\m/Location: New York City
\m/Ten favorite bands(don't all have to be metal bands):
Type O Negative
Children of Bodom
At the Gates
(I overspilled, and I still wanted to list quite a lot more...)
\m/Five favorite movies:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Kill Bill 1 & 2
\m/Five favorite books:
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman
The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
How Soon is Never? by Marc Spitz
Real World by Natsuo Kirino
(my favorite books are embarassingly non-literary for an English major....)
\m/What is an interesting fact about you? Interesting, huh....I'm a sorta-reformed sorta-goth. Also, my knees bend the wrong way so that I look very strange when I sit.
\m/If you could be anything besides yourself for a day, what would you be, and why?
\m/What was the Best Metal concert you've been to? Honestly, my two favorite concerts of all time are AFI and Mindless Self Indulgence/the Birthday Massacre. As far as metal goes I loved Type O Negative with Celtic Frost (partially for the music, but mostly for my personal experiences in the pit). I'm going to a RIDICULOUS amount of shows in the next month so I am sure this will change. I am seeing (in order) - Opeth with Nachymystium + High on Fire, Nightwish + Sonata Artica, Gwar with Toxic Holocaust, Children of Bodom + Testament with the Black Dahlia Murder and the Between the Buried and the Me, Iced Earth with Into Eternity and Saviors, Danzig + Dimmu Borgir and Moonspell (and some other bands that I forget), Amon Amarth with Ensiferum (and some other bands I forget) and In Flames with Gojira (and some other bands I forget, once again). Please tell me if anyone is attending any of these shows in NYC!
\m/Post a pic of yourself.
I am really in love with those necklaces (they're not very clear, but it's a demon and a goat-headed sword).
And....the survery I saw a bunch of people taking because I'm a bit bored...
\m/ How did you first get into metal, and why? Who were the very first bands you started listening to? Do you still listen to them now?
In high school, I tried to be punk but it didn't quite take. I segued into goth (strangely, because Davey Havok from AFI wrote a very goth playlist for Alternative Press), which stuck around for a bit. However, the whole club scene got boring and most goth bands were boring to begign with. I didn't start really getting into metal until about a year and a half ago, partially because of Metalocalypse (I am a bit ashamed that the biggest reason I adore metal is a cartoon) and partially because I realized (in the middle of doing an assload of papers) that metal helps me concentrate. I started out listening to really heavy stuff only when I wrote, but then I realized that I actually like the stuff and the rest is history. It helps that I've been dating a metalhead for five years, so there have been a few metal bands I've liked for a while/crossed genre boundaries to me (like Type O Negative). I don't actually share his tastes for the most part -- he's very into power metal.
\m/ Has your taste in metal changed since you first started listening to it? If so, how? If not, why not?
My taste have broadened exponentially. There are lots of things I wouldn't give the time of day to before that I adore now. I used to abhor screamed vocals, but I really enjoy them now. Guitar solos also used to put me to sleep (and they still do sometimes), but I find myself much more impressed with technical ability than I once was.
\m/What is your favorite subgenre(s) of metal? Least favorite(s)? And why?
Probably melodic death metal (particularly of the Swedish variety). I especially like the bands that I can understand a teeny bit of their vocals, because I am still a sucker for being able to scream along with a song. I also like quite a bit of gothic-metal and black metal (but nothing too drudgey), and old-school thrash. I also really like keyboards, which is probably why I like Children of Bodom so much. I don't tend to like anything with "core" at the end of it. I'm not sure why, but that stuff just doesn't appeal to me at all. I'm also not into power metal like Blind Guardian, much to my boyfriend's dismay.
\m/Do you find yourself listening to a subgenre now that you've always hated, but for some reason now enjoy? If so, what?
I can't imagine enjoying stuff like At the Gates a few years ago, but here I am.
\m/Is there a band that you still find yourself listening to (or simply obsessing over) after years and years (say, over five)?
Type O. Sadly, I haven't liked metal long enough to say whether any other band will be as enduring (but I think most of them will be).
\m/What role do you tend to admire most in a band? Why?
I have a great appreciation for drummers. It's the sort of thing you only notice when they're really excellent (like Gene Hoglan or Dave Lombardo), but I am blown away by great drum-work more than anything else. I also like any guitarist who can pull off a non-boring guitar solo and like I said before, I am a bit of a sucker for a band with prominent keyboards (I did used to go to goth clubs a lot).
\m/What do you think have been the best releases in 2008 so far? What albums are you anxious to see hit stores?
Hmmm....I enjoyed "Blooddrunk" by Children of Bodom, "In Sorte Diaboli" by Dimmu Borgir and "A Sense of Purpose" by In Flames, although I don't think any of those are the best releases from those bands. I just ordered the new Into Eternity and it should coming my way this week, and I am looking forward to "Twilight of the Thunder God" from Amon Amarth.
\m/Have you discovered any new bands (circa 2007 - 2008) that you'd recommend to others? If so, who? What subgenre are they in? What drew you to like them?
Pretty much everything I listen to now is a relatively recent discovery. But I'd recommend Into Eternity because they don't seem terribly popular and I really like them. I saw them open for Edguy and was really impressed. They combine many of my favorite aspects of metal -- technical death metal with both screamed and clean vocals. When I saw them live, they were also really funny (which always endears me to a band). Their lyrics are about as depressing as Sentenced (but less cheesy), which struck me as odd after seeing what a good senses of humor they have but I am really into them either way.
\m/Who in the metal scene do you find most attractive? (And for the love of God, pick someone else other than Alexi Laiho!) Edit: And post a picture! I'd love to see how everyone's tastes vary!
Pete, you used to be beautiful.
Death Angel, you're all still looking pretty good.
Looking through the pictures in this group, I didn't realize how foxy King from Gorgoth and Chuck Schuldiner from Death were! I don't need bands I like to be good-looking...but it doesn't hurt.
\m/Do you enjoy any female-fronted metal bands? If so, who? If not, why not?
I like quite a lot of them. I really hate symphonic stuff like old Nightwish, but I love Theatre of Tragedy (I've been meaning to check of Leaves Eyes for a while now but I keep forgetting), Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy (I know a lot of people don't like Angela Gossow -- I don't really keep up with what she is like as a person, why do people find her so obnoxious? I'm honestly curious, not being sarcastic).
\m/Do you get along with other female metalheads? Or, do you feel a br00tal cat fight just waiting to happen?
Yes, although I don't know very many. My very bestest amiga and the person who shares my musical taste the most is lady_shadowlily and we sort of became metalheads together. Male metalheads bug me when they a) assume I only like metal because my boyfriend does (as sad as it is, I like to point out frequently that we don't like the same sort of metal) or b) push me too aggressively at shows. I've met cool metalheads of both genders though.
\m/Do you go into the pit at shows, or do you stay on the sidelines?
I enjoy it sometimes, but I've never gone into a pit at a metal show (on purpose anyway). I don't know how well I'd fare. I do like thrashing around though.
\m/Do you think it's difficult, in any way, being a female fan of metal? Do you get teased or doubted because of it? Etc.
Meh, not really. Some of my friends who are more into indie music think I am a bit of a cretin, but they can bite me.