Hi, I'm the "two cents" guy. I listen to metal songs on YouTube, though mainly remasters/remixes; my blog is about metal, but also sex, videogames and horror. This is a compilation—of interviews I've given with Metallica remixers, including Bryce Barilla, State of Mercury and Ahdy Khairat. It also includes comments I've given on their YouTube videos, and provides links to music reviews/write-ups I've done in the past.
Note: All of us can be found on State of Mercury's Discord server. Stop by and say hello!
My interviews focus on the history of these musicians, and the approach to making their content.
Creblestar: A YouTuber and speedrunner, Creblestar makes music content for his YT channel, including Metallica remixes. Although he came along slightly before I started writing about metal, his work inspired me to begin the journey. Read my interview with Creblestar, here.
Bryce Barilla: Bryce's initial approach was more conservative. He remixed and re-recorded old Metallica songs, but didn't mess quite as much with the song structures themselves. Over time, though, his approach to the format has become increasingly experimental, rewriting the songs, but also—re: with his latest material—improving on the audio production by leaps and bounds. Read my interview with Bryce, here.
State of Mercury: Out of the three, Mercury's approach has been the most ambitious, songwriting-wise. His top-notch playing allows for a total reinvention of the riffs themselves. The sheer number of changes makes his material a challenge to analyze in terms of direct comparisons, but there's always lots to find and appreciate. Read my interview with State of Mercury, here.
Ahdy Khairat: Although I was intrigued by GuitarRazze and Creblestar, Ahdy is what got me into analyzing metal on a regular basis. A professional producer/sound engineer, his material is entirely remixes and remasters, but the quality of his approach is unparalleled. Read my interview with him, here.
You Tube Commentaries
These are the videos by each musician that I've given my two cents on. To read the comments themselves, click on a video and look for comments made by the user "Nicholas van der Waard" (all comments start with "My two cents:"). Not every comment is pinned/hearted by the content creators, so you may have to do a little searching.
State of Mercury
Check out my interview series: From Vintage to Retro: An FPS Q&A series, Hell-blazers: Speedrunning Doom Eternal, "Giving My Two Cents: A Metal Compendium," and the Alien: Ore" Interview Project.
My favorite posts: Dragon Ball Super: Broly - Is It Gothic?, Mandy (2018): Review, Gothic Themes in Perfect Blue. Also check out my guest work on Video Hook-Ups.
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