I love death metal. I’ve loved death metal since Death’s “Scream Bloody Gore.” I bought that cassette solely on the cover. I loved it. The problem with the 80’s is the distinct lack of information. You either had to buy 20 magazines to keep up with the scene, or invest in a good tape-trading group. I didn’t want to waste my limited funds on magazines as well as music, so I stuck with what I could find at Coconut’s and so forth. (Remember record stores? I miss them.)
Then comes Obituary. I picked up “Cause of Death” because well, it was Florida Death Metal (and it wasn’t Cannibal Corpse. Nothing against CC, I’m just not a fan.) And it had the same artwork as an H.P. Lovecraft anthology I bought at a used bookstore. Well, I wasn’t disappointed.. I friggin’ love C.o.D. 🙂 It was a love affair that lasts to this day. Speaking of which:
Here’s the list of albums I can listen to even today after thousands of plays:
- Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers (my first DP record.) Loved it.
- Asia – Asia (yeah yeah, the songs are catchy, and I like it. Bugger off.)
- Metal Church – Metal Church (insane riffage. Makes me me giddy just thinking about it.) I also love Blessing in Disguise
- Twisted Sister (all of their studio albums.) I can tell you when the solos kick in and which solo is which on Stay Hungry. I listened to it THAT much. I never tire of it. Twisted Sister is my favorite band of all time. I can even air-drum to EACH track on Stay Hungry. 🙂
- Testament – The New Order (phenomenal album) I used to listen to this when I went to work and back… great road tunes.
- Manowar – Kings of Metal (2nd Manowar record and I liked it better than Fighting the World.)
- Overkill – The Years of Decay (1989 was a shitty year. First year college student, broke, and wishing I had more free time. I just friggin’ loved this cassette.)
- Quiet Riot (Down to the Bone, Metal Health, QR3, Condition Critical) Love these guys and their music. QR3 is my favorite among them.
- Ensiferum (first CD) Catchy as hell and great writing.
- Obituary – Cause of Death
- Death – Scream Bloody Gore
- Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force (debut).
- Blade Runner Soundtrack
- King Diamond – Them (my first KD record and it rules.) I love most of KD’s work though. Not a dud in the bunch.
- Van Halen – 1984 Because it was my first “rock” record after “Metal Health” (which was, coincidentally, metal.)
- Powermad – Absolute Power (riffage galore and some of the best vocals this side of Bruce Dickinson.)
- Speaking of: Iron Maiden – 7th Son of a 7th Son/Powerslave/Somewhere in Time/Number of the Beast
- Megadeth – Peace Sells/So Far So Good So What? Fucking phenomenal
- Metallica – Master of Puppets/Ride the Lightning/5.98 EP. (I love their covers: Breadfan is the bomb-bay!)
- Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell (DUH!)
Heck, I have quite a list. Most of them bring back great memories. The new stuff is sprinkled in there, because well, I tend not to be in any sort of “nostalgic” mood. I just love good music. I have lots of bands I love. I have lots of bands I like. And I even have bands I don’t necessarily listen to but respect for their musical ability.
I just like heavy metal, I guess. I have since I was 12. It is all Twisted Sister’s fault. I was (and always will be) a nonconformist. I bucked the trends in music. I never stuck with any fad genres, and I never liked pop music. I am all about the fuzzed out loud guitars and bombastic drums that make your ribs shake. Rap, Grunge, Pop, Alternative, Salsa… they can all keep their music. I will die listening to metal. And that’s a great thing.
Holy shit. I forgot two records that I need on my Desert Island set!
Keepers 1 and 2 by Helloween. 🙂 I friggin’ LOVE Helloween. 🙂