Scott_J_The_Ripper_2011About Me

I’ve been a life long resident of the suburbs South to Southwest of Chicago, Illinois — USA. My day job is Software Development.

My first foray into Hard Rock/Heavy Metal came in 1976 when my initial favorites were Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and Kiss’ “Calling Dr. Love” played on a local Chicago FM radio station.

Originally I was brought on to provide another musical angle to the reviews sections. Lately, I’ve since then been helping with Web site support, DJing, helping with the day-to-day business matters while also being the “silent host” of the “Hairbanger’s Hairspray Show”.

Other things that occupy my time other than family and Music are volunteer work, computer jockeying, playing PC games (mostly MMORPGs).

My Music “Resume”

My best friend since High School was and still is an excellent guitar player. He taught me a lot of music theory as well as how to break down the structure of a song. I ended up goofing around with a bass guitar for a while during college (a black Fender like Steve Harris’ from Iron Maiden).

My musical tastes range from Classical to AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) to Hard Rock to Neo-Classical Instrumental to Jazz Fusion. Typically I get into anything with a guitar solo, violin solo, or sometimes just a well-produced album.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have more than a passing interest in music! In fact, outside of my family and friends, it’s been a major part of my life. I hope one day, through my actions at the station, to somehow influence a small portion of your musical life too!


Top Favorites Of 2019 (No Particular Order)

  • Lord Divine – Facing Chaos

Top Favorites Of 2018 (No Particular Order)

  • U.D.O. – Steel Factory
  • Uriah Heep – Livining The Dream
  • Stryper – God Damn Evil
  • Fates Warning – Live Over Europe
  • Dynazty – Firesign
  • Fifth Angel – The Third Secret
  • Saxon – Thunderbolt
  • Judas Priest – Firepower
  • Michael Schenker Fest – Resurrection
  • Lipz – Scaryman
  • Halcyon Way – Bloody But Unbowed
  • Dee Snider – For The Love Of Metal
  • Dream Child – Until Death Do We Meet Again
  • Brainstorm – Midnight Ghost
  • Michael Romeo – War Of the Worlds // Pt. 1
  • Leader Of Down – Cascade Into Chaos