"One of the greatest metal philosophers of our time." - Josh Gatka

My name is Chris Duxbury. What can I say? Metal is my passion. So is voicing my opinion... on just about anything. So it was only natural to combine the two into this thing I call a website.

As of this writing, I'm 18, reside in Seven Hills, Ohio (just outside of Cleveland) and will be going into my senior year of high school. I take a few honors/AP classes and currently have a 4.5-ish cumulative GPA. I plan to get a degree in computer science, but truth be told, I'm not that great at math. Although I like working with computers, my real talent is actually in writing, which comes fairly natural to me.

Growing up, in the early 90s and having a sister who was a teenager in my formative years, I was exposed to hard rock and metal at a young age. I remember spending hours jumping around to Rage Against the Machine, Black Sabbath, Pantera and Metallica in my sister's room at the ripe age of 4. Even though I didn't know who it was at the time, I knew I liked it. I also recall listening to a lot of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Def Leppard, among others, on my father's record player as a child.

Probably what influenced my taste in music the most, believe it or not, was video games. I'm not going to lie - I'm a Nintendo kid. I grew up playing the NES with games like Mega Man, Zelda, Mario, and others for hours at a time. Eventually, the stylings  of that MIDI music gets ingrained in your head and you begin to subconsciously understand and appreciate how a song is supposed to be structured. To day this I think Mega Man is still some of the most metal video game music I've heard.


During my elementary years, I didn't really start to appreciate good music until about 5th/6th grade.  Prior to that I went through a sort of musical evolution. I still loved the type of music in NES/SNES video games (I still think the Mega Man X series has some of the best music ever composed), but didn't deem it as a valid forum of music. As such, during that time period poppy boy bands were reigning supreme. For about a year during the 4th grade I listened to the likes of N*SYNC, Backstreet Boy, and Britney Spears thinking, that it must be good if everyone else was listening to it.

Eventually, a friend of mine would introduce me to an artist by the name of Kid Rock. At that time I was sort of indifferent to rap, but it was the catchy southernesque guitar licks on Devil Without a Cause that would turn me on to rock music. During this time I also started watching

WWF wrestling with a passion and fell in love with the arena rock/metal entrance themes of the wrestlers. Although I didn't realize it, I was taking steps towards metal.

On the way home from a trip one day, I heard a song on the radio entitled The Unforgiven II. My friend's mom informed me that it was by a band called Metallica. I had heard of the group before, but never heard any songs. During this time, Napster was at it's height of popularity. Despite my 56k dial-up connection, I spent the whole night downloading bits and pieces from more of this band called "Metallica". The deal was sealed. That Christmas, knowing my sister had once been a Metallica fan, I asked her to buy me "their best CD". Christmas day, I received the the Black Album...

From 6th grade, I would slowly discover more bands online, but largely I listened to a lot of nu-metal or whatever was on the radio. Bands like Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Creed, and P.O.D. were common fair. It was a step up from the pop bands I had previously listened to, but when I listened to those bands I didn't get the same feeling I did when I listened to my growing collection of Metallica records...

Although I would pick up greats like Megadeth, Motörhead, and eventually found In Flames' Reroute to Remain (which was the second coming of Metallica for me at that point) before entering high school, it wasn't really until a musical play at my highschool that my metal tastes would finally mature. Having had been in playing the snare drum since 5th grade and continuing with marching and jazz band into high school, I was asked to play drums for the pit during the play. During practice, I noticed the guitarist was wearing a Dream Theater shirt, whom I had heard of, and heard him play some Metallica riffs. Introducing himself as Shaun Vanek, we got to talking about metal, and after practice, he led me out to his Jeep to parouse his collection of CDs. It was at that moment I discovered what would become my favorite genre of metal: power/prog metal. I listened to my first Rhapsody, Symphony X, and Iced Earth records that evening and have never looked back since.

Currently, metal is a way of life for me. I find myself constantly listening to, reading/writing about, playing, debating, and defending all kinds of metal music. My digital music collection consits of 450+ metal bands and my CD collection is roughly several hundred large. I've even gone as far as to write papers about in my English class which can be found here.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Born: April 18th, 1988
  • Nickname: "Dux"
  • Favorite color: Green
  • Favorite food: Steak
  • Religion: Atheist
  • Favorite metal genre: Melodic death metal
  • Least favorite metal genre: Black metal
  • Favorite bands: Metallica, Iced Earth, In Flames, Children of Bodom
  • Favorite Guitarist: Alexi Laiho

CONTACTS

E-mail: dux.chris@gmail.com
AIM Screen name: SL Magus