Metal Freak





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Favorite bands: Agalloch, Alchemist, Bathory, Carcass, Death, Darkthrone, Dissection, Emperor, Guns N' Roses, Iced Earth, Immortal, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Mayhem, Megadeth, Metallica, My Dying Bride, Opeth, Orphaned Land, Reverend Bizarre, Savatage, Sepultura, Slayer, Solefald, The Hau
 
Favorite album: Metal: Slayer - Reign in Blood, Other: Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Favorite song: Metal: Burzum - Det Som En Gang Var, Other: Joy Division - New Dawn Fades
Favorite movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Once, Trainspotting, Citizen Kane, Mulholland Dr., Alien
Favorite books: Mikhail Bulgakov - "The Master and Margarita", Leo Tolstoy - "War and Peace", Marcel Proust - "In Remembrance of Things Past", William Faulkner - "The Sound and the Fury", Carl Sagan - "The Demon-Haunted World&
 
Personal text: I'm a 3rd-year Ph.D. student in Iowa State's Statistics department. I love music, literature, philosophy, and mathematics. I'm a proud (arrogant) atheist and libertarian.

My tastes: BLACK METAL. Some doom, thrash, death, prog-metal, and occasionally some mainstream metal. I also dig prog rock, jazz-fusion, underground rap, and ambient techno.

Yes, my ratings seem low. I tend to think people overrate albums, and this gets to be frustrating. So I try to be pretty harsh. I typically vote for a lower score than my initial impression suggests I should. I plotted my ratings and it looks like a nice unimodal distribution with a mean of about 5.5 and skewed slightly in favor of lower ratings. That pretty much matches up with what I look for in recommendations. A typical album is just that: typical (i.e. average). I seek out albums that are good, so a random selection of albums would result in an even lower average. That's good since most albums really aren't worth listening to.