In July 2013, I served as the "editor-in-residence" for the , which meant basically I was asking a month-long AMA ("Ask Me Anything") interview. With Codex's permission, I'm re-posting the Q&As here on my blog. The questions were all provided by members of Codex.WHAT DO YOU MOSTLY LISTEN DO? CLASSIC 80 S METAL? DEATH METAL? THRASH? MORE PUNK-INFLUENCED STYLES? PROGRESSIVE/INSTRUMENTAL METAL? DO YOU PREFER THE MORE MELODIC SUNG VOCALS OR THE COOKIE MONSTER-STYLE DELIVERY THAT'S POPULAR THESE DAYS? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS?
I talked about this a bit earlier in the Q&A. Here's what I said about metal:
If anyone's interested in the metal I listen to, here's a spreadsheet export of . It's almost all metal, though there's also probably some random shit in there that I added to my library and rarely (if ever) listen to it. I do like some lighter stuff, but I just don't listen to it very much. Here's .
Some of my favorite bands: Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Protest the Hero, At the Gates, Baroness, Eluveitie
To expand a bit on that, melodic death metal is probably my favorite subgenre of metal, but I also listen to a lot of folk metal and metalcore. But my library has a pretty good mix of subgenres. There's thrash, progressive, power metal all kinds of stuff.
As for vox: I don't particularly have a preference for one or the other. I tend to like bands that mix up the screaming with some clean singing.
I feel like a failure as a metalhead-and as a human being-for not mentioning Mastodon in my answer. So, yes, I do like-nay, love-Mastodon. Also, I once killed a man because he killed my goat. Though there are so many bands I could have mentioned as favorites, it's inevitable that I would neglect to mention some. Like I didn't mention Lamb of God!From October 1 - October 31, I'll be running a , an anthology of improbable, futuristic, magical, & alternate-world crowdfunding projects. Please check it out, consider backing it, and, if you're so inclined, spread the word!