You guys may have noticed that the blog has been a bit quieter lately. Blame that on my crazy life. I’m running four sites, plus putting most of my energy into my writing biz, working on a novel and a children’s book, hanging out with friends, and a few other projects besides. Added to this, my husband and I are just about to embark on a project of EPIC CRAZY MADNESS, which is going to see a lot of my time sucked away in future months. Worth it, but yeah.
The truth is, while I’m enjoying writing reviews, I am struggling to find the time to update this site as much as I’d like, and wanting to keep up with a review or two a week has meant I’ve practically stopped writing the longer articles I really enjoy researching and working on. I’ve been thinking about taking on another reviewer to pick up the slack for most of the year, and when my friend Erin offered to write a piece, I badgered her till she agreed to become a semi-regular fixture here on steffmetal.com.
So, without further ado, I’ll let Erin introduce herself.
Hi, I’m Erin, but you’ll get to know me as 2 Cent. Most friends and even some family call me this nowadays. This odd-ball nickname was “gifted” a few years back by my boyfriend and his best mate. It is testament to my character – I always have to add my opinion. Why not? It’s a free world.
Born and raised in the North Island of New Zealand, I have been around music since before I can remember. My father, obsessed with well-engineered rock albums and clarity would always play his music loud, whether I wanted to hear it or not. He was forever upgrading his gismos and gadgets to get the best possible sound combination. My younger brother went on to study Sound Engineering when he was old enough and has the most epic and remarkable music collection of anyone I know.
And me? I tried my hand at several musical instruments, eventually realising I was shit at it. I’ve learnt that my family’s musical talent was for music appreciation, not composition. Somewhere in there, there is a major breakdown in communication between brain and hands, but brain and ears work perfectly fine. Thank effin goodness!
My iPod is a good indication of what I am like – the playlist of my life is titled “Quite Bloody Random”. At first glance you’re going to say “What the fuck is this?”, but after a while it all starts to make sense. Although my collection of music is predominantly Metal in all its forms, I’d be completely lying if I said there weren’t an array of strange one-offs and odd-ball albums that don’t appear to fit the bill.
Music has taken me to many concerts and festivals, including some crazy road-trips and overseas adventures. It’s given me great friends and plenty of bloody horrific hangover stories. It’s talked me into several tattoos, some bad ex-boyfriends and some strange make-up choices over the years. Above all it’s given me appreciation for different styles and a raging opinion I’m only too happy to share.
Metal – and music in general – IS a way of life.
I’m new to writing reviews and sharing my musical opinions, so bear with me as I start out sharing my opinions with the masses. I’ll be a bit rusty to start, but I trust that with liberal amounts of Metal and Beer and probably another tattoo, things will smoothen out shortly.
Metal – till Death do us part,
Erin’s first review – of Be’lakor’s Of Beath and Bone – will be going up tomorrow. In the meantime, you can stream the album from Apochs Metal Review HERE.