Eduardo Rivadavia (aka Ed Rivadavia) was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and by his late teens had already toured the world (and elsewhere), learning four languages on three continents. Having also accepted the holy gospel of rock & roll as his lord and savior, Eduardo became infatuated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and all things heavy, crude, and obnoxious while living in Milan, Italy, during the mid-1980s. At this time, he also made his journalistic debut as sole writer, editor, publisher, and, some would claim, reader of his high school's heavy metal fanzine, earning the scorn of jocks and nerds alike, but uniting the small hardcore music-loving contingent into a frenzied mob that spent countless hours exchanging tapes, talking shop, and getting beat up at concerts. Upon returning home to Brazil, Eduardo resumed a semi-normal existence, sporadically contributing music articles to local papers and magazines while earning his business degree. Finally, after years of obsessive musical fandom and at peace with his distinct lack of musical talent, Eduardo decided the time had come to infiltrate the music industry by the fire escape. He quit his boring corporate job, relocated to America, earned his master's degree while suffering the iniquities of interning for free (anything for rock & roll!), and eventually began working for various record labels, accumulating mountains of records and (seemingly) useless rock trivia in the process. This eventually led him back to writing, and he has regularly contributed articles to multiple websites since 1999, working with many different rock genres but specializing, as always, in his personal hobby: hard rock and heavy metal. To quote from the insightful 'This Is Spinal Tap': "People should be jealous of me...I'm jealous of me...." Eduardo currently resides in Austin, TX, with his wife, two daughters, and far more records, CDs and MP3s than he'll ever have time to listen to.
1974’s Best Heavy Metal Songs You Didn’t Know About
There's no way you already knew every one of these songs.
11 More of the Heaviest Hair Metal Songs
Like the Ratt song foretold, we knew you'd be 'Back for More.'
Pantera Albums Ranked
See how we ranked Pantera's studio albums, from weakest to strongest.
10 Best American Metal Bands
Loudwire picks the 10 greatest American heavy metal bands of all time.
40 Years Ago: AC/DC Release Their First Masterpiece, ‘Let There Be Rock’
It might be difficult to wrap your head around this concept, but AC/DC's rise to global stardom was both deliberate and challenging.
That Time Iron Maiden Got Futuristic With ‘Somewhere in Time’
For much of the '80s, Iron Maiden were an unstoppable metal juggernaut.
50 Disturbing Songs That People Love
You may be surprised by the disturbing nature of some of the songs you've been singing along to for years!
Van Halen Albums Ranked
See how we rank Van Halen's albums from weakest to strongest.
Bands That Led Zeppelin Should Consider Suing
Spirit's unsuccessful attempt to sue for plagiarism followed other charges of appropriation by Led Zeppelin, but what about when it's the other way around?
The Day James Hetfield Met Lars Ulrich
Pinpointing any band’s precise day of inception is often impossible, even a band as well documented as Metallica.
That Time Ozzy Osbourne Bit Off the Heads of Two Doves
As event intended to promote goodwill between Ozzy Osbourne and his label went horribly wrong.
How Iron Maiden Welcomed Back Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith
Iron Maiden welcomed fan-favored vocalist Bruce Dickinson back into the fold after a six-year absence.