Someone asked me about making a guide to someone that’s new to metal, so here it is!
To start off, I just want to put a disclaimer that this is only one set of ideas on how to enter the metal culture, framed mostly by my experience. Others might have other ideas, and that’s okay.
So let’s get started!
- THE MUSIC OF COURSE
When entering any world that is new and foreign to us, one of the first questions to enter our minds is, “Where do I start?” When it comes to the metal subculture, of course it’s gotta be the music! But then you look at ALL the metal music that’s out there and then you’re like, “…where do i start????/?” Well, here are a few things you can do:
- Listen to your local rock station. Rock isn’t metal and vice versa, yes, but, rock stations play a nice wide range of music from different times and different subgenres. From there you can pick a few bands you like, and gauge the musical direction that you seem to prefer. From there, you can
- Get on Spotify or Pandora. Listen to the bands/musicians that you liked from the radio and they’ll suggest similar music. You’ll be able to expand your musical palette that way!
- Ask your friends for suggestions! You never know what rare (or not so), unheard of gem that your friends might listen to!
- Check out your local metal scene! A quick Google search can help that! For example, if you’re from Ohio, look for “Ohio local metal bands” and see what comes up!
- Look at Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, Volumes 1 and 2. I’ve learned a lot about hard rock and heavy metal through Eddie Trunk, so I think these would be a good read! Buy them on Amazon: 1, 2. You can read Vol. 1 online for free here.
- Look at this list of personal recommendations. Here’s a little list of albums and links to them that I think make great starter metal music. Most of these are basic metal knowledge-type bands, others I threw in because I think they’d still be good for new people.
- Avenged Sevenfold, Self-Titled Album [x]
- Serj Tankian, Elect the Dead [x]
- Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind [x]
- Metallica, The Black Album [x]
- Lordi, Get Heavy [x]
- Hammerfall, Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken [x]
- Dethklok, The Dethalbum [x]
- Black Sabbath, Self-Titled Album [x]
- Black Sabbath, Paranoid [x]
- Slipknot, All Hope is Gone [x]
- Korpiklaani, Karkelo [x]
- Finntroll, Nifelvind [x]
- Motley Crue, Shout At the Devil [x]
- HEAVY METAL MOVIES AND TV
If you really want to learn more about metal, I really recommend watching these documentaries and shows! Most of them you can find on VH1 Classic’s schedule at some point. Links are provided if they can be watched on the internet.
- Metal, a Headbanger’s Journey [x] (Metal history/culture documentary)
- Iron Maiden: Flight 666 [x] (Iron Maiden documentary/live DVD)
- Metal Evolution (Metal history TV series)
- Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Anvil band documentary)
- That Metal Show (TV series)
- Until the Light Takes Us [x, x] (Black Metal documentary)
- Last Days Here (Pentagram band documentary)
- Avenged Sevenfold: Live in the LBC [x] (Avenged Sevenfold live DVD)
- Behind the Music Remastered (TV Series)
- Classic Albums (TV Series)
- Wayne’s World 1 & 2 (Movie)
- Metalocalypse (Cartoon on Adult Swim)
(*this is common knowledge but I should say this anyways, Wayne’s World and Metalocalypse are fictional media and not actually documentarian.)
- NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!
If you wanna keep up with the metal times and maybe learn about a new band or two along the way, these are popular metal news sites, figures, and magazines.
- BEING METAL ON TUMBLR
Since you’re reading this post on tumblr, here’s some metal blogs to follow!
- isthismetalbandawful (although it seems that the blog has been down for a while for some reason? That hopefully will change.)
- There’s a good chance that your favorite band is on tumblr! it’s a matter of searching for “(your favorite band here) official tumblr” on google or even going to their official site to see all their social media pages. Be sure to check your favorite bands’ tags on tumblr by going to their tag (tumblr.com/tagged/bandnamehere).
- Also this is just a very important post.
All of these resources and information should be more than enough to get you started into metal! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!
Skwisgaar has work in like 30 minutes but he decided to woohoo Toki instead and he keeps hitting on Toki and they won’t ST OP
Likes real life
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the magical creature that is Jari Mäenpää.
Vreth if you somehow see this Im sorry
This took longer than expected. It’s supposed to be a break time drawing from work… but I failed YEEH
Little screencap redraw thing or something…
Don’t mind the huge dump of photos of Wintersun in the studio.
STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING RIGHT THE HELL NOW AND WATCH THIS:
The best 3:46 you will ever waste.
Heri, Gunnar & Kari of Tyr, Vreth of Finntroll, Allan of Primordial and Matson of Korpiklaani do karaoke to A-Ha’s “Take on Me”.