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Strappado wrote:Started at 12-13 with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar etc. Got into Black/Death Metal at the age 15-16 and then found VENOM!
I started to dig more into NWOBHM (as they was labeled) and found the fantastic SUNSET BLAZE tape - have been digging for underground jewels since then.


Started round the same age with Maiden and other classic bands then moved to Epic/Power&NWOBHM but always into Traditional Metal.SUNSET BLAZE is one of the best
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I was 12~13 years old when I discovered the hardcore band Maximum The Hormone and some songs from 80's bands like Metallica... Sooner I got into traditional metal and thereafter I stumbled upon BATHORY!

Since then, I have been searching for metal music more than other types of music.

I'm 18 now.
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I grew up with tons of hard rock in my house thanks to my parents, but real metal came into my life when my Uncle got Ride The Lightning, and I was hanging out with him that day.
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Growing up my mom listened to a lot of classic rock, my uncle listened to a lot of prog and my oldest sister listened to some NWOBHM. It wasn't until '82 that I first heard what I consider to be heavy metal i.e. Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast. I was 13 and totally blown away. Changes came fast as what I initially listened to evolved into the early speed metal and thrash thanks to a guy that lived around the corner named Jeff Ryan who occasionally hosted a local metal radio show. I was friends with his younger brothers but they were into the glam / hair bands of the time. He preferred Metallica, Anthrax, Exodus, etc. I ate it up dubbing everything he'd let me get my hands on. From there it just snow-balled. When I started hearing the early German bands Sodom, Kreator, Destruction and so on I loved it because it was rough around the edges and and the euro-style was very different (to me) than that of the American scene.

My musical tastes span everything from classic / prog rock to heavy metal, nwobhm, speed / thrash, death metal, black metal and even a bit of grindcore. I try to be open to different genres because I feel that each has merit unto itself. I'm not saying that I love every band, but there are jewels to be found in every category. If its to loud, heavy, fast or evil you must be older than me! Cheers bruddahs!
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i grew up with mostly hard rock bands : Van Halen , Whitesnake , Aerosmith, Queen , Def Leppard , Iron Maiden , Queensryche , The Godz , Boston , Toto.

so i'm interessted in rock music ever since my first memories

but at age 12 it really started to devellop more , some of the first bands i discovered were Quiet Riot , Jaguar , Tokyo Blade , Black Axe/Wolf , Running Wild and Agent Steel.
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Since I consider hard rock and heavy metal as interchangeable terms I was about 8 with AC/DC, Kiss and The Angels.
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Man, it's hard t say. Feel like I always had it in my blood. I was born in 1968 but had two older sisters. I remember when I was rrreeeeal young they'd have their boyfriends over and they'd spin Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and so on. I was into it from the get-go. I distinctly remember holding the cover of the first Sabs LP when I was probably 4 or 5 and it scared the bejeebus outta me. But I loved it.

A little later on, about '77 or '78 was when I got my first record player and I remember the first three or four albums I bought were all by KISS. I dug KISS but was looking for something heavier. As heavy as could be. Quickly got into Priest and picked up the older Sabbath albums that still haunted me from younger days.

I finally picked up guitar when I was about 12 and started meeting people who had knowledge of and access to a whole new world of stuff.

I just never stopped. Back then (pre-MTV, pre-Internet, even largely pre-zine) it was either word of mouth or you'd hang out in the record store trying to find the baddest, darkest, most evil looking album covers and bands with the coolest sounding names and song titles. I actually found a lot of great stuff that way.

But it's killer that we are able to share and turn people on to good music in a global, instantaneous way now. Makes it easy for old farts like me to keep up and discover new bands.
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I'm going slightly off-topic here, but i must say that i'm pleasantly surprised by how young so many of you are.
I'd imagined/assumed that it was mostly old buggers like myself (i'm 45 next week) on here, nostalgically reliving the 'glory days'.
But no, it seems there's a healthy proportion of you that are delving deep into the past for your musical kicks, and enjoying what you hear.
I guess quality music will always find a discerning audience.
A salute to all you young whippersnappers for your great taste!
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I'd say I was about 10 or 11 when I got into stuff like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Budgie, and a bit of Iron Maiden. It didn't really go anywhere from then until I was in highschool when I started really exploring heavy metal and its many subgenres with the help of the internet.
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In 1977 when I was a teen, my first true metal album i listened was SIN AFTER SIN. Fucking JUDAS !!!!

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Damn. Ever since I can remember. At home we listened to different things. My father listened to Cream, Deep Purple, Zeppelin, Procol Harum mother listened to the Beatles, Stones. My sister listened to punk rock - Pistols, Exploited, Dead Kennedys. So you understand. When I was seven years already listened to Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest. On the eighth birthday I got from my uncle "Paranoid," and, now nothing was the same;) And it was a long time ago.
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when I was around 11 or 12, i got into 1970s KISS LP's, and remember seeing the TV commercials for the Dynasty tour and wishing I could attend.
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I was 10 in 1980 when my dad gave me AC/DC's Highway To Hell on cassette (remember those! ;) ). I never looked back!
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Heavy Thrashhead wrote: Then in 2002 (Let's Say) This Video Game Called "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" There's Radio Station on There Called V-Rock That Played Bands Like, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne and So on,


Man, totally forgot about GTA !
I bought Grand Theft Auto III (in 2001 or 2002, the CD-Rom for PC) and played that all the time.
When I discovered the radio, it was pretty soon I was tired of the music.
I phoned long distance to the manufacturer for them to explain how I could put my own music on there,
and that was the first time I learned how to make mp3's.

The radio station I made was MEGADETH only. :D (hehe)
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At 14. It was 10 years ago and the band was Accept!
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My folks used to listen to Queen, Deep Purple and The Rolling Stones, among other commercial crap, when I was a kid. They even played an old Queen compilation for me often, if only because I found Mercury's singing rather amusing. Then, fast-foward to around 2006 (13), some schoolmate of mine gave me Metallica's Re-Load (I know, the shame...) to listen to. It was like having sex for the first time; I instantly loved the bloody thing (and I had zero musical preference at the time), and soon I managed to aquire most of their discography, somewhat preferring the older stuff. Not long after I purchased my first album ever, the self-titled (the even greater shame...), and a few months later I'm listening to Sabbath, 'Deth, some black metal (!) and many more. Exponential growth from there. Heavy Metal changed my life, it's my lifestile; I'm even considering hosting a radio show! I've met a lot of cool people over the years because of it and I'm proud and honored to belong in this community. (cheers1)

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I started listening to metal with 10-15 years with his father's reels, it was Aria, DIV, Accept, Manowar, Ozzy. Then in 16-18 I got to the Q-5, Metal Priests, Victory.
Yes, it's cool! And so far I love it!!! \m/ (sword)
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In 1976 (old) , at the age of 13. With the album "High Voltage" of AC/DC...well on (listenmu2)

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When i was about 11-12 i was rocking out to Metal Health & Pyromania and then it evolved into all the killer metal of all types after that but i grew up with my pops listening to Zeppelin,The Who,Pink Floyd,Beatles,Stones,&All the rockin 60's and 70's bands so i grew up a rocker

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The earliest stuff I remember hearing was Iron Maiden's "new" LP "Killers", on FM radio on the Metal Hour, midnight, Friday, and stuff, like Saxon that night.

I am guessing my first "official", brand new, metal record album I bought, was Quiet Riot "Metal Health" sometime in 1983, (if you don't include KISS records that came out before that one).
I was a loner at that point and that video was played every day afterschool on TV on Channel 29 from Buffalo, NY when they didn't have a commercial to run.
That was when music videos were just becoming popular and regular TV stations started getting in on it too.

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