I was excited to discover this forum a few weeks ago, and have been lurking and reading threads for a while. Decided I would take the plunge and sign up. Seems like a one-of-a-kind community.
I started playing guitar when I was 11, but never got very serious about it. Took a long hiatus (6 years), and have been drawn back into it partly from a burgeoning love for metal. My original gateway drug to heavier stuff was CoB, and I still fookin love 'em -- yes, even some of the newer stuff! Long before that I was enjoying Iron Maiden, early Metallica, and some of the other classics.
What else... I'm currently living in Nashville, TN. Grew up in Budapest, Hungary. I'm working on alternate picking exercises lately (Gilbert/Petrucci/Laiho dvds.) And I'm going to see Steve Vai next Tuesday.