I’m only 31 and my metal journey started with whatever was on the radio in the late 80s/early 90s. Mostly glam rock/metal. Crue, Poison, Twisted sister and the Big 80s stuff. Which I really liked AC/DC in there as well. I didn’t seriously get into music until middle school, the 1st 2 CDs I ever purchased were And Justice for All & the Black Album. From there I picked up a lot of G&R AC/DC and other bands. Really got into Alice in Chains & Tool when the grunge stuff started. Tool May still be my favorite band of all.
I took a diversion in HS when a friend introduced me to Punk. NOFX, Bad Religion and Pennywise started it. I’m pretty sure it was the speed of the music, just so fast and raw. Rode the punk wave all through high school. Been to hundreds of shows and have seen pretty much everyone who has been large in the Punk Genre for the past 20 years. I’ve personally met most of NOFX, Bad Religion, H20 and Dropkick Murphy’s. Saw DKM twice on ST patty’s in Boston which was simply amazing.
In college I got back into metal. Best friend and roommate was a HUGE Metallica fan and got me back into it. Finally got around to seriously listening to RTL and MOP and kicked myself for not doing that sooner. Good god those albums are amazing. Same with Pantera, I remember seeing them on MTV back when they showed videos but that was it. But man on man their stuff really pounded
I also started listening to Iron Maiden at this time (oh where had you been all my life) I’m sure I had heard it before but never put it together. The writing of the music & lyrics just blew me away. Their songs were just epic. Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Alexander the Great, Hallowed be they name. Simply amazing music. From here I got more into bands like Sabbath, Dio, Alice Cooper & other big metal bands that I has missed. I had written off Sabbath as I really didn’t care for Ozzy, however once discovering Dio that all changed. Dios voice was and is simply unmatched.
While in college on Halloween I went to a Concert with Slayer, Arch Enemy & Hate breed – let’s just say that was an experience I will never forget. First real listens to some of the Growl. Some I like Some I don’t, but it opened me up to things later.
Sometime after college I found Nightwish (I think in a World of Warcraft video) and I really liked the symphonic sound. Found Epica, Within Temptation and After Forever. Really dug the female vocals.
Sometime after this and I’m not sure how it happened but I seemed to discoverd Blind Guardian and In Flames at the same time. Totally different styles of music but they propelled me. In Flames was prob the first MeloDeath I had heard and I really liked the vocals. Perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals, and yes I still love their new stuff even tho it is more metal core. It had to be the speed that really took me into death metal. I loved it from Punk and found it in metal.
Spurred me onto bands like Children of Bodom, Insomnium, Ensferum, Wintersun, Kuias,… I could go on. But apparently Scandinavia is hording all the metal bands. Blind Guardian got me to go back and listen to more power metal, Iron Savior, Savage Circus, Helloween, Sabaton, Man O War, Gamma Ray,…
That pretty much brings us to now. There are almost too many bands to list. And Carp I too love Opeth. I did not have a memorable moment about them but they just showed up and I’ve liked them ever since.
Really like prog metal. I own every Dream Theater album. Images and Words is in my all-time top 5.
I also really like modern metal, which most call Metal Core. Bands like As I Lay Dying, Between the Buried & me, Bullet for my Valentine, Protest the Hero and the like. There is a ton of great stuff out there now. Some really good stuff comming out of Australia. Be'lakor and Ne Obliviscaris to name 2
Edited by Sibuna - 1/16/13 at 11:55am