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November 20, 2013

The Writers of We Love Metal

Harley – Senior Writer/Live Event Manager: harley_wlm@zoho.com Harley is a 40-something Metal Head who was raised on Deep Purple, Kiss, and AC/DC in the 70s, but really came of Metal-age as a teenager in 1982-83 with the release of seminal albums like Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast, Anvil’s Metal On Metal, Raven’s All for One, Manowar’s Into Glory Ride, and the one that really grabbed him: Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All – truly a great time to get into Metal. He wasn’t afraid to explore Metal over the initial years in the 80s and early 90s, discovering bands as diverse as Venom, Slayer, Fate’s Warning, Saxon, Anthrax, Voivod, Oz, Testament, Flotsam and Jetsam, Kings X, Queensryche, Overkill, Annihilator, Dream Theater, Mr. Bungle and Prong. In the late 90s and early 2000s, his interest in Metal waned somewhat, still appreciating the bands he had grown to love, but not really looking for much new. In 2003, he heard a recently released song online by a band of which he had been a fan – Gravedigger’s Twilight of the Gods from their Rheingold album. That song relit the flame, launching Harley on a new trajectory in pursuing music. Sure there was some catching up to do with the old bands, but there were plenty of new ones to find as well. New discoveries like Brainstorm, Symphony X, Nevermore, Pharaoh, Gamma Ray, Communic, and Redemption fed the need for more music and led to an appreciation for more diversity in his music (including more extreme bands than he previously cared for) like Turisas, Iron Savior, Ensiferum, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, The Haunted, Devin Townsend, Amon Amarth, Tyr, DoomSword, Pagan’s Mind, 3IOB, Norther, Theocracy, Korpiklaani, Voyager, Jorn, The Ocean, Sabaton, Suidakra and Paradox. You can see his tastes can’t be pigeonholed into a few genres. Harley hears the sound in a METAL way!

Surdus – Co-editor/Technical Guru:  surdus@welovemetal.com Surdus is the world’s leading tone-deaf music reviewer. His tastes in metal vary from questionable to plain weird. A fan of symphony metal and all things indie, Surdus snobishly considers himself a classy metal reviewer. He also happens to be our office tech guy which is why we can’t fire his symphony-metal-loving ass.

Fernando – Social Media Manager/Lead Contributor: fmartinslayer@yahoo.com Fernando is a Chicago native. His first experience with metal was in 2000 with Rob Zombie’s Dragula. Ever since then he slowly progressed through the world of metal and follows metal religiously. His favorite bands hail from Europe and England, and his favorite genres include Melodeath, Thrash, Symphonic, Black, and Goth for the most part. A few of Fern’s many bands that he likes include Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Leaves Eyes, Cradle of Filth, Borealis, HIM, Amaranthe, Nightwish, Satyricon, Battle Beast, Pink Floyd, Eluveitie…the list just goes on. He does listen to the occasional hard rock as well when he feels like it.

Fernando has been writing for WeLoveMetal since September 2013.

Bill Knowlton – Content Manager/Owner: blknowlton@eastlink.ca writing as both Bill and Martell (depending on his medication settings) he is the only writer left from the origins of We Love Metal back in 2008. The early days of the Big 4 were Bill’s introduction to metal, although he proudly tells all that Motley Crue is what started it all. Since founding the site Bill’s tastes have grown to include all forms of metal and tends to cover a lot of death metal/metalcore for diversity on the site.

Bill believes that all musicians deserve to be respected for putting their product out there and encourages everyone to remember why we’re here: We Love Metal!

Lyric – Contributoremilykonrad98@gmail.com  Lyric is admittedly the youngest writer on We Love Metal. She started on the website in September of 2014 and has continued to make her mark throughout the metal community. She is a heavy supporter of local music and standing for what you believe in. She feels everyone should follow their dreams and live out their passions. Lyric currently resides in Northern Illinois, USA, despite the fact that she shares a strong hate with the cold. You can almost always find her at some kind of concert, as that’s where she feels most “at home”.

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