So… Who Are You?

Hello folks, I’m Justin (aka – Metal Misfit): Male, early-30s, student by day/retail worker by night/blogger whenever I have time, currently residing in Florida. Some of you may know me from my other blog (The Metal Misfit), which is mostly a pop culture blog geared towards nostalgia and weird stuff about food, video games, Christmas, Halloween, cartoons, movies, etc. I’ve talked about music there in the past, but I’ve started up Metal Excess because I wanted to have a blog devoted entirely to the hard rock/heavy metal scene (Get it? Metal Excess?).

Also, I don’t have any musical skills to speak of (other than a few brief flirtations with piano and guitar in my younger years), so I realize I am commenting on the work of others that I could never do myself. I am neither a professional musician nor a professional writer but that won’t stop me from blogging about music.

So… What Exactly Will You Be Doing Here?

Hey, it’s a blog, I’ll do anything I want! Mostly reviews of albums/books/concerts but the occasional stream of consciousness, rock ‘n’ roll news talk, lists… whatever comes to mind. I originally intended to use this blog to log and review my entire album collection but I’ve moved so much that all of my CDs are in various binders and boxes so that project has been put on hold. I’m mostly interested in reviewing current releases that appeal to me, but I would like to get back to reviewing my own collection someday.

So… What Do You Listen To?

I’m a HUGE fan of the hair/glam/sleaze bands… And no, I don’t find those terms offensive (as some do)– they totally rule! Certainly, the commercial peak for bands of that ilk was in the 1980s, but there’s been an INCREDIBLY strong output from a new generation hair-metalers (Most seem to come from Europe… USA needs to represent!) and the old guard is still rockin’ out with quality stuff as well.

I’m into other various kinds of metal as well: power, pop, NWOBHM, speed, and thrash… You could probably throw more subgenres into the mix, but genre labeling gives me headaches, so let’s just say I love HEAVY METAL and ROCK & ROLL! Oh, and Christmas music, so there’ll be some of that, too.

  1. We got the sane taste bro’! In Metal We Trust!! I have three digressions thou- Stratovarius, Helloween and Yngwie Malmsteen!!

  2. EVen I’ve started a new blog dedicated entirely to metal:


  3. You’re in your mid-20s and into ’80s metal! That’s great! You have excellent taste in music!

    I’m in my late-30s…I was a teenager in the 1980s, so I grew up listening to 80s metal. So I think it’s great that someone who was born in the 1980s loves this music.

    And your CD reviews are excellent. Actually, I’m gonna pick up Guns N Roses‘s “Chinese Democracy” because of your recommendation!

  4. That’s cool, tokyo! Yeah, definitely give the new GNR a shot if you were a fan of the indulgent UYI albums and don’t mind a little technology sprucing up your rock.

    Me though? Eh, I’m just a guy babblin’ on. I really have no clue. 😉

  5. I love your review too, I am a 80s Hair MEtal fan and I was born in the mid-1990s, so it is surprising I like this stuff compared to other people my age, I really hate most music now, you need to review Slide It In and Whitesnake by Whitesnake, also Women and Children First, Diver Down, Balance, Live: Right Here, Right Now, and Van Halen 3 all by Van Halen

  6. Hey man,

    I’m working for a label and would like to add your blog to my database, so we can try to send music or whatever to you. I see your email but would like to have a Contact Name.


  7. Your site is awesome! keep it up! 😀

  8. Dude, your site is so metal.

    It’s ironic that you came up on the “Possibly Related Posts” for my list of favourite bands, most of which are “emo” two of which are more melodic/pop-rock type stuff.

  9. Hello,
    I just discovered your blog. Its nice to know that in a world of bad-radio-airwaves that the genre is still appreciated!

  10. I’m curious to know if you review unsigned bands? My band is Rip Haven from Asheville NC and we recently released our new album, Fourteen From Six. If this is a possibility, I’d love to get some information about the process. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

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