Name: Patrick Weiler
How I came into Heavy Metal: At age 13 I was part of a bike-tour, where some of the older guys listened to “Kill Em All” by METALLICA. This previously unknown sound kindled a fire in me that still is burning brightly. After this tour I got AC/DC’s “Live At Donington” and since then my lust for heavy stuff grew and grew and I discovered ever heavier dimensions. Today, like mentioned before, I listen to a broad spectrum of Metal.
First Metal CD ever bought: My first Metal or Rock CD had been MEAT LOAF's "Bat Out Of Hell II" and MANOWAR's "Hail To England". But before that I already had a few Metal tapes.
Most embarrassing CD in your collection: Falco – Out of the Dark (Maxi). Rest In Peace.
First Metal concert: My first Metal/Punk/Rock concert was GREEN DAY (hmmm, somehow embarassing, I know) 1993 or 1994 in Cologne. I don't know the date anymore as I lost the ticket by now.
What did Metal teach me about life: Metal, the scene and many song lyrics have taught me to scrutinise things and not believe everything and not just believe everything people tell you.
Favourite music listening place and why? In the living room on the couch, because I have my big stereo there, where I have the best sound and, of course, can relax best. I hear most of my stuff in the car, but I would not consider the car my favourite place. I just drive a lot.
Most prized Metal possession? I have never really spent much money for something special in terms of Metal. Metal itself is an expensive thing, though, if you look at how much CDs and concerts cost. But I love music, so who cares?
Band & previous band experiences: Carnival band Blue Sparks
Instrumental talents: German flute, electric guitar and right now a lot of e-bass
Favourite bands: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer, Helloween, Jag Panzer, Angel Dust, In Flames, Edguy, Kreator, Sodom, Dream Theater, Children of Bodom, AC/DC and many more...
Least favourite bands: Most Nu-Metal-bands, and Gorgoroth (Primitive Black Metal at its best)
Sound you'd like to have banned: Techno
Most overrated bands: Cradle Of Filth & Kid Rock
Most underrated bands: Overkill, Skyclad...
Most influential band: IRON MAIDEN, because I appreciate their music most. I also think that many Metalheads still wait for their albums and have high expectations in them. Somehow they still are a monument of classical Metal.
Favourite musician:Kerry King, Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin
Favourite album cover: Dissection - Storm Of The Lights Bane, Avantasia - The Metal Opera
10 favourite albums:
Avantasia - Metal Opera
For me one of the best releases in the year 2001, even though it's only a project of Tobias Sammet. Been a long time since we had such a big collection of fantastic musicians on one CD. And EDGUY-head Tobias Sammet proves what he is capable of. I can hardly await the next two parts of the AVANTASIA-series.
Angel Dust - Bleed
One of the best German bands that has made it into the new millennium. "Bleed" has great melodies, atmosphere and some real crackers like "Addicted To Serenity", "Follow Me (Part I)" or den title-track "Bleed". Good and modern Power Metal.
Dissection - Storm Of The Lights Bane
This album has accompanied me through the emotionally most difficult times of my life. The album oozes of incredible cold and fury. Still you find brilliant melodies everywhere, which just plainly rule. The best piece of Black/Death Metal that I know. Whenever I'm really down, I put in this CD and after that I am better. "Storm Of The Lights Bane" has something special. Additionally it also has one of my favourite covers.
Dream Theater - Awake
Even though DREAM THEATER in my ears have released only good albums, "Awake" still is my fave. The album, despite all progressiveness, still is accessible and catchy. Unfortunately "Awake" perpetually is underrated in the DREAM THEATER-discography.
Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys II
The mother of all good German Speed and Melodic Metal-bands. On "Keeper II…" there is not a single weak song. Especially great are the vocals of Michael Kiske, who is not much to be heard from anymore today (apart from AVANTASIA - "The Metal Opera"). For sure one of the ten best Metal-singers. One of my most-listened-to albums.
Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
I hardly have to say anything about this, do I? Just a milestone of Heavy Metal. I could list almost all IRON MAIDEN-albums, because I just love the band and their music, but I keep it at this one highlight.
Judas Priest - Painkiller
The same as MAIDEN's "The Number Of The Beast". "Painkiller" is a milestone and belongs into every Metal-collection. That's pure Heavy Metal!
Kreator - Violent Revolution
With this album KREATOR impressively reported back in 2001/2002 and firmly claim the Thrash Metal-throne. "Violent Revolution" has its very secure place in my Top Ten, just great.
Metallica - Kill Em All
The topic METALLICA is a little touchy. I, too, have written off the guys, but their first four albums have been and still are killer. I picked "Kill Em All", because this album has awakened a big part of my Metal-interest. Additionally a classic in Thrash Metal.
Slayer - Reign In Blood
Even though SLAYER have weakened off, they still are among the best Thrash-bands. "Reign In Blood" for sure is a killer-album. In only 30 minutes the guy fire off century-riffs galore. For me "Reign In Blood" is the best Thrash Metal-album of all times. Period!
Favourite films: Lord Of The Rings, Terminator II, Beverly Hills Cop I+II and all movies with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill (cult!), The Simpsons (movie)
Favourite books: Tommyknockers by Steven King, The Green Mile (King), Lord Of The Rings and everything by Terry Pratchett
Favourite food: Lasagna and Pizza
Favourite drink: Bubbling water and Bitburger Pils-beer
Favourite smokes: Holy Smoke by Iron Maiden!
Which song should be played at your funeral: "Black Chamber" by Blind Guardian.
Person you'd like to meet: The rest of the Brotherhood and IRON MAIDEN.
Catchphrase: Got no clue
Biggest thrill in life (so far): Had vomited into half of my parents' house on New Year's Eve a few years back.
Goal in life: Just be happy and satisfied. And of course Heavy Metal forever!
Secret: I am also playing German flute in a carnival-band! Who's laughing will be invited for the next rehearsal. That should be regarded as a warning!!!
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