The title for this is pretty self-explanatory but we thought we’d say a few words anyway. So, hello! Welcome to the Staff Page. Below you can find an updated, and constantly updating, list of our blog staff, and clicking on an author’s name will take you to a feed of their posts. As we grow and change we will update this list to reflect who we are. This is important for a few reasons: first of all, a human face behind an article is always a good idea. But more importantly, this blog owes an immeasurable debt to each and every one of these people listed below. They are the flesh and blood of this crazy, amazing thing called Heavy Blog and we’re forever indebted to them for the time, passion and creativity they’ve poured into it. They do all of this from love of the music, the scene and its artists, selflessly pouring hours of their time. From all the editors of this blog, this is our way to say: “thanks guys. You’re the only reason we still exist”.

Kit “Toppest” Brown

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Devin Townsend
  2. Pink Floyd
  3. Between the Buried and Me
  4. Opeth
  5. The Red Chord

Kit is one of Heavy Blog’s writers and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kit is an Appalachian State University graduate with a degree in Journalism who has also worked with Metal Injection for a number of years. Nowadays, he likes to keep busy by playing bass in As Oceans, interviewing as many bands as possible and wrestling with his dog. Kit really hopes to see you at a show soon and talk about all things prog-metal, fantasy football and Diablo-related with you.

How do you like your eggs: Over easy.

Ahmed “Ahemd the Wanderer” Hasan

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Cynic
  2. Devin Townsend
  3. The Reign of Kindo
  4. The Dillinger Escape Plan
  5. Meshuggah

Ahmed is a medical school hopeful at the University of Toronto who spends his days with caffeine, overpriced textbooks, and a deep-seated fear of the future. He is still unsure as to how music really fits into that equation. Deep down, he hopes that one day these things will make sense, but until then, there is plenty of heavy music – namely prog metal and tech death – to fill that terrible, terrible void. Sometimes Ahemd likes to grab a widdlytar and pretend he’s half decent. Imagination goes a long way.

How do you like your eggs: I was raised, and remain, a sunny side up man.


Dan “Dan” Wieten

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Devin Townsend (all versions)
  2. Pain of Salvation
  3. Dream Theater
  4. Death
  5. This spot rotates endlessly but today I guess I’ll say Styx

Dan is from Muskegon, MI and is a contributor for Heavy Blog, writing reviews and news posts when time permits. He attends Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and is slated to graduate in December 2015 with a B.A. in writing. Dan has been a musician most of his life, and is the vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter of The Omega Experiment. Most of his time is wrapped up in school related activities, working, and trying to finish The Omega Experiment’s second album, but when time permits he is really good at wasting time on the internet.

How do you like your eggs: I don’t eat eggs anymore but when I did, scrambled.


Mark “Mrak” Valentino

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Converge
  2. Isis
  3. Caspian
  4. The Red Chord
  5. Deafheaven

Mark is one of Heavy Blog’s photographers from the Long Island/NYC area (and covers the Northeast area when possible). Mark studies liberal arts at Nassau Community College and is scheduled to graduate next year. When he isn’t shooting shows, he likes to keep busy by writing music for fun and for his band Azure Noise, going out whenever he can, and kickin’ it on Xbox One or Playstation 4. In the future, look for the tall guy with the camera and call him a “fucking mango,” he’ll laugh and probably say it right back to you.

How do you like your eggs: I like my eggs scrambled on a roll with mozzarella cheese and hot sauce.


Elizabeth “Scurrilizzie” Wood

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Protest the Hero
  2. Deafheaven
  3. The Dillinger Escape Plan
  4. TesseracT
  5. Propagandhi

Elizabeth “Scurrilizzie” Wood is a content contributor at Heavy Blog Is Heavy and a graduate of the Image Arts: New Media program at Ryerson University. Originally from Port Elgin, these days Liz keeps busy as a Client Support Representative at Q4 Web Systems in downtown Toronto. In true Canadian fashion, she is a former varsity hockey player, and continues to play both hockey and beach volleyball competitively in her free time. Liz is most passionate about what she affectionately refers to as the three p’s: Protest (the Hero, duh!), puppies, and PBR.

How do you like your eggs: I like my eggs over-easy (runny yolks are key) and smothered in Sriracha.


Spencer “Sponge” Snitil

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Deftones
  2. Karnivool
  3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  4. Isis
  5. Converge

Spencer is a recent graduate of Florida State University and has been with the blog for over three years. Rising in the ranks, he is now one of six editors for the website, and is the youngest editor on staff. He enjoys music outside of metal, and is a jazz enthusiast. He plays drums primarily, but can adequately play guitar and bass. He also believes that owning physical media is extremely important and owns upwards of 600 records, cassettes, and CDs. He has been dubbed the “Cutest Staff Member” the past 3 years, and nobody has been able to dethrone him.

How do you like your eggs: Scrambled


Matt “Mac Daddy” MacLennan

Top 5 Bands:

  1. The Black Dahlia Murder
  2. Converge
  3. The Dillinger Escape Plan
  4. Cattle Decapitation
  5. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

I’m a twenty something year old living in the west of Scotland. I love short walks and junk food almost as much as I love grindcore and dank hip-hop nugz. Find me on my couch drinking tea and bitching about how deathcore will never be as good as it was in ’07. If you are still reading this then I have just entered your body, spirit and mind using my IMN prowess. You are now me, and I am now you. Go get yourself/me a huge rum and Coke and roll a phat spleg for us to partake in while contemplating absolutely fuck all.

How do you like your eggs: Sunny side up with salt’n’pepper and fresh chopped chilies


Simon “Handspanker” Handmaker

Top 5 Bands:

  1. YOB
  2. Circa Survive
  3. Kylesa
  4. Wolves In The Throne Room
  5. Mastodon

Simon has been listening to music since the womb. Growing up on a hugely varied amount of music, thanks to his parents, Simon found heavy metal in the 5th grade through a friend that introduced him to it at a summer camp. He’s got a handle on many different genres, although his favorites are deathcore, hip-hop, and atmospheric black metal. There’s also a profound love for sludge metal and hardcore punk in his system. He is a guitarist and vocalist pursuing a career in music in the city of Chicago, and he is a part of the Depaul University graduating class of 2019.

How do you like your eggs: Either over easy on huevos rancheros, or scrambled and in a breakfast burrito. He also really digs omelets.


Scott “Mott Scurphy” Murphy

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Fugazi
  2. Godflesh
  3. Joy Division
  4. The Smiths
  5. Swans

Scott is currently pursuing his B.A. in Communication from Saint Anselm College – a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Manchester, New Hampshire – with career aspirations entailing a wide breadth of interests involving creative, professional and journalistic writing. He enjoys almost all genres of music but prefers bands and artists that try something against the grain. Besides music and writing, his interests include art/painting, skateboarding, film and cigars.

How do you like your eggs: Poached.


Noyan “Nayon” Tkgz

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Trivium
  2. Keep of Kalessin
  3. Leprous
  4. Nile
  5. Behemoth

Noyan’s a huge nerd from Turkey. He’s a big fan of, metal and video games, specifically progressive and/or technical metal, especially if it has blast beats. In addition to being one of the older editors of Heavy Blog, he’s also in several musical projects, ranging from his solo death metal stuff NYN to the progressive deathcore band Carthage. In his “real” life, he’s a computational neuroscientist currently busy trying to get his PhD.

How do you like your eggs: Cracked on a pizza or bibimbap.


Nick “The Jazz Tho” Cusworth

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Jaga Jazzist
  2. The Dear Hunter
  3. Grizzly Bear
  4. Tortoise
  5. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving

Nick is an editor and content manager for Heavy Blog. He is also the site’s lead person on all things video and regularly shoots live concerts and other video content. Outside of the blog he also does the video things for money, working with bands, artists, businesses, and whoever else wants to pay him to do the things he’s already sunk so much time and money into. You can view his work at He is Heavy Blog’s resident jazz nerd and can be frequently seen ruminating too hard about the state of post-rock/metal and progressive music or just other things in the world of music that fascinate him probably far more than most.

How do you like your eggs: Omelette, stuffed with as much cheese, meat, and veggies as possible


Aly “AHEN” Hassab El Naby

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Between the Buried and Me
  2. In Mourning
  3. Neurosis
  4. Isis
  5. Misery Index

Aly was born and raised in Cairo where metal is misunderstood and unwelcomed. He started listening around the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since. Any kind of thrash metal, death metal and post-metal will have his attention and so would progressive rock and post-rock. He picked up a pair of drum sticks at the age of 16 and, a few years later, became a part of Simplexity, a progressive rock in his hometown. He studied engineering and enjoys cooking, traveling and football. He now lives in Luleå, Sweden with his wife.

How do you like your eggs: Sunny side up with parsley, zaatar and lots of bread.


William “Billiam” France

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Between the Buried and Me
  2. Psycroptic
  3. Gentle Giant
  4. Oceansize
  5. Opeth

William is an Australian photographer with a keen interest in progressive music and touring. William shoots with a Canon 6D and is a strictly manual-focus kinda guy, because AF is for babies. He also plays in a progressive metal band called Weightless In Orbit which will hopefully tour the world one day, surpassing The Beatles in popularity, and eventually rise to world domination (not really).

How do you like your eggs: I like my eggs poached, with generous servings of bacon, haloumi, hash browns, toast and a pour-over.


Ryan “Posi” Castrati

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Dance Gavin Dance
  2. Childish Gambino
  3. Kanye West
  4. Devin Townsend
  5. Little Tybee

Ryan hails from North Carolina and is an avid consumer and creator of the arts. Music flowed through his ears at a young age and he fell head over heels almost instantly. Whether it be Archspire or Ariana Grande, if he likes it he will listen to it with pride. He is not bound by the constraints of genre or what people think of him. His personal realm of creation is writing. Many of his favorite writers are lyricists whom he hopes to one day be able to pay homage to through poetry and other forms of the written word.

How do you like your eggs: I like my eggs scrambled with cheese, preferably made by my mother/grandmother.


Eden “The Machine” Kupermintz

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Inter Arma
  2. Devin Townsend
  3. Ancestors
  4. Anathema
  5. Karnivool

Eden is 28 and hails from the oft-mentioned Israel. Currently studying towards his M.A in General History, his interests vary from science fiction, martial arts, and poetry to all things melancholy. His taste in metal can be defined as “slow, it’s not slow enough” with emphasis on emotions, intelligence and an overall morose nature. Post rock, doom, nostalgia dripped electronics and progressive all blend inside his heads. He has two, they bicker.

How do you like your eggs: Scrambled with cheese and ham, pepper and sriracha

Jake “JAKE” Tiernan

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Converge
  2. Cobalt
  3. Man Is the Bastard
  4. Deafheaven
  5. Full Of Hell

Jake Tiernan is a firm believer that all fasts should be fast, and that all slows should be slowed. He is severely opposed to any and all butt rock and believes firmly that god imparted great musical knowledge on to the members of Converge and Man is the Bastard, allowing them to both be two of the most consistently amazing bands ever to exist, truly revolutionizing hardcore. He likes his eggs fried/and or scrambled, and always with a glass of orange juice and a rib eye steak, if available.

How do you like your eggs: I like my eggs fried/scrambled with a steak

Jimmy “Jimbles” Rowe

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Between the Buried and Me
  2. Faith No More
  3. The Ocean
  4. Coheed and Cambria
  5. Devin Townsend

Kentucky native Jimmy Rowe created Heavy Blog Is Heavy at age 18 in an effort to not only procrastinate on his undergraduate studies, but to create an outlet to share and discuss music that no one else was listening to. Now a family man and social worker, Heavy Blog acts as a similar but very different type of distraction.

How do you like your eggs: Scrambled because I’m a child

Kyle “Daddo” Gaddo

Top 5 Bands:

  1. Faith No More
  2. Mastodon
  3. Devin Townsend
  4. Blind Guardian
  5. Gojira

Chicago dweller Kyle Gaddo is a simple man who enjoys video games, singing, and taking pictures at concerts. He works in games PR outside of contributing to Heavy Blog is Heavy.

How do you like your eggs: Sunny side up


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