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For me it all started just over 10 years ago when I was about 12-13.  I didn't really have much knowledge of the genre at all (Guns n Roses was about as close to metal as I had ever experienced) and didn't have any particular interest in any other kinds of music either.  I did a lot of online gaming back in the day (more specifically WoW 8-)) and a few of the guys I played with got into the habit of playing Linkin Park through their mics for the rest of us to hear.  This sounds laughable now but at the time this was pretty much the heaviest stuff I had ever heard!  One day I found myself in a record store and decided to pick up one of their albums.  I listened to it pretty much on a constant loop, and looking back that's really what planted the seed.  From that point I was driven to discover more of this heavy, aggressive sounding music, and eventually graduated to the likes of Metallica, Maiden, Ozzy, Motorhead etc.

 

Since then I've explored the various sub-genres of metal and even today my tastes range from Sabaton, Volbeat, Ministry, Obituary and Celtic Frost just to name a small few.  But that's the long and short of how I came to be a metal fan - from some crackly background music to Slayer mosh pits :wink:.  Naturally I've moved on from Linkin Park but will always give them credit for bridging myself and many of the younger generations as a whole into the world of metal.

 

Metal is a wonderful genre that speaks to me in a way that no other kind of music ever will.  And behind the heavy sounds and "don't give a fuck" attitude that we all know and love I'd be hard pressed to find a scene/sub-culture that fosters such comradery and inclusion among its followers as metal does.

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For me it was in late 2010 and early 2011 when my friends invited me to go to Download Festival with them, I hadn't really heard much metal before then so I checked out out System of a Down and Linkin Park as they were healdining that year and then checked out other bands like Metallica and Korn and I enjoyed what I was listening to so I continued to explore different artists and kept finding new songs, albums and artists that I liked.

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When I first got into metal depends on your relative definition of "into metal."

In 1996 when I was 12, I spent my allowance on Metallica - Load which came out that year, because I saw the Until It Sleeps video on TV and thought it was cool (yeah yeah, I know, I didn't know any better). I was later hanging out with a friend who was I think 15 at the time (knew him forever, our moms are best friends) and I told him about the album. He said "that's shitty new Metallica, you need to hear some of their old stuff!" He then played a few songs from the Black Album and Master of Puppets and I was hooked. Whenever I had the allowance and opportunity to go to the cd store I bought a new Metallica album, until I had all of them. I then checked out a few metal more bands like Megadeth, Pantera, Sabbath/Ozzy, and Tool. Throughout high school, I didn't add that many more metal bands to my collection, as I was listening to pretty much all forms of rock (including Nu Metal - I figured some of you would appreciate that distinction). I did consider Metallica my favorite band though.

In college, I became a huge jazz fan. I got really into playing music (alto and tenor sax) in both my school's band and some gigs at restaurants, took music theory classes, and attended jazz jam sessions when I had time. Jazz became my main indulgence (especially modal jazz, hard bop, and fusion). I then got into some progressive rock (Pink Floyd, Phish, Jethro Tull, etc.), which I was drawn to by the elements of jazz present in it. Subsequently, I checked out some progressive metal (Opeth, Mastodon, Dream Theater, etc.).

Throughout the rest of my 20s and early 30s (I'm 34 now), I was very eclectic, listening to many genres including metal, jazz, blues, progressive rock, classic rock, hard rock, alternative, hip hop, reggae, and so on, with jazz still being at the top. My metal listening mainly stuck to a dozen or so thrash, old school metal, and prog metal bands I was familiar with, except for a few times when I went on a metal kick and skimmed a bunch of bands over a couple weeks but forgot most of them and walked away with one or two that I stayed into (Amon Amarth, Kamelot, and Ghost came out these "metal kicks"). I would then get distracted before really gaining the metal familiarity/understanding that most metalheads I know have.

For the past month of so I have been on a huge metal kick, one much more intense than the previous ones. I think what triggered it was a chat about metal with a friend (who's a metalhead) over a few beers, when I realized that I enjoy metal too much to not be into that many metal bands and to not have really explored many of the different metal genres. I've been diving into a lot of metal genres, most notably melodeath, melodic black metal, and power metal, while dabbling in a few others. I feel like this metal kick is not going to be short and fleeting like the others as a lot of the new music I've been listening to has been REALLY clicking with me. 

Back to the question of when I first got into metal, it depends if being a casual fan as I have been qualifies as being "into metal." If so, the answer is 1996 when I was 12 with Metallica. However, if "into metal" means being a full-blown metalhead, and if I continue my current metal indulgence on a permanent basis, years from now my best answer may be March/April 2018. 

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On 4/26/2018 at 7:37 AM, gregsbrews said:

When I first got into metal depends on your relative definition of "into metal."

In 1996 when I was 12, I spent my allowance on Metallica - Load which came out that year, because I saw the Until It Sleeps video on TV and thought it was cool (yeah yeah, I know, I didn't know any better). I was later hanging out with a friend who was I think 15 at the time (knew him forever, our moms are best friends) and I told him about the album. He said "that's shitty new Metallica, you need to hear some of their old stuff!" He then played a few songs from the Black Album and Master of Puppets and I was hooked. Whenever I had the allowance and opportunity to go to the cd store I bought a new Metallica album, until I had all of them. I then checked out a few metal more bands like Megadeth, Pantera, Sabbath/Ozzy, and Tool. Throughout high school, I didn't add that many more metal bands to my collection, as I was listening to pretty much all forms of rock (including Nu Metal - I figured some of you would appreciate that distinction). I did consider Metallica my favorite band though.

In college, I became a huge jazz fan. I got really into playing music (alto and tenor sax) in both my school's band and some gigs at restaurants, took music theory classes, and attended jazz jam sessions when I had time. Jazz became my main indulgence (especially modal jazz, hard bop, and fusion). I then got into some progressive rock (Pink Floyd, Phish, Jethro Tull, etc.), which I was drawn to by the elements of jazz present in it. Subsequently, I checked out some progressive metal (Opeth, Mastodon, Dream Theater, etc.).

Throughout the rest of my 20s and early 30s (I'm 34 now), I was very eclectic, listening to many genres including metal, jazz, blues, progressive rock, classic rock, hard rock, alternative, hip hop, reggae, and so on, with jazz still being at the top. My metal listening mainly stuck to a dozen or so thrash, old school metal, and prog metal bands I was familiar with, except for a few times when I went on a metal kick and skimmed a bunch of bands over a couple weeks but forgot most of them and walked away with one or two that I stayed into (Amon Amarth, Kamelot, and Ghost came out these "metal kicks"). I would then get distracted before really gaining the metal familiarity/understanding that most metalheads I know have.

For the past month of so I have been on a huge metal kick, one much more intense than the previous ones. I think what triggered it was a chat about metal with a friend (who's a metalhead) over a few beers, when I realized that I enjoy metal too much to not be into that many metal bands and to not have really explored many of the different metal genres. I've been diving into a lot of metal genres, most notably melodeath, melodic black metal, and power metal, while dabbling in a few others. I feel like this metal kick is not going to be short and fleeting like the others as a lot of the new music I've been listening to has been REALLY clicking with me. 

Back to the question of when I first got into metal, it depends if being a casual fan as I have been qualifies as being "into metal." If so, the answer is 1996 when I was 12 with Metallica. However, if "into metal" means being a full-blown metalhead, and if I continue my current metal indulgence on a permanent basis, years from now my best answer may be March/April 2018. 

This is a great account of musical exploration. 

As you no doubt recognise, metal has so many strands and styles, with great bands at the peak of every genre, that there is a plethora of material out there waiting for you. Metal is truly amazing in 2018, looking back across the landscape through nearly 50 years of classics. 

 

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My parents were both metalheads, so I have always been around it, but the bands that stick out to me early on are Black Sabbath, Pantera, Slayer, Metallica, lots of old thrash. Then in my teens I transitioned into a lot of death metal and black metal. Death was one of the first bands that bridged me from thrash into death metal.

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