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Episode Info: As this is the first episode of Nerdometrics, a little explanation is in order.  Nerdometrics is our attempt to use statistics and measurements as they apply to our favorite nerdy things: music, science fiction, comic books... and anything else we can think of.  Seriously, if we think we can pull off an episode on old-school Dungeons and Dragons we're going to do it.   We'll tackle a different topic every episode - different topics will warrant different styles of measurement.   ME   I write a Giant Monster Comic (Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown), am part of a funk band that's released albums on different record labels (Big Pimp Jones) and collect a bunch of things. For the metrics side, I have an MBA and an undergrad degree in Economics. This is the only way I can think of to put those degrees to use.   EPISODE 01: EPIC METAL   For the first episode we turn our attention to the great expansive landscape of Epic Heavy Metal. There are many challengers to the throne, but what is Epic Heavy Metal song of all time? To give me a horn-throwin' assist I turned to my cousin Jon Palombi, owner of an 1,000-piece Heavy Metal music collection (that peaked much higher than that) and an attendee of hundreds of metal shows.   Jon and I preselected the songs first; we combined memory / knowledge, then whittled the list down to what we thought was the one entry from each band with the highest potential score. Just to make sure there weren't any glaring ommissions, I researched the music even more and added a few songs to the list.  By then, we had ourselves a list. Also - Iron Maiden, who may have been the most instrumental band in popularizing epic metal, was granted two entries. It only felt right. So with that, here are the finalists up for judging on 'Epicicity':   Soldiers of the Wasteland - Dragonforce The Odyssey - Symphony X Pull Me Under - Dream Theater Clenching the Fists of Dissent - Machine Head Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden Hallowed be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Call of Ktulu - Metallica Prelude to Madness / Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage Halloween - Helloween Overkill II - Overkill &nbs

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