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Old 11-10-2009, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How did you get introduced to extreme metal?

I got into extreme metal in a rather weird way; I was into the whole industrial scene. Throbbing Gristle, Killing Joke, :Wumpscut:, KMFDM, Pig, etc.

Around age 15 I listened to Streetcleaner, and it blew my mind. It changed the way I viewed industrial. After a few weeks, I learned of Godflesh's connections to Napalm Death, and how they influenced all these br000tal metal bands, etc.

Like many, the cookie monster vocals put me off. But, eventually, the riff on Napalm Death's "breed to breathe" caught my ear, so I bought the album "Inside the Torn Apart" - my first extreme metal album. I came to like the cookie monster vocals. From there I got Napalm Death's first two releases, Repulsion, Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, etc.

Then, in a very short period of time, death metal, grindcore, and black metal was about 90% of my listening. In a space of 2 years I wound up with a hundred or so extreme metal albums.

While my musical tastes have changed quite a bit since then, I still listen to extreme metal. Every once in a while, when I start get frustrated with music, thinking it all sounds far too similar - I'll play 'Scum', and enjoy some wonderfully weird music.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's somewhat similar to me actually, except that I was already pretty familiar with metal. Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s most of my friends listened to thrash and death metal. At the time I thought it was kind of cool and I enjoyed hearing it when I was hanging out with my friends but it just wasn't my cup of tea, I was much more interested in indie-type stuff from that era and then a little later on the whole Wax Trax/Mute/Cleopatra thing. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I started getting nostalgic for some of that metal that my fiends were had been into and I started buying some of it. Eventually it went beyond just a nostalgia trip for me and I started getting flat-out interested in loud, fucked up metal. Because I came at it from kind of a weird direction though I have to confess I have a pretty low threshold for really cheesy and/or cliche metal.

And, yes, like you Godflesh was one of the few metal bands I actively listened to back in my early days. I'm still a hugh JK Broadrick fan.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was always aware of the extreme sub genres that followed metal, even when I was 13 and listening to stuff like Type O Negative, Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. It wasn't until I hit high school and left all my middle school friends behind that I found solace in the more extreme genres. Everyday at high school seemed like an eternity and everyone felt obliged to remind me that because I was Canadian I was somehow beneath them. This went far beyond the joking around of adolescence and became pure disgust. Luckily at this time I found bands like Strapping Young Lad, In Flames, Dark Lunacy, and Opeth to help alleviate the pains that high school caused me. It was more for cathartic reasons at the time, however it slowly became something I genuinely wanted to listen to, even when I was perfectly content with what was happening around me. So to answer the question, I would say I was introduced to extreme metal when it seemed like everyone wanted me to believe I was not as good as them for the fact that I was from a different place.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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FETO (Napalm Death)...which I didn't get right away and took me years to fully appreciate, which is why I love extreme metal. It's simply an over whelming experience, often much larger than my ability to comprehend in one setting. Next was "Alters of Madness", which blew me away. It was so incredibly fast and heavy, that it immediately impressed me at a visceral level, however like FETO it has taken me years to discern the incredible guitar and drum parts. Morbid Angel seemed like aliens playing in a different dimension that would occasionally slow down enough to drop a portal, letting humans jump on board for the ride. Been enjoying extreme metal ever since, the best most adventurous bands straddling the boundaries of avant garde, prog rock and plain ass whopping heavy metal. Lately enjoying !TOOH!, and have begun absorbing a good portion of Anaal Nathrakh.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, like so many 10-year-olds in the mid-90s, my first metal band was Metallica, and they were my favorite until I was 12, when I ordered Pantera's Official Live 101 Proof from a magazine. That was really where it started. I started by getting familiar with all the stand-bys like "Walk", "A New Level", "Five Minutes Alone" and "Becoming". But it was only a matter of time until I was blasting "Suicide Note Pt. 2" and "Sandblasted Skin" at full volume on my Discman everyday going to school and back. Occasionally I would hand the headphones over to some unexposed kid and say, "Hey! Listen to this." Good for a laugh.

It wasn't until high school that I was officially introduced to Slayer through some friends from New Hampshire. They also had this Death Metal comp disc called Death is Just the Beginning. It was strange. There was a Death Metal band with a flute player and it was the first music I had ever heard with blast beats except for Cannibal Corpse, who actually turned me off from that style for a long time.

So back to Slayer. My friends and I used to get high and have debates about who could kick whose ass in a fight: Pantera or Slayer. You know, kids' sh!t.

From then on, in a rough chronological order, my progression into extreme metal went something like this: Pantera to Slayer to Sepultura to Hatebreed to Six Feet Under to Slipknot to Fear Factory to Scar Culture to Superjoint Ritual to Opeth to Pig Destroyer to a whole world that includes the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Burnt By The Sun, Car Bomb, Psyopus, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Despised Icon, Behemoth, Nile, Dimmu Borgir, The Red Chord, Strapping Young Lad, Darkane, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Braindrill, The Faceless and Gojira.
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Well for me i was one of the luckier kids. My dad is a true rocker from his tastes in music. He influenced me by playing almost every rock genre out there. Metal was the one he enjoyed even more. So one up pops.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I discovered Nightwish and instantly fell in love with it, and Nightwish just led me to slightly heavier and heavier bands until I got to things like Emperor and Nile.
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, i was introduced through a rather terrible band called Cradle of Filth, this however led me to an article saying that most Norwegian black Metal bands frown upon said band. i did not know what type of music Norwegian black metal was so I downloaded a band called samael, i enjoyed that and got really into black metal, which spawned me into folk metal, and then doom and stoner, however i have never found death metal to be very enjoyable.
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