And now we've come to the end of my week. Thanks for letting me reflect, everyone. This is my most recent album purchase and I became addicted from the opening riff of this song, which opens the album Riitiir, they're most recent release. I really need to explore their back catalog. This is a pretty great mix of the stuff I like about heavy metal. There's the growl and the clean vocals, excellent guitar work, an obvious passion for what they're playing/singing about, and norse mythology related lyrics (always a good source for this kind of music.)
Now that we've gone through how I got here, I'm going to spend the weekend playing things I think are awesome. This video is great because its extremely obvious that, even after 25 years (to that point in 2002. They're still going, although they did split up for a bit in 2009) these guys are clearly still having a blast singing about pirates. This makes for great driving music, by the way.
I started college right about when Napster hit the scene. Combined with a T1 connection, it was a great time to find music, and as much money as I spent on cds over the next few years, I feel I was a pretty good counter-point to ol' Lars's crap about music downloading. One of the first bands I found that stood out and sparked an interest in metal for me was Iced Earth. It was something of a revelation for me and set me off on a journey of discovery that has only recently slowed down due to lack of funds for things like cds, mostly because of kids and beer (and grown up life cost way too much money).
I know the video is kind of long, but its both one of my favorite songs of all time and a great live performance. Well worth the time investment.
Continue reading Iced Earth – Dante’s Inferno
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.
I'm not gonna try to get good ratings this week, because I probably really can't anyway. Instead, I'm going to try to entertain everyone with a little "Cheaptoy Musical History" week to see how I got to where I am with my musical tastes. As you can see from the video above, this could be a little embarrassing. My first ever cd that I bought was Pocket Full of Kryptonite. I was about 11 or 12 at the time and just starting to not listen to just what my parents had on in the car (KOOL 108.... not for me these days.)