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Xyrth's profile

Rank:
Veteran 
Points:
1049 
Email address:
moc/liamtoh//51ne_cir 
Full name:
Ricardo Esparza 
Gender:
Male 
Age:
34  
Country:
Mexico 
Homepage:
https://www.facebook.com/Rictiosaur 
Favourite metal genre(s):
Various 
Comments:
 

2018: Finally, I quitted being lazy as fuck and have launched my FB and Instagram art, design & illustration sites, so visit those if you feel like checking out my graphic stuff:

Instagram: rictiosaur
FB: Rictiosaur

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Also, I'm finally here on MA as a graphic artist with my real name thanks to my American friend Matt, a.k.a. PseudoYou. My only contribution thus far is the cover art for American band Darkmysticwood's EP, Bong Rips for Jesus. I think I won't review that one, since it would feel as I'm licking my own balls (even though I had nothing to do with the great music within, only the art), but if you like good quality sludge/stoner you should check them out.

I review stuff for metalrecusants.com as well, and help them in the graphic design department. They're a nice bunch of people.

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The long, boring intro... (you can skip it, by all means)

I've been listening to metal since I was 12 years old, after listening to "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica. Yep, that's the song that started it all. I've evolved since then. From heavy and power to thrash and melodeath to extreme metal. I now listen to most forms of metal, extreme, kvlt, mainstream, I don't care as long as it's good to me. I do prefer melody and speed in my metal shake, but that ain't mandatory.

I listen to other stuff as well, mostly progressive rock, ol' classic rock and some alternative acts. But I do consider METAL to be my favorite form of music, and a driving force in my life. I'm not a 100% Metalhead, and I definitely don't share the TRVE/KVLT mentality.

I hope my reviews are useful to many fellow metal brothers and sisters out there. I'm no professional reviewer and English is not my mother tongue, but I'll do my best.

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, and I'm a fan of some excellent metal album covers out there, specially those made by masters Ed Repka, Derek Riggs, Dan Seagrave, Michael Whelan and John Dyer Baizley amongst others. If you want some artwork/logo/design for your band, you're welcome to contact me!

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Review rate:

100: PERFECT METALLURGY!!! Get it at any cost!
95: Excellent!! A bit shy of perfection. Highly recommended.
90: High quality metal! Strongly recommended.
85: Pretty good, with minor flaws or issues. Recommended.
80: Solid metal, though could have been better.
75: Still solid, but unspectacular, go ahead if you like band/genre.
70: Average, though you might find something here I don't.
65: Mediocre, a lot of room for improvement.
60: Not recommended, but for a song, riff or tiny something.
55: Almost worthless, barely listenable.
50: Total crap, no saving grace here. Avoid.
45 or less: Seek & Destroy all copies of this insult to metal!

I usually don't consider any album (except St. Anger) should be awarded less than 50. No matter how shitty, awfully recorded or lame an album is, at least someone worked on it and gave a little bit of their time to it's creation. I respect that. However, I might change my mind from time to time.