Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King – Editor / Reviewer
Hi there and a big welcome to Ever Metal.
You may recognize me as The Metal Priestess from Facebook and Twitter from my days as a radio DJ at various internet based stations and although I hung my earphones a few months ago, I will continue to use that name as that is who I identify with now.
I have been a rock and metal head ever since I heard the Flash Gordon soundtrack at the age of three or four and, although my tastes have changed over the years, metal music is who I am. You know what they say, heavy metal isn’t just music, its a way of life….and I bloody love the heavy metal way of life!
So, how did I get into writing reviews? Well, that’s quite simple really. I love metal music and I love writing. It seemed the obvious step to combine the two and write about what I love. Words and music are my passions, without them I wouldn’t be who I am. It was also my good friend Rick who suggested I give reviewing a try. I have nowhere near the same experience as he does (he’s even written a longer bio than me!) but I think by us working together, you will get constructive and honest opinions on a wide range of metal music.
Enjoy the site and, by all means, leave us feedback.
We are just two friends wanting to get the music out to as many people as we can and if we turn one new listener onto a new band then we have done our job!
Richard Tilley – Editor / Reviewer
I’m immensely happy to welcome you to the Ever Metal Website!
My name is Rick and I’m very much hoping that a few of you will recognise me from writing music reviews for various online sites over the last 4-5 years.
Much like my very good friend ‘The Metal Priestess,’ or as I know her ‘It’…sorry Dawn, I have been a lifelong member of this thing we call ‘The Metal Community’. I’ve always had a passion for music but from the age of 13, when I was first introduced to Saxon (my favourite band), AC/DC and Mahogany Rush I have been consumed by my love for Hard Rock and Metal and I will do so until my dying day!
In 2012, after a long bout of ill health another good friend, who many of you will know from his continuing excellent work in the Metal world, suggested that, as I had a good knowledge of the music, I should try having a go at writing to alleviate some of the boredom I was experiencing and to give me some purpose. Thanks to him I’ve not looked back and have now written over six hundred reviews, covered gigs and festivals and interviewed quite a few bands!
I also played drums for over 30 years in several Hard Rock and Metal bands and played many venues in and around London, including The Marquee Club when it was situated in Charing Cross Road. I continued to play in Lincolnshire for 6 years when I moved there. Due to my health I’m not able to do that anymore but what it has done is give me an insight into life on the road as well as just being a fan of the music which helps a lot when writing!
I listen to a wide variety of Rock and Metal genres and love pretty much everything from IQ and Marillion through to Nile and Revocation. To be fair I’m not keen on the word ‘genre’, as far as I’m concerned it’s Rock and Metal and music is music, although I do seem to favour Classic, Power and Thrash Metal as well as Melodic Rock and AOR. You should never be scared to like something just because it might not be what you are used to listening to. As proof of that I’m also a fan of Classical music, Swing and Musical Theatre.
Whilst I love reviewing the big names what really lights my fire is finding out about new, unsigned and independent bands and artists and giving them a voice, something that a majority of larger websites and magazines don’t do these days. That’s one of the reasons Dawn and I have teamed up for this site. What you’ll also get from me is honesty and constructive criticism. I won’t pander or gush over a band to get in anyone’s good books. Any review should be personal opinion about how the music makes you feel!
I also, hopefully, like to inject a little humour into proceedings so before I waffle on too much and bore you all to tears I’ll just make it abundantly clear that Dawn is the good looking one in this partnership (she’s actually the intelligent one as well) and you’ll just have to make do with my mug shot and my words!
Vikkie Richmond – Reviewer / Interviewer
I started writing in August 2013; at the time, I was going through some stuff at home and with family that I wanted to escape. I had always loved the thought of writing and have been an avid rock fan since about the age of 15, so it seemed like the perfect time to combine the two. I interviewed a local band for an online magazine, got myself along to some local gigs, wrote some album reviews and, hey presto! Suddenly I was getting in to gigs on review passes, writing for several online mags and interviewing some of my idols. I didn’t look back and the rest, as they say, is history.
I am a contributor for PowerPlay Rock and Metal Magazine, as well as writing for other online sites and my own website (when I have the time). When I’m not writing, I work as a full time PA and enjoy roaming around the country with the better half in a battered VW camper van, going to festivals and spending time in the great outdoors.
I’m thrilled to be joining Richard and Dawn on their journey and I look forward to making a whole new bunch of friends along the way.
Beth Jones – Reviewer / Interviewer
With a background in Performing Arts and a love of both playing and listening to music from a very early age, especially live performance, I first discovered the metal and rock scene at the age of 13, when I listened to a battered vinyl of Queen ‘Greatest Hits’ at my best friend’s house. Fast Forward 24 years and, after a ten year hiatus in the noughties, I rediscovered my love of all things rock and metal when I moved back to Wales in 2010. I have always had a lot to say about it (well about most things to be honest!) but have never done anything about it. I have also always loved writing and, after meeting Rick in 2015, I realised that there was a frustrated writer inside me just looking for a way to get out. So here we are today – I have decided to take the plunge and write about what I really love – the euphoric feeling when you step over the threshold of a venue and feel the electric excitement in the air, and are swept up in the passion of the gathered fans ready to watch their idols shred it on stage. I also love meeting people so will be aiming to interview anyone and everyone willing to talk to me! I am really excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to work alongside the Ever Metal team. Strap me in, and let’s get this started!