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Nick Girvin 
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Send me promos or review requests to [email protected] If I'm not interested in it, perhaps one of my other writers will be.

I'm the Senior Editor over at Indy Metal Vault (which is primarily where I write all of my reviews), as well as casual submissions over at Antichrist Magazine. I started writing for the Archives in late 2014 as one of the worst writers, and have improved to the point of becoming a scribe and being picked up by those metal outlets. Metal Archives has become more of an "unloading" platform, as it also helps the bands find more fans. I also enjoy socializing in the forums. Since these sites kindly accept punk, rock, glam, and other close enough to metal genres, you can find reviews on those that won't appear here.

Review scores don't necessarily stack up against one another, unless it's within one band. E.G. I could rate a Metallica album 95% and a Megadeth one 90%, but still like the Megadeth one better. However, if I rate one Megadeth album 95% and another one 90%, I like the 95% one better. I stick to less known albums for my primary writing, but I also enjoy doing classic discographies. If you think that's stupid, simply don't read them. 5% rating increments are used.

A+: 100% - More than flawless, album exceeds musical talent and might have some deeper meaning to me. No band gets more than one of these.
A: 95-99%- Album still flawless, but not as above+beyond
A-: 90-94% - One tiny gripe or so, otherwise incredible
B+: 87-89% - Great album, strong construction, maybe not essential but should definitely seek out
B: 83-86% - Strong release but not essential
B-: 80-82% Checks all boxes to make me interested
C+:77-79% - Checks all boxes necessary for those who love the genre
C: 73-76% - Worth hearing for those who love the genre
C-: 70-72% - Solid foundation but needs some improvement for sure
D+: 67-69% - Solid foundation with a standout or two
D: 63-66% - Solid foundation that goes nowhere
D-: 60-62% - Basic
F+: 45-59% - Bad but isn't insulting to the listener
F: 20-44% - Horrible, not a single redeeming quality
F-: 0-19% - Insulting, upsetting, and painful to listen to

Favorite bands include: Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Eagles, Scorpions, W.A.S.P., KISS, Overkill, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Cinderella, Simon & Garfunkel, Slayer, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Green Day, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Death, Pantera, Ramones, Alice In Chains, Testament, Kreator, Dio, Dead Kennedys, Cage The Elephant, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Guns 'N Roses, Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste

Guitarist - Ritchie Blackmore
Vocalist - Rob Halford
Drummer - Dave Lombardo
Bassist - David Ellifson
Pianist - Jon Lord
Music Decade - 1970s
Music Format - CD
Concert I've Attended - Overkill and Death Angel '19

-Movies - Almost Famous, Drive, Fight Club, Return Of The Jedi, Halloween (original)
-Books - The Stand, Dark Matter, I Am Ozzy, The Green Mile
-Sport - Basketball
-TV Shows - King Of Queens, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Friends
-TV Series's - Breaking Bad (also Better Call Saul), Freaks And Geeks, Parks And Recreation, Stranger Things
-Board Games - Mysterium, Code Names, Secret Hitler
-Video Games - Mario Sunshine (GC), Frogger: Great Quest (PS2), Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex (PS2)
-Beers: Goose Island IPA, Magic Hat #9, LBC Hop Hog, Yuengling Lager

General Summary of yours truly:
I play the guitar and piano. Avid party goer and into fitness - lifting and running/swimming. Working out keeps me happy. Summer is the greatest time of the year, I despise winter, thus I'm a big beach/mountain goer. Horror Films and Star Wars are my favorite movies, although I don't spend a lot of time in front of the TV. I do enjoy reading when I get the time. I graduated college in May of 2017. I currently work as a detailer/drafter. My company builds stages for big name musicians. I've worked on Ozzy Osbourne design and loaded in a Bon Jovi show. Feel free to add me on Facebook, I'm as social as one gets. Follow me on the Instagram: @living.dead.girv