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03-09-2013, 10:56 AM
I was thinking the other day about bands that had a really big effect on me.I decided to create this thread wandering if anyone else would like to list their top ten most bands that had a real big effect on them music wise, life wise, and anything else that can be effected.I would also like to know why that band is so important to you, not looking for huge paragraphs and stories here, just a little info.Well here is mine:

Effect: Introduced me to a more heavier style of music.My love for heavier stuff was spawned from me listening to "One" the first time.

Effect: Told me that glam metal is not dead, in fact very far from it.Also made me actually want to discover underground bands, no matter what genre, and led me to discover lots of other new glam bands.

Effect: They introduced me to funk metal, and all of their albums have had a significant effect on my guitar playing.I now and from now on will always go to their first three albums for inspiration for guitar.

7.The Beatles
Effect: The Beatles tought me to not just always care about how fast you can play or how good your riffs are on guitar.They tought me to focus on the simple chords and progressions, and I'm a much greater guitar player because of that.

6.Blind Guardian
Effect: These guys introduced me to power metal, and really got my interested in heavier stuff again after a long time of not wanting to listen to it (besides Metallica of course).Nightfall In Middle-Earth in particler has had an effect on my guitar playing.On a side not I love playing the Imaginations album when I'm playing a rpg/adventure game.

Effect: Aerosmith really opened doors for me to discover other classic rock bands such as The Stones and Zepplin.Other than that, their bluesy style has probably had the most effect on my guitar playing out of all bands.

4.Bon Jovi
Effect: Bon Jovi was possibly the first rock band I ever listened to when I was in pre-school.Richie Sambora is at a tie with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford when it comes to guitar inspiration.This band has also released several albums that I've always listened to since forever, and they all bring back memories.

Effect: At a time when I was getting really into rock/metal, Stryper was introduced to me very early on in my musical journey.They were a christian band that played the music I liked, so it was kinda exciting for me when I was little because nobody was doing that at the time (I was not a fan of quote on quote "Christian Rock" so to say).These guys also led me to being introduced to the whole glam metal genre, and you can see what effect that had:D.

2.Van Halen
Effect: Van Halen, basically the band that made me want to play guitar.Their whole first two albums were what really started it all for me guitar wise.I still remember when I would go to my friend's once a week and try learn all the songs on both of those records, good times.

Effect: At the top spot, is Kiss.This is actually were it all started.They are the reason why I like rock/metal music, and I can't thank them enough for it.I was about 8 years old when I was flipping through OnDemand, when I found a couple of live videos by a band I once heard the name of, Kiss.It was Detroit Rock City, Strutter, Calling Dr. Love, Love Gun, and Rock And Roll All Nite from the the recently released at the time Kissology 2.These five videos made me go onto the internet and look up more, and that's when I became addicted.Those five videos are probably the most important videos that I watched of my whole life.

03-09-2013, 11:21 AM
Good thread. I'm not going to post in order of importance but in order of when they affected me.

Van Halen (1984?)
I’m not a big fan but my dad always tells me a story about when I was four years old and we were driving to my grandparent’s cottage. It was an hour and a half drive. He tells me that he had an audiocassette mix tape of stuff he’d recorded off the radio and that Jump was on it. And apparently I made him rewind and listen to Jump the whole drive there. So I guess it’s the first song I ever loved.

The Beatles (1987 or 1988)
The first band I ever listened to. At the age of seven my aunt bought me a compilation cassette by them called Rock & Roll Vol. 2, that was the first piece of recorded music I ever owned.

Nirvana (1991)
I liked the Beatles as a very young kid but that was pretty much it. Nirvana was the first band that made me start to really love music, made me start watching Muchmusic (Canada’s MTV) and start buying music.

Final Fantasy games (1991)
Not a band but maybe you could say Nobuo Uematsu, the composer? Favorite bands have come and gone but this is some of my favorite music ever spanning over twenty years.

Beck (1994)
Not a band, but an artist. He taught me that you didn’t have to just stick to one style. You could do everything on one album or sometimes in one song.

Nine Inch Nails (1994)
The first band that got me into music that wasn't just guitar, bass, drums and vocals. And the first band I listened to that was really experimental and more extreme, twisted and against the "norm".

Sepultura (1996)
The band that got me into really heavy music. A gateway band to the stuff I listen to today.

Faith No More (1997)
Same as Beck, but better.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2000)
They’re just my favorite band. I love everything they do. From their samples, to their artwork, to their image and to their music they can do no wrong. This may sound fucked up but when I first started listening to them I was very unemployed and very depressed. And they made me feel even sadder but took my mind off it as well.

Enslaved (2006)
I never went to many concerts between 2000-2006. But for whatever reason I went and saw Enslaved in early 2007. And when I watched them play I was like, “why the hell don’t I go to more concerts?” So I started going to more and was glad I did.

On a side note, a lot of people have a problem with lists and polls taking over this board (I remember one person in particular). But I really have no problem with it at all. In fact, I've found Wild and Young's, Mankville's and the other lists that have been popping up here lately to be really entertaining. This board has turned into a ghost town since the end of 2012 so keep it up.

03-10-2013, 11:30 AM
Here's a few of mine:

Slayer (2005) - My first really heavy band. I bought Seasons in the Abyss and Rust in Peace at an FYE in the local mall back when I was in the 10th grade, I remember I was a dollar short so I had to bum money off my dad. Why Seasons instead of South of Heaven or Reign in Blood? Well, Seasons didn't have a parental advisory sticker and it didn't appear to have any anti-religion songs on it which I wasn't sure if I could handle at the time. :eyes: Anyways, they really turned me on to thrash and other heavier genres. I don't listen to much death metal or anything but I do enjoy a few heavier bands and Slayer was the first.

Rush (2008) - Before I got 2112 I was strictly into metal and not really into hard rock so I didn't listen to bands like Led Zep, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Tull, Scorpions, etc. 2112 showed me that louder and faster definitely doesn't always mean better. My classic hard rock 'phase' started after I got into Rush and eventually shifted from a phase into just what my tastes were. I deleted a lot of my more obscure metal bands because I just wasn't that into them anymore and now a lot of those classic bands are among my absolute favorites.

And the big one:

Iron Maiden (mid-August 2004) - The fact that I roughly remember the time of the month I first heard Iron Maiden shows in itself that they're pretty big for me. :lol: Anyways, when I was 14 I used to love Nintendo games and I was on a Star Fox binge around that time. I was posting on a Star Fox message board and there was a Norwegian guy on there who listened to a lot of metal and was always posting in the music related threads. I thought the song titles from Iron Maiden sounded pretty cool and he raved about them quite frequently so one night I decided to check them out to see what they sounded like. I logged on to AOL Radio (:lol:) and waited until an Iron Maiden song came on.

The first song up was Infinite Dreams. I sat and listened to that song and was blown away. Once it had finished I couldn't decide if I absolutely loved it or if I was just blown away because it was so massively different to anything I had ever heard before. Prior to this I didn't listen to any music and I was raised on country and christian, I had only sparingly ever heard Kiss or The Beatles or freaking Bruce Springsteen or anything that was closely related to rock. So I didn't quite know how to process a heavy metal band like Iron Maiden. I thought I was in love but I wanted to be sure it wasn't a fluke before I started freaking out. So I waited for another Maiden song to come on and eventually Rime of the Ancient Mariner started (which I thought was a 4 minute song erroneously reported in the radio player as 14, how could a song be 14 minutes long?) and that's when I knew I was hooked.

It was drastically different from everything I ever heard and I loved it for that reason but I also knew I loved it because it was the fucking best. They've been my favorite band ever since that night a week or two before I started high school. I've spent thousands on them and traveled all up and down the Eastern part of the U.S. seeing them. this summer I'll be able to say I've traveled around the world seeing them.:light: I got into heavy metal because of them, I got into rock and roll because of them, I got into music period because of them.

tl;dr they're ok

03-10-2013, 11:37 AM
Iron Maiden

here's how it started for me

Cheers !

03-10-2013, 07:18 PM
System Of A Down (2002)
The first time my sister played this,I knew right away Rock music was my thing. My first Metal band but also the first band I said I actually liked. Steal This Album is still amazing as the first time i heard it.

The Strokes (2004)
Before the whole hipster thing,I was a HUGE strokes fan. I thought they fuckin ruled. Room On Fire is still important to me.

The Adicts (2005)
This is the band that got me into Punk and made be open to more of of my favorite bands around that time(Dead Kennedys,Misfits,Ramones). But it all started with them. Also my first show,and it started with Rockers Into Orbit(live) being borrowed in 7th grade.

The Germs (2006)
My all time favorite band. They showed me punk can be whatever the fuck you want it to be. Crappy vocals,fast music,and genius lyrics. I still worship this band. Fuck you're Street Punk/Oi! bullshit,this is punk rock.

Black Flag (2007)
One of the most angry,pissed bands ever. Holy shit i thought they were great with the first 4 dudes then Henry made this go a whole other level. DAMAGED.

The Locust(2009)
I see how people see this band as the Greenday of Grindcore/Powerviolence. I had never heard fast music,with random lyrics,and strange costumes like that before. This was alien to me and it made punk seem like the slowest shit ever. Noisecore at its finest. Still not ashamed to say they're one of my favorite bands to this day.

Suicidal Tendencies/D.R.I./Municipal Waste (2009)
All 3 affected me the same way. I seriously couldnt not just choose 1. All 3 made me open my mind more to Thrash and just Metal and all its sub generes in general. The fact They could mix Punk and Metal like that still blows my mind this day. I saw all 3 one in 2009. Still to this day some of my favorite shows of all time.

Slayer (2010)
Thee band. Luckily Crossover got me into the real deal. And Slayer was the band that that i fuckin loved. I still do. You can't just not love slayer,you just cant.

Anal Cunt (2010)
The band i was looking for. Speedness and noise as the locust/naplm death and as offensive as the mentors and gg allin. The worst band ever,and i loved em for it. There will never be another AxCx. Rip seth.

Deafheaven (2011)
Trve Hipster Black Metal. Never has a band touched me this emotionally. Not only did it make me love black metal way more,it just changed my life forever. I <3 DFHVN

03-10-2013, 08:05 PM
Great idea for a thread. Off the top of my head:

1. Styx - Growing up my Dad listened to country and my Mom listened to classical so whatever exposure I had to rock music began at school. In 1980/1981 "Paradise Theater" was the first record I ever bought. Soon thereafter I bought "4" and "Escape." To this day, I still love 70's arena rock.

2. AC/DC - About the time I was getting into Styx, "Back in Black" had been released and was all over the radio. By the time "For Those About to Rock" came out the next year I was a big AC/DC fan. They introduced me to music that was a bit heavier than most of the radio rock I was listening to at the time. Which led me to...

3. Judas Priest - When I bought "Screaming for Vengeance" in 1982 it absolutely blew me away. I didn't think I would ever hear anything faster or heavier than "The Hellion." Priest immediately became my favorite band and is still one of my favorites to this day.

4. Rush - The first concert I ever attended was Rush/Golden Earring on the "Signals" tour in February 1983. I was a big Rush fan then and now. Rush is probably still the band I've seen live the most times.

5 - 7. Anthrax/Metallica/Raven - I lump these three together because I bought "Fistful of Metal," "Ride the Lightning," and "All for One" right around the same time. Basically anything that was on Megaforce was alright in my book. These bands were my introduction to thrash (a genre I still love) and served as a gateway to more extreme bands. I still listen to their 80's stuff frequently and cherish the fact that I got to see them all live in the mid 80's when (to me) they were at their peak.

8 - 9. Venom/Slayer - I've seen a few of you guys mention that certain bands seemed scary to you when you were younger. That is the way Venom and Slayer seemed to me back in 1984/1985. In those pre-internet days there wasn't much information available about bands outside of the radio or mainstream rock magazines like Circus or Hit Parader. I wasn't religious, but reading the lyrics to albums like "Hell Awaits" or "At War with Satan" was a bit scary at the time. They seemed pretty evil, but I still bought all of their albums!

10. Thin Lizzy - By the time I was getting into Thin Lizzy in 1984/1985 they had already broken up and before long Philip Lynott would be dead (January 1986). I remember hearing about his death on the radio before heading to high school one morning and how much it saddened me. It still saddens me. I've seen Thin Lizzy numerous times over the years with their various reunion lineups but if I could go back in time and only see one live act, it would be Thin Lizzy with Phil. I still listen to Lizzy all of the time and the older I get, the more I appreciate Phil's music.

I still love all of these bands and, with the exception of Metallica, try to catch their shows whenever they come through town.

I'm glad this thread got started. It made me think back to when I first started listening to metal and brought back a lot of great memories. Good times...

03-12-2013, 02:54 AM
No real order here at all, except Priest and Van Halen being at the top.

1. Van Halen- The first album was one of the first CDs I ever bought and it's still my all time favorite album. Without it, I definitely wouldn't have such a huge love for hard rock and heavy music in general. I wrote my college essay to get into UCLA on how this album made me who I am today, and I still love every single DLR album (and 5150) to death.

2. Judas Priest - I was lame and heard You've Got Another Thing Comin' for the first time through Guitar Hero. But literally from the first time I heard it I fell in love with the downpicked chugging riff. When I was first getting into music and listening to a lot of classic rock, I'd listen to British Steel and Screaming for Vengeance all the time. I love all of their albums with Halford except Rocka Rolla and Nostradamus- the streak from Sad Wings to Painkiller is the most amazing in metal history as far as I'm concerned, and I love every one of those albums so much. It was when I decided to learn Judas Priest songs that I also started to get really good at guitar. Living After Midnight was the first full metal song I ever learned to play, and it just skyrocketed from there. Priest have basically been my favorite band since I was 14, and I doubt that'll change any time soon.

3. Kreator - Junior year of high school I was insanely overwhelmed with just a big variety of stuff. Hordes of Chaos, Violent Revolution and Pleasure to Kill were the soundtracks to my mental exhaustion, and also the super fun times I would have. It was both an outlet for the stress and frustration that I experienced that year, and the music that I would love to play in the car as my friends and I would adventure to In n Out. That year I also saw Kreator for the first time, and the Pleasure to Kill shirt I picked up was the first band shirt I wore that made me feel really special and unique among my peers. I wasn't just that metalhead kid anymore, I was that metalhead kid who would wear his passion on his sleeves, and not care what others thought. I still kind of feel that way whenever I wear that shirt.

4. Slough Feg - When I picked up The Animal Spirits during senior year of high school, I basically altered the course of my life forever. When looking for bands like Slough Feg, I ended up discovering bands like Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra, and Cormorant through sites like Pitchfork, Invisible Oranges and of course, this site. I always knew how amazing these albums sounded and that the bands were all from the bay, but I slowly began to see one name appear everywhere when it came to these bands: Justin Weis. When Dwellings came out in late 2011, I realized that Justin was a true master of audio engineering, and that I would do anything to be able to work with him. Long story short, that actually happened (that's a story for another day ;) ) and after working with Justin for a good while, I got to assist with the engineering of the upcoming Slough Feg album. This shit was cyclical as fuck. Without the Feg, I would never have met Justin, and who knows where I would be at as an audio engineer. Not to mention, every one of Slough Feg's albums rule, that's important of course!

I'll add more later when it isn't 4 in the fricken morning.

John The Drummer
03-12-2013, 12:35 PM
1. Rainbow
Rainbow was the first band that I ever remember listening to. I remember everytime "Man On The Silver Mountain" would come on the radio I would force my Mom to turn it up.

2. Rob Zombie
The first album I ever bought on my own was "Hellbilly Delux". I am not much a fan anymore, but I still have this album on my CD shelf and cherish it for being the album that I first got.

3. Slipknot
Yes, I was around in the almighty "Slipknot Era". As with Zombie, I am not much a fan anymore, I do enjoy a few songs, but overall it is just blah to my musical ear these days, but they were the band that started to get me more into the "heavier" music. Also, the Disasterpieces DVD was the DVD that inspired me to drum (Joey drum cam).

4. Slayer
Slayer is the band that really bridged the gap for me. I started with Slipknot, and then found Slayer. I had always known the name, but never the music. I believe the first song I ever heard from them was "Raining Blood" in the GTA: Vice City game, and I was hooked ever since. And with Slipknot, the drumming... THE DRUMMING!!! I knew what I had to be after listening to this beast.

5. Sepultura
Who the hell are these guys? I'll give them a shot. Those were my first words when I put in the "Heart of Roadrunner" compilation CD. I had no idea who Sepultura was, the name was cool, but that's all I could tell. Well shit... they are now one of my favorite bands ever. The first track I heard, Roots, got me hooked. Sure, this album is looked down upon, but the drumming... THE DRUMMING. It was insanely influencial and really opened my mind to everything outside of the normal metal drumming. Add some toms, add some tribal shit, be different.

6. Faith No More
FNM is most likely THEE band that helped me open my mind. Not everything I listen to has to be brutal, fast, heavy, etc, it can be more along the rock lines, and FNM helped me find that. After becoming so big on them I finally started to pay attention to Mike Patton's other projects, and realized how amazing he is at what he does.

I never liked BTBAM. I hated them. They sucked. They sounded like every other noodly tech death band out there... until I heard Colors. There isn't much I can say, other than my mind was blown, I had escaped into a whole new thing. It was amazing.

8. Absu
Everyone here knows how much I love Absu, and as for most of the other bands on here... the drumming. How can someone manage to do lead vocals AND drum with such intensity as well as technicallity? Proscriptor changed my whole perspective of drumming, as Igor did when I first got into Sepultura. It wasn't until recenetly that I revisited "The Sun of..." and realized just how amazing Absu actually was.

9. Melechesh
Most of these bands are about how the bands have affected my drumming, and this is no different. Melechesh brought me into a realm of Genies, Sorcerors, and.... Mesopotamian... Music :D. The fact that they can bring in some traditional rhythms and drum beats from Arabic styles is beyond me, but it is just so fucking amazing :rocker:

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Neil Peart. End of story. And after watching his most recent DVD..... :drool: . Could never leave out such an amazing band.

Sorry, quickly typing these up while on my lunch break. I'll probably re-read all of this and realize how terrible I wrote this up :D

03-13-2013, 03:48 PM
While these bands were important in the scheme of what I have listened to in metal through out the years they are not necessarily my favorite metal bands especially at this time.

Pantera – My all -time favorite band. I ended up being a mod on their official website and running the now defunct VinnieAndDime.com. I actually hung out with the boys on several occasions. Nice guys with lots of fond memories.

Guns N’ Roses – Back in my teen years when GNR burst onto the scene it seemed like very few other bands existed. I loved Appetite for Destruction and it helped turn me on to other bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Once Use Your Illusions came out my interested started to sour but those albums are very good too in their own right.

Metallica – Similar to Guns N’ Roses, I was in to Metallica. They were my favorite metal band until the black album dropped. The lack of thrash made me lose some interest although I still enjoyed their music.

Danzig – I was a huge Misfits/Danzig fan. Those first 4 albums were full of great riffs inspired by AC/DC and Black Sabbath. Back in the 90’s I loved that band with all of their cheesy satanic imagery. John Christ was a very underrated guitarist in my opinion.

Black Sabbath – Quiet possibly my favorite band today. I shouldn’t have to explain why. Sabotage, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Master Of Reality, Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules are all awesome albums. Ozzy, Dio, Iommi, Geezer, Ward, Appice - you can't go wrong with those guys imo.

Alice In Chains – Like Danzig, AiC was inspired by Sabbath among other bands. Layne’s lyrics hit home and I could feel the emotion in the music. The acoustic pieces were fantastic then and their music holds up well today.

Ozzy Osbourne – As a guitar player it was hard not to like Ozzy’s music back in the day. Everything from Randy thru Jake E. Lee until after No More Tears was solid, except for maybe the Bark at the Moon album.

Judas Priest – Painkiller turned me on to the older Priest albums when I bought it back in the early 90’s. This also helped me forge a love of classic metal ranging from Dio to Sabbath to Maiden. Priest was the gateway band that made get into the classic metal.

Down – Another Sabbath inspired and similar sounding (in some ways) band. I love the first two albums. The 3rd album is great and the IV: Part 1 ep is solid as hell too in my opinion. I have seen Down live more than any other band on my list. Windstein and Keenan can create some of best southern sludge riffs.

Mastodon – All of their albums are excellent from start to finish. Some are a bit better than others in my opinion. They create quality music which I believe will be remembered years from now along the lines of early Metallica (KEA thru AJFA), Ozzy era Sabbath (first 6 albums) and those Anselmo era Pantera albums as some of the best albums ever released in their era.

Honorable Mention:
Iron Maiden
Led Zeppelin
The Doors
Van Halen
Motley Crue
Hank 3
Johnny Cash

I could swap out half of the honorable mentions with other bands on my list depending on my mood or listening preferrences at the moment.

Fe Maiden
03-14-2013, 07:19 AM
In no particular order since all are important to me for different reasons.

Led Zeppelin
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath

03-14-2013, 09:49 AM
I'm also going to go in order of when the band affected me.

3 Doors Down
The first rock band I ever listened to. My dad made me a mix CD of them when I was 5 or 6. Absolutely loved it.

One of my favorite movies when I was a young lad was The Scorpion King. I ended up getting it on DVD, and the music video to "I Stand Alone" was on there. I absolutely LOVED it and yet again, my dad made me a mix CD of them. They were my first introduction to hard rock/metal although it didn't really bridge me to anything. I still listened to softer rock like Aerosmith and Creed up until middle school.

I started really getting into Metallica when I was in 7th grade. I'd always listened to songs like Fade to Black and Nothing Else Matters but I started exploring their other stuff. I went through a straight year of basically listening to NOTHING but Metallica, new and old. I listened to Master of Puppets probably about 200 times throughout 2008. To this day they're in my top 3 favorite bands.

Killswitch Engage
I ended up seeing this band live before actually listening to them (my friend dragged me to Mayhem 09 before I listened to much metal) but I had so much fun that I looked up a ton of their stuff. It's because of KSE that I was able to grow used to any type of screaming in my music because I still only listened to metal with clean vocals.

The first time I listened to Hatebreed I absolutely hated them. I didn't "get" hardcore music at the time, but over time they grew on me. They were the first band I ever regularly listened to that had a punk edge to them.

I listened to Crack The Skye for the first time on a long car ride a few years ago, and I've been in utter love with the band ever since. I didn't have much experience with progressive metal before that album, but it was a hell of a place to start. When I started exploring other albums like Leviathan and Blood Mountain I also discovered sludge/stoner metal, which I also love to this day. If it weren't for Mastodon I wouldn't have ever found some of my other favorite bands like Baroness or Kyuss. I probably would have never even further explored what is now my all time favorite band, Tool.

As I Lay Dying
I went through a sort of metal elitist phase at the beginning of high school, in which I denounced all things modern metalcore, but I eventually grew out of it and started exploring. I wound up discovering what is now one of my all time favorite bands. I was drawn in at first by the combination of heavy songwriting with generally catchy choruses, but it was the band's lyrical content that made me stay. There's something about Tim's lyrics that connects to me despite the fact I have a very different set of beliefs than him. AILD also bridged me to one of my favorite other bands, Parkway Drive.

That's only 7, but I can't think of 3 others. I could list 3 other bands I like but I can't think of any bands that bridged me to different kinds of music really.

03-14-2013, 12:10 PM
No particular order

Rage Against the Machine
At The Gates
The Mars Volta
Bob Marley
Nine Inch Nails
Ill Nino
John Coltrane

It's 11, I know. But it's always better to go up to 11.

03-14-2013, 01:16 PM
Iron Maiden (2003) - First got me into music that I didn't passively consume via the radio, period.
Blind Guardian (2004) - First got me digging a little deeper for bands.
Genesis (2004) - Kicked off my love affair with challenging music, and with my anglophilia.
Mastodon (2004) - Leviathan was my first "new album" that I loved, before that I had been digging for classics.
At the Gates (2004) - Got me into death metal.
Immortal (2005) - Got me into black metal.
The Decemberists (2006) - Got me into non-metal/prog rock, can't defend all their stuff today but I wouldn't be in the indie rock biz without 'em.
Mouth of the Architect (2006) - Made me give a shit about local shows and "the scene," for whatever that's worth. I've fallen out of touch with the scene here (because there aren't good bands in it) but going to shows in sweltering basements and makeshift galleries in Dayton, Ohio from 2006-2009 will always feel like home.
Wolves in the Throne Room (2007) - Got me into "criticky metal" which is mostly what I listen to today.
Fucked Up (2011) - First band that as an on-my-own, independent adult that really resonated with me. I've traveled all over the world to see them and I'll probably always associate them with that transition from a kid to a man. (I turn 23 this year.)

03-15-2013, 01:03 AM
No particular order.

Iron Maiden- hearing Hallowed Be Thy Name on the radio back in 2003 officially made me a metal head.
Rush- I used to hate Rush when I was a little kid, particularly Geddy's vocals but something clicked when I watched Rush in Rio, particularly Natural Science. Opened my eyes to complex music that I still enjoy today. Still one of my favorite bands of all time.
Blind Guardian- first riff and verse of Majesty turned me into a huge power metal fan.
Dream Theater- another band that took forever to click but once it did, opened up the flood gates for other bands that I never really appreciated before, like Opeth and Tool.
In Flames- While not my favorite band anymore in terms of death metal vocals, I had a pretty hard time getting used to growling until I heard Jotun.
Def Leppard - the first band that I was ever obsessed with when I was younger. Pyromania still stands as one of my favorite albums ever.
Styx- 70's arena rock had always been something that was drilled into my head by my parents, and Styx to me still stands on top of that time. Dennis DeYoung was my favorite vocalist for many years.

03-15-2013, 07:29 PM
Iron Maiden- Got me into metal beyond stuff like Metallica and Black Sabbath. Also, the reason I'm here.
Green Day- My first punk rock band
Goo Goo Dolls- A Boy Named Goo is the first music I ever bought for myself
Sleater-Kinney- Favorite band forever and all time. Also a gateway to indie rock in general.
Opeth- Got me to come around to growling vocals
Dead Kennedys- Took me beyond pop-punk into the old-school stuff
Blink-182- So many high school feels
Tegan and Sara- So many college feels
AFI- Met a lot of great friends though that community
Pig Destroyer- The first extreme metal band I liked

03-16-2013, 08:54 PM
Good idea for a topic, this will be tough, as I feel all of the bands I listen to are the most important ones. I'll give it a shot...

The Beatles - The first band I was every into. I first took notice when I was in 3rd grade, my dad had a bunch of their CASSETTES and would play them in the car. After 10+ years, I still worship this band and get the same feelings when I listen to them as I did when I was younger.

Pink Floyd - I got into them around sixth grade. My dad had DSOTM on cassette and I thought it was incredible. Shortly after, he showed me the live disc of Ummagumma, Meddle, Relics, and Atom Heart Mother on CD. Ummagumma and One of These Days/Echoes from Meddle completely changed my view of what was possible with music. Prior to this, I was used to the more orthodox song structures of The Beatles, and Pink Floyd's long instrumental pieces really blew my mind at the time.

Metallica - After I got into the essential 60s/70s rock bands that all young teens do (Pink Floyd, Beatles, Zeppelin, Doors, Black Sabbath, etc.), I wanted something heavier. I went to Ozzy's solo career and, of course, Guns N Roses. But I grew tired of them and checked out Metallica. I was in eight grade and since MTV never played music videos, I watched videos on Yahoo Launch, which idk if it's still around. And I watched One, and that was it. I was hooked. After that, I got the Black Album and Justice and they were my absolute favorite band, probably for the next year and a half. I got Load and Ride next, and loved those albums. I got Puppets "late in the game," during the summer before high school, and when I did, I was totally hooked. I can probably never express the importance of that album at the time.

Megadeth - I got into them the same time as Metallica. I heard Symphony of Destruction on the radio and thought it was fucking awesome. I also paid more attention to Vice City when Peace Sells came on VROCK. I got Countdown shortly after and thought it was awesome. For some reason, I got Cryptic Writings as my second album, and this was before I tried smoking pot, so I'm not sure what my deal was. Shortly afterwards, during the summer, I got Youthanasia, and then Peace Sells at the same time I got Master of Puppets. It was an amazing summer. The following winter (freshman year), I got Rust in Peace and was hooked on that album. It had an influence on me equal to Master of Puppets.

Slayer - my first venture into extreme metal. It was the summer before my freshman year of high school, and I remember watching clips of Seasons and Dittohead online, and I knew Raining Blood from Vice City. Fast forward to September or October, and one day my friends and I took the 10 bus, and then walked 20 minutes to the nearest Best Buy and I bought Seasons and RIB together. I got GHUA that Christmas and played that album to death. I probably listened to that more than Seasons and RIB combined, but after a while, it grew old. I should really give it a listen again. This may surprise people, but the album that was probably the most important to me is Divine Intervention. I fucking love that album. It gets dumped on, but, whatever.

Tears For Fears - pretty random, but very important band for me. Like other bands on this list, I first heard them in Vice City (Pale Shelter). I actually really liked the song when I first heard it, but I never listened to anything until my friend showed me a live DVD during my freshman year of high school. I thought it was pretty good, and a few months later, borrowed their best of CD from him. I listened to it constantly, along with Rust in Peace, for a good couple months. I quickly bought their discography over the course of about 8 or 9 months and listened to the hell of them. I think they often get overlooked as being "another faceless 80s new wave band," but that's really too bad, because they're one of the best bands to come out of the 80s. There whole discography is solid, they don't have a bad song, and they have a lot of great melodies, and good, McCartney-esque bass.

Death - I started getting into death metal near the end of my freshman year. I can thank some friends during lunch for that, they brought a list of Cannibal Corpse titles and read them aloud. We laughed our asses off for a good hour, and every so often a title would pop into my head and I would laugh about it. Remembering the titles, I checked out their music, thought it was awesome, but didn't like the vocals. Back to Death, the following fall, I was reading some list of great guitar albums, and Human was on it, so I checked it out, and was blown away by how brutal it was. Sure, the vocals were a little much, but the instruments were insane. They were the first death metal band I really got into, and one of my top three. Human was my first death metal album, along with None So Vile, Chaos AD, and Maximum Violence (yep). I listened to the hell out of those albums, except Maximum Violence, but I ended up checking out more of Death's discography, and all of their albums ended up being awesome.

Type O Negative - I first heard of them when I was watching VH1's Most Metal Moments, and Peter Steele's Playgirl issue was one of them. Being young and stupid, this made me not think much of them, until my junior year of high school. One of my old friends was into them, so I watched the live videos from Symphony For The Devil and was instantly hooked. I was primarily listening to death metal at the time, and this was a real breath of fresh air. I watched this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN_BlF9Vtvw) three or so times a night for months, and probably listened to Red Water even more. They quickly became my favorite band, and probably still are. Peter's death greatly affected me, and it's still upsetting knowing that there will never be new Type O Negative music.

Immolation - I think I first heard of them my senior year of high school, but I never really checked them out until my first semester of college. I watched the video for World Agony and was in awe at their style. The dark, dissonant riffs were actually what death metal should be. I also love the way they arrange the drums, usually not straightforward blasting, but very off-time and locked in with the guitar. Soon afterwards, I got Close To A World Below and fell in love. I could maybe consider that my favorite death metal album.

Swans - are probably my last important band. I first heard of them as being an influence on Type O Negative and Napalm Death, so naturally I youtubed them. The first videos I watched were these awful mid 80s live videos, with some guy yelling/burping into a microphone with a bunch of noise in the background. But I didn't give up, I looked into Children of God and The Great Annihilator and my hope was restored (this was the summer before college, I think). The melody they had in their music and Jarboe's vocals seemed really different at the time, as I was pretty much listening to metal. I got The Great Annihilator for Christmas and played that album to death. It was really melodic and dark, but it wasn't cheesy or phoned in. It also had a lot of textures and atmosphere, which I found out that all of their albums do.

Sorry for the huge stories/paragraphs. IT HAD TO BE DONE.

03-22-2013, 10:17 PM
Okay, gonna try this.

Linkin Park - probably the most inportant band of my life, or at least the one that has been with me the longest. I started listening to them when Hybrid Theory came out, and I listened to them all throughout the rest of elementary school all the way through high school. My interest started to fade by junior year or so of high school, and now I can;'t say I ever really listen to LP. But I saw them last year from right near the front, and it was still awesome, and I still play Hybrid Theory and Meteora here and there for nostalgia.

AC/DC - not much to say here. The band that helped me move past bands like Green Day and other pop/rock type acts that were popular around 2003-2004. I got into all the old school classic rock and 80s rock.metal around that time, and AC/DC was the band that started it for me.

Kiss - I LOVED Kiss back in 8th grase. I had CDs, a t-shirt, and Kept the Kiss songs on repeat in Tony Hawk's Underground. I loved the catchy songs and the imagery (even though I'm not into the extravagent images anymore haha). I still have fun listening to Kiss, and I'm glad I can say I have seen them live.

Disturbed - my band back in high school. I own all of their CDs, have multiple tour shirts, and have seen them 3 times total. I have listened to them so much over the years, and was a band I shared in common with one of my better friends for years. Lots of great memories with Disturbed songs playing. Seeing Disturbed and Godsmack together at Mayhem 2011 was my high chool dream come true. I had pretty much moved past those bands by then, but that was the co-headlining tour my and my friends always talked about wanting to see.

Killswitch Engage - the band that got me into "heavier" stuff. Metalcore was the style that really introduced me to screaming/growling vocals, and helped me get into all types of heavier music. I think any metal fan in Massachusetts feels a connection to Killswitch at some point.

In Flames - the band that helped me move past metalcore and into melodic death metal. Their first few albums were the greatest things ever to me at the time, and I love all of In Flames' stuff, despite how much they have changed.

At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul changed everything. The emotion I felt in that album was unlike anything I had heard before, and it is still one of my favorite albums of all time.

Morbid Angel - they got me into death metal, and opened the door to allow me to discover so many extreme, brutal, and fucked up bands. My favorite death metal band of all time, and Altars of Madness is one of my top albums ever.

Agalloch - Agalloch allowed me to realize that metal does not just need to be about louder/faster/more extreme. They create some of the most beautiful music I have hears, and I feel strong emotional connections to their music.

Discharge - allowed me to get into all types of other old-school punk. Discharge has such a uge influence on punk, so many bands have been directly influenced by them. I moved from Discharge to d-beat and crust punk, which is now some of my favorite music to listen to.

03-23-2013, 12:23 AM
There are many different ways i can go about this but I will go with the bands that influenced me the most chronologically.

Metallica- The first real band I ever cared about. Back in 6th grade till the time St. Anger came out, they were the only band I listened to.

Dream Theater- The first real band i got into after St. Anger came out. i was recommended Train of Thought by several people who said this would be right up my alley, how little did I know they would change my life.

Opeth- Until I heard Deliverance (oddly enough the same day I heard Dream Theater) I hated every single band that screamed, growled, etc. It wasn't until I played Halo on xbox and had Deliverance pop up on random about 6 months later that I actually gave the album and band a real chance, and I became a fan of screams and growls and ever since. It also taught me that the MUSIC is what matters most. not the image, not the vocals, lyrics, but the actual music being made.

Clutch- Blues and Hard Rock. A match made in Heaven and a killer band through every album. Even the shittiest Clutch song beats the living fuck out of 98% of all music out there. One of the best bands the world will ever know.

Evergrey- The band that made me appreciate vocals and lyrics again. recreation Day is one of the most important albums in my life and it all had to do with the pure emotion behind the album. One of the most underrated bands to ever exist.

King's X- The MOST underrated band on the planet. The greatest musical trio to ever exist and barely anyone knows them, or they go "yeah I think I heard of them, they are alright, i guess" that is a fucking shame. Words don't do these guys justice just listen for yourself.

Dredg- My favorite non metal band in the world. They have written 5 classic albums so far and every album is a huge departure from the last. A band that can write what they love and not be pretentious.

Between The Buried And Me- Carrying on in the nothing is impossible side of making music. The album Colors taught me that you can write one 64 minute long song and make it one of the most interesting 64 minute journeys you can experience. Make any kind of music you want, and make it gel with any other style of music you want, it can work, and you don't know till you try. BTBAM has only gotten better and better over the years. I don't care what anyone says.

Devin Townsend- My hero. 'Nuff Said!

Alcest- The band that got me into one of my favorite genres, Blackgaze (Post Black Metal, Atmospheric Black metal, whatever you want to call it). I Love this sound so much. Alcest perfected it and bands that are beginning to follow are only making it better, if that was even possible. Neige is a real true hero of mine. He can create the most beautiful metal.

03-23-2013, 05:39 AM
King's X- The greatest musical trio to ever exist

Rush says "hi"

I do agree that King X's is great and very underrated though.

03-23-2013, 11:15 AM
Rush says "hi"

I do agree that King X's is great and very underrated though.

While I want to agree with that, Rush is in The R&RHOF (Before Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc) King's X will never even be listened to by anyone involved.

I am in no way saying that place is the be all end all of Rock Music, but the mainstream does for artists. All the more reason why KX is way more underrated. Their biggest point was playing Woodstock 94, and no one in the mainstream cared since.

El Gordo
03-23-2013, 11:28 AM
While I want to agree with that, Rush is in The R&RHOF (Before Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc) King's X will never even be listened to by anyone involved.

I am in no way saying that place is the be all end all of Rock Music, but the mainstream does for artists. All the more reason why KX is way more underrated. Their biggest point was playing Woodstock 94, and no one in the mainstream cared since.

He didn't say anything about them being underrated. He was pointing out that you called King's X the greatest musical trio to ever exist, which Rush surely are.

03-23-2013, 11:34 AM
He didn't say anything about them being underrated. He was pointing out that you called King's X the greatest musical trio to ever exist, which Rush surely are.

Well since it's quoted now There's no point in deleting what I said. I just woke up so I missed that. :lol:

That's the thing with me that is strange. I love Rush to death but I don't consider them to be one of my biggest influences, or even much of an influence. And I am a drummer, which makes it stranger. I think a lot of it has to do with everything after Signals lost me big time until Vapor Trails came out. The Electronic era of Rush just did nothing for me and even the 90's Rush left a lot out of what I love about the band. Even with the shitty production, Vapor Trails was ont eh right path again and they've only improved since.

03-23-2013, 01:09 PM
Metallica (2003) - The first CD I ever had (that got me into music as a whole) was a mix CD that I made from my brother's music collection that had four Metallica songs on it (Ride the Lightning, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Master of Puppets and Orion). Metallica has been one of my favorite bands since.

Linkin Park (2003) - That aforementioned mix CD had two Linkin Park songs (In the End and Runaway) on it as well and Linkin Park was probably my favorite band in middle school and the first part of high school. I stopped liking them once that shitty Jay-Z collaboration came out, but rediscovered them probably around my Senior year of high school.

Slayer (2004) - Hearing Seasons in the Abyss pretty much cemented metal as my favorite genre of all time. Life changing.

Rob Zombie (2005) - Hellbilly Deluxe was the first album I ever bought with my own money and still remains one of my favorite albums of all time to this day.

Cannibal Corpse, Death and Obituary (2006) I heard all these bands at about the same time and they really got me into death metal. I randomly downloaded "Fucked with a Knife" from Limewire because the title made me laugh. I saw some senior at school wearing a Scream Bloody Gore shirt and I had to know what that sounded like, so I went home and downloaded the title track. I was listening to the metal station on Music Choice or something like that and the song "Insane" by Obituary came on and I was instantly hooked on the band. Cause of Death was my shit in high school.

Anti-Flag and Bad Religion (2006) Thanks to the albums Underground Network and No Control, I went on a punk binge for about a year in my Sophomore/Junior years of high school and still have an avid love for the genre.

The Prodigy (2009) - The local alternative station (RIP Q101 :() used to play "Smack My Bitch Up" and "Firestarter" a lot and it was a breath of fresh air from some of the stuff they played. The Prodigy really opened me up to electronic music as a whole.

Dark Angel (2012) - I listened to Dark Angel very sparingly prior to buying Darkness Descends last year, but Darkness Descends soon became one of my favorite albums of all time. This also pretty much (with the help of Morbid Saint) made thrash overtake death metal as my favorite subgenre.

03-26-2013, 12:58 AM


03-26-2013, 01:01 AM
I'm going to do this tomorrow after I wake up :D

The Colonel
03-26-2013, 10:19 PM
Good topic! In chronological order:

Guns 'N' Roses - The first band I ever really cared about. I had a few tapes and records before them, but once I got "Appetite For Destruction," I was fully into music for life.

Metallica - Got into them shortly after G'N'R, they wound up being the first band I ever saw live and they blew me away. I had never heard something so powerful in my life.

The Circle Jerks - At the same time that I was discovering metal, I spent a large amount of time digging through my dad's old punk records. The Jerks were the band that really grabbed me first, I just loved the speed and humor of it all.

Morbid Angel - The first death metal band I ever heard. I was already into stuff like Pantera and Sepultura, and didn't think it could get any heavier. I was wrong. I was actually almost scared of these dudes at first. Seeing them live on the "Covenant" tour was one of the most terrifyingly awesome experiences of my life.

Logical Nonsense - The first band that taught me that punk rock could be really heavy. Their "Dead Time" album was the first thing I ever heard that took punk aggression to a new, almost metal, level.

Neurosis - The first band that was more than just a band, they were an experience. A band that couldn't be fully appreciated without fully immersing yourself into every aspect of it, both sonically and visually.

Avail - I had never had a true emotional connection to a band before Avail. There were always bands whose lyrics I related to big time, like Black Flag, but Avail seemed to be speaking directly to me and for me. My favorite band of all time.

Brutal Truth - I had always been looking for that one band that would truly bridge the gap between punk and death metal. Brutal Truth was it. I was really into the heavier side of punk, but I saw Brutal Truth at a death metal show and was floored by how much energy they had. That was when I truly fell in love with grindcore.

Dystopia - I've always been a fairly miserable person, and to put it simply, this band was the musical embodiment of misery. Everything, the riffs, the drumming, the lyrics, the vocal delivery, it all just seemed hopeless. I band I really related to then, and still do to this day.

Iron Maiden - I was a latecomer to Maiden. When I was a kid first getting into music was around the time that they put out some of their weaker albums and split with Bruce, so I was never really exposed to their greatness until years later. In a way, they kind of got me back into metal again, after years of mostly listening to punk and only the most brutal death metal. Also, Steve Harris changed the way I play bass.