Hi, I'm Mark Steele. I'm best described as a 'noisy music enthusiast', such is my wide span of music that I'm into. I became disillusioned with mainstream music in my mid teens, or more importantly dance music that was doing the rounds at the time. I was 'converted' by a couple of school friends when I discovered the likes of Metallica, Carcass, Obituary, Paradise Lost and Sepultura; and passed the 'grand initiation' when I went to my first gig. Which was Sepultura touring 'Chaos AD' with Paradise Lost promoting the 'Icon' album as support.
By default, I would say that I'm specialise in death and black metal genres. However, my taste is broad and covers such artists like Ozric Tentactles, Steve Hillage, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield – and at the darker end of the spectrum with the likes of Emperor, Burzum and Darkthrone. Not forgetting all the genres and subgenres inbetween, including dabbling into post punk, darkwave and trad goth styles too (Play Dead, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Clan of Xymox, Xmal Deutschland to name but a few). In essence, I am part metalhead and part goth mix. Oh, and I also like some 1980s music, alternative, electronica, and classical too for good measure.
Over the years I've made various friends due to music and the whole alternative subculture, and I'm equally at home in the mosh pit, rock night, or goth night (I'm also an avid 'Whitby Goth Weekendophile' too).
Outside of music, I have a thirst for technology (installed from an early age due to my Father being a manager of a hifi shop as a young kid) and enjoy mountain bikes, amateur radio, and socialising with friends.
I'm a man who is opinionated and intelligent, but to some is grossly misinterpreted as having an attitude problem. Which is shown in my enthusiastic writing style, which certainly makes for compelling reading.