I'll give it a try.
Got into powermetal about 10-12 years ago, eventually moved on to death, black, folk, while cruising the heavy/thrash scene too. Last few years I havn't listen to exclusively metal anymore, prefering 60s-80's classics, but, metal has been a huge part of my life for a very large part of my life
Seen about 150 major bands on stage, as well as countless non-signed bands in my youth. (lol listen to me, I'm turning 27 and already talking about "in my youth"...