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Galadriel

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  • Joined Jun 24, 2009
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Some of you might wonder if the huge wall text has suddenly disappeared. Fear not, I was getting kind sick and tired of it so I want to make an even bigger one!

My status and social life changed drastically since I've joined this site. Currently I am a student at International Relations and European Studies. I love world history, foreign languages, geography, literature, philosophy, economics, politics, diplomacy and security studies. No, I don't love maths, I am still a sane person after all. Well my hobbies: watching anime, reading manga (ofc), rock and metal music (can't live without it), football, basketball, ranting, etc.

Your biggest metalhead is here with new tastes, new fucking great metal bands to share with you mates (or at least with whoever is interested), here are some of the bands I am currently listening (if the list is too long, don't blame me, blame the bands for being too good to attract my ears, you have been warned):

 

Top 20 Favorite Black Metal Bands and Albums

 

1. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)

2. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger (1994)

3. Negura Bunget - OM (2006)

4. Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark (1987)

5. Burzum - Filosofem (1996)

6. Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon (1993)

7. Gorgoroth - Twilight of the Idols (2003)

8. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina (1996)

9. Mayhem - Chimera (2004)

10. Rotting Christ - Sleep of the Angels (1999)

11. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion (1985)

12. Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse (1994)

13. Marduk - Panzer Division Marduk (1999)

14. Immortal - At the Heart of Winter (1999)

15. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chaos (2007)

16. Enthroned - Prophecies of Pagan Fire (1995)

17. Root - Black Seal (2001)

18. Gorgoroth - Incipit Satan (2000)

19. Dark Funeral - Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (2009)

20. Marduk - Heaven Shall Burn...When We Are Gathered (1996)

 

Top 25 Best Female Metal Vocalists

 

1. Doro Pesch (Doro, ex -  Warlock)

2. Lisa Johansson (Draconian, Shadowgarden)

3. Vibeke Stene (ex - Tristania)

4. Nel Sigland (ex - Theatre of Tragedy)

5. Liv Kristen (Leaves Eyes, Atrocity, ex -  Theatre of Tragedy)

6. Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex -  After Forever)

7. Amanda Sommerville (Kiske Sommerville, Epica, Trillium, Aina)

7. Tarja Turunen (ex - Nightwish)

8. Heidi Parviainen (Amberian Dawn)

9. Lisa Middelhauve (ex - Xandria)

10. Agnieszka Górecka (NeraNature, Darzamat)

11. Helena Iren Michaelsen (Imperia, ex - Trail of Tears)

12. Anneke van Giersbergen (ex - The Gathering)

13. Pilar Giménez García (Sirenia)

14. Monika Pedersen (ex - Sirenia, Simphonia)

15. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)

16. Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge)

17. Maria Kolokouri (Astarte)

18. Carmen Susana Simões (Ava Inferi)

19. Sabine Dunser (Elis)

20. Magdalena Stupkiewicz (Artrosis)

21. Sandra Schleret (ex - Elis, Siegfried)

22. Manuela Kraller (Haggard, Xandria)

23. Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)

24. Alice Persell (Nox Aurea)

25. Anette Olzon (Nightwish)

 

 Top 25 Best Male Metal Vocalists

 

1. Roy Khan (ex - Kamelot)

2. Anders Jacobsson (Draconian)

3. Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg (ex - Bathory, ex - Quorthon)

4. Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)

5. Attila Csihar (Tormentor, Mayhem)

6. Olve "Abbath Doom Occulta" Eikome (Immortal)

7. Morten Veland (Sirenia, Mortemia, ex - Tristania)

8. Georg Neuhauser (Serenity)

9. Ørjan "Hoest" Stedjeberg (Taake)

10. Sven-Erik "Maniac" Kristiansen (ex - Mayhem)

11. Per Ynve "Dead" Ohlin (ex - Mayhem, ex - Morbid)

12. Adam "Nergal" Darski (Behemoth)

13. Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski (Vesania, Behemoth)

14. Thomas Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Tritykon)

15. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)

16. Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride)

17. Erik "Legion" Hagstedt (ex - Marduk)

18. Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish)

19. Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell)

20. Kristian Elvind "Gaahl" Espedal (ex - Gorgoroth)

21. Magnus "Emperor Magus Caligula" Broberg (ex - Hypocrisy, ex - Dark Funeral)

22. Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven (Satyricon)

23. Chuck Schuldiner (ex - Death)

24. Roger "Nattefrost" Rasmussen (Carpathian Forest)

25. Ted Arvid "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum (Darkthrone)

 

Top 20 Best Metal Bands and Albums (except Black Metal Bands)

 

1. Draconian - Turning Season Within (2008)

2. Kamelot - Epica (2003)

3. Opeth - Blackwater Park (2001)

4. Bathory - Twilight of the Gods (1991)

5. Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones (2010)

6. Celtic Frost - Monotheist (2006)

7. Behemoth - Evangelion (2009)

8. Moonspell - Night Eternal (2008)

9. Kamelot - The Black Halo (2005)

10. Draconian - A Rose for the Apocalypse (2011)

11. My Dying Bride - Songs of Darkness, Words of Light (2004)

12. Lacrimas Profundere - Songs for the Last View (2008)

13. Tristania - Beyond the Veil (1999)

14. Tiamat - Wildhoney (1994)

15. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy (2007)

16. Leaves Eyes - Vinland Saga (2005)

17. Theatre of Tragedy - Storm (2006)

18. Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst (1999)

19. Epica - Design Your Universe (2010)

20. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond (1992)

 

As for anime, instead of placing an even more boring list of what I like and what I don't just simply check my top favorite anime here.

From time to time I might pop up with a new review here and there, so keep an eye on the list below. Though I haven't updated this in a while, I can asure you that I have some reviews coming up, for anime but especially for manga.

 

Upcoming Anime Reviews:

Tsukuyomi Moon Phase (another loli vampire show)

Psychic Detective Yakumo (working on this one)

Grenadier (soon!)

Yosuga no Sora (sometime~)

Amagami SS (review for each arc)

Shiki (sometime~)

Queen's Blade Utsukushiki Toushi-tachi (sometime~)

Upcoming Manga Reviews:

Idol Shopping

Love Celeb

Hana to Akuma (working on it)

Shiwhamong

Bitter Virgin

Midnight Secretary

Recently made anime reviews:

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora

Sasameki Koto

Aoi Hana

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan

Hakuouki Hekketsuroku

Rideback

Shikabane Hime Aka

Otome Youkai Zakuro

Witch Hunter Robin

Kobato.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Recently made manga reviews:

100% Perfect Girl

Life on anime

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Manga ratings

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FalseDawn says...

Just trying to make sense of your argument here because it seems a little clouded.

What you've basically just told me in that reply is that you look at the reviews and don't keep track of the reviewers themselves (which is perfectly fine) but you take note of them enough to know their viewing habits and what genres they like and dislike. Surely these can't be mutually exclusive? Or are you saying that they must dislike a certain genre if they've given something from that genre a bad mark? I don't quite get where you're coming from.

But a lot of the time, if we're giving ratings below 5, it's because the series hasn't done what it's wanted to do for the audience - it's failed in its task. What you have to understand is that a lot of these people reading the reviews (and writing them) have seen a lot of anime - so if a series fails so spectacularly, why highlight its good points? They'll be completely overshadowed by its bad points. Highlighting good points in a shockingly bad series isn't good reviewing technique - that's like painting by numbers. You can't make a masterpiece that way.

I've just had a brief nose around on The Nihon Review and it seems to read relatively similar to the reviews here, though I think A-P goes into a lot more detail and analyses a lot more. There's also a tendency for them to "miss" what's going on as judged by the Air review and a couple of others too. I'm not saying their reviews are bad though, I just don't see why you're holding them up as a shining beacon for everyone else to follow...

And age is no excuse. According to your life spent on anime, you've watched a huge amount of series so you're probably in a better position to talk about where a certain series falls in the anime canon. Though, I'm certainly in awe of you - considering how many series you've seen, I can't even fathom that you still find positive things to take away from even the worst of series. Then again, I've always been fairly critical of everything I view :D

Nov 5, 2011
FalseDawn says...

Well, that's not very nice.

I'll start my essay by saying "I disagree" though that probably doesn't come as a great surprise, considering I am an A-P reviewer myself - but even if I wasn't, some of the reviews I've read from Sheex, vivafruit and Vivisqueen (to name but a few) have been great fun and very well written, not to mention, useful. And what is this nonsense about competent reviewers picking out good points in shit shows? I've seen lots of reviews across many mediums that have absolutely torn things apart before. Even national newspapers do it. A review is a critical piece of work by nature - some commenters have called it nitpicking when we point out how an amazing show could have been slightly better, but that's the point, isn't it? We're seeing all the angles. The bigger picture.

It'd be nice if you justified your argument too. I for one have watched a helluva lot of anime, past and present, as well as knowing a whole lot about films and literature in general so I don't see how I personally "do not know shit about anime". I'm sure many of my fellow reviewers would agree with me. Or are you just saying that because what they see in a series is different to what you see therefore they are automatically wrong and by extension, simply just don't know anything about anime, period?

And hey, don't get me wrong - we like constructive feedback here at A-P. I'm always looking at ways of writing my reviews differently. My recent Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works review, for example, was an ambitious attempt to try to educate the reader in the art of storytelling because it felt that, without that knowledge, it would be hard to appreciate just how bad a movie it was. The issue I'm having with your comments though, is that it just sounds like snide remarks without any particular basis. You suggest that certain things don't get mentioned but at no point do you argue why they should be mentioned.

Please help us to understand. We'd rather not endure this slander without at least knowing why we're enduring it.

Nov 4, 2011
kyuuketsukii says...

My problem is when a reviewer who say is a fan of random comedy tries to review say a sci fi series with a deep plot and says its hard to understand. I think its better to just review things from a genre they like, I dont care about how well written the reviews are in end. that way other fans of the genre have a reviewer to go to if they are looking for another good series in the genre they like.

Nov 4, 2011
kyuuketsukii says...

Just thought I'd drop by and say I agree the official reviews on this site tend to be pretty bad, I think people should just stick to reviewing things rom a genre they are a fan of, it makes more sense that way.

 

Nov 4, 2011
FalseDawn says...

I have a question: Do you only think a review is good if it raves about it and gives a score higher than 8? I ask because you seem to deride the A-P reviewers for writing so-called "poor" reviews, yet when I went to your blog, the worst score you gave was a 7.5 (and you watched some howlers in all that >.>).

Nov 3, 2011