Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore –
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

Welcome one and all, to the first answer sheet for last week’s “Take A Massive Steaming Poe” contest, the first section of which is NOW CLOSED.

This time last Monday we asked you to swing by Australian psot-metallers The Matador‘s Facebook page and tell us to which of famed author Edgar Allen Poe’s works does the above picture relate. We’ll admit that it was somewhat cryptic, and required a minor piece of knowledge about the subject matter, but you’ll probably kick yourselves now if you didn’t get it.

The man in the picture is Mr. Jeff Loomis, who was until recently the lead guitarist in prog-metal legends Nevermore. “Nevermore” is, of course, the sole discourse of the raven in Poe’s most famous poem of the same name. Ergo, anyone e-mailing us with the answer “The Raven” will have been in the running for the first of five prize packages – the first of which goes to Talae Rergyamdee!

Congratulations Talae. We’ll forward your details on to the band who will send your prize on to you.

As for the rest of you, there are still four more chances to win – make sure you don’t miss out! The next winner, for day two, will be announced this time tomorrow.

– CG

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