“I am a man who walks alone..and when I’m walking a dark road at night or strolling through the park…when light begins to change I sometimes feel a little strange…a little anxious when it’s dark…Fear Of The Dark..Fear Of The Dark!
When I was 16,this was the first metal song I heard.Like everyone I also discarded it and rubbished it as ‘just scream,less substance’.
But somehow I came back for it..maybe its the power of Iron Maiden or the power of metal..it can crawl into you irrespective of whatever mood you are in..it bites and stings you at those areas where it hurts the most but you come out even more empowered and confident.
So once I went back to the ‘maidens’,I never returned. Instead I went on exploring for more. The path shown by The Iron Maidens took me to a whole new different universe.You know metal is just like a funfare..kids get lost at the glitz and brightness of the fare..too many shops,all diverse in nature..they want to buy and explore everything. Same thing happened to me..only difference being..this was a dark and somber fare..here was the rollercoaster ride for “highway to hell” and “breaking The law” was allowed…here was “the master of puppets” and “the tornado of souls” was a common sight!
The excavation of metal continued and after going through every pieces I finally admitted that this was it.Heavy metal,thrash,alternative,glam,Nu were the subgenres I finalised.But then I came to college and made friends with quite a few fellow metalheads…funny thing about us metalheads is that seeing another metalhead in the crowd excites us…devil horn is the handshake for us,headbanging is the waltz and black is the symbol.
Slowly I discovered other genres of metal.Starting with Death metal, I met Black metal,viking metal,progressive,technical death,shock metal,brutal death,depressive metal…phewww! guess socializing with new metal subgenres would never end.
Its been 7 years now,still I feel that I’ve a whole lot of metal to sip. And thats the beauty of this form of music. It has uniqueness,boldness,courage,madness and creativity.Metal is not just screaming..it actually screams out the effort and dedication put in the song
Right now while I am writing this..some band is being created..some band is writing,playing,strumming something which is going to change their life…
Metal’s beauty lies in the fact that you can’t convince someone to like it..you either embrace it or discard it.
Rob Zombie once said in an interview-“Metal fans are the one who make metal so true..means I have never met a guy saying..hey i liked slayer one summer..its like if you are a slayer fan,you will always remain a slayer fan”
How true is that! Once I was listening to ‘in my time of need’ by opeth…and my friend was like…dude!its such a nice song…before he could comment anything else i played ‘deliverence’..opeth again….the guy flinched…I enlightened him that both songs are of the same artist….I still remember his expression. People can sometimes be so stereotyped!
So this is my experience with Metal…and its ongoing…I don’t know when it will end..and i sure don’t want it to…I love how metal surprises me with every new song..The riffs,the solos,the beats,the bass raises the hair at the back of my neck every time…
And as I said earlier,while I am writing this,some band has most probably completed its song,some band has created the most complex riff…some band has produced the next petrucci…and these bands has most certainly saved metal from dying.
No reasons! I just love SLAYER!