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December 31, 2010

Tell me what YOU want to read on Steff Metal

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It’s been one hell of a year. I have been married two years and can now speak passable German. This blog has tripled in traffic, had an impressive makeover, and been filled with all kinds of interesting discussions. Dio died, Ozzy is still hanging on (lord knows how), and Judas Priest are calling it quits. All in all, a crazy year for metal.

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Now that I’m on holiday, I’m writing a lot of epic posts for the blog and planning content for the next year. I’ve decided not to do a survey this year, but what I want to know is – what do YOU want to read on Steff Metal?

You can be as general (“more fashion!” “more reviews!” “more gingerbread tutorials!”) or as specific (“I’d like to see an article about the origins of thrash metal, and pictures of ducks wearing little duck-shaped metal t-shirts”) as you like.

Sound off in the comments or, if you want to stay annoymous, shoot me an email. I promise I’ll listen to all your ideas, but I may not be able to write them all, and I definitely won’t be able to please everybody.

Also, if I had a newsletter thingy, and you could sign up to it, and every so often I will send you a funny letter, would you want to read it?

Awaiting your lynching

18 Comments on “Tell me what YOU want to read on Steff Metal

Emily Bleak
January 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

I would personally like to hear about your local scene! I am so far removed from everything BUT the Boston metal scene that it’s like a little vacation for my ears to hear local bands from other locales.

You also write awesome record and concert reviews, would love to see more!

dschalek
January 6, 2011 at 8:07 am

Steff, so many metal blogs and so on are negative in tone, and derogatory towards readers, various bands, etc. I find your celebration of metal culture with a postive viewpoint, and your obvious committment to family and friends, refreshing and welcome. Keep it up.

steff
January 10, 2011 at 1:13 am

Thank you! I’ve been wondering if the positivity was turning people off, actually :) I shall definitely keep it up \m/

Phil
January 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Drugs and metal, do they necessarily need to go hand in hand? Something I’ve been curious about since certain bands seem to glorify alcohol and various mind altering substances.

steff
January 10, 2011 at 1:17 am

Yes! I will write about this.

Phil
January 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I’ve noticed a severe lack of doom metal related articles.

steff
January 10, 2011 at 1:17 am

@Phil – yes, yes there is. I might have to get E.Bleak to come and do a guest post. She’s the doom metal expert. I like Candlemass and Summoning and the one that sounds like a dinosaur …

Louise Curtis
January 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I love the metal history stuff, and I also really like the “what I did on the weekend” posts. Ooh! Can you do some steampunk history?

Louise Curtis

steff
January 10, 2011 at 1:18 am

@Louise – yes, yes I can. Although, I was kinda saving all my steampunk stuff till my book got published :)

Jess Fox
January 3, 2011 at 2:08 am

More about me.

steff
January 10, 2011 at 1:20 am

@Jess. You need to come back so we can cause some mischief :)

Phil
January 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

Article on metal in the middle east. Between blasphemy laws and religious extremists you’ve got to be pretty brave to start a metal band in Cairo, Baghdad, Jerusalem, etc. but there are people doing it.

Phil
December 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm

If you could do an article on the progression of death metal from its origins with bands like Possessed, Death, and Morbid Angel through to the cornucopia of sub-subgenres available today. Maybe recommend some contemporary favorites of yours if you feel so inclined.

Phil
December 31, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Metal stuff for noobies, more album reviews (Its better that you don’t give ratings. What’s good is good; no reason to complicate things by putting a number on it), I’ve really enjoyed what you’ve done with “metal history”, and maybe an article on “metal hobbies”.

Rob
December 31, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Some of the stuff Ive enjoyed most on here is when you pick a theme for week, and then do the mixtape. Ive found both books and music reading those posts. Like Islander, Im always looking for new bands to check out, so anything that involves reviews or suggestions is always good.

Islander
December 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Because I’m always interested in discovering new music and I think you write really good reviews, I’d like to see you continue writing album reviews as well as retrospectives on music that means a lot to you. I hope 2011 brings you continued progress toward your goals, much happiness, and shitloads of headbanging.

Wei-Wei
December 31, 2010 at 10:03 am

I agree with Ali Luke – more stuff for metal newbies!

Ali Luke
December 31, 2010 at 9:54 am

I’d like stuff aimed at metal n00bs. A sort of “how not to look like an idiot” guide. (Yes, you have some stuff along these lines already — thanks!) What to listen to when you’re just getting into metal and when, if it doesn’t sound like Metallica, it sounds *wrong*…

Anything on metal and creativity, metal and writing, metal and literature… Top metal reads, perhaps? (Marlowe’s Faustus, that kinda thing.)

Frankly, more of the same is pretty awesome. :-) Happy New Year!

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