Around the end of my junior year, things started to get set in motion for where I would end up musically. It started, like with a lot of people, with Metallica (the Sam Adams of the metal world, although the comparison breaks down in that Sam Adams continues to make solid, if unspectacular beer while Metallica does not do that anymore.) I started with Re-Load, however, so its a wonder I kept up with it. At the same time, when I was 16 I started working at the Dairy Queen in Somerset, WI. One of my co-workers was pretty obsessed with all things Metallica, so by the time I got to Re-Load I was ready to pick up some earlier stuff from them. Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning got a lot of play from high school senior me. It all set up the stage for college and a lot of bandwidth to discover what I liked and dig deeply into it.