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hot_turkey_ed
04-22-2008, 06:00 PM
Source: Google News / Rolling Stones (http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/20379823/lars_ulrich_weve_always_been_fiercely_independent_ and_controlling)

Metallica visited a store of my local record store chain ( Rasputin's ) over the weekend. Not quite the store that I frequent but it's a just few minutes away. I would have gone but I was in Los Angeles for a show.

It's a good read but this quote stands out for me:

Have you thought about the climate into which you'll be dropping this new album? What is the state of metal today?

I think you saw. Metal is fucking alive and well and doing better than it has in many years. It seems like most of the metal in the Seventies and the Eighties is still revered. It seems like most fourteeen year olds are into Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, as opposed to some alternative, grunge and especially the rap-rock of the Nineties. When you've been around a while you tend to disregard cycles, but there is a resurgence way deeper and more penetrating into the fourteen-year-old mindset all over. It's unbelievable.


I talk to my bass teacher about this and a lot of you quite frequently. Some of you are way into bands that started way before you were born.. damn, almost before I was born... I was certainly too young to listen to 'em. How did you all of you get turned on the classics?

maidenpriest
04-22-2008, 06:07 PM
im 16 and i love Maiden, Priest and those older metal bands. what really got me into Maiden and Priest was VH1 when they did that top 100 hard rock bands and when they got to those two bands i started to listen to their music. then i heard hallowed be thy name on the radio and i was hooked for ever.

mankvill
04-22-2008, 07:32 PM
I remember about a year and a half ago, I remember listening to "Run To The Hills" and not knowing who it was by, just "that band that plays Run To The Hills". :tongue:

Last summer, on a whim I got The Number Of The Beast and that kick-started my "classic" metal interest. When I first started listening to metal, I was thrust in at the extreme end. I listened to Anaal Nathrakh, Antaeus, Immortal, etc. I couldn't name a Priest or Maiden song to save my life.

Now, of course, it's a different story. :)

Maiden33
04-22-2008, 07:33 PM
I was into modern and classic rock (mostly popular radio stuff) alike before I liked metal.
I got into Maiden through "2 Minutes to Midnight" appearing on GTA: Vice City back in 2002, and promptly picked up the newly released Edward the Great and Brave New World the day after that. Things became a downward spiral after that. I was addicted to Maiden and that basically knocked down the door to classic metal in general. Soon someone on the old Maiden message board turned me onto Stratovarius, which then opened the door to power metal for me. Shortly thereafter Queensryche enlightened me to progressive metal... since then it's basically been just a matter of expanding both vertically and horizontally taste-wise.

Div
04-22-2008, 07:39 PM
some homo in college who wore maiden shirts to class every day


:D

rjturtle9
04-22-2008, 07:51 PM
well i started by listening to stuff like linkin park, slipknot, and korn. then i evoled into the other stuff

SomewhereInTime72
04-22-2008, 07:52 PM
I don't remember how I got into music.

Help :(.

JRA
04-22-2008, 08:13 PM
I got into Maiden through "2 Minutes to Midnight" appearing on GTA: Vice City back in 2002,

Wow, you became a power metal nut because of Vice City? Am I the only one who thinks that's hilarious? :lol:

As for me, the first 80's metal song I heard was "Crazy Train" on the radio, which caused me into Ozzy's stuff, which of course led to Black Sabbath. Then I decided to look upon bands that Sabbath influenced, one of which was Metallica, which caused me to be a Metallica nut. Then I decided to look at the other bands which influenced Metallica, two of which just so happened to be Iron Maiden and Motorhead...


...degrees of seperation really.

Derelict
04-22-2008, 08:15 PM
Heard Ministry's Psalm 69 (specifically the title track and Jesus Built my hot rod) in 1993 and its been metal ever since. First show was Ministry at the Electric Factory in April of 1996.

TonyD
04-22-2008, 10:10 PM
In 7th grade, I was looking for a q-tip or something in the cabinet under the bathroom sink, which contained a box of my parents CD's. I saw a box with a cool cover on it, pictures of a crop circle with the shadow of a blimp, Andy Warhol style in multiple colors. It said 'Led Zeppelin' and I remembered hearing things about how great the band was. Before this, the only music I had gotten into was a few techno songs played on the radio, and cKy a year or so earlier.
So I opened the box, uploaded the 2 cd's onto the computer and put them back so no one would ever know they were gone. I started listening to all of it whenever I went on the computor, and I actually recognized a few songs like the Immigrant Song and Kasmir. The rest is history.

AC/DC was the next thing for me, and thats where it started going crazy. After having TNT and half of the Back in Black album stuck in my head from the radio for weeks, I bought Back in Black, and found Blizzard of Oz on the sale rack for 6.99. No more than 2 weeks later I was subconsciously forced to buy Paranoid, and I was hooked.
I kept going back for more Sabbath and AC/DC while still checking out different bands, Kiss, Hendrix, the Ramones and Van Halen.

Once I discovered Priest I began exploring metal, and without even realizing, doing it by each era, getting into heavier and more progressive material as time went on.

Firewind
04-22-2008, 10:47 PM
In 7th grade I was into stuff everyone listened to, like Creed. I bought a Sepultura album one day because I saw someone with their shirt and thought it was cool. I heard the album and loved it, Chaos AD. Then I got Number of the Beast on a whim and loved it even more...

HECHO EN MEXICO
04-23-2008, 03:30 AM
its trure.
ALL THE GREAT ROCK bands (hard rock/metal/punk etc!)
are from the 70's and 80's
(90% of all bands from 1990 to present pretty much suck!)


.....YOU KNOW ITS SAD BUT TRUE!
:cool:

Fe Maiden
04-23-2008, 07:35 AM
In high school My first concert was Led Zep which got me hooked on the "heavier" stuff. I was also into RUSH and Black Sabbath and Ted Nugent as well as Styx and Journey.

One day during summer vacation after Freshman year of college a friend of mine pulled out this album with a very evil looking cover. Yes, it was an Iron Maiden album. I did not know who it was and did not give it much attention and then..............

I heard the song Killers by Iron Maiden and my life has never been the same since!

overkiller
04-23-2008, 08:35 AM
I had a couple of weird introductions to metal that I sometimes forget... here goes:

Back in 7th grade this Brazilian guy I randomly talked to on ICQ (remember that shit?) told me to download the song "Fear of the Dark" by Iron Maiden (this was in the days of Napster), and I loved it, but I didn't quite get into metal yet because my next musical step (after growing out of nu-metal and other assorted garbage) was punk, with a dash of Led Zep and Bob Marley, all thanks to some people I started hanging out with at that point (8th grade).

Another random introduction to "real" metal I had was as follows: Throughout junior high and into early high school I was really into the Final Fantasy games, and at some point around 8th grade I found a fan-made video which synchronized cutscenes from Final Fantasy IX with "Dark Saga" by Iced Earth. Again, I didn't really get into them until some time later, but seeing that video and hearing that stereotypical chugging, "real" metal sound was important.

Another event was being given a burned copy of We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'N' Roll by Black Sabbath. At the time (9th grade I think) I was big into Tool and A Perfect Circle (as well as AFI), but hearing that stuff and seeing the Ozzy Behind the Music (I think that's what it was...) got me more in the direction of classic metal. I think part of what made my transition so slow was that I had some friends (the ones who got me into punk and stuff) who really hated metal (probably without much reason beyond the whole 1337 punk mindset), so I sort of hesitated to jump full-on into the genre.

Lastly there was Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The "V-Rock" radio station really did it for me--I had heard Maiden and Priest (at least "Breaking the Law") before, but hearing those songs over and over again really got me going with the whole classic metal thing. I remember "Raining Blood" was still tough for me, I didn't like it when I first played the game. :D

Anyway, after that it was mostly the internet which provided me with new metal to hear. And the rest is history... that was longer than I expected, I wonder if anyone will read it. :D

ravenheart
04-23-2008, 08:51 AM
Combination of things really. My Dad was a Queen fan and a Led Zep fan. Hadn't really heard LZ, but, as is in fact law in England, we had Queen cassettes in the car. So it started there.

Heard lots of stuff on the radio as well from all different eras and styles and the stuff that always peaked my interest the most was things like Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Then I heard "Smoke On The Water" on a TV advert and asked my Dad what it was. Following that I resolved to get Deep Purple's "30: The Very Best of". Loved that, so moved on to the other stuff I'd heard on the radio. Got Aerosmith's "A Little South of Sanity", Jon Bon Jovi's "Destination Anywhere" and Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Destruction".

Then I was at my uncle's house and he played me Dio's "Lock Up The Wolves", some Ozzy, and lent me a compilation album of classic rock which presented me with a few more bands to check out. Totally blown away by Dio, so resolved to one day get that album (it was real hard to find at the time). And also decided heavy was the way forward. Metallica then released "S&M" and as soon as I listened to a couple of tracks of that on a set of trial headphones in a HMV store I was sold.

Started buying issues of Classic Rock Magazine and the first one I bought had a CD with "I Wanna Be Somebody" by W.A.S.P. on it (they were just releasing "The Best of The Best"). That sealed the deal with heavy metal.

Someone at college lent me Maiden's "Best of The Beast" and Motorhead's "Ace of Spades". Didn't really like Motorhead at the time (still don't like that album much), but was sold on Maiden.

Then a local record store in my town (closed down now) had this on-going "4 for 20" sale on all the old classic rock, pop and metal albums, so I could pick up stuff by Ozzy, Sabbath, Maiden, Aerosmith, Priest, Purple, Cooper etc. cheap. That's where most of my money went while I was at college.

It's just grown exponentially from there.

ravenheart
04-23-2008, 08:55 AM
its trure.
ALL THE GREAT ROCK bands (hard rock/metal/punk etc!)
are from the 70's and 80's
(90% of all bands from 1990 to present pretty much suck!)


.....YOU KNOW ITS SAD BUT TRUE!
:cool:

Completely disagree. 90% of the bands that were popular in the 90's to present pretty much suck. But there were and are a ton of excellent bands from those eras - it's just that the most well known ones, like Nirvana, suck.

Maiden33
04-23-2008, 11:40 AM
Completely disagree. 90% of the bands that were popular in the 90's to present pretty much suck. But there were and are a ton of excellent bands from those eras - it's just that the most well known ones, like Nirvana, suck.

Very true. I realize that by and large, the "scene" for music "back in the day" was better, but I really think that the diversity and quality of metal today is probably the strongest it's ever been. Many of the "classic" artists still can muster quality releases and there's TONS of more current bands worth listening to. The majority of my purchases always consist more of stuff currently coming out than or recently released (last year or two) than anything else.

Maiden33
04-23-2008, 11:41 AM
Lastly there was Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The "V-Rock" radio station really did it for me--I had heard Maiden and Priest (at least "Breaking the Law") before, but hearing those songs over and over again really got me going with the whole classic metal thing. I remember "Raining Blood" was still tough for me, I didn't like it when I first played the game

Yay, someone who shares my fairly unique link in musical past!

DethMaiden
04-23-2008, 12:35 PM
I got into music via Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 which featured The Number of the Beast. I bought the album (and within a few months, Maiden's discography) and sold everything else I had.

TonyD
04-23-2008, 03:00 PM
its trure.
ALL THE GREAT ROCK bands (hard rock/metal/punk etc!)
are from the 70's and 80's
(90% of all bands from 1990 to present pretty much suck!)


.....YOU KNOW ITS SAD BUT TRUE!
:cool:

Yeah, but you've gotta think in the context of those years.

In the 70's, there were just as many crappy radio rock bands as there are today, it's just that everyone has forgotten about them by now. So its an assumption that the only bands in the 70's were the ones you still hear.

In the 80's you had Maiden and the thrash movement, but you also had a bunch of pussies dressing up like girls with guitars on MTV, just as we do today.

So the grass always looks greener on the other side. Years from now, people will still be into bands from our decade, remeniscing of when they saw their favorite band before they got big, and kids will wish that they could live in the "iPod era"

mankvill
04-23-2008, 04:49 PM
I've kind of noticed something. On most metal sites where people list their favorite bands, I find that many, many people prefer classic/heavy metal and power metal to anything else. I've seen so many people who say they love Nightwish. I just can't get into them. :(

maidenpriest
04-23-2008, 05:45 PM
I've seen so many people who say they love Nightwish. I just can't get into them. :(

lol i couldnt get into them either. ive tried like 3 or 4 times. it might happen later tho. took me 3 or 4 times before i finally liked Dream Theater. now they are one of my favorite bands

Div
04-23-2008, 06:05 PM
also, i was bored with the same old led zep and floyd songs in highschool so i went online and typed something like "top 10 metal songs" and found a list with megadeth, metallica, manowar, sabbath, etc and just downloaded them off one of the old p2p programs to test em out. i still do the same thing really except now i just torrent entire albums at a time and i check out new bands i see mentioned here.

JRA
04-23-2008, 06:53 PM
(probably without much reason beyond the whole 1337 punk mindset)


The what?


Classic Rock Magazine .


Greatest. Magazine. Ever.

Yeah, but you've gotta think in the context of those years.

In the 70's, there were just as many crappy radio rock bands as there are today, it's just that everyone has forgotten about them by now.
So the grass always looks greener on the other side. Years from now, people will still be into bands from our decade, remeniscing of when they saw their favorite band before they got big, and kids will wish that they could live in the "iPod era"


This is the truest shit ever. Its probably the reason for what I call the "Baby boomer nostalgia" popularity boost of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who.


I've kind of noticed something. On most metal sites where people list their favorite bands, I find that many, many people prefer classic/heavy metal and power metal to anything else. I've seen so many people who say they love Nightwish. I just can't get into them. :(

I got into them, then got bored a few months later. I blame it squarely on the "Girl singer" novelty factor. They would rule so much harder if they cut down on the symphony shit and went the Deep Purple/Accept route.

mankvill
04-23-2008, 08:15 PM
I wrote this (http://www.metalsetlists.com/blog.php?b=5) blog because I was inspired by this thread.

ravenheart
04-24-2008, 01:56 AM
I've seen so many people who say they love Nightwish. I just can't get into them. :(

I couldn't stand them until the new album. Love the new one and they were pretty good live too (destroyed on the night by Pain, however).

Still can't stand any of the old stuff.

Maiden33
04-24-2008, 11:16 AM
I couldn't stand them until the new album. Love the new one

Still can't stand any of the old stuff.

Again... Agreed.

powerslave_85
04-24-2008, 12:00 PM
I was exposed to Metallica (only Black Album and later, though), Black Sabbath, and Zeppelin by my dad, and when I was in 8th grade I started listening to stuff like Megadeth and old Metallica. About a year later I heard Maiden for the first time, then later on I heard stuff like Iced Earth, Slayer, and Queensryche, and once I got to college I started branching out to stuff with more "extreme" vocals, like Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, and Opeth. After that, it was just a matter of scouring the internet and talking to people and expanding my horizons, I guess.

Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
04-24-2008, 10:03 PM
I got into Maiden through "2 Minutes to Midnight" appearing on GTA: Vice City back in 2002....

damn, I feel old.

I remember watching the World Premier of the video for 2 Minutes To Midnight on MTV back in 1984.

HECHO EN MEXICO
04-25-2008, 12:51 AM
damn, I feel old.

I remember watching the World Premier of the video for 2 Minutes To Midnight on MTV back in 1984.:eyes:

es156
04-25-2008, 07:04 PM
:eyes: :eyes: