What got you interested in Metal?  Into comics in 2nd grade, a kid named Rex told me about a band of superheroes who played rock. Mom bought me KISS - Alive II and 40+ years later I continue to be a passionate music fan.

Favorite Concert/Band: My favorite band is KISS. I've witnessed thousands of shows over the years. The early ones probably left the biggest marks - KISS, Maiden, Dio, AC/DC and first US tours by Death, Carcass, Morbid Angel, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor, Sepultura, and Entombed are some that left major impressions. 

Hobbies and Interests:  Metal, and music history and business, in general, is my obsession but outside of that I love to spend time with family, travel, watch movies and sports (Raiders and Golden Knights) and read books, comics and metal mags. 





What got you interested in Metal?  I had an older brother and sister that were both big into music, so I got the bug from them. My brother was a big Springsteen and Van Halen fan, so I had a good rock foundation from him as well as from hearing bands like Krokus & Motley Crue on the radio. Also, around that time, my brother got a video tape from a friend with a ton of music videos (as we had yet to get MTV) and I remember the first-time seeing Kiss, Twisted Sister, Ratt and Motley Crue videos and I was instantly hooked! I later got MTV and discovered the Headbanger's Ball, and through that and some of my good friends at school, I slowly got exposed to and interested in some of the heavier bands. 

Favorite Concert/Band: I started going to shows around 1991 but my first ever show at a club was a sold-out Ramones show on the Acid Eaters (20th Anniversary Tour), August 16, 1994, at the Horizontal Boogie Bar in Rochester, NY. It was a hot August night, and the club was a sweatbox, and that show was magic! As for favorite band(s) - Kiss, The Ramones, Goo Goo Dolls and Savatage probably top the list. But I have so many other favorites too (including Jesse Malin, Def Leppard, Gene Loves Jezebel, Hanoi Rocks, The Hellacopters, Mother Love Bone, Van Halen, Ratt, The Donnas, Jason & The Scorchers...)

Hobbies and Interests:  Music & Concerts, visiting record stores and collecting CDs, LPs & Cassettes (I love physical media), watching films - especially in theaters (as I am a huge movie buff), and traveling (especially road trips).


POWELL M. COONAN - Accounting

What got you interested in Metal? When I was really young my stepfather and I would listen to his record collection in the garage. It was all classic rock, then one day I heard Metallica on the radio, and it was all over from then on.

Favorite Concert/Band: Metallica, Type-O-Negative, Amaranthe, Soilwork, Within Temptation, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys.
Wacken -  2016
Metallica @Thomas & Mack, LV 1998
70,000 Tons of Metal - 2015 - 2018
Motorboat - 2015

Hobbies and Interests: Going to shows, reading, riding horses, cooking, swimming, watching horror movies, spending time in NOLA and sleeping in whenever I get the chance.

SCOTT COONAN - Sales and Distribution

What got you interested in Metal? After hearing Guns N' Roses for the first time, I became hooked on hard rock and it just spiraled from there.

Favorite Concert/Band: Overkill 1996 @ Tommyknockers in my hometown of Farmingdale, NY.  Was only 15 and had to get permission from the owner to be escorted into the venue with an adult.  Went through a lot to see Overkill shows in my youth.  Few other notables were Death in 1998 and Rammstein in 2022.  As far as favorite bands go, I actually have 3: Overkill, Nevermore and Life of Agony.

Hobbies and interests:  Playing guitar and drums, attending concerts, pizza connoisseur, going to baseball games, traveling and spending time with my wife.


ERIC DOW - Production Manager

What got you interested in Metal?  My dad was into Rock n' Roll and in the late 70's early 80's he got into what we now know as Heavy Metal.  He played me bands like Black Sabbath, Dio, Scorpions, and Iron Maiden.  When I heard Iron Maiden for the first time I was hooked for life. 

Favorite Concert/Band: Give Me Ed Till I'm Dead 2003 Iron Maiden, Dio and Motorhead; Iron Maiden will always be my favorite band.

Hobbies and Interests:  I like professional hockey... go Red Wings! Mostly my life revolves around Metal. 

AUSTIN GRISWOLD - North American Publicist

What got you interested in Metal? Hearing Metallica for the first time, and an older sister who got me into Type O Negative.

Favorite Concert/Band:  Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Tool, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine

Guns N Roses @ Troubadour (4/1/16)

NIN @ The Henry Fonda (9/8/09) 

Metallica @ The Omni (4/22/97)

Lollapalooza @ Forks in the River in Knoxville, TN (1996)

Tibetan Freedom Concert @ Randall’s Island (1997)

Hobbies and Interests: Collecting Vinyl, Gardening, Woodworking, Concerts, working on cars/trucks, Traveling, Alabama Football (Roll Tide!), Dad Life.

BRIAN LEWIS - Graphic Designer

What got you interested in Metal?  Playing guitar mostly and the friends I'd jam songs with in junior high and high school that introduced me to heavier stuff than I was currently listening to.

Favorite Concert/Band:  Difficult to say, but favorite concert is between Dillinger Escape Plan, A Perfect Circle, or Ghost. Favorite Band is also a toss-up between Opeth, Cradle of Filth, and Cattle Decapitation.

Hobbies and Interests:  Writing and playing music, home-brewing mead, Graphic Design, Audio Visual engineering, Football (RAIDERS!), Video games.



RILEY ROWE - Social Media Manager

What got you interested in metal? In middle and high school, I went down the rabbit hole of heavy music starting with grunge then exploring alternative, industrial, and nu metal to progressive, metalcore, and death metal.

Favorite Concert? Nine Inch Nails at Hollywood Palladium on December 11th, 2018 where they played only early material from 1988 - 1994.

Hobbies and Interests: My two golden retrievers (Poppy and Rosie), my band KINKSHAMER, film / tv, spooky Halloween times, politics, video games, and the globalization of metal.



What got you interested in Metal?  My older brother introduced me to System of a Down, Slipknot, and Korn (all the usual suspects), but the real journey started when I got into bands like Death, Cynic, and At the Gates.

Favorite Concert/Band:  Favorite concert is actually tied between two Devin Townshend shows.  Opeth/Gojira/DTP at Red Rocks in Colorado.  The other one was Devin Townshend playing Strapping Young Lad material on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise in 2020.  Just two incredibly epic moments.  Favorite band of all time is definitely Opeth.  Then it's straight up “insert misc. Finnish melodeath band here _____”

Hobbies and Interests:  I'm a drummer/session drummer, and book underground shows in Brooklyn.  I was also a bartender/manager for about a decade and have a love for mixology.  Concerts and Cocktail Bars are easily my biggest vices.