Anabel’s teenage love for music manifested in her desire to photograph musicians and their various escapades. Having shot her very first musician portraits at the age of 16 and her first concert the same year, her music photography career began rolling very quickly. Despite the industry’s hardships and tumultuous statistics, Anabel persevered in her desire to be a part of the music industry, albeit in a photographic sense. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with hundreds of bands—from Grammy Award winners to local talent—creating visual content for their projects, albums, tours, and social media. Contributing to Outburn is a passionate hobby, helping promote the incredible talents in the industry!
Metal, pop punk, 80s Britpop, country, and even Jimmy Buffet and Barry Manilow, Brian Campbell is an equal opportunity consumer of music. Most everything is fair game depending on mood, but mostly, the heavier the better. From Megadeth, Korn, and Coal Chamber to From Autumn to Ashes, Killswitch Engage, and As I Lay Dying, Brian’s metal evolution is constantly evolving. He owns and operates Get Exposed Music, and has been covering the music industry for both print and digital publications since the late 90s, having written for outlets like Alternative Press, Maxim, Blender, Buffablog, Innocent Words Magazine, and Alter the Press to name a few. He also used to be a subscriber to Outburn Magazine, before it stopped printing (best album review section in the business).
Fun fact: In addition to music, Brian is an ardent supporter of craft beer and runs a local beer enthusiast club, Buffalo Beer League, in Buffalo. He is a beer blogger as well, writing for Artvoice, The Public, Step Out Buffalo, Buffalo News, and at his own website, www.buffalobeerleague.com. If you ever want to chat about craft beer, feel free to hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also lives in the country and owns a horse. He is always on the lookout for new music—feel free to recommend some on Twitter (@getexposedmusic), Facebook (@gemusic), Instagram (@gemreviews) or at email@example.com.
George Pacheco began his writing career in the late 90s, editing, producing, and distributing an independent fanzine titled Unhallowed for six issues. This took him down into the freelance rabbit hole, contributing to such publications as Imhotep, Blistering, and About.com before landing print magazine staff positions at Zero Tolerance in the U.K. and Metal Maniacs magazines, the latter of which saw him working in a contributing editorial capacity. A focus shift to film would follow not long after, with contributions to the websites Rock, Shock and Pop and 10kBullets, as well as with print magazines Video Watchdog and Rue Morgue.
George’s preferred metal genres tend to dwell within the thrash, black, and death ends of the spectrum, with particular interest paid to Swedish death metal of both the melodic and brutal variety. The traditional side of metal is also a favorite, with some all-time groups being Thin Lizzy, Metallica, and Iron Maiden. Elsewhere, George is a rabid cinephile and attempts to ingest as much fare from the 60s, 70s, and 80s as possible. Stuck in the past? Perhaps, but he’s excited to expand upon his relationship with Outburn after first being a part of the magazine’s print history.
In addition to being a knowledgeable freelance music journalist, Kelley Simms is also an accomplished graphic designer, illustrator and copy editor for several daily newspapers, magazines and webzines. Kelley has been writing for Outburn (print and digital) since early 2014, but his work has also appeared in many diverse publications such as The New York Post, Consequence of Sound, Hails & Horns, New Noise, Metalegion, Inside Hockey, InQuest and many others.
After penning hundreds of features and reviews over his 20 year career, Kelley mostly enjoys the opportunity to pass new quality bands and albums onto readers. From classic rock, to prog, to thrash, to death, to black metal and beyond, music runs through Kelley’s veins. When Kelley’s not writing, he’s drawing, playing his drums, listening to music, playing ice hockey, reading tons of underground metal magazines and doing yard work.