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    Metal Awakening

    Most of us didn't pop out of the womb rocking Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Opeth or Nevermore albums. On looking back, I know that at first, my music consumption was passive - Dad spun some vinyl or the car radio was on and I could listen to stuff. Then I started choosing which FM station I'd wake up to, and then I realized I could actually buy the discs of the artists I liked.

    Then I realized I could buy albums other than the ones sporting the latest hit singles.

    Then I realized that there were bands that weren't even on the radio, and things went uphill quickly from there.

    In three songs, show the stuff you were into before you got hooked on metal and your transition to the dark side.

    I thought this was intensely heavy.
    [VIDEO]]YouTube - The Cranberries - Zombie[/VIDEO]

    I had to dig deep to find this album; I was probably 13. Remember Full Throttle? The Gone Jackals did the whole soundtrack.
    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Full Throttle - Opening Song[/VIDEO]

    The Mortal Kombat Soundtrack finished me off.
    [VIDEO]]YouTube - What U See/We All Bleed Red - Mutha's Day Out[/VIDEO]
    Making metal every night and day.

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    I was fortunate enough to have an older brother who listened to the Police, Journey, Dokken, XYZ and oodles of Twisted Sister, so I got off easy.

    I was 10 years old in 1986, and Atrace got me Reign in Blood for Christmas.

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    For me, I was 14ish and at the Boy Scout National Jamboree (don't judge.) Someone gave me a burned disc that had about half of Metallica's S&M album on it. That was it. Before that I had pretty much listened only to classical.

    My next band find was, predictably, Apocalyptica (merger of Metallica and cellos) and then I heard a few Trans-Siberian Orchestra tracks, some of which were labeled as Savatage. When I was 15 or 16, I was at a summer camp in Saratoga Springs, and I went into a CD store and bought Savatage's "Dead Winter Dead" and TSO's "Beethoven's Last Night." That was it, I was hooked.
    Too much focus leads to tunnel vision
    Too much faith leads to religion
    Too much knowledge leads to confusion
    Too many guitar lessons lead to jazz-fusion

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    metallica and dream theater are the first band i really listened to. before that, when i was little my old man had a record collection and i listened to a lot of journey and foreigner
    Confront and Cry

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    Fine, be that way.

    Here's the extent of my pre-metal listening:

    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Mussorgsky - Night On Bald Mountain[/VIDEO]

    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Elgar Cello Concerto 1st mov.[/VIDEO]

    Also, my mother raised me on musicals. This was always my favorite:

    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Phantom of the Opera Overture[/VIDEO]

    Note the epic nature of all the pieces above. It's not hard to see how I ended up loving Savatage, TSO, and power metal of all sorts.

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    I was fortunate enough to have got straight into metal as well. My parent's liked Jazz and some rock (which I hardly ever noticed) but our neighbour's kid was a hippie who played guitar and listened to stuff like Zep, Deep Purple, Janis Joplin, CSNY, Sabbath, Floyd, Steppenwolf, Hawkwind, T Rex, ELP etc all the time. I'd often hang out with him & watch him play. I remember listening to the Scorpions & Black Sabbath when I was 11 yrs old..those were the bands that introduced me to metal. ....never turned back since.
    "Everyone's got their own character, and that's the thing that's amazed me about guitar playing since the day I first picked it up. Everyone's approach to what can come out of six strings is different from another person, but it's all valid." ~Jimmy Page

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    This album by The Offspring was the first CD I ever got. I was 7.
    [VIDEO]]YouTube - The Offspring Genocide[/VIDEO]

    After hearing Don't Fear The Reaper on SNL in the Cowbell sketch, I started listening to BOC and they became my favorite band.
    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Blue Oyster Cult: This Ain't the Summer of Love[/VIDEO]

    Then I heard the live version of No One Like You by Scropions. I was hooked.

    Then I had some older friends my Freshman year of HS that showed me two songs:

    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Advent (1/2)[/VIDEO]


    [VIDEO]]YouTube - Children of Bodom- Follow the reaper[/VIDEO]

    The rest is history!
    Last edited by Lucky Seven; 10-04-2010 at 06:22 AM.

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