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Ooooh, you guys are warming the cockels of my blackened metal heart!PRELUDE, you have good taste! Or if not, you at least have the same bad taste I have. No, I was right the first time. You do have good taste! Ha! I've got that Iced Earth album on cassette, I can't remember when I got it, but I remember being in love with the triplets and the tight, compressy guitar crunch. Pretty sure I got turned onto them thanks to Ula Gehret's zine. I know Iced Earth has done a ton of stuff since, but my interest kinda started and ended with that album. I guess there wasn't anything fundamentally that grabbed me.My metal journey began with "And Justice For All". Freshman yeart of high school. I remember trying to wrap my head around what I was hearing - it sounded so abstract and amorphous at first. But then a switch was thrown with "Shortest Straw" and there was no turning back. No interest in them nowadays, and am totally at peace with that. Okay, so maybe I did buy the Big Four DVD, but that's the last time Metallica got my cash. Oh man, Overkill was also a HUGE favorite in those days (most killer live shows ever) along with all the '90s era standards; Pantera, Kreator, Testament, Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Obituary, Trouble, Candlemass (Sorry, just listing a bunch of bands to amuse myself, please stand by).My love affair with Trouble began with the self-titled 1990 LP and then worked forward and backward. I saw them at a little dive bar in Milwaukee once with Cathedral. Man, that was fucking awesome. *wavy vision transition, harp strumming* Eric Wagner was like this stoned, almost unmoving mountain of hair. The dual Flying Vs kicking out those dry, crunchy riffs, the candles on the guitar cabs…Seeing Lee Dorrian this tiny, scrawny dude playing pinball and me too scared to talk to him. I still get a little verklempt over Trouble's stellar cover of "Breathe…" (not that I KNEW it was Donovan at the time, but hey I didn't know or care what killer metal songs were covers or not back then. Garage Days was just Metallica's best-sounding recording ever, to this day. Works for me. It's always been really hard for me to wind the clock back and appreciate NWOBHM bands in retrospect. The wires just aren't connecting for whatever reason.
Lots of good classic metal listed so far. Anyone into newer stuff? Like:or:or:?
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