Closing the TOM-chapter (2004 – 2018)

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It’s been very calm on this page and on the Thoughts of Metal front, as some of you will certainly have seen. My last review dates from 2016 (Solution .45 – Nightmares In The Waking State – Part II) and even then the frequency of reviews had decreased severely. Because my life has changed a lot since then, both on a personal and a professional level, it’s with a heavy heart that I have decided to close this chapter, a chapter that has provided me with an excellent opportunity to not only discover new music, but also to expand my horizons, to develop my writing skills, to meet great people, and so much more.


I could continue to wait until my muse decides to return from her sabbatical, but so far, no news. Time to move on, right?
I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I was presented and able to exprience, the contacts I established, the (free ) music (obviously, right?), and so much more. When I look at the list of bands, releases, interviews, … it’s a one of a kind experience, especially in a world with hundred of webzines, magazines, millions of releases and bands, and what not.
Metal still is a part of my life, I still love the music very dearly (as Primal Fear wrote: Metal is forever!), I just can’t devote any time any more to reviewing, no matter how much I like writing. As I wrote a few years ago, health also begins to play a role (eye-sight, you know, especially in this digital age where everything happens via screens: laptops, smartphones, and other devices).
Finally, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who believed in me and/or has crossed my metal-path: bands, artists, promoters, labels, fellow fans, … I love you all!
We’ll be in touch, one way or another. Here or at a show or elsewhere. Keep on rocking! \m/