I've seen a number of people here who seem to dig metal music, so hopefully we can get a lively convo going on this topic.
You may or may not know I am the main media reviewer at Blabbermouth.net. In the past, I've written for Metal Manaics, AMP, New Noise, Hails & Horns, Dee Snider's House of Hair Online, About.com Heavy Metal, Fangoria Musick, Noisecreep, Unrestrained, Caustic Truths, Pit, Rough Edge, Pitriff, The Big Takeover.com and other venues. I've been doing it since 2003 and I've written more than 2,000 reviews and interviewed around 300 musicians, mostly in metal and punk with some in other genres. I've also done a ton of live photography.
Relative to this thread, some of my guests have included Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, Lemmy, Rob Halford, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, Nicko McBrain, Marky Ramone, Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick, Alice Cooper, David Coverdale, Lita Ford, Ivan Moody, Tom Araya, Dave Lombardo, Glenn Danzig, 3/5 of Anthrax, Testament, Metal Church, Venom, Celtic Frost, Voivod, Kevin Dubrow, Anton Fig, Cradle of Filth, Atreyu, Maria Brink, Bullet for My Valentine, Lamb of God, Filter, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Otep, Lee Aaron, Doro Pesch, Geoff Tate, Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urugus of Gwar), All That Remains, Enslaved, In Flames, Sevendust, Ill Nino and so on...I'll stop my wankfest here.
It's been a wonderful life but also one where I've accomplished just about everything I could want from the industry, thus I've turned my efforts toward breaking into comics, which I've loved since 1978.
I put up this post at Facebook today as I've just learned about the inevitable dissolution of Team Rock, which should be familiar to many of you in the UK and surrounding turf:
"Having been the victim of downsizing in my dual professional lives including music journalism, I want to offer my colleagues affiliated with the bankruptcy-stricken Team Rock (publishers of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog, and Blues mags, and also the Golden Gods Awards and the Classic Rock Awards) my heartfelt empathy. I've been there, having lost a slew of magazine writing gigs in a fell swoop due to the digital era kill-off. It's a butt ugly place to be, I know the feeling better than most. My prayers you all find strength and new venues."
At one point, I was writing for seven magazines and a handful of sites simultaneously, which included two monthly columns. I even produced my own digital magazine for a single issue, "Retaliate." My one-time blog, "The Metal Minute" was awarded "Best Personal Blog" by Metal Hammer magazine in 2009. The climate for journalism has changed drastically over the years due to the changes toward digital production. It's made me disgruntled at times and as I lost veritably all of the print magazine gigs at the same time, seeing this news hurts. I feel for everyone being displaced, considering the elite writers affiliated with those venues.
So there's something to get started with, lol... Otherwise, let's yak about some metal, eh?