This is normally my chance to bitch, moan, and complain about the people and events in metal that make my blood boil, but over the last six months I can say this music along with my family got me through some of the toughest times I have ever experienced.
Many of you have noticed and emailed me to see what’s going on with We Love Metal not doing the daily updates you have grown accustom to over the last three years. I appreciate those inquiries and have decided that I will take this popular column to explain to our wonderful readers and dare I call you fans where Martell had been hiding. Honesty will be the name of the game!
Martell is actually me – Bill Knowlton. I am a happily married 36 year old man with a child that I adore. We live a pretty normal life and obviously metal is my passion. Six months ago my world was shattered when my Father passed away at the young age of 56. My parents were very young when they had me so my Mother has been left alone and it has been a struggle for all of us to come to terms with the leader and strength of our family leaving us. I managed with the amazing help of fellow We Love Metaller Surdus to keep the wheels on the site, but in July my Father’s Mother passed away leaving us reeling. The shock was too much. With my parents being so young my grandparents paid a major factor in raising me and even at 36 I looked to them for support.
My focus automatically went to my Mother and the remainder of my family. It has been a hard road and metal has been a major factor in digging my way out of grief I have never really experienced before. The music and the community has kept me strong and Surdus has kept the site operational and put up with my many false starts at writing again. I thank him deeply and appreciate him giving me the time to handle things correctly.
Going forward the site will once again be the complete metal source you expect. You the readers have stood by us during this brief outage and I can’t believe how you have supported us when there is so much competition out there. You will now see me sign off as Bill because life is far too short to hide behind a pen name and always remember we do this because We Love Metal.
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