MY HEAVY METAL JOURNEY \M/
During the mid seventies to the early eighties, Heavy Metal began to form a pillar of iron. Beginning with Black Sabbath, the "Grandfather's of Metal," in just about every ones opinion...Heavy Metal began to branch out with light speed. During the late seventies and early eighties...the British Wave of Heavy Metal was taking the world by storm. I was only four years in 1980...but I can still remember when AC/DC released "Back in Black." My father made such a big deal about buying that album. It marked the return of the Band with a new singer, after parting ways with Bon Scott and the emergence of Brian Johnson as its Frontman. At that time, I did not know what Heavy Metal was or even had a clue what the different styles of music were. Bands such as Iron Maiden, KISS, Judas Priest, DIO, Motorhead, Van Halen, Def Leppard and many more began to make waves in America as well as Europe.
For the sake of not making this a boring drawn out history lesson, I am not going to get anymore into the definition of the roots of Metal. All that I know is, my first Metal album was Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses in 1987. I was merely an eleven year old kid trying to find my way through this ever changing world. Guns N Roses quickly became my first "favorite" band. I quickly began to build a collection of audio cassette tapes, as CD's were not out yet. My catalog spread like a disease and I soon had over forty Tapes. At that time, I was still in Christian School, so this type of music was frowned upon. Pretty soon, my mother stumbled upon my collection , and soon my set morphed into a measly five tapes, as my mom threw the other thirty-five out. WHAT??!!! I could not believe it...it was like I lost my new best friend. I would liken it to someone today being an avid Facebook junkie and then having it stripped away from them like a tornado.
Anyways, as the years went by, CD's were invented and became the popular choice for most music fans. Not only did my CD collection increase, my tastes in Metal Music filtered out and I was finding all of the traditional sub-genres of Metal...British Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Glam, Stoner Metal, Speed Metal, Alternative Metal, Power Metal, Industrial Metal, ETC. The sub-genres continue to evolve to this day and I would no be able to tell you everyone nor do I care. I just know what I like.
My first love was Glam Metal...beginning with Motley Crue, Poison, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Warrant, RATT, Queensryche, WASP, Winger, Autograph, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake...the list is too long. These were the bands that I could not get enough of. I was mostly a Motley Crue and poison fan but I developed a natural love for all of these bands as well as their CD's. During the same time, I was heavy into Van Halen, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and Skid Row.
Then it happened...my neighborhood buddy introduced me to a band that I had never heard of and from there it was all over. The Band was Anthrax. The CD was an EP...I'm the Man. And the song was "Im the Man." I can remember it like it was yesterday in his back yard. We blared that CD over and over again. After this, I became a Thrash Metal Maniac. I went out and bought every CD I could get my hands on. I started with Megadeth "Countdown to Extinction", and Metallica "The Black Album." After this it was every thrash band...Testament, Overkill, Slayer, Metal Church, and likewise this list began to grow. Then as the music continued to evolve...so did I. Now I was listening to Alice N Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Faith No More, Slipknot and Sevendust to name many. I loved everything "Metal."
Yes...I am and always will be a true METAL HEAD, as my friend Cheryl always reminds me. However, this does not mean I do not like other music. I enjoy all facets, including RAP, Classic, Blues, Country, basically anything that I can jam too. However it always goes back to Metal. Then it was Nirvana, Pantera, God Smack, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Typonegative, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Disturbed, Death Angel, and Linkin Park. Every year I have developed new likes and dislikes as far as Metal Music. However, I still traditionally am pulled to the eighties/nineties Glam, Speed, Thrash Alternative, and Industrial Categories. Like today, I really enjoy the Band Volbeat. I also like Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Hell Yeah, Lacuna Coil, Black Label Society, and many others. However, its no secret that "early" metal is back on the rise.
I mean, Black Sabbath just released a brand new studio album, "Thirteen" last year. WOW! In case you have not heard this album, get it now! AWESOME! KICK ASS! BADD ASS!!!
These would be just a few adjectives I use to describe this new album. As of today, my CD collection stands at 575 CD's and counting. I have another 3,000 songs on my IPOD/Iphone. Yes, I am a music junkie. Although music is available at the touch of a button, I still enjoy purchasing CD's because I like the artwork and reading the lyrics and credits...call me old fashioned. I have started sets consisting of my favorite Bands. Right now, I own every CD by the following bands: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Slipknot, Testament, Iron Maiden, Alice N Chains, Anthrax, Bullet For My Valentine, AX7, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Lamb of God. I am always continuing to build upon my sets. The next sets I will have complete are Ozzy and Black Sabbath, including all Ozzy and DIO releases.
However, I always forget bands when mentioning my favs. I am a huge fan of the Big 4, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Guns N Roses. I hold these bands at the highest standard. The next would be a step down. I am loving all of these comeback tours and new studio albums. Metal is alive and well FOLKS!!!! I see it in the neighborhoods. I see it in the workplace. It's in the schools. Its everywhere! I also attribute the reemergence of Guitar Hero...the popular video game...MTV, VH1, Facebook, Pandora, You Tube and all of the other social media outlets. Well, this was a quick path through my Heavy Metal Journey.
I am sure we all have our own tales and war stories. All of the albums, concerts, tours, festivals, etc. Heavy Metal will always be one of my passions and music is one of my defining attributes. Besides listening to music, I have this Blog which I WRITE ABOUT METAL. I read all kinds of books and am even currently taking guitar lessons. I also write Lyrics....
MAYBE I DID MISS MY CALLING!
I will leave you with a video of one of my new favorite Bands...Steel Panther. Check them out coming to a town near you!!