My Journey To Heavy Metal

I grew up with very little exposure to music beyond what my parents listened to. My dad listens to country "music" and my mom loves '80's rock, so that's mostly what I listened to, more from habit than from actual enjoyment. When I was in my first year of High School, I heard "Enter Sandman" by Metallica for the first time, and it changed my life. The hair stood up on the back of my neck, my pulse started racing, and I had the distinct feeling that something was happening in this music. I asked my friend who it was that played that song. He told me it was Metallica, and that they were a Heavy Metal band. I checked them out online, and found that I like most of their old stuff (Black Album and before) but not much else. I quickly found other bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and fell in love with their music. I found out quickly that there are about a million different subgenres of Heavy Metal, and explored as many as I could find. Death Metal, Black Metal, and Power Metal quickly became favorite subgenres of mine, and I developed an extreme hatred for Metalcore (it's basically generic rock with distortion and a backup screamer). The subject matter of Heavy Metal was so different from everything else I had heard. They weren't all about relationships or booze or sex. I listened to songs about politics and war, about feelings of rage or hate, about murder and Satanism, and even songs about Vikings and Ancient Egypt. There was and is so much variety in Heavy Metal, I loved it!

I began growing my hair out, wearing mostly black clothing or band t-shirts, and found a second family that actually understood me in the local headbanger community. My real family was none too pleased at this sudden change in behavior, but could tell I was happier, so they only put up a little resistence. I made a few attempts to start a band, but nobody in my area wanted to play Black Metal (only a few people knew what it was to begin with), so sadly it never happened. Years came and went, and I found other genres of music I enjoy, like the Blues and Classical, but Heavy Metal has remained my favorite form of music.
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3 Responses Oct 16, 2011

Interesting story... I want to add my own... enjoy!<br />
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My journey to Heavy Metal Music 2012<br />
I am very open-minded when it comes to music. All through the many years from my childhood to adult-age I listened to a variety of music, including pop, rock, classics and world music. <br />
Rock-wise, besides 'classic' rock, I liked ACDC, Alice Cooper, Gary Moore, Guns 'n Roses.<br />
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During the past few years my rock music taste shifted a bit to the harder / heavier side...<br />
I remember one day I went shopping to a mall in Warsaw / Poland; I was in the CD-department. I was looking for some specific world music CD. Over the speaker system they played a music which I fell in love with immediately, not knowing what album it was and by which artist. So I went to the DJ in the store and asked what music was being played. He told me it was the brand new album 'Whirlwind' by Transatlantic. I immediately bought that CD and listened to these songs very often during the next couple of days. I didn't clearly realize the genre was actually 'Metal'. That was in late 2010.<br />
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A major step towards Metal followed in early March 2012.<br />
It was late at night when my wife, who returned from a business-trip phoned me up, asking to pick her up from the railway station. Well, I jumped into my car and drove 2 miles to the station. On my favourite radio station, tuned in my radio, they started playing 'Turbo Lover' by Judas Priest. Of course, I had heard about Judas Priest in the past, but never digged deep into their music. When I listened to this old song, now, at the age of 51, this heavy metal guitar sound and the male vocals always blew my mind! I thought: Damn! Holy ****! I really love this music!<br />
On the same night I went to and listened to a couple of Judas Priest songs. I instantly downloaded (pay-download) a couple of songs from the Turbo lover album. The following week I bought a collection of 5 Judas Priest CDs. Whenever I had some leisure time, I listened to these songs; not all of these songs I liked equally. <br />
From that moment I knew that my current music taste was towards Metal. No doubt about it!<br />
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April 2012:<br />
On the street where my workplace is, I saw a billboard ad, advertising a contert by ACCEPT.<br />
Till that day I had not known that there is such a band; didn't know what genre their music would be. I was curious... went on and the song 'Stalingrad' popped up. I simply was fascinated! I checked out a number of other songs from the 'Stadingrad' and 'Blood of the Nations' album. On the next day I possessed 10 ACCEPT songs.<br />
I started reading entries on various internet platforms, looking for more information about the German Heavy Metal (Teutonic Metal) Band ACCEPT. I found what I was looking for... plus some additional info: somebody wrote, that he found, by coincidence, when searching for ACCEPT, music by other Heavy Metal Bands from Sweden... one of which was SABATON...<br />
What I knew before, was, that Sweden has a large number of Metal Bands... but it was the first time for me now to search Sabaton. The first SABATON song I encountered on youtube was 'Uprising'. <br />
'Uprising' is about the occupation of Poland and Warsaw by German Nazis between 1939 and 1944 and the Polish struggle for freedom.<br />
Listening to this song, I was almost paralyzed, sitting in my chair, the headphones on... I couldn't believe my ears! My heart started to beat faster... I was in (Metal)-heaven!<br />
On the next day, I downloaded more than ten SABATON songs on my portable pla<x>yer...<br />
SABATON lyrics are mostly about war - but there is NO glorification of war and violence!<br />
My favourite ACCEPT songs include: Kill the pain, Teutonic Terror, The Abyss, Shades on Death, New world coming, Stalingrad, Shadow Soldiers.<br />
My favourite SABATON songs include: Uprising, Cliffs of Gallepoli, 40:1, Long live the king, Primo Victoria.<br />
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The very latest discovery on my Heavy Metal journey is 'Powerwolf', a German-Romanian Band; their lyrics are in the spiritual-religious region... Their sound is just bombastical, mind-blowing! Besides the 'classical' Metal guitar, keyboard and drums, there is a choir and there are even organ-fragments.<br />
My favourite Powerwolf songs include: Sanctified with Dynamite, We drink your blood, Son of a wolf, Ira Sancti (all songs from the 'Blood of the Saints' album).<br />
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My Heavy Metal journey certaily isn't over yet... it may just have begun!<br />
One thing is for sure: It is the first time in my life for me to encounter a music genre which has such a deep impact on me in such a short time! I can't live without Metal music these days... I need to get my dose every day; when riding on the subway train, during lunchbreak at work and after work at home, on weekends, even during outdoor-camping in my tent at night. Maybe I am already Metal-addicted!<br />
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There are probably hundreds of Metal sub-genres, so many more things to discover... maybe too many for one lifetime (or what is left of my life, considering my present age...)<br />
As far as I know for today, my favourite Metal sub-genres are: Speed Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, Alternative-Metal. Let's see where this journey leads me to next...

m/ Ameenn for Heavy Metal. ^-^<br />
I love every bit of it.