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fallot:

--- Quote from: Jim Necroslaughter on December 03, 2012, 02:21:39 PM ---But I find it interesting and appropriate that what hooked me on metal was metal being played by a marching band and it had nothing to do with the "aesthetics" of metal.

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I guess I would be the opposite. I've always harboured a fascination for the dark and occult, the evil and violent. My first contact with metal that actually made me sit up and notice was hearing Cradle of Filth on a local radio station. Here was something that (finally) defied expectation, an expression of a side of life I felt kinship to, no matter what shortcomings eventually became apparent.

First metal album was Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, but Iron Maiden was so mainstream it didn't really clue me in to metal music. First "real" album would be In The Nightside Eclipse, which upon discovering it and then, on a whim, searching for other material by the band on the internet led me to ANUS. But there was no sea change, rather gradual attrition.

Tralfamadorian:
Fallot, IIRC you told me in the old ANUS chatroom you were a Muslim. How do you reconcile your fascination with evil and the occult with your religion? Or were you trolling?

Perennial_Man:
Fun thread.

I think Metallica turned a head for most people. Kill 'em All and half of Master of Puppets really made me tune in. The rest of faux Metal washed over me from countless sources. I mainly forced my way through bands that close friends liked. Disturbed stuck around pretending to compete, but it always ended boring me, plus they looked like fags. Glamtera sorry to say had one or two songs which I enjoyed repeating the lyrics as they blasted their load.

It wasn't until a year or so afterwards I first absorbed Metal as Slayer. Reign in Blood, competing among the clicks and clacks of my friend's obsession, Guitar NerdHero, fucking blew me away. Something so minimalist and powerful, becoming my favorite single out of a collection of Megadeth and Metallica which survived the faux shit storm.

fallot:

--- Quote from: Tralfamadorian on December 05, 2012, 07:11:31 PM ---Fallot, IIRC you told me in the old ANUS chatroom you were a Muslim. How do you reconcile your fascination with evil and the occult with your religion? Or were you trolling?

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I wasn't trolling, I am an observant muslim. I don't see any incongruence in this fascination, these things are as much a part of the world as anything else. It is through the human lens that they gain subjective shades of meaning. Perhaps I should have said "evil"? Death is evil to men, as is war. Even the night. This is what I appreciate about Nihilism, seeing the world just as-is without ascribing arbitrary value. My God is Al-Jabbar and Al-Qahhar (roughly, the Terrible, the Tyrant) and promises eternal torment to all but a fraction of us. As I became more invested in my religion I found that it satisfied that part of me completely, rather it was my contemporaries who could not reconcile their religion with their true beliefs. As an example, I'm sure you know the shariah penalty for stealing is to lose a hand. This seems incredibly harsh and cruel to the young, westernized, liberalized muslim even if he considers himself religious. I have no such qualms.


--- Quote from: Perennial_Man on December 05, 2012, 08:03:27 PM ---I think Metallica turned a head for most people. Kill 'em All and half of Master of Puppets really made me tune in.

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Yeah I think the early Metallica albums are the most important gateway drug to worthwhile metal in terms of the number of people influenced. I don't know if that's a shame or a positive.

Gefechtsgruppe10:

--- Quote from: Tralfamadorian on December 02, 2012, 07:57:49 PM ---I was probably about 12, over at my friend's house, a guitar player. This kid listened mostly to ska and punk rock, but for some reason he was playing the opening riff to Metallica - One. I was enthralled by it. Soon after, I bought ...And Justice for All. At first I thought it was boring and the only song I liked was One for its simple soft-hard songwriting. But seeing as it was the only CD I had, I kept listening to it, and it started to grow on me. I liked how epic and serious it sounded, and the climactic solos sent shivers down my spine. Looking back now, the album is very overwritten and the production is shit, but as a kid the nuances of song structure were well beyond my intellectual ken and I had no point of reference as to what a good production consisted of; all I could do was enjoy it, and enjoy it I did.

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I actually liked the production on ..And Justice.  The guitars sound great, very cold, and their faggit lead-guitarist does some nice soloing on songs like "Shortest Straw."  However, no man in his right mind would put Ulrich's godawful drumming THAT much  to the front of the mix.  He is just terrible.  If I had a nickle for every misplaced accent with a splash/crash by Mr. Lars, I'd be a millionaire.  That being said, Metallica maxed-out their composational skills with "Four Horsemen" and the subsequent albums were just the technical skill of mastering the studio-craft. 

My first metal album was listening to my parents' copy of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" by Black Sabbath.  The record was in poor shape and I was listening to it on my Grandma's old 1930's grammaphone, but it was nonetheless badass.  Heavy, technical-ish, lyrics  that weren't whiney or about love.  I rapidly acquired "Black Sabbath" and "Paranoid" and soon owned the entire Ozzy-years albums.  Not that I like Ozzy, it was just obvious the band was falling apart on "We Sold Our Souls...."

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