Such a great album. I am a Metal purist but I can appreciate the Black album. Load and Reload are great albums too. Personally I really rate St Anger as well. I believe a lot of people hop on the “St Anger” hate wagon without actually listening and digesting it properly.
Metalheads can be so closed minded which is really weird when we are in among one of the most diverse genres of music.
Of course you’re not alone!
Questions, questions…That was so long ago
I don’t remember first album really, i think the first one i bought physically and loved to death was Slipknot - Iowa…
However i do remember very good what REALLY got me into metal, it was heavy raining night and i was tuning in randomly to some radio…Where i’ve heard something very fresh and insane on one of broadcasts, which i still have recorded on cassete:
Brujeria - Vayan sin miedo
Slipknot - Surfacing
Fear factory - Edgecrusher
Madball - Hold it down
Corrupted - Empty
Iron monkey - Bad year
Sepultura - Roots bloody roots
I loooooooooooooved it, headbanged from start to end!
It was one of those rare moments of life: “Whatever the f**k it is - i want THAT!”, as you can see it’s not “classic” or “old-school” by no means, but an absolute blast mix of alternative, extreme, groove, hardcore metal…
Visceral reaction, thought provocation and punch in the face - is exactly what i needed from music at the moment and since then…I mean ffs they all sound exactly like world around - f***king CRAAAZY!
I need more gain, more speed, weirdest groove i need weird time-signatures, 3 drummers, 3 basists, masks…Whatever, BRING IT!
Surely i’ve heard some metal somewhere before but my reaction for the most part was “alright, they can play”, but doesn’t touch me to the core really before…
Since then i’ve rabbit-holed into extremes of metal
Sorry i can’t choose between Joey Jordison and Dave Lombardo, very different styles and groove, but i believe you just can’t get around both
Since i like the factor of diversity for voice: Corey Taylor (early)
But if we count extreme: Jonny Davy (also early)
Yeah to me that was really weird as well, purist or not - that album is good, but the St. Anger song to me is genius for the sound, and yes including the “can snare”
I don’t have real favourites (one exception, see below), but I like some kind of uniqueness. You listen to something and you instantly know “Oh yes, it is her or him”. Or some kind of trademark sound. Primordial e.g. may not be easy listening, but they have this kind of uniqueness.
The one exception is a combination of great bassist and singer: Of course Lemmy.
Though I lived in Bergen, capital black metal city, in BM’s formative years in the early nineties, my all-time favourite BM album is a more modern one. Mayhem - Ordo ad Chao.
It is a piece of goddamn contemporary art. Taking ‘‘necro’’ to another level, the musical structures themselves are in a state of decay. Beyond the classic BM bands, Deathspell Omega is an absolute favourite,
Don’t really have ‘‘favourite’’ musicians, but Hellhammer here comes close as a drummer, if I had to choose one. Along with Meshuggah’s Thomas Haake.