If you told me 10 years ago that metal would make up 95% of my iPod, I would've laughed. I grew up on the classics; Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, you name it, and it was there. Metal was something that scared me and I couldn't think of anything worse.
Originally, a friend showed me what would start it all, the classic ballad, "Fade to Black" and the heavy, "For Whom the Bell Tolls". At first it was a mystery to me how anyone could enjoy this music, but as the days went on my curiosity grew and within the week I had bought my first album ever, "Ride the Lightning". It wasn't until I dug through the dusty album collection in the closet that I found what would change my life and still remains to be my favourite album, "Master of Puppets." From the acoustic opening of "Battery" to the closing note of "Damage Inc.", I was hooked, learning every note and playing it front to back hundreds of times.
"Rust in Peace" would come next, (yes both bands are good). Like "Master of Puppets", was mind blowing in its song writing, speed and technical playing. My tastes for more intensity and heavy playing were growing, and that was satisfied when "Slayer" came into the mix. But things took an even more exciting turn when I decided to buy an album purely based off its cool cover, which I would soon find out was the game changing, "Cowboys from Hell". Nothing could prepare me for what would happen over the next 45 minutes, and in awe I went back to that same store the next day to buy the other albums.
Since those days I have seen just about every band under the sun, met their members, learnt the songs, memorised every drum beat, guitar solo and lyric, continue to buy CD's and am always searching for the next best thing. The second chapter of my journey has seen a change in taste and currently it is dominated by bands such as; "Behemoth, Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Dream Theater, Opeth, Decapitated, Gojira", to name a few. As I grow more in love with the genre I can only continue to get excited for where it will take me.