Dave Schalek has been a devoted fan of heavy metal since he was 10 years old. In 1978, his initial hearing of the first few seconds of “Iron Man” was all it took, and Dave’s musical destiny was assured. In order to give back to the art form to which he is hopelessly devoted, Dave started writing as a hobby and has contributed to several webzines over the last few years.
Dave lives in Hermosa Beach, California with his wife, a dog, and three cats. His non-metal life interests include surfing, outdoor sports, science fiction, amateur astronomy and science.
Dave’s professional alter ego is that of a high school physics teacher, a profession to which he is passionately dedicated. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s degree in Physics from UCLA.
From Dave Schalek:
My devotion to writing about heavy metal is a hobby, and is my way of giving back to the art form. Hence, my reviews are solely my opinion and are written from the standpoint of a long time fan (I have been listening to metal since about 1978 or so). I do not write reviews from the standpoint of a musician, or from an ideological point of view. I do not use my reviews and essays to promote or discuss ideology, although I am an atheist and I have a scientific background. I do not engage in arguments about the "purity" or ideological slant of artists, although I do draw the line with racism.
My opinions are impersonal, and negative opinions of one's music are in no way meant as an insult to any person or band. If you take offense, please be aware that none was intended. My opinions are mine alone, and are merely based upon what I hear and whether I like what I hear. If you agree with me, fine. If you do not agree with me, that's fine, as well. Feel free to disagree and drop me a line if you wish to engage in a rational discussion. I do not engage in name calling, though, which is the last resort of those that lack the tools to engage in civil discourse.