Xametal.com is managed by two metal fans, Xavi and Mike. They are both different and like different stuff, but they have one thing in common, they are hardcore metal dudes. This site is a personal place for them to leave their online presence so the topics to be covered will vary in accordance to the mood of our two guys You can browse the site using the column on the left with the list of pages in the site.
Xavi is based in the USA while Mike is based in the UK. Despite their distances, they both keep a great friendship and try to meet up at least once a year in a new location.
I’m into vintage TV shows and movies. TV shows from the 1960s/1970s/1980s, you name it and I will probably know it. Pat of this website is me talking of those TV shows and series that have marked me, whether for good or bad. Other than that I’m into the bizarre, morbid and weird. I would say I’m a geek and I like to think deep into staff.
I’m married and have kids, and you would probably be surprised to know my age as guys my age don’t tend to have their own blog. I belong to the beat generation so keeping up with the times is part of who I am. Despite how open minded I am, I hate hipsters and the man bun hairstyle. I just think it’s worth saying. Other than that heavy-metal and dark-metal is a big part of my life and of who I am.
As a child I was drawn to the magic and mystery of the ancient landscape. Walks on Glastonbury Tor and family picnics on the stones at Stonehenge probably helped. University life was a welcome escape from an evangelical christian upbringing and for a while I considered myself atheist, though I was attracted by the sort of nature based mysticism which I found in writers such as Thomas Hardy, Herman Hesse and particularly John Cowper Powys.
Thereafter I settled into a vaguely pantheistic frame of mind, finding simple spiritual fulfillment in country walks, watching the sun set, listening to the sound of the sea and so on. About four years ago I came across Doreen Valiente’s Witchcraft for Tomorrow in a Lewes charity shop. Here was a nature based religion with no disagreeable dogma or exclusivity, emphasizing both feminine and masculine principles, and based on love of life, rather than fear of death. At once I realised that I was, and probably always had been, a Pagan.
I have loved playing folk music ever since I bought Robin Williamson’s English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Fiddle Tunes back in 1976. Recently I was reunited with my long lost original copy, and for some reason I opened the tattered back cover first. Inside the is a page entitled ‘Relevant Material’ . The book-list includes the following: The White Goddess by Robert Graves, The God of the Witches by Margaret Murray and Magic Arts in Celtic Britain by Lewis Spence. Sorry I missed the clues Robin, but I got there in the end!