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Metal knight 
United States 
Favourite metal genre(s):
Black/Melodic Death/Tech 

Metal knight since 03/24/2022

A little background about me: I have been into metal for about 10 years and I like albums/bands from all subgenres (even "-core" stuff), but black and melodic death are my personal favorites. Aside from those two, I am also a pretty big fan of progressive and technical death metal. I got into traditional metal when I was in middle school through bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden and then later on I got into extreme metal through Death, At the Gates, and Darkthrone. I also like some non-metal artists/bands from genres like industrial/electronic, rap, rock, and even some pop-like music but when it comes to that kind of stuff, I am pretty selective. I am a guitarist and would like to start a metal project at some point, but currently I think I am too inexperienced with recording and writing music.

One thing to note about the reviews I post on here is that I try to separate the art from the artists when it comes to music, so you may notice me reviewing some controversial stuff from time to time. Just because I give something a positive review, does not mean I agree with the content of the band's lyrics or the actions of the people behind the project. It simply means that I think the band's music is good. If I had to stop and make sure that every band I listen to agrees with my worldview I would run out of stuff to listen to pretty quickly, so I try to ignore such things (especially considering that you can't even understand the lyrics on a lot of these bands). I think that most people in the metal scene, especially the extreme metal scene, understand this, but I thought I should say it to avoid any misunderstandings. One other thing to make note of is that some of my older reviews might have parts that contradict points made in the later ones. My opinions are often subject to change so this inevitably happens. I might go back and fix them some day, but honestly I'd rather write about different stuff. Take what you read with a grain of salt.

Review scale:
100% - Masterpiece/Classic metal album.
90-99% - Very high quality release. Enjoyable all the way through.
80-89% - A great album that is generally pretty enjoyable. 80+ percent albums are usually ones that end up in my regular rotation.
70-79% - Enjoyable, but has some noticeable issues (filler tracks, some bad ideas etc.) or not very original/unique, but still good enough to listen to.
50-69% - Stuff that falls in this range is generally just generic/extremely average. Some of these have occasional good songs on them but are generally not very interesting.
0-49% - Varying degrees of bad. On the upper end you'll usually find stuff with flaws like bad vocals accompanied by generic instrumentals, but as you near closer and closer to 0 things start becoming musically inept.

Some of my favorite metal bands include: In Flames, Death, Megadeth, Dark Tranquillity, Darkthrone, Nokturnal Mortum, At the Gates, Cradle of Filth, (old) Dimmu Borgir, Edge of Sanity, Iron Maiden, Machine Head, Slayer, (old) Nightwish, Imperial Circus Dead Decadence, Pantera, Burzum, Cryptopsy, Fear Factory, Queensryche, Decapitated, Obscura, Morbid Angel, and Children of Bodom.

Note: I own a lot more albums than are listed in my collection. I haven't gotten around to adding them all yet.

Bands I've seen Live (metal and non-metal):

Aversions Crown
Batushka (before the break up)
Blood Incantation
Cannibal Corpse
Cattle Decapitation
Dark Funeral
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Hideous Divinity
Imperial Triumphant
Infernal Conjuration
In Flames
Jungle Rot
Lamb of God
Morbid Angel
Pearl Jam
Rise Against
Rivers of Nihil
Shadow of Intent
The Absence
The Black Dahlia Murder
The Chasm
Visceral Disgorge

Note: Some of these were against my will. I am not a fan of some of these bands