LATEST UPDATE: 10-19-05
Name: David White
Birthday: March, 1967
Current location: California, U.S.
Current occupation: Software Engineer.
Hobbies: Music, New England Patriots, Fantasy Sports.
Favorite books: Biographies of rock bands and books about the New England Patriots.
Favorite movies: None.
Words that describe me: Emotional, hot-headed, judgemental, impatient.
Instrumental talents: None.
Past and present band experience: None.
Favorite music listening location and why: Anywhere is fine if I have my music on. My favorite is probably my car as I can play it as loud as I want.
How I got into metal: I was more of a progressive rock/classic rock fan. Then I heard Guns 'n' Roses 'Appetite for destruction' and couldn't believe the emotion in Axl Rose's vocals. I had to find more. I heard Queensryche's 'Empire' which had some of the same feel. I was told that if I liked Queesnsryche I would like Dream Theater. Which took me to Shadow Gallery, then Angra. Then I read that Angra's biggest influence was Iron Maiden. So I went backwards to Iron Maiden and discovered what I'd been missing all these years. The rest is history.
Most influential bands: Yes, Iron Maiden, Jethro Tull, Angra, Helloween, Judas Priest.
Favorite/most memorable concerts: Iron Maiden in 2000, my first Maiden show, Styx around '96 because I was in the 3rd row, ProgPower III with Angra, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, etc, that says it all.
Genre likes: Heavy/melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal.
Genre dislikes: Black metal, death metal, doom metal, folk metal.
Thoughts on the metal genres:
Black metal: No interest.
Death metal: No interest.
Doom metal: No interest.
Folk metal: No interest.
Gothic metal: I like some of the female fronted bands but only the ones with a heavy emphasis on melody.
Heavy/melodic metal: A very excellent genre, of course. Sometimes I'll get a little bored of straight melodic metal and need something more progressive or symphonic, but it's hard to go wrong with a pure heavy/melodic metal CD.
Power metal: One of my favorite styles. I'm usually in the mood for it but on occassion I'll hear the double bass with a high pitched singer and have to turn it off. That doesn't happen too often, though.
Progressive metal: I like a lot of progressive metal and progressive rock. Sometimes progressive bands can lose sight of the melody and then they lose my interest. But I listen to a lot of progressive music and like it a lot.
Symphonic metal: See my comments about Power Metal. Most of the time this will uplift me and fire me up. On rare occassions though, it just doesn't hit the spot.
Thrash metal: Not much interest, there usually isn't enough melody.
Favorite musicians: Steve Howe, John Petrucci, Steve Harris, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Michael Romeo, Eddy Antonini.
Favorite vocalists: Bruce Dickinson, Andre Matos, Axl Rose, Fish, Jon Anderson, Morby.
Favorite CD covers: None, covers aren't important to me.
Favorite bands: Iron Maiden, Viper, Angra, Skylark, Stratovarius, Symphony X, Jethro Tull, Rush, Yes, Dream Theater, Guns 'n' Roses, AC/DC, Arena, Marillion, Beatles.
Favorite CDs: Viper 'Theatre of fate', Iron Maiden 'Number of the beast', Symphony X 'Divine wings of tragedy', Eternity X 'The edge', Helloween 'The dark ride', Queensryche 'Operation mindcrime', Edguy 'Theatre of salvation', Dream Theater 'Awake', Guns 'n' Roses 'Appetite for destruction', AC/DC 'Back in black', Yes 'Close to the edge', Jethro Tull 'Aqualung', Arena 'Songs from the lion's cage', Marillion 'Misplaced childhood', Beatles 'Abbey road'.
CDs that are overrated: Helloween 'Keeper of the seven keys' and Dream Theater 'Images and words' (note: I like all these CDs a lot, I just don't think they're as incredible as others say).
CDs that are underrated: Helloween 'The dark ride', Viper 'Theatre of fate', Dream Theater 'Awake', Angra 'Fireworks', Gamma Ray 'Powerplant'.
Most prized metal posession: My entire collection. I never imagined I'd have this many CDs.
Reasons I joined the Metal CD Ratings site: To spread the word of great music.
Advantages to being a reviewer on the Metal CD Ratings site: It makes me listen to new CDs. I have a tendency to get a new CD, listen to it once then put it on the rack and listen to Skylark's Gate of Heaven for the 1,000th time instead. Reviewing a new CD means I have to listen to it over and over. And over.
Disadvantages to being a reviewer on the Metal CD Ratings site: I'm not a good bearer of bad news so I don't like having to write bad reviews, especially for a new band that needs good publicity. But as hard as it is sometimes I will always give my honest opinion.
Bands I would like to see in concert: (assuming this means bands I haven't seen) Skylark, Shadow Gallery, Magellan, Rhapsody, Shaman, Arena.
People I would like to meet: Bruce Dickinson, Jon Anderson, Bill Belichick.
What I would like to see for the future of metal: For power metal to become popular enough in the U.S. so that the bands are touring and filling arenas of the CD buying young people.
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