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Roel de Haan

Name: Roel de Haan

Roel de Haan Name: Roel de Haan
Function: Black Metal Editor

To me good music represents a certain kind of intelligence. Emotions should be conveyed with careful thought in order to work best. Desire to innovate is a positive trait in my book but not an obligation. In any case it should not be a shameless copy of something that already exists. Although I primarily review black metal, I am equally enthusiastic about doom and death metal. Quality surpasses genre in my opinion, a view upon music that isn’t shared by many, so it seems.

I think of music as a serious form of art and as a consequence of that view I dread cheerful metal like Finntroll. Power and nu-metal aren’t interesting to me too. Besides that, I consider myself to be reasonably open-minded.

In order to obtain some kind of insight in my musical taste, ten albums I enjoy very much follow below. Of course this list is too short to represent my preferences completely, it’s merely a cross-section.

Satyricon – Nemesis Divina
Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
My Dying Bride – The Dreadful Hours
Dissection – Storm Of The Light’s Bane
Opeth – Morningrise
Dark Tranquillity – Projector
Arcturus – The Sham Mirrors
Dødheimsgard – 666 International
Death – Individual Thought Patterns
Solefald - Neonism

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