The first album I bought was...

W.A.S.P. - The Last Command

I was just getting into rock and metal in the mid-80s and I got cassettes of The Last Command by W.A.S.P. and Love at First Sting by Scorpions. Once I heard it, I was warped and fucked-up for life.

My top 3 albums of all time are...

Metalica - Master Of Puppets

Slayer - Reign In Blood

Machine Head - Burn My Eyes

Best concert I've been to...

Metallica live at Roskilde Festival 2003

The best album artwork is...

Cannibal Corpse – Wretched Spawn

The cover art is by Vincent Locke. This is the last studio album to feature Jack Owen, one of the band's founding members, and up to 2012's Torture, the last with a graphic album cover. It summers up what this band is all about.

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

Slayer – Reign In Blood

The ultimate metal record, it took everything to the next level. The melodies, the guitar playing, Tom Araya’s vocals… if I had to choose another one… Master Of Puppets by Metallica.

The album that should not be is...

Megadeth – Risk

I don’t think there’s a good song on that; Dave was trying to do something different and it didn’t work. Maybe there’s something to it, so I didn’t have any preconceived notions, and it’s not like it was insulting, it just had to purpose and one can compare it to Iron Maiden’s X Factor or Van Halen’s III.


The first album I bought was...

The Doors - Strange Days

The first time I heard The Doors was from an old cassettes that my mother had lying in a drawer. I think it was around 80s. Then I heard about The Doors, and have done it ever since.

My top 3 albums of all time are...

Metallica - Metallica

Kamelot - One Cold Winters Night

Type O Negative - The Best of...

Best concert I've been to...

Type O Negative at Vega Copenhagen, Denmark 1999

The best album artwork is...

Metallica - Master Of Puppets

The reason it is best album is that it represent the last album their former bassist Cliff Burton starred in before his tragic death later that year. The album was also a reminder of Burton's death in bus accident shortly after the release which they supported on that tour. If I had to choose another one it would be Souls Of Black by Testament.

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

The album is often regarded as an add up of new methods of thrashmetal. There are many good songs that get your blood pressure to rise, while your head is about to explode.

The album that should not be is...

Helmet - Monochrome

I did not think that there are many good songs on this album. The songs are very slow with a few variations.


 
The first album I bought was...

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell

I was 11 or so and I found the mixture of punk energy, pop catchiness and the visual approach very appealing.

My top 3 albums of all time are...

Tool - Ænima
Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Metallica - Master Of Puppets

Best concert I've been to...

Pantera, September 25th 1994 at KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark

The best album artwork is...

Tool – Lateralus

This cover is an ode to creativity. Perfect mixture of extreme simplicity and complexity as well as statement that the obvious is not necessarily the best way to catch the buyer’s eye.

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

This album just sums up some of the most characteristic aspects of metal music. Musically it’s complex and aggressive, but at the same time melodic and fairly approachable. Lyrics deal with the darker sides of life and the creativity in song-writing is dazzling.

The album that should not be is...

Gene Simmons - Asshole

There are way too many, but in the end they are insignificant and as such not worth mentioning. But if I have to come up with one, such album then Gene Simmons’ album Asshole is a very good example of zero creativity, zero originality, zero content and zero humor despite the fact it’s its very key selling point.


 

The first album I bought was...

Scorpions – Best

I don't remember my exact age when I bought this album, only that it was the first time I had enough money between my hands to buy an album. And having heard my parents playing a lot of Scorpions classics, all of them present on this album, I couldn't resist.

My top 3 albums of all time are...

A Forest of Stars - A Shadowplay for Yesterdays
Winterfylleth - The Divination of Antiquity
Wolves in the Throne Room - Malevolent Grain

Best concert I’ve been to is…

Bolt Thrower at Metalfest back in 2010. It was the first time that I got the chance to see these legends live, and I can for the life of me not tell you, even to this day, what songs they had as part of their line-up (except for World Eater). For me, it was an hour-long lasting extacy-like state, by far the best experience of my life.

The best album artwork is...

Artillery – By Inheritance

Studying the album cover while listening to songs on the record such as “By Inheritance” or “Bombfood” really makes this album come alive to me. On top of that it is, plain and simple, an awesome piece of artwork.

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

Bolt Thrower – Realm of Chaos

My favourite album by a small margin, ahead of sThose Once Loyals. This album has all the raw aggression and depth of the eighties which they later passed on to their successor records, which is probably why they are a cult band today.

The album that should not be is...

Any HIM record. For some reason I have never really taken a liking to HIM. Pretty much everything about them music-wise bothers me.


 
The first album I bought was...

Manowar – Hail to England

By no means my type of metal, but I remember being told by my bass-teacher that I should check out the style of Joey DeMaio. I will never forget the way the salesman at the local record store did his utmost not to crack a smile at the 14-year old buying the cheesiest album possible, complete with sword-wielding musclemen in speedos…

My top 3 albums of all time are...

Suicidal Tendencies – Lights Camera Revolution
Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
X Japan – The Art of Life Live (yes, it’s an EP, but you won’t have 34 better minutes than this)

Best concert I’ve been to is…

The Mars Volta live at Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway 2009.

The best album artwork is...

Ulver - Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler

The cover of Ulver’s debut is as eerily beautiful as the music. A foreboding, dark forest perfectly hints at the coldness you experience when listening to the album, but there’s genuine, nature-inspired art going on and the cover becomes the perfect representation of what the album actually is.

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

Anthrax – Among the Living

Maybe an unconventional choice, but Among the Living is a groovy, catchy and fairly juvenile album that showcases several sides of metal. It’s not too brutal and potentially off-putting and it might serve as the perfect gateway to bands like Slayer and early Metallica. Piece of Mind and The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden are both good alternatives.

The album that should not be is...

Metallica - …And Justice for All

Yep, you got that right. … And Justice is a banger of an album and the real answer here would of course be your personal pick from Load, Re-Load and St. Anger, but I will never be able to forgive Lars, James and Kirk for taking their grief out on their new bass players sound by practically muting it and thus only punishing themselves and the fans in the process.

… And Justice for Jason!


 
The first album I bought was...

Asia - Asia and Van Halen - 1984 on cassette

The album artwork on the Asia album lured me in. I heard “Heat of the Moment” on the radio + cool sea dragon on the album cover, sold. That year Van Halen was the hottest rock band around. A must have for any kid in my school.

My top 3 albums of all time are...

1: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
2: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley
3: Twin Earth – Black Stars in a Silver Sky

Best concert I’ve been to is…

Black Sabbath (with Ozzy) and Pantera

San Jose, CA. It was an indoor arena. We had excellent seats near the front on the aisle. Great view the whole show. During Pantera’s set, several of their rabid fans charged up the aisles trying to get on stage. The security team started catching people by tackling them.

The best album artwork is...

Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell

Iron Maiden Killers and Celtic Frost To Mega Therion get high marks. Something about the smoking angels captures my imagination.

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

Slayer – Reign in Blood

An album way before it’s time. It is one of the greatest recordings of any genre at any time in music history. The album never lets down. It’s a thrash metal masterpiece.

The album that should not be is...

Motley Crue – anything after Shout at the Devil

If a greatest hits from the rest of their catalog was put out, that could work. Their first two albums stand above anything they did after.


 
The first album I bought was...

Van Halen - Van Halen

Eddie's guitar playing and David’s vocals just sucked me into falling in love with this album. 

My top 3 albums of all time are...

1: Lorna shore – The Pain Remains
2: Suicide Silence – The Black Crown
3: Sleep Token – Take me Back to Eden

Best concert I’ve been to is…

Of Mice and Men/ Volumes/ Capture the Crown February 2013

I just lost my grandfather and this concert- the energy, the music and just everything that happened at this show, it was absolute magic. 

The best album artwork is...

Lorna shore - As I Return to Nothingness

It may look like alot at first glance, but it simply is Azreal the angel of death floating.  It’s simple but it shows that the band is not messing around they're here to take the world by storm. 

A kid asks me what metal is. I hand them a copy of...

This is a difficult question simply because Metal is not just one thing.  It’s not one album, metal is diverse ,it’s complex, it’s honestly a spectrum. Although if I had to pick just one I would say the Subliminal Verses Vol. 3 by Slipknot.  This album has a lot of diversity within the album itself.  It has the heaviness and brutality, but there still has some more classic melodies.  I believe it encompasses a lot of subgenres in metal but still keeping it heavy. 

The album that should not be is...

Motionless in White - Graveyard Shift

I need to be careful and concise when i say this. Motionless in White has been one of my favorite bands since they came out with Creatures.  As much as i love them though this album is in my opinion one of their worst.  There are a few good songs on it but i think as a whole it shouldn’t have ever been released. To me it’s an attempt to please the fans that aren’t really fans of them.  I can understand the band growing and wanting to expand their audience and i applaud the attempt.  But if the band had kept this album as heavy as their previous with reincarnate I feel as though i would have enjoyed it better. That being said since then MIW has released two very good albums and i encourage anyone that reads this to go check them out.