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Thought I’d ask this question as I have noticed that I have a couple of albums that fit this criteria, however the one that I think of the most would have to be Judas Priest’s Stained Class, at first I didn’t like the album at all, nothing resonated with me and I just didn’t think it was anything special, it just bored me which is crazy as now it is not just one of my favourite JP albums but one of my all time favourites. I think it’s because at the time I remember being told by a lot of people that it was their best album, and when I listened to it at first for whatever reason it didn’t really seem like it to me.

Do you guys have any examples to share?

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Yes, lots. Some of my absolute all time favorites took me a while to get into. My Dying Bride's Turn Loose The Swans didn't click for a year or two, and then one day I had it on headphones while walking around a local public garden in late afternoon and everything just came together for me. I didn't think much of Opeth when I first heard Morningrise, and then a couple months later I was listening to it every day. Ghost Reveries took me something like seven or eight years to enjoy; same with Borknagar's Empiricism. Katatonia's Discouraged Ones and Viva Emptiness both took repeated listens for me to dig, I couldn't stand The Fall Of Hearts when it first came out, Bethlehem's Dark Metal grew on me pretty significantly, Gorguts' Obscura gave me a headache the first time I heard it, Death and Enslaved in general took years for me to warm up to. Couldn't stand Type O Negative or Tool the first time I heard them (Bloody Kisses and Undertow respectively). I vaguely recall completely hating Parallels by Fates Warning in the 90s, and I fell in love with it at some point over the past couple of years. Several others come to mind as well. This is why I always go back to albums I still don't enjoy. I've had my mind changed enough times that I really never know how or when something's going to click for me.

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Rotting Christ's AEALO album. I was listening into a friend's house, Demonon Vrosis was playing on the Stereo and I was like What The F is this guy listening to.....Nowdays Rotting Christ is one of my favorite bands and AEALO is one of their masterpieces. Till this very day I remember him of that day and we laugh together. Those times were good

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Yep, several.

When I first heard Testament it was during the New Order era. Loved that album and its successor Souls of Black. When Practice What you preach came out, I was underwhelmed. It now, however is in my top three from them.
Low was a similar reaction. I thought that it was such a different sound from them and nothing like their previous album, The Ritual. It has grown on me and now I have several songs that I listen to in a regular basis.

Another one was Maiden's Seventh Son album. After being exposed to them via the Somewhere in Time album, SS was a strange composition to me. Not just the concept part but the writing arrangement etc. After leaving it alone for quite some time, I revisited it and really enjoy that album now.

Slayer's Devine Intervention was in the same boat. Once you get past the ridiculous first track Killing Feilds, the rest of the album is really good.

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I’m a routine fool for this type of thing. Without detail, here are some albums I’ve struggled with but have come to love, sometimes years after release:

Kampfar - ‘Mare’

Dimmu Borgir - ‘Eonian’

Katatonia - ‘Night is the New Day’

Marduk - ‘La Grande Danse Macabre’

There are a thousand others but I can’t think of them at the moment. 

 

 

 

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Speaking of Mayhem, it took me a while to like A Grand Declaration of War.  The first several times that I listened to the album, I was totally thrown off by how weird it is.  I listened to it without realizing that it represented a deliberate attempt to reinvent the band's sound, so I had expected it to sound like Chimera.  I have never been a fan of spoken word, and was initially really disappointed by Maniac's vocal delivery.

Now, though, I have grown to like it more than any other Mayhem release, and I think that that was because it was so different from anything they (or any other bm band) have ever done.  It is a work of genius, and such things can often only be recognized for what they are after spending a great deal of time with them.

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A lot of interesting additions guys, thanks for your input, while I can’t relate to a lot of these (not mad about Black Metal) I can relate to you @audiophile, SSOASS by Iron Maiden to me when I first listened to it sounded radically different to the rest of their stuff to me, this was about the time I’d just got into metal, and when I heard it I thought (naively) “this album sounds too soft” and nothing interested me, however after I listened to their previous albums and Somewhere In Time, I went back to Seventh Son, and I now I love it.

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Emperor's "In the Nightside Eclipse" is probably the best example for me. I never liked that album when I first heard it. For years afterwards I'd re-visit it and react the same way. I finally took the time to sit down and really listen to it one weekend and these days don't get why I never liked that record in the first place.

 

Deathspell Omega's "Paracletus" is another one. It was way too weird for me at a time when I was just getting back into black metal. The more I listened to it though the more it grew on me. Wow now I want to listen to these albums again...

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Sepultura - Against.

I think this might have been largely due to Max Cavalera leaving the band. He is such an icon and was really hard to imagine Sepultura without him. I did obviously buy the album when it was released, and in time learned to enjoy it. Not as much as Max era albums, but it was decent enough to give it quite few hours in my record player. It´s not something i re-visit as often as older Sepultura stuff, but i do every couple years or so.

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Metallica's ride the lighting I did not like at all to begin with. I just gave up listening to it which is crazy. next time I listen to it a few years later  I was blown away and is my favourite of there album's although puppets and kill em all are not far behind. Same here re early opeth. I liked orchids but not massively as the music was very different to anything I'd heard before. After a few listens I really liked it though and there first couple of album's are some of my favourites. Gojira's magma album I thought was very average to begin with but after some play through  I really liked it. 

Early sepultura I overlistened on them and I don't listen as much as I used to. When I first heard chaos ad I hated it but it soon became my favourite after a few listens then again it was the first metal album I heard. Chaossssssssssssssss adddddddddddddd👻🍻🍻🍻

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