Good topic. I didn't get into metal until college. My parents had pretty narrow tastes in regards to popular music (mostly older country and western), so I played catchup during most of my youth. I was listening to classic rock when my classmates were listening to grunge and alternative, then when I belatedly fell in love with Nirvana and Alice in Chains, they had moved on to rap, hip-hop, and nu-metal. I got into proper metal through Metallica, Dio, and various power metal outfits, which was catalized by Guitar Hero, although my tastes had been drifting heavier already. Then I was drawn to the diversity of the genre, discovering things such as progressive-metal, melodeath, and folk-metal. Aesthetically, metal best fits what I like in my music, my ideal rock band approximates something like a Dream Theater or a Judas Priest. And while I'm on the outskirts of the metal scene, I treasure the history and quirks and wrinkles of the metal community in ways that I'm not attached to any other area of music.
Opeth, Symphony X, Dream Theater, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Elvuitie, Epica, Nightwish, Arctic Monkeys, Cream
I don't know how, I just did.
Purificame...no me abandones.....
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(more) Wolfmother [ ]
(more) Lynyrd Skynyrd [ ]
It went through a year time through the following bands(All the groups are bands I still enjoy).
Black Sabbath->Iron Maiden/Judas Priest/Random Stuff on VH1->King Diamond/Mercyful Fate briefly from watching Clerks II->Atheist by the influence of the metal archives which led to Cynic and Death. (Along the way was bands such as Dream Theater, and Spiral Architect).
Now I can appreciate quite a lot of metal although they're some metal sub genres that I haven't really looked at.(Black, Doom, and I haven't really explored the genres I have listened to now that I think about it).
I wish to be a magician of words!
When I was a kid, everytime I went on errands with my mother I listened to her hippie music in the car. Which don't get me wrong, gave me appreciation for liking all kinds of music. But when home, I was watching MTV (back in the day when they played music videos! Yeah I'm that old!) And at the time such bands like Guns N Roses or Ratt were consider metal. I loved how it made me feel and that was alive. But what really tipped the scale was when I saw the video for Wish by Nine Inch Nails. (ok so it's "Industrial" but lets not split hairs) I loved how angry it was and I thought "Cool! it's ok to be angry!" And it made me feel more alive. I guess I have always like the fact that its something I can listen to if I'm angry, or have a sudden burst of energy. But mostly, I just like the look on people's faces when I'm stuck in traffic with the windows down and blasting something like Pantera. Priceless! PS the cops REALLY hate Danzig!
I got into after I heard bands like Tool and Dream Theater and then I went back to some of the earlier metal acts that influenced them. Now I really like judas priest, metallica, and megadeth.