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Real Name Darren C.

Location Austin, TX, United States


I started making the transition from rap to metal in 1991 when friends turned me on to Ozzy, Metallica, King Diamond, Suicidal Tendencies. A couple of years later, I began listening to death metal and became a full-blown fan during the mid-nineties, during my early college years. I also discovered black metal and European styles during this time.

I started writing about metal in the early '00s, and published my first articles in 2004. Since then, I've written for several publications including The Gauntlet, Blistering.com, Metalship.org, Metal-Mayhem UK and Metalcentre.com.

I graduated with a Bachelors in Education. I majored in English and minored in History. I spent six years working as a sub, Alternative Ed, Summer School and full-time teacher.

My hobbies include writing, attending concerts, studying martial arts (Sanchin Ryu Karate 4th degree black belt), shooting pool, swimming, partying, reading, watching TV, the Internet, nature, lifting weights and good conversation.

First metal show: Megadeth & Suicidal Tendencies, Headbangers Ball Tour, 1992, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan

Best Metal Show: Milwaukee Metalfest 1998 featuring first North American appearances by Emperor, Mayhem, Impaled Nazarene and Sodom. Death, Mercyful Fate, Suffocation, The Chasm, Crowbar, Six Feet Under, Sadus (missed) were some of the other acts that played.

Favorite bands: Danzig, Fate/King Diamond, Slayer, Kreator, Into Eternity, Emperor, old Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Limbonic Art, Melechesh, My Dying Bride, Black Sabbath, Agalloch, Cathedral, Grave, Unleashed, Dismember, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum...

Member Since March 22, 2011

Last Updated March 2, 2012