Hello all, I’m Zac, a Minneapolis, Minnesota native. Growing up in the 1970s, my first fledgling interest in Heavy music was sparked by the Johnny Cash albums in my father’s music collection. Cash wore black and his music had an edge. Then my cousins introduced me to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Kiss, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. I was hooked and I never lost the faith.
I spent the 1980s in full pursuit of everything Metal: attending concerts, searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, and studying the album covers and sleeves. Check out the documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot for a glimpse of what the concert scene was like for me circa 1986.
As Heavy Metal evolved, I followed the trends with great interest while seeking nuggets of sonic gold. In the early 1990s, I hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX, Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country. I enjoyed reviewing the cutting edge music and warping the minds of my listeners in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
In the new millennium, my pursuit of the best in Heavy Metal continues. I travel locally in Minnesota and nationally attending shows – original bands or cover bands – local or national. Some of my favorite festivals are Rocklahoma, Rock USA, Chicago Open Air, and GrandRockTember.
When I’m not engrossed in music, I’m a mild-mannered government employee, husband, father of adult twin daughters and hockey fan. Hockey is a sport made for Metal!
Top Ten Albums of 2017
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Apex
LIV SIN – Follow Me
POWER TRIP – Nightmare Logic
IRONFLAME – Lightning Strikes The Crown
SLEAZY ROXXX – Topless Suicide
THRESHOLD – Legends Of The Shires
DIRTY THRILLS – Heavy Living
STORMBRINGER – Born A Dying Breed
SPIRIT ADRIFT – Curse Of Conception
DEMON EYE – Prophecies And Lies
Top Ten Songs of 2017
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS “The Matriarch”
LIV SIN “The Fall”
SANTA CRUZ “Young Blood Rising”
STORMBRINGER “Let It Begin”
SLEAZY ROXXX “Let’s Roll”
DEMON EYE “Vagabond”
THRESHOLD “Small Dark Lines”
DIRTY THRILLS “Law Man”
PINK CREAM 69 “We Bow To No One”
AUTOGRAPH “Get Off Your Ass”