Head Of Reviews
I am a music nerd into all types of genres, but metal was where it began. Always on the look-out for new metal music with eclectic blends of styles to remind me that metal music is far from out of ideas. I’m interested mostly in metal that sounds like it was made by people who do not listen only to metal. As well as leading my team of reviewers here at Midlands Metalheads, I take great interest in literature, film and television, both creatively and critically.
Jon E Smoke
John E Smoke should have been born in Wolverhampton but was instead born in Stone which, if you think about it, is a kind of rock. He is proud of his family’s black country roots in the home of heavy metal. Like a lot of people, his first taste of the heavy stuff came from watching top of the pops as a child. The band in question was Iron Maiden and John’s eyes and ears were opened to the world of heavy. His first proper gig was The Almighty in Wolverhampton, quickly followed by Sepultura.
Growing up in a house where the likes of Deep Purple and Rainbow were played regularly, it would be unusual if I hadn’t become a huge fan of rock music! I enjoy everything from across the rock and metal spectrum, but my heart lies with the riffs and melodies produced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge and Trivium (to name but a few). I am always excited by new music and am here to give my penny’s worth on the latest the rock/metal scene has to offer.
Midlands born, Merseyside based. Music is a big part of my life. Discovering new bands, working through discographies, revisiting old gems, going to gigs… all very exciting. I grew up in the glory days of nu metal and pop punk, and from there my tastes broadened as the years went by. Heavy/traditional/power is my preference, although I think there’s probably something of value in every sub-genre (that goes for non metal as well). Liverpool FC fan. I enjoy writing, even if no one is reading.
A lover of Rock music, and supporter of local bands and venues. Deb loves being down the front at gigs. She currently runs her own blog page which is proving to be very popular and feels it has given her the opportunity to develop an understanding of the music industry. Specialist Areas: Review Writer
Heavy metal music didn’t appeal to me in my early teen years. Even now, I still can’t bear the sound of what I thought the face of metal was when I was younger. Hair metal bands with sickeningly catchy choruses and music videos of slow motion guitar solos. Thankfully, a little later in my teens, Slipknot and a few others opened the gateway to a side music that scared the shit out of me in the best way possible.
Ever since I was 12 I’ve been in love with all things fast and heavy. The music of Evile changed my life in a way that lead to a burgeoning love of thrash metal. As time has passed I’ve developed my tastes further and now I’m immersing myself in the world of hardcore. If it makes me feel like I can headbutt down a brick wall chances are I’ll love it. Trap Them and Every Time I Die are recent favourites, but I’ll always carry a flame for Machine Head