It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of metal. I mean, I’ve only been writing about it on BD for over six years. For me, it started by watching music videos on MTV of bands like Soundgarden, Tool, Metallica, Megadeth, etc… Also, sneaking the occasional episode of “Beavis and Butthead” didn’t hurt things.
As the years have progressed, I found that I began listening to metal from all sorts of different sub-genres, from the edges of heavy rock to the most blistering, in-your-face extremist cacophonies you could imagine. And along with that love of discovering more and more metal came the realization that most people who “hate metal” simply don’t give it a fair shot. I’m sure the same can be said about any other genre but what other genre can you really think of that has such a negative connotation in mainstream society? Hip hop is celebrated, country is one of the biggest sellers in the country, and no one really knows about polka except for Weird Al.
So I want to take an opportunity and use this platform to talk about five specific albums that I think will give people a chance at understanding what there is to love about the genre and how they can approach, at the very least, having a sense of appreciation for the true musicality and technique that goes into metal.
As always, if you’ve got some suggestions, leave them in the comments below!