About

Who/What/Where/Why, but Mostly Why.

SO WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT, THEN?

A Writer That Has These Simple Goals…

 Firstly: 

To enjoy writing my opinion of great music in the hope you’ll check out the band.

To introduce you to artists you may have never heard.

To feature all levels of bands from the start ups looking for a first gig, to the Metallica’s of the metal and rock world.

To bring you as much legal free music as I can.

To never launch a scathing attack on a band.

So basically, on Normality Bites you will read honest, constructively criticised reviews. I don’t click bait. I’m not shite like that.

meme Ain't nobody got time fo datThat’s not to say albums that aren’t reviewed on here are rubbish and not worth the reader’s time, what it means is there just aren’t enough hours in the year to review all submissions!

Head over to my Contact page if you want to know more.

Secondly, this new site has ported over all the previous reviews from MetalMouth.Net which will shortly be discontinued. I found I spent too much time on news and organising things than writing, so I’ve started with a clean slate.

Thirdly, and probably most importantly, this site has specific sections for mental health issues and autism. I will be sharing my own struggles with both in due course but I am hoping you will join me so we can break down the stigmatized barriers together. I have been diagnosed with Autism after being completely unaware for 46 years.

At the very least, 1 in 4 people have issues with mental health so if you are one of the lucky 3, you will have friends and family who struggle either openly or inwardly. It is therefore imperative that everyone is aware of signs and learn how to support or at the very least, understand the difficulties faced by those who are suffering.

My personal belief is that Heavy Metal artists are more likely to suffer with Depression and related struggles. I have zero evidence to back this up other than personal knowledge of seemingly higher prevalence among friends and acquaintances. And this is why this site is here.

Enjoy the reviews. Swot up on mental health and autism. Then get in touch if you want to submit an article or opinion but in the mean time, as ever, Stay Metal!

FOX's METAL PREFERENCES. HANDY TO KNOW WHEN SENDING PROMO MATERIALS!

GOJIRA 100%
BEHEMOTH 95%
Death Metal 85%
Black Metal 85%
Groove Metal 80%
Sludge/Doom Metal 80%
Stoner Rock 70%
Prog Rock 70%
Punk Rock 60%
Prog/Tech Metal 60%
Classic/Vintage Rock 20%
Viking/Pagan Metal 10%
Symphonic Metal 0%
NWOBHM 0%
Glam Metal 0%
Hair/Sleaze Metal 0%
BabyMetal 0%

So what is “Normality Bites”?

Well, Thomas Hobbes defined “reality bites” fairly well.

Speaking of a life lived outside the strictures, rules, and norms of “civilized” society, Hobbes described that life was one of “continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”.

You might say, “Well, that’s a good description of life outside of society. But being ‘In’ and ‘accepted’ by society, surely life doesn’t bite?.” My response: Life within “normal” (Read as: Neurotypical) society may not bite as much as a life lived outside society’s strict and biased rules and regulations, but it still bites!”

‘Normal’ voices say, “Conform, be like us, and you’ll be happy,” whilst your Autistic inner voice says, “But I march to the beat of a different drum! I want to express myself. I have to chart my own course. I am unable to be like you. And I don’t want to be like you.”

Sometimes that march is a very lonely one. Current Estimates suggest around 1% of the human population are Autistic, but that could be higher as diagnosis improvements are increasing, albeit not as quickly for females who remain woefully underrepresented in this picture.

It is the expectations of the remaining 99% of the population trying to force, cure or otherwise castigate those on the Spectrum into conforming with Neurotypical ‘Normality’ that truly bites!

As Henry David Thoreau said, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

— Normality Bites.