Brett Kihlmire – Editor-in-Chief
An award winning journalist, Brett is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, possessing a BA in History and Journalism. Entering the field of journalism in his junior year with an invitation to join the UWM Post, Brett quickly climbed the ranks, becoming co-editor of the Post’s entertainment section by his senior year. He attributes his success to his near constant coverage of the local heavy metal scene. As such, he is a longtime, die hard fan of heavy metal. His first heavy metal album was Metallica’s “Black” album, which he discovered in the mid-1990’s. Discovering a passion for heavy music, he graduated to the likes of Slipknot, In Flames, and Machine Head by the new millennium. Today, Brett remarks that some of his favorite bands are Sabaton, Ghost, Battle Beast, Iron Savior, The Lords of the Trident, Hammerfall, Delain, Iced Earth, and Amon Amarth. Outside of heavy metal, he is an independent filmmaker, novelist, screenwriter, and home brewer. The latter of his hobbies have led to his own column at Urban Milwaukee: The Dial, entitled ‘Beer City,’ which he ran for a year before pursuing Metal at the Gates full time.
Shannon Reardon – Associate Editor
Currently a student at Delaware County Community College, Shannon is pursuing her passion of writing with a major in journalism. Following closely behind that is a passion for music, especially rock and metal. Since playing music wasn’t ever in the stars, experiencing and writing about music has always been her plan. Writing for Metal at the Gates should be a fun and rewarding opportunity.
“The best way to learn about a person is to see what kind of music they listen to.”
Simon Conradt – Talent Scout
Hi, I´m Simon and I am a metal addict from Southwest Germany. I am married and the father of two children, both at the beginning of their Metaltrip. My first Album I ever heard was Metallica’s Black Album. It was love on the first listen. Since then I’ve come across many bands, but my absolute favorite is Iced Earth. The powerful and galloping riffs make me feel really energized. I’m personal friends with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, whom I see at many festivals in Europe. Due to my connections I act as a talent scout and live reporter for Metal at the Gates, but I never forget to bang my head!
Matt Drummond – Staff Writer
A Chicago lifer, I don’t have any fancy degrees to put on my list, but what I do have is over 25 years of experience in the heavy metal scene. My claim to fame in high school was tricking my history teacher into playing ‘Angel of Death’ in class because of its relevance to WWII. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something they gave degrees out for. Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ is the album that really made me come to the understanding that heavy music had embedded itself in me. There’s a few things I can guarantee, first if you’re around me for any length of time you will hear a ton of Slayer. Second, where we are doesn’t matter, and I don’t care if your shirts tucked in. Slayer’s gonna play so bring on the dirty looks. I don’t try to understand my love for heavy metal, I just embrace it. It’s a huge part of who I am, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. If you haven’t stood in a pit, looked around, and thought “it feels good to be home”, than you wouldn’t understand. Short list of favorites: Pantera, Slayer, Caliban, Chimaira, Hatebreed, Deicide.
R.I.P. Dimebag and Jeff Hanneman you are missed
The Black Metal Bitch – Staff Writer
While not a professional anything, Nicole is a die hard fan of the extreme underground metal scene with a particular love of the United States Black Metal scene. She has been blogging, writing, and promoting black metal bands since 2013 with her Facebook page, United States Black Metal Militia. Nicole plays bass, loves to write, and has a morbid love with death and the occult, which makes her the perfect fit to cover our Black Metal market. She grew up just outside of Worcester, Massachusetts and at 13 years old dove into the heavier side of the metal underground when she found her first Cannibal Corpse album, “Eaten Back to Life”; it was all downhill from there. Some of her favorite bands are Cold Northern Vengeance, Lightning Swords of Death, Kult of Azazel, Nachzehrer but calls Slayer her all-time favorite.
Elliot John Doe – Staff Writer
Born and raised in London England, Elliot graduated from Welwyn Garden City College with a B-Tech first diploma in Music and 3 NCFE’s in English, Media and Music Practice. After years of playing in many different bands he moved to Wellington, New Zealand in 2007.
In 2015 Elliot resurrected his first band ‘Go On Dying’ playing Guitar and Vocals, with their debut self titled EP currently being mixed and mastered by Matt Tarach of Joey Jordison’s ‘Vimic’, due for a 2016 release.
An avid fan of all genres of music, Metal is at the forefront of his musical tastes . Playing, Writing, Listening and watching anything Metal related is where his passion lies. His favourite bands include: Marilyn Manson, Coal Chamber, Kittie, Cradle Of Filth, Hypocrisy, Devildriver, Rob Zombie & My Ruin.
Kelly Schroeder – Staff Writer
Bookkeeper by day, metalhead by night. Somewhere in there, Kelly is also a wife, mother of three mini-metalheads and a multi-faceted musician. Though primarily a vocalist and keyboardist, she fills in on other instruments as needed in various musical pursuits. Although enthusiastic about writing and music since an early age, she holds no degree or much formal education in either field. Amongst her favorite music and influences you would find bands such as Nightwish, Savatage, Opeth, Xandria, Helloween, and Simon and Garfunkel.
When not engaged in music, work, writing or parenting, Kelly enjoys all things Tolkien, dabbles in cosplay, practices stained glass work, and helps with the (slow) restoration of her creaky, old, historic district home.
Rainer Kerber – Staff Writer and Live Photographer
Hailing from the great nation of Germany, Rainer is one of the best assets to the MATG crew. Covering any European festival he can get a press pass for, he’s no stranger to the press pit or many of the big names in the European heavy metal scene.