I write in a very literal manner, because at the end of the day it's a review, not an Edwin Morgan poem. The stuff I produce is simplistic and generally not that great, but hopefully gives an insight into what to expect from an album.
Also my scoring system is weird in that the numbers aren't always the best representation of how good the album is as my expectations compared to how it actually turns out play a part in this. Naturally an album rated far higher than another is likely better (in my view anyway), but this may not be the case for albums only slightly apart. Hopefully the review content gives an explanation as to the score I've given each release I've reviewed.
You might notice that in my reviews I tend to namedrop the same few bands/artists over and over again. These include - but are not limited to - Amon Amarth (mostly Johan Hegg, but occasionally the band as a whole), Arch Enemy, Infinite Tales, Karkaos, Krimh, The Project Hate and Serpent & Seraph (mostly Kas St.Clare, very rarely not). Like I said this doesn't cover everything, but you get the point. The observant among you will notice that most of these bands fall into the list of my favourite bands - I'm biased, deal with it.
I'm also Scottish and proud. For those that don't know what Scotland is, it's the bit of Britain that hates the other parts of it (and to be fair pretty much everywhere else in the world too) where we all wear kilts and eat haggis.
Metal genres I like (in order of preference):
Melodic death metal (mostly modern stuff)
Metal genres I dislike (least liked last):
Black metal (bands with black elements may escape unscathed)
Linkin Park (first three albums)
Lostprophets (although Ian Watkins has put me off)
Scars on Broadway
System of a Down
The Project Hate MCMXCIX