïa
Kells - Lueurs
Kells - Anachromie
Kesha - Rainbow
Kittie - Spit
Kittie - Oracle
Kittie - Until the End
Kittie - Funeral for Yesterday
Kittie - I've Failed You
Kittie - Origins/Evolutions
Korn - Korn
Korn - Life Is Peachy
Korn - Follow the Leader
Korn - Issues
Korn - See You On the Other Side
Lacey Sturm - Life Screams
Lacrimosa - Inferno (boot)
Lacrimosa - Stille
Lacrimosa - Elodia
Lacrimosa - Fassade
Leah - Of Earth & Angels
Leah - Otherworld
Leah - Kings & Queens
Leah - The Quest
Leah - Ancient Winter
Schoolcraft - Rushing Through the Sky
Lindsay Schoolcraft - Martyr
Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling - Shatter Me
Lindsey Stirring - Artemis
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park - Meteora
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Lorde - Melodrama
Lorien - Lothlorien
Lorien - Czarny kwiat lotosu
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Madonna - Ray of Light (cassette)
Madonna - Ray of Light (CD)
Madonna - American Life
The Material - Tomorrow EP
The Material - Everything I Want to Say
Melanie Martinez - Cry Baby
Motionless in White - Reincarnate
Motionless in White - Graveyard Shift
Naio Ssaion - Out Loud
Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily
Nirvana - Bleach
Nirvana - In Utero
Noctura - Surrender the Sun
Nothing More - The Few Not Fleeting
Nothing More - Nothing More
Otep - The Ascension
Otep - Atavist
Otep - Hydra
Oz - Versus
Oz - Rouge
Paramore - All We Know Is Falling
Paramore - Riot!
Paramore - Brand New Eyes
Paramore - Paramore
Paula Cole - Harbinger
Paula Cole - This Fire
Paula Cole - Amen
Paula Cole - Ithaca
A Perfect Circle - Mer de noms
The Pierces - Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge
The Pierces - You and I
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
Plumb - Chaotic Resolve
The Pretty Reckless - Light Me Up
The Pretty Reckless - Hit Me Like a Man
The Pretty Reckless - Going to Hell
Radiohead - Amnesiac
The Rebel Spell - Beautiful Future
Ringbearer - A Nameless Fear
Rise Against - Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rise Against - The Black Market
Sanguis et Cinis - Madrigal
Sarchasm - We Interrupt This Broadcast
Sarchasm - Please Do Not Eat Me
Sarchasm - Help! I Need an Adult
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peepshow (cassette)
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peepshow (CD)
The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
Skillet - Comatose
Skillet - Awake
Skillet - Rise
Switchblade Symphony - Serpentine Gallery
Symfinity - Anthem
System of a Down - System of a Down
System of a Down - Toxicity
System of a Down - Mezmerize
System of a Down - Hypnotize
This Ascension - Sever
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Tori Amos - Under the Pink
Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
Tori Amos - From the Choirgirl Hotel
Tori Amos - To Venus and Back
Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
Tori Amos - The Beekeeper
Tori Amos - American Doll Posse
Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin
Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
VersaEmerge - Fixed at Zero
We Are the Fallen - Tear the World Down
Wicked Wisdom - Wicked Wisdom

Other Albums I Want:
12 Stones - Potter's Field
Amalia Rodrigues - Com que vos
Anna Murphy - Cellar Darling
Ana Moura - Leva-me aos fado
Batalion d'Amour - Labirynt zdarzen
Batalion d'Amour - Dotyk iluzji
Batalion d'Amour - 55 Minutes of Love
Batalion d'Amour - W teatrze snow
Batalion d'Amour - Niya
Björk - Vesperatine
Blackmore's Night - Ghost of a Rose
Claire Voyant - Claire Voyant
Claire Voyant - Time and the Maiden
Closterkeller - Purple
Closterkeller - Violet
Closterkeller - Scarlet
Closterkeller - Aurum
Closterkeller - Veridian
Collide - Some Kind of Strange
Dazzle Vision - Origin of Dazzle
Dazzle Vision - Final Attack
The Dirty Youth - Red Light Fix
The Dirty Youth - Gold Dust
Eths - Teratologie
Eths - III
Evans Blue - Graveyard of Empires
Faith and the Muse - Elyria
Faith and the Muse - Ankoku butoh
Falling Up - Crashings
Gary Numan - Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)
Gary Numan - Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
Halestorm - Vicious
Heather Dale - The Road to Santiago
Heather Dale - The Gabriel Hounds
Heather Dale - The Green Knight
Heather Dale - Fairytale
Heather Dale - Sphere
Jinjer - King of Everything
Karnivool - Themata
Karnivool - Asymmetry
Kittie - In the Black
Korn - Untouchables
Korn - Take a Look in the Mirror
Lacrimosa - Satura
Lacrimosa - Inferno
Lacrimosa - Echos
Lacrimosa - Lichtgestalt
Linkin Park - One More Light
The Material - What We Are
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nostalghia - Chrysalis
Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory?
Otep - Sevas Tra
Otep - House of Secrets
Otep - Smash the Control Machine
Oz - Crunk
Paramore - After Laughter
The Pierces - Creation
Plumb - Need You Now
Plumb - Exhale
The Pretty Reckless - Who You Selling For
This Ascension - Tears in Rain
This Ascension - Light and Shade
This Ascension - Walk Softly, A Dream Lies Here
Tori Amos - Native Invader
Tori Amos - Ocean to Ocean

Concerts I've Been To:
October 10, 2011, Evanescence (with The Pretty Reckless & Rival Brothers) Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
October 23, 2011, Metal Female Voices Fest IX (Therion, Visions of Atlantis, Draconian, Stream of Passion, Midnattsol, & More), Oktoberhallen, Weize, Belgium
April 26, 2012, Kittie (with Blackguard, The Agonist, Bonded By Blood) Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
May 3, 2013, Mindless Self Indulgence (with Chantal Claret) Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA May 3, 2013
November 28, 2013, In This Moment (with Motionless in White, Kyng, & All Hail the Yeti) Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
March 21, 2014, Lacuna Coil (with Kyng, Nothing More, & Eve to Adam) Slim's, San Francisco, CA
September 25, 2014, Within Temptation (with Amaranthe) Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
September 14, 2017, Epica (with Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, & Elantris) UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA
December 16, 2017, Evanescence - Synthesis Tour with Orchestra, SF Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
April 13, 2018, Nightwish - Decades Tour. City National Civic Theatre, San Jose, CA
August 7, 2018, Paul Cauthen (with Sam Morrow) Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub, Sacramento, CA
September 5, 2018, Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling (with Cellogram) Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
March 18, 2019, Within Temptation (with In Flames, & Smash into Pieces) The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
May 24, 2019, Against Me! (with The Regrettes) August Hall, San Francisco, CA
November 9, 2021, Evanescence (with Halestorm, & Plush), SAP Center, San Jose, CA
February 10, 2022, Ana Gabriel, Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
April 23, 2022, DragonForce (with Firewind, Visions of Atlantis, & Seven Spires), UC Theater, Berkeley, CA
April 29, 2022, Amorphis (with Sylvaine, Uada, & Hoaxed), UC Theater, Berkeley, CA [CANCELED]
May 13, 2022, Arch Enemy and Behemoth (with Napalm Death and Unto Others), UC Theater, Berkeley, CA
April 17, 2023, VV (with Kaelan Mikla), The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
April 22, 2023, Enslaved (with Insomnium, & Black Anvil), UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA
May 4, 2023, Lacuna Coil (with The Birthday Massacre, Blind Channel, Edge of Paradise), The Ritz, San Jose, CA.
May 17, 2023, The Sisters of Mercy (with A Cloud of Ravens), SF Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.
June 30, 2023, Tarja (with Chaoseum), UC Theater, Berkeley, CA.

April 2013 - June 2014, many shows at 924 Gilman, Berkeley, CA - Most notable of which: August 18, 2013, Earth Crisis, & October 27, 2013, Touché Amoré