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Personal Top 20 of 2008




Name: Gabriel Gose
Email address: gabe@metal-observer.com
Functions: Reviews, interviews, articles
Compatible styles: Death Metal, Black Metal, New Age, Jazz/Fusion, Prog Rock/Metal, Swing & Big-Band Jazz, Dark Ambient, Electronica, Grindcore, Celtic/Folk, World Beat (mainly Indian-type stuff), some Power Metal, some Techno, some Hardcore, as well as those certain special bands that come along which defy category altogether...
Incompatible styles: most Country, Rap, "Alternative" (never figured out that term), Punk, Ska, most Power Metal, most Hardcore, and I guess I wouldn't be "tr00" if I didn't include Nu-Metal...
Nicknames: Eucharist + too many others to mention...
Time at TMO: Started in April of 2001
How came at TMO: Met Wes, Alex, and some other TMO'ers on the IN FLAMES forum way back when, came to TMO, thought it was cool, wrote a review and sent it to Alex, and wouldn't ya know the crazy Germanian thought it was good! Rest is history I guess...
The best thing as a TMO writer: Having the freedom to TELL IT LIKE IT IS in my writing, not so with most other mags I've seen...the honesty factor is what sets TMO apart from the rest.
The worst thing as a TMO writer: Nothing
Statistics:
Reviews 105
Underground 12
Interviews 10
Live reviews 2
Articles 0
Specials 0
How I came into Heavy Metal: Guess it was in 1991, I was 11 years old and METALLICA's "s/t" album set things in motion. I got all their other albums, then eventually found bands like SLAYER, SEPULTURA, and so on...it just snowballed from there!

Birthday: July 15, 1980
Birth town: Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
Present location: Rio Rancho, NM, USA
Job: Employee at General Nutrition Center (GNC)
Languages: Punjabi, Chamorro, Azerbaijani, Bhojpuri, Swahili
Hobbies: Running, travelling, driving while listening to METAL, finding new bands to listen to, meditation, staring at the backsides of teenage girls in tight-fitting garb, playing music in whatever form, talking about music, summer days, summer nights, having "alone time" to just sit and contemplate that which is greater than us all.....sunsets, sleep, playing with my dog Andie (an Akita), talking with friends online (and off!), taking road trips to see Metal-shows...
Pet peeves: Keeping my CDs clean and having them leave their cases ONLY when being played (in general I'm just a neat freak). People who eat like slobs, egoistical assholes, people who can't carry on a civilized conversation, religious fundamentalists, self-righteous hypocrites, racists, sexists, men who objectify women, oblivious drivers on the highway, telephones...etc...
Phobia(s): Deathly afraid of heights, bees, and passing semi-trucks on major highways (I got cutoff by one once while doing 85 MPH.....never been the same since).
I, about myself: 4-time world champion in the sport of racquetball for my age group (way back when), musician (guitar/drums), prospective college student (beginning in Fall of 2002), currently employed by GNC...Used to be in a death metal band called Dissolution, now-defunct, email me for a (FREE) copy of our demo if thou so desire!
Funny childhood story: Sitting in a hot tub at a hotel while attending a racquetball tournament, my brother, myself, and three friends of ours were joking about people pissing and shitting in public swimming pools, which ignited a foul idea in the mind of one of our friends. He told us "here, I'll take a shit in this hot tub, just watch!"...we laughed it off of course...he sat there wincing and straining, which we thought was an act, but surely enough, a giant, brown floater rose to the surface of the hot tub and began circling around it with the current...we all sprung out of the hot tub like a chorus line of jack-in-the-boxes to say the least! The memory still haunts me, yet makes me laugh uncontrollably each time I reminisce about it.

Band & previous band experiences: Played in a local Death Metal-band called DISSOLUTION, from 1998-2000. Recorded one 7-song demo with them in '98 entitled "Cease To Exist", read Wes's review of it here: http://www.metal-observer.com/gb/underground/und167.html
Instrumental talents: Drummer, and a bit of guitar too...
Favourite bands: *inhaaaaaale*......Cynic, Theory In Practice, Symbyosis, Mike Oldfield, Chick Corea, Malevolent Creation, Root, Soilwork, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Behemoth, Prong, Dillinger Escape Plan, Blind Guardian, Tiamat, Bathory, Morbid Angel, Alastis, The 3rd & the Mortal, Anathema, Gorgasm, Autumn Tears, Ebony Tears, Candlemass, Krisiun, Rapture, Katatonia, Spiral Architect, Rain Fell Within, Immolation, Brave, Aphotic, Grave, Sadist, Samael, Therion, Meshuggah, Slayer, Artrosis, Mindrot, The Gathering, Luciferion, Edge Of Sanity, Human Remains, Mithotyn, Endura, Porcupine Tree, In Flames, At The Gates, Green Carnation, Tenhi, Aeturnus, Diabolic, Sepultura, Alice In Chains, Vader, Elend, John Coltrane, Suffocation, Emperor, Spastic Ink, Sceptic, Enya, Return To Forever, Mutant, Lacuna Coil, Vintersorg, Dissection, Rush, Al DiMeola, King Crimson, Love, Death, Testament, Morgion, Nocturnus, Atheist, Martyr, Opeth, Cryptopsy, Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun, Nile, Forbidden, Skepticism, Iron Maiden, Pestilence, Weather Report, Watchtower, Gorefest...etc, etc...ad infinitum...
Least favourite bands: Too many to mention...but the honor in this category definitely goes to ICED EARTH
Sound you'd like to have banned: Well, I'm not much into rap-metal, or nu-metal or whatever it's called, so I could do without all that nonsense. I'm pretty open to genre crossovers though, so as long as it isn't cheesy or pretentious, ala Maudlin of the Well...
Most overrated bands: #1: ICED EARTH...Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Sinerg(a)y, Opeth, Nevermore, In Flames, Children of Bo(re)dom, Dark Tranquility, The Crown, Hypocrisy, Emperor...even though I happen to really enjoy most of those bands, haha, I'm weird like that.
Most underrated bands: Theory In Practice, Mutant, Symbyosis, Behemoth, Martyr, Aphotic, Mindrot (RIP), Nephasth, Daylight Dies, Tenhi, Artrosis, Elend, Agalloch, Brave, Eucharist (RIP), Gorgasm, Luciferion, Endura, Gorefest, Lake Of Tears, Mastodon, Sadist, Ensiferum, Green Carnation, Windham Hell, Aeon, Spastic Ink, Absu, Anacrusis (RIP), Believer (RIP), Sceptic, Aborted, Skepticism, Human Remains (RIP), Deranged, Immolation, Morgion, I suppose I could go on for days, so I really should stop now...
Favourite musician: Sean Reinert
Favourite album cover: Candlemass - Ancient Dreams, Benediction - Transcend The Rubicon, Theory In Practice - Colonizing The Sun, Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter, In Flames - Whoracle, Edge Of Sanity - Unorthodox, Enslaved - Monumension, Suffocation - Effigy Of The Forgotten
10 favourite albums:
These change by the minute, my musical tastes are in constant flux, so at the time of writing this top 10 list, the moment I finish it, I'll have a completely different top 10...I'll limit this list to one album per band, and I'll try to span the genres I enjoy:
#1: Cynic - Focus
It always feels rather uncomfortable when I attempt to explain "why" I love this album so much, sort of like telling your co-workers that you suffer from an extreme case of haemorrhoids, which would explain why you are shifting about in your chair so frequently and reek perpetually of Preparation H-ointment (not that I would know!)...so I won't even bother here...

#2: Death - Human
For me, this remains THE pinnacle achievement in all of Death Metal (I don't consider "Focus" to be Death Metal). Never have I come across anything in the genre that matches the level of artistic genius this album exudes at each and every breathtaking moment. I still sometimes find myself literally getting dizzy and/or short of breath when I play "Cosmic Sea" or the intro to "Flattening Of Emotions."

#3: Theory In Practice - The Armageddon Theories
In my opinion, the most underrated Technical Death Metal-album ever created. The mental images it conjures in my already-rather-schizophrenic psyche are inconceivably disturbing, yet blindingly beautiful and alluring. Playing this album might be like boarding the Mother Ship and being given free reign to experiment with whatever exotic, mind-expanding devices and substances they might have aboard. A musical out-of-body-experience.

#4: At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
If ever there were an album that functioned as a literal "drug" for me then this is it! The directness, the production, the speed, the melody, the "tension", all coming together in a flawlessly calculated dance of cosmic iniquity. I always get that blissful "anvil-to-the-cranium" sensation with each listen I pay to this masterpiece...

#5: Slayer - Reign In Blood
I was 6 years old when this was released, still busy learning how to NOT urinate on myself while sleeping, but the irrelevance of the "time" factor here is a testament to the ageless staying power of "Reign In Blood". Whatever I would like to say about this album has already been said, in every conceivable way, by thousands of journalists and Metal-enthusiasts before me. The album ultimately speaks for itself...always has, always will...

#6: Endura - Black Eden
Being a huge fan of the extremely dark and demented spheres of musical extraction, I decided this would make a worthy occupant of the #6 position. Nothing in the Dark/Ambient-category has ever come along to dethrone this work of sinister aural mastery for me. This is an HP Lovecraft tale set to music, invoking the entire spectrum of preternatural beasts which inhabit the realm of Cthulhu and are spoken of in the fabled "Necronomicon". Even Alhazred himself would be quite horrified by the music contained within "Black Eden." Hell, it even scared Wes! ;-)

#7: Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond
In terms of "life-changing" albums, this Jazz/Fusion-landmark is my Holy Grail. This opened the mental doors to another dimension and sent me spinning every which way in search of more albums of its kind. In my search, I never found anything else quite like "Visions..." (and probably never will), but I've since been graced by some of the most technically accomplished music ever composed...to name but a mere few of them: Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Al DiMeola, Trilok Gurtu, and Tony Williams' Lifetime (RIP)...

#8: Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Fortunately for me, I am able to disregard the sad state of affairs concerning METALLICA's current musical direction and simply revel in what "Master Of Puppets" has meant, and still means to me. Over the years it has seen much less airtime in my stereo, but that does not detract from the fact that this album will forever remain one of the finest slabs of Metal-music ever composed...

#9: In Flames - Whoracle
I could not leave this off the list, too many memories. I encountered this album at a most complex and chaotic time in my life, and to say that it "helped me through the hard times" would be an understatement. For a long time, listening to "Whoracle" was almost like a sick fetish for me, as my fascination with its many beautiful layers of melody was borderline obsessive/compulsive. Perhaps the most "worn" CD in my collection...

#10: Mike Oldfield - Incantations
Along with MAHAVISHNU, a rather unorthodox addition to a "Metalhead's" top 10 list, but it is my speculation that "Incantations" was handed down to us by a luminescent being, manifesting in-the-flesh, in the form of a somewhat reclusive Brit who also composed the musical theme to the classic horror film "The Exorcist". The range of musical soundscapes employed on this album are so majestic and all-encompassing that I can only sit back, listen, and humbly thank that unseen, omnipotent force for allowing me to experience such a divine unity...


Most embarrassing CD in your collection: Biohazard - Mata Leao
Favourite films: American Beauty, Magnolia, The Omen, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump, The Matrix, Judgment Night, Jerry Maguire, Bad Boys, Boogie Nights, The Fog, Dead Poets' Society, American Pie
Favourite books: Awakening to the Sacred (Lama Surya Das), The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury), Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton), No Boundary (Ken Wilber), Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Favourite food: Salmon
Favourite drink: water exclusively
Favourite smokes: Don't smoke, but 2nd-hand I prefer Marlboro...
Which song should be played at your funeral: Hmmm....I wouldn't want to scare off the relatives, yet they should grieve and mourn my loss as is customary, right? So I'd go with Enya "Boadicea".
Idol(s): Sean Reinert, Neil Peart, Gene Hoglan, Leslie Nielsen (for the sarcastic "old-man humor"), Kevin Spacey (for the stoner laugh in "American Beauty"), Henrik "how has your influence garnered will?" Ohlsson (my comedic guru, fellow schizo, zen master, space vampire, third-eye-functionizer, evil twin, etc), my bestest friend Jake "pound my pike" Bailey (poet extraordinaire, protector of 8-hour/commercial-edited Simpsons tapes, my one TRUE idol), Homer Simpson (for countless inspiring words of thoughtless genius!)...oh and The Great Alexander Melzer, for his ability to translate my vague and "scarcely-resembling-english" verbal tatterings into German, and for doing the best "Dana Carvey with a mustache"-impression I've ever seen, without even trying!!! ;-D I WOULD include Wes as well, but all he knows about is Darkthrone and toilet humor, how juvenile! :-D
Person you'd like to meet: Sean Reinert
Catchphrase: I dunno.....if I had one, it'd be really sarcastic and crude, I'm sure of that ;-)
Biggest thrill in life (so far): My biggest thrill is something I'd prefer to keep to myself...but suffice to say that I shall spend the rest of my life trying to come to terms with that "thrill" in some way...wow, how cryptic, eh!
Goal in life: Ummm I guess it would be: to not waste it!
Secret: Pardon?


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