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Milan Elkerbout

Name: Milan Elkerbout
Email address: milan (at) metal-observer.com
Functions: Reviews, Interviews, Live Reviews
Compatible styles: Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock, Avantgarde, Viking/Folk/Pagan Metal, Gothenburg-Death Metal. Doom Metal, Basically any kind of underground music in any style.
Incompatible styles: Nu-Metal, Brutal Death Metal, Commercial Pop, HipHop, Metalcore
Thoughts on the main Metal genres:

Black Metal: One of my favourite styles by far, I really prefer the traditional style which is really cold and grim as well as depressive and suicidal. It’s by far the style I can relate the most to as the whole aesthetic of the music highly appeals to me. When it comes to Melodic and Symphonic Black Metal I only like it when there’s a definite Folk/Pagan Atmosphere, something I love in any style.

Death Metal: I really like the Gothenburg school although the style tends to repeat itself, when it comes to Brutal Death Metal I only like some of the classic albums by MORBID ANGEL and mainly the great OBITUARY.

Thrash Metal: Again mainly the classics but I love going to Live shows of Thrash bands. But it’s great at parties as well and very rarely do I hear a record in that style which really annoys me.

Power Metal: I like a lot of what I hear, mainly in the European School; but it’s not a style I deeply delve in to. I really like bands like SONATA ARCTICA and HELLOWEEN though.

Progressive Metal: I prefer it when it is mixed with other genres, although QUEENSRYCHE is brilliant, and I also like DREAM THEATER, albeit not too often

Doom Metal: Brilliant genre, I like it all, be it 70’s Doom, Epic Doom, or Funeral Doom to even Sludge and Drone Metal.

Gothic Metal: Used to be my favourite style, still like it, but it’s grown a bit stale. Still love stuff like TRISTANIA.

Melodic/Heavy Metal: Superb! IRON MAIDEN are the greatest ever, by far. And I also love PRIEST, SABBATH and RAINBOW of course. Was the first style of Metal, and still the best!

Nicknames: Iluvatar
Time at TMO: September 2003
How came at TMO: Via talking to Alex
The best thing as a TMO writer: Discovering new bands all the time, writing for the best Metal-site.
The worst thing as a TMO writer: ---
Statistics:
Reviews 125
Underground 26
Interviews 2
Live reviews 1
Articles 0
Specials 0

Reviewing methods: I listen to the CD about 4 times, more if it requires special attention. Then simply start writing while the CD is playing. When listening for the first times I also try to think of some good comments already to put in the review.

Birthday: October 10, 1985
Birth town: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Present location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Job: Soon to be Student again hopefully.
Languages: English and Dutch
Hobbies: Music, Reading, Hiking, Alcohol (ab)use
Pet peeves: Bad grammar and spelling, people who smile for no obvious reason.
Phobia(s): Spiders
I, about myself: A really big music freak who loves nature, hates humanity, and likes good food and drinks.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Musicfreak, Patient, Introvert, Alcohol, and Nature

Funny childhood story: don't know any

How I came into Heavy Metal: Basically have listened to MAIDEN for a long time, and WITHIN TEMPTATION really got me into Gothic/Symphonic Metal and later on Metal in general.

First Metal CD ever bought: IRON MAIDEN - Best Of The Beast
Most embarrassing CD in your collection: Nothing embarrassing (anymore)

First Metal concert: SIRENIA, TRAIL OF TEARS, EDENBRIDGE in 2002
What did Metal teach me about life: There’s a whole lot of great music in the world.

Favourite music listening place and why? At home, in a dark room, lying on my bed, with a beer, and the volume really high.

Most prized Metal possession? A Picture Disc of MAYHEM’s “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”, limited to 500. A double LP of BATHORY’s “Nordland I+II”.

 

Band & previous band experiences: I’m a Noise Musician
Instrumental talents: Used to play Violin
Favourite bands: IRON MAIDEN, BATHORY, KYUSS, MAYHEM, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, MY DYING BRIDE, DARKTHRONE, SKYCLAD, CRUACHAN, DIO, SUNN0))), JOHN FRUSCIANTE, LOREENA McKENNITT, THE DOORS, THE BEATLES, ILDJARN, ULVER, DARK TRANQUILLITY, KATATONIA, VED BUENS ENDE, AETERNUS, NIGHTWISH
Least favourite bands: SLIPKNOT, TRIVIUM, LINKIN PARK, DEICIDE, METALLICA
Sound you'd like to have banned: Dumb people talking, Bush for example, as well as a lot more politicians, Nu-Metal, a lot of –Core stuff bar Hardcore and Grindcore
Most overrated bands: CHILDREN OF BODOM, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, TRIVIUM
Most underrated bands: VED BUENS ENDE, MAGNIFIED EYE, BATHORY
Most influential band: IRON MAIDEN! Both personally as well as for the Metal scene although BLACK SABBATH is of course THE most important band in general.

Favourite musician: Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio
Favourite album cover: BATHORY – Nordland Saga

10 favourite albums:
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

An absolute classic with an incredibly dark atmosphere and the best vocal delivery ever in Black Metal.

 

Bathory – Blood On Ice

The greatest ever by BATHORY, magnificent Viking atmosphere, powerful sound and grand vocals by QUORTHON.

 

Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

Best band ever, and this is their best effort which really says a lot, timeless and consistent. “The X Factor” comes very close as well.

 

My Dying Bride – The Angel And The Dark River

Brilliant dark and melancholic journey, really depressive and slow. A true masterpiece for depressive periods.

 

Rainbow – s/t

When one of the greatest guitarists ever teams up with the greatest vocalist ever the result has to be mind-blowing, and that’s what it is.

 

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Simply insane this album, so much classic riffs, superb vocals and an overall incredible variety.

 

Kyuss – Welcome To Sky Valley

The best album ever in Stoner Rock, it’s impossible not to think your in the desert whilst listening to this masterpiece.

 

Aeternus – Beyond The Wandering Moon

Again one of the darkest albums ever, but this time it’s so vast and epic and beautiful. Really the epitome of an album that takes you on a journey in your mind.

 

Ildjarn – Forest Poetry

The ultimate in extremely raw Black Metal.

 

Loreena Mckennitt – The Book Of Mirrors

Not Metal, but perhaps the most beautiful album ever. Loreena has the greatest female voice by a long way, her performance on “The Highwayman” is the best and most emotional performance ever, and also by all-time favourite song.


Favourite films: Mulholland Drive, Lilja 4-ever, Festen, Dancer In The Dark, Requiem For A Dream, Taxi Driver, A Clockwork Orange, Gangs Of New York, Lola Rennt Goodbye Lenin!, Cidade De Deus, Pulp Fiction, The Lord Of The Rings, Magnolia, Schindler’s List, Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo, American Beauty, Full Metal Jacket, 2001 A Space Oddesey, The Big Lebowsky, Papillion
Favourite books: The Silmarillion, The Lord Of The Rings, Discworld Series, lots of philosophy.
Favourite food: Sushi
Favourite drink: Beer, Tea, Wine
Favourite smokes: Weed
Which song should be played at your funeral: “A Black Voyage” by MY DYING BRIDE
Idol(s): Quorthon, Dio
Person you'd like to meet: A lot of musicians obviously.
Catchphrase: Life Sucks, Then You Die!
Biggest thrill in life (so far): Various IRON MAIDEN shows, a grand vacation to Arizona and Utah
Goal in life: I really want to reach the top of Mount Everest once.
Secret: British Comedy is unbeatable
5 favourite links:

·  www.metal-observer.com

·  www.cinema.nl

·  http://demuur.quintessence.sh/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=1&sid=413bb03c02a08a50c8f7f49c6cda9cec

·  www.google.com

·  http://trollsparadise.10.forumer.com/index.php

    Milan Elkerbout


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