National Metal Day: How I Got Into Metal / by Randy Ortiz

Today, November 11, 2011 is National Metal Day and I would like to celebrate it by sharing how I got into listening to this glorious hair thrashing, loud, riff-filled and awesome genre. The place... Washington Irving High School in NYC, I was a young buck who got into graffiti freshman year and nothing else mattered (so I thought), it was all Hip-Hop all the time for me. By1994 Green Day reared it's head with 'Dookie' along the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and all that stuff, at that moment it wasn't enough for me to pay attention and thought it was pretty horrible in general. A bit closed minded yes but then again I was 16 and had limited exposure to music, but then in 1996 a crazy acid dropping, semi-violent friend of ours (let's call him Jonathan, cause that's his name) said "hey check this shit... man it's BUGGED OUT!!" He hands me a copy of White Zombie's 'Supersexy Swingin' Sounds' and I toss it right back at him telling him I'm not listening to this "shitty rock album with a stupid name" and mentioned something about rock being devil worshiping music. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrkwmR6HjM[/youtube]

Batman (we called him that, dunno why) kept pushing the album on me, then I finally gave in and had a listen on my AIWA portable CD player, I was surprised at how much I liked it and the feverish craving I had for more after just one listen. He goes on for about 5 minutes on a 'I told you so' rampage and tells me of another artist by the name of Marilyn Manson, let's me borrow 'Antichrist Superstar' and that totally did it for me. When I first listened to Manson it's like everything in life was clearer (sounds cheesy but true) and I started to constantly search for more Rock and Metal. Nirvana blessed my ears afterwards then Metallica's "Enter Sandman" video played on MTV one night and I was absolutely floored by it, felt like if I'd discovered a totally different world underneath my feet and I fell in love with it. Now I can safely switch from Pink Floyd to System of a Down and get lost in it on the drop of a hat then visit Hip-Hop and end the stay with some Black Sabbath and toss in some Black Dahlia Murder then turn it up to 11.

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So thank Jonathan everyone because if it wasn't for his crazy ass I probably wouldn't be posting or talking about all this great music, this beginning opened the doors for rock and metal. Buddy wherever you are if alive or dead... thank you.