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Name: Vera Matthijssens

Vera I am Vera 'Gothica', living in the suburbs of Antwerp (B). Music and writing; these are my favourite occupations since I decided to take some notes at my first concert, at the age of twelve. Both passions are still my most important hobbies. Since 2000 this results in writing articles. I love to go to concerts, do interviews and listen to CD's thinking about a suitable description. My former metal site just decided to stop, that's why I'm happy to start at Lords of Metal (we are talking about September 2003 right here). Death, black and doom metal are my main favourite styles, with a preference for epic, dark, melancholic moods in the music. In addition I always loved a kind of heroic touch in music, that explains my passion for Viking metal, Manowar and even symphonic and power metal. I started with classic bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Uriah Heep. I evolved to AC/DC and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in the eighties and to a more extreme kind of music like above mentioned styles in the nineties (hail to grunts!). Bands like Opeth, My Dying Bride, Amon Amarth, Saturnus, Primordial, Novembers Doom and Draconian are the ultimate top for me, but I also like grunge, stoner rock, prog metal, gothic metal and folk metal. With the contemporary popularity of Viking and folk metal I am truly happy. I don't like nu metal or industrial beats. And don't judge me by my nickname because as a matter of facts I'm not fond of female vocals in a bunch of blast beats. In the end, being a real music addict, I can appreciate the good things in every (sub)genre of metal.

Contributions this month


Harakiri For The Sky-Arson
Apathy Noir-Black Soil
Night In Gales-The Last Sunsets
The Vale -Autumn In The Valley
Schwarzer Engel-Kult Der Krähe
Purest Of Pain -Solipsis
Neal Morse-Life & Times
Oceans Of Slumber-The Banished Heart
Melechesh-As Jerusalem Burns... Al’Intisar
Dirty Shirt & Ansamblul Transilvania -FolkCore DeTour
Eïs-Stillstand Und Heimkehr
Djinn And Miskatonic-Eevn Gods Must Die
Visionoir-The Waving Flame Of Oblivion
Enslaved-Hordanes Land
Jörmungand -Zwischenwelten
North Hammer-Stormcaller
Rites To Sedition -Ancestral Blood
Rotting Christ-Their Greatest Spells
Spiritual Front-Amour Braque
Godthrymm-The Grand Reclamation
Barren Earth -A Complex Of Cages
Glorior Belli-The Apostates
Primordial-Exile Amongst The Ruins
Therion-Blood Of The Dragon
Stone Temple Pilots-Stone Temple Pilots
Winterfylleth -The Hallowing Of Heirdom
Wilson & Wakeman-The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour
Sojourner -The Shadowed Road
Behemoth-Messe Noire
Storm Upon The Masses -The Ones Who Came Back
Frequency Drift -Letters To Maro
Aeonian Sorrow-Into The Eternity A Moment We Are
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik-Hugsjá
Deep River Acolytes-The Hour Of Trial
A Perfect Circle-Eat The Elephant
At The Gates-Gardens Of Grief
Cruachan-Nine Years Of Blood
Dimmu Borgir -Eonian
Perzonal War-Neckdevils Live
Paragon Collapse-The Dawning
Psychework-Karelian Hills
Cochise-Swans And Lions
Earthgrave-First Snow Of The Final Winter
Amorphis-Queen Of Time
Midnattsol-The Aftermath
Nox Aeterna-Aurora Borealis
Black No 1-It's Night Again...
Florian Grey-RITUS
Candlemass-House Of Doom
At The Gates-To Drink From The Night Itself
Lunatic Soul-Under The Fragmented Sky
Yob-Our Raw Heart
Eye Of Solitude-Slaves To Solitude
Solstice-White Horse Hill
Animal Hands-Tonic Clonic
Tri State Corner-Hero
Eisregen-Satan Liebt Dich
Gaerea-Unsettling Whispers
Orange Goblin -The Wolf Bites Back
The Night Flight Orchestra-Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough
King Heavy-Guardian Demons
Little Dead Bertha -Age Of Silence
Aeternitas-Tales Of The Grotesque
De Profundis-The Blinding Light Of Faith
Atrocity-Okkult II
Gloominess-Theater Of 27 part 5 – The Big Four
Fading Bliss-Journeys In Solitude
Finnr's Cane-Elegy
Into Eternity-The Sirens
Powerwolf-The Sacrament Of Sin
Michael Romeo-War Of The Worlds Pt. I
Redemption-Long Night’s Journey Into Day
Fates Warning-Live Over Europe
The Spirit-Sounds From The Vortex
The Eternal-Waiting For The Endless Dawn
Moonspell-Lisboa Under The Spell
Omnium Gatherum-The Burning Cold
Alice Cooper-A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris
Runemagick-Evoked From Abysmal Sleep
Green Carnation-Last Day Of Darkness
Alice In Chains-Rainier Fog
Dark Millennium-Where Oceans Collide
Circle Story-Uncovered Fears
Kingcrow-The Persistence
Alter Bridge-Live At The Royal Albert Hall Featuring The Parallax Orchestra
Orphan Skin Diseases-Dreamy Reflections
Soen-Lykaia Revisited
Dark Sarah-The Golden Moth
Vessel Of Light-Woodshed
Farsot / ColdWorld-Toteninsel
Hacavitz-Nex Nihil
Wolfheart-Constellation Of The Black Light
A Forest Of Stars-Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes
Behemoth-I Loved You At Your Darkest
Helrunar-Vanitas Vanitatvm
Slægt-The Wheel
Kadavar-Live In Copenhagen
Rising-Sword And Scythe
Witherfall-A Prelude To Sorrow
Opeth-Garden Of The Titans (Opeth Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Oberon-Aeon Chaser
Sylvaine-Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone
Malphas-The 39th Spirit
Décembre Noir-Autumn Kings
Dead End-The MInd's Asylum
Eluveitie-Slania - 10 Years
Ashes Of Ares-Well Of Souls
Einherjer-Norrøne Spor
Suidakra-Cimbric Yarns
Marche Funèbre-Death Wish Woman
Steorrah-The Altstadt Abyss
The Difference-Insignificant