Almost one year ago, I took my first steps into the world of Metal. Having grown terribly bored with the
state of Rock and Roll, I turned to my fellow record store employees to guide me. (Seriously, is there any better place to work if you are a music junkie? Didn't think so.)
So I asked Ben first. "If one wanted to listen to some metal, where would be a good place to start?" We decided that stoner/doom/drone metal was a good start (wonder why?).
So I began with, among others, Electric Wizard, Sunn 0))), Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Earth, Burning Witch and Khanate. (Ahh yes. You picked up on the Greg Anderson/Stephen O'Malley
And suddenly, I felt at home. It was like I found something I had always needed but never knew I needed, you know what I mean? I usually like my rock heavy, fast and loud, (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath etc.) but the droning, thick, mangled guitar riffs, and the hheeeaaavvvvvvyyyyyy, slooooow drums kicked my ass!
And can I just say that Earthless
is one of my favorite bands... like EVER.
I was ravenous... I dove into Black Metal next with Stevil's help. This is where I really went crazy. Darkthrone, Burzum, Craft, Carpathian Forest, Old Wainds, Leviathan, oh, but to name a few. The pain and torture in the vocals rips right through your heart, but in the best way possible.