Name: Eric Vieth
Email address: eric.v (at) metal-observer (dot) com
Function: Reviewer (I guess)
Compatible styles: Power Metal, Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Doom Metal, Epic Metal, Melodic Black Metal. Folk Metal, some true Black Metal, most anything as long as it’s Metal and melodic.
Incompatible styles: most Brutal Death, Grindcore, Metalcore, Nu-Metal, emo/screamo, some true Black Metal, most things lacking melody
Thoughts on the main Metal genres:
Black Metal: As long as it’s melodic (and doesn’t incorporate the overblown pseudo-Satanic lyrics), I generally like it. I also like some true Black Metal and some old school Black Metal. Favourite Bands: EMPEROR, DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH, IMMORTAL, CATAMENIA, MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, BORKNAGAR
Death Metal: Melodic Death metal of the Swedish and Finnish variety is one of my absolute favourite genres. The only brutal Death I like is MORBID ANGEL, ATROCITY, BLOODBATH and GRAVE. Favourite Bands: IN FLAMES (my all time favourite), ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW, DARK TRANQUILLITY, SKYFIRE, SOILWORK, HYPOCRISY, NORTHER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ARCH ENEMY, WITHERING SURFACE, the list could go one forever.
Thrash Metal: Not my favourite genre, but I certainly like some bands, both new and old. Favourite Bands: (older) METALLICA, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT and (newer) DIMENSION ZERO, DARKANE, SUSPERIA
Power Metal: My favourite genre overall (even though my favourite band does not fit here). I love the melodies, the double bass and just the overall feel of Power Metal. I love everything from the lightest flowery-power metal, to the much heavier, rougher stuff. Favourite Bands (this could get lengthy): GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, TAD MOROSE, NOCTURNAL RITES, JAG PANZER, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN, ICED EARTH, RHAPSODY, EDGUY/AVANTASIA, BRAINSTORM, RUNNING WILD, FREEDOM CALL, GRAVE DIGGER, MORGANA LEFAY/LEFAY, HIGHLORD, PERSUADER, DRAGONFORCE, ANGRA, IRON SAVIOR, DRAGONLAND, RAGE, DARK MOOR, MYSTIC PROPHECY, ARTEMIS, SYMPHORCE and others. I just love it!
Progressive Metal: This is hit or miss for me. Truly progressive bands don’t really do it for me (such as WATCHTOWER, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, etc.). More melodic, Power Metal-ish bands I like, though. Favourite Bands: THRESHOLD, NEVERMORE, VANDEN PLAS, PAGAN’S MIND, DREAM THEATER, COMMUNIC
Doom Metal: I’m split on Doom Metal, as well. The really epic, Power Metal-ish bands are my favourite, once again. I’m not big on Stoner-Doom or Doom-Death, though. Favourite Bands: CANDLEMASS, Dio-era SABBATH, Martin-era SABBATH, THUNDERSTORM, SOLSTICE, DOOMSWORD, FORSAKEN
Gothic Metal: A genre I’m really getting into. I love most of the more Rock-oriented stuff and I am breaking into the heavier side of Gothic Metal. Favourite Bands: SENTENCED, CHARON, FOR MY PAIN, ENTWINE,
Melodic/Heavy Metal: This is a style I’m really into. I consider most of the older traditional Metal bands to fit into this style and many of those bands are among my absolute favourites. Favourite Bands: IRON MAIDEN, SAVATAGE,
Nicknames: None anymore. In high school I had several : Bob, Cowboy, Schroedy, Mutt
Time at TMO: November 2005
How came to TMO: Well, I had just read a review that Alex wrote of RAWHEAD REXX’s “Diary In Black” at TMO. I then headed to Metal Archives to look up reviews for that album and discovered that someone had plagiarised the review at TMO! I immediately e-mailed Alex and he took care of it. When he e-mailed me back I told him that I was journalist. He then asked if I’d ever considered applying for TMO. I sent some reviews, Alex liked them and the rest is history.
The best thing as a TMO writer: Getting my voice heard in the Metal community. Having and excuse to tell my wife when I buy and listen to so much Metal!
The worst thing as a TMO writer: Writer’s block! That’s the worst thing when writing anything. It drives me crazy.
Birth town: Holts
Present location: see above (I like this area)
Job: I work for the state government in business taxes
Languages: English and some Jawa
Hobbies: Well, Metal, of course. But also, Xbox, PS2, playing with all of my pets, various Star Wars related things, watching Dallas Cowboys football, playing basketball and football
Pet peeves: Laziness is a big one. I can’t stand dishonest people. I’m also very annoyed when crumbs are left in the butter. That’s should be punishable by death.
Phobia(s): Heights, that’s my only really big one. I don’t care for spiders either.
I, about myself: I’m married to Amber. We own a house in mid-Missouri, where we reside with our zoo of pets. I work to pay the mortgage, but more so to buy boat loads of music. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fanatic and a Star Wars geek. I’m also a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Honest, funny, friendly, quiet, punctual
Funny childhood story: When I was about 7 years old, I thought it would be fun to pretend to be a vacuum cleaner. I proceeded to scoot around with my forehead pressed to floor, making vacuum sounds, for about 5 minutes straight. When I finally stopped, I had a massive rug burn right in the middle of my forehead. My parents were hosting a Christmas party that night, so everyone got a good laugh at my expense.
How I came into Heavy Metal: I have two much older brothers, so I grew up hearing the likes of IRON MAIDEN, OZZY, MÖTLEY CRÜE, DIO and other classic Metal bands blasting through the house. The first music I owned was SKID ROW’s “Eighteen And Life” cassette single. I stopped listening to much metal through high school, with older METALLICA being the only Metal I really listened to. Once in college, six albums changed my life forever: IN FLAMES “Colony” and “Clayman”, OPETH “Blackwater Park”, GAMMA RAY “No World Order”, NEVERMORE “Dreaming Neon Black” and CRADLE OF FILTH “Cruelty And The Beast”. I bought all of these in short succession, mainly based on the cover art. They got me into Metal once again and I have not looked back.
First Metal CD ever bought: The first REAL Metal CD was probably METALLICA “Master of Puppets”
Most embarrassing CD in your collection: I stand by everything I own, but many might consider my two HIM CDs embarrassing.
First Metal concert: I saw METALLICA in 1998, but I don’t really consider them Metal by that time. So, probably IN FLAMES in
What did Metal teach me about life: Not to follow trends, but to do and listen to what I like. RHAPSODY have taught me that a magic sword fixes everything.
Favourite music listening place and why? At home, with my stereo blaring. I have an absolutely badass stereo, so I love to turn it up.
Most prized Metal possession? That’s a tough one. My entire collection of the IRON MAIDEN vinyl replica remastered CDs is one of them, for sure.
Band & previous band experiences: I have been in two punk bands, PEC (in high school, sorta like GREEN DAY, which is what I liked at the time) and THE RACKS (in college, sorta like MOTÖRHEAD meets THE STOOGES). THE RACKS’ style wasn’t really my thing, but I took what I could in the area’s small music scene.
Instrumental talents: I play bass a little. I used to be much better, but have fallen out of practice.
Favourite bands: IN FLAMES, BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON MAIDEN, SYMPHONY X
Least favourite bands: To many to mention. See my incompatible styles.
Sound you’d like to have banned: RAP!!!
Most overrated bands: Iced Earth (though I love them), most true Black Metal
Most underrated bands: SAVATAGE, TAD MOROSE and MORGANA LEFAY are hugely underrated. They should be at the top of the Metal world.
Most influential band: IN FLAMES, BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON MAIDEN
Favourite musician: Jesper Strömblad, Hansi Kürsch and Steve Harris
Favourite album cover: Iron Maiden “Somewhere In Time”
10 favourite albums:
In Flames - Colony
This album really helped me find my way into metal. “Embody The Invisible” remains my favourite IN FLAMES to this day.
In Flames – Clayman
My second IN FLAMES album and a great continuation of the style from “Colony”. This album helped secure my Metal fandom.
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of Seventh Son
I love all of MAIDEN, but this album is my favourite. I love the slightly more melodic direction and the overall growth they showed here. I also love the story.
Gamma Ray - No World Order
The album that got me into Power Metal and probably my favourite PM release to date.
Sentenced - The Cold White Light
This album blew me away. It was so catchy and dark at the same time, I had never heard anything like it before.
Savatage - Ghost In The Ruins: A Tribute To Criss Oliva
All of ‘TAGE’S old classics played live with Criss. Features my favourite version of my favourite song, “When The Crowds Are Gone”.
Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side
The prefect mix of older, speedier BG and newer more bombastic BG. Extremely catchy and so huge in sound!
Mark the Shark and co. at their finest hour. This is very rocking, very catchy, but feels so epic in scope.
Dio - Holy Diver
Dio’s best in my and most everyone else’s opinion. For an album over twenty years old, it’s very fresh even today.
Symphony X - Divine Wings Of Tragedy
A real eye opener for me that brought me completely into the world of of this awesome band. Everything simply clicked on this album.
Favourite films: all Star Wars, all Nightmare on Elm Street, all Mission Impossible, Minority Report, all Evil Dead, Tombstone, The Exorcist, most all good horror, Kevin Smith films
Favourite books: I love Star Wars novels and Tolkien, of course. I like mythology and history beyond that
Favourite food: Cheese burgers, cheese cake, American-Chinese
Favourite drink: Water, iced tea, Captain and Coke, Wabo-ritas
Favourite smokes: Don’t smoke
Which song should be played at your funeral? Live version of SAVATAGE’s “When The Crowds Are Gone”. It’s my all-time favourite song and it always brings me to tears, followed by MEALLICA's "Orion".
Idol (s): If I had to pick, probably Steve Harris, he's really stuck with his vision through thick and thin.
Person you‘d like to meet: see above, plus add the rest of MAIDEN, all of IN FLAMES, Jon Oliva, Tom Cruise and Michael Jordan
Catchphrase: “There you go”. I say that constantly. It even annoys me.
Biggest thrill in life (so far): Seeing IN FLAMES twice, meeting Peter Tägtgren and Mikael Stanne, getting married and buying a house
Goal in life: Just to stay happy! J
Secret: I’m really Jimmy Hoffa (sshhh, don’t tell).
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