Justin King

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04.02.15 Wanting More Hip-Hop like this10.16.14 Life Is Really Good: One Year Later
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Life Is Really Good.

My life is headed in incredible directions now. My band is recording a full-length album that we can genuinely say we are proud of, I just went on my first vacation, and there is where I realized that I am in love with my best friend. Once I returned home, I told her everything, and she returned the feelings. I'm more inspired than ever with my music, and happier than I've ever been. List is what led me to this point.
Demon Days

I was a happy kid. I was 12 when this came out, and even though it wasn't the first album I ever listened to or anything, it was a life-changing one. Some of the happiest moments of my life when I was a kid had this as a soundtrack.
Jane Doe

And then, I wasn't so happy anymore. My father had a heart attack, and had to have surgery to save his life. Luckily, he's better now, but for a few years, we were afraid we would lose him. But the worst was when my grandmother died. She was the glue that held my family together, and we very quickly became fractured, and I was the one blamed for her death. This album gripped me by the hair and screamed in my face that I could be angry. I could put it all into words. I could put it into music.
Define the Great Line

But I wanted to be happy again. So I tried to reach out to God. I was told that was something I needed to be truly happy, but no matter how hard I tried, I only slipped further into depression as my friend was caught for drugs, another was taken away because his mother cooked meth, and another began to steal from all of us. All I had were those three, and we were like brothers. After that, I had no one to talk to for about two years. I've no idea why, but this album spoke to me during this time.
4Misery Signals
Of Malice and the Magnum Heart

No matter how hard I try, I can't block out the memory of my cousin killing himself right in front of me. This again sent me into a deep depression, and nearly pushed me over the edge. It was at this point I completely denounced what little faith I had. All this album provided for me was a small bit of escape. I learned the words so that I could scream along to them and allow myself a catharsis.
Blackwater Park

During my Freshman year of high school, I was a complete mess. But somehow, I connected to someone due to our mutual love of Opeth. This is how I gained friends this year. I became known as the music guy to everyone, as I had a decent collection of albums and could talk music with nearly anyone.
6Poison the Well
The Opposite of December

This is when a good friend of mine that I had known for several years committed suicide. I fell back into a depression that I had just crawled out of, as all my friends had abandoned me again. I listened to only this album the entire day that he died. I needed something to help me cope.
Impossibility of Reason

Soon after this, I met my now ex-girlfriend. For a while, things were good. But two months in, she began talking to the man who raped her again, and naturally, I was pissed. But for some reason, I stuck around for another year and a half. I was so fucking stupid for staying, as she felt it was necessary to make me feel like shit every day, then cheated on me twice. This album is how angry I was at myself for allowing it to get so bad.
8Martyr AD
On Earth as It Is in Hell

So my band was formed. This album helped shape my guitar playing style, and greatly influenced our first track, which we only love to perform live. This helped me clean up my guitar playing, as I worked almost solely on rhythm work, and made me feel groove in heavy music.
The Red Tree

My sister got married mid-June two years ago, and I was a bit happier at this point. I can still remember the only words I could hear of the vows, when my sister said, "When I was a kid, I always wanted to marry Batman, but that bastard never came for me, but somehow I got something better." The day she was married was also the day I met my best friend and now-girlfriend. This album was a very uplifting album that helped me see the good in things, other than the last track, which I can no longer listen to.
We Are the Romans

I was incredibly focused on bettering myself as a musician for a long time, and this album proved to completely turn my perception of guitar playing upside down. Phenomenal record, but it began my excessive self-criticism.
11Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

I played this album for my best friend one time, and she was taken aback at it. She absolutely loved it, and this was the beginning of our friendship, when we realized just how much we both connected to music. So I talked to her all day, almost every day for two years.

My family took a vacation to Destin, Florida. It was at the first sunrise on the beach that I realized how badly I wanted her there with me. It was here that I knew I was fooling myself by masking what I felt. I knew I was in love with her. This is what I listened to while I had this revelation.
13Jeff Buckley

This is the album she put on while we cooked together yesterday. During Hallelujah, we began to dance with each other, and I had to let it all out. I told her everything, and she told me she felt the same. Once we told each other how we felt, we just held each other as I sang the rest of the song to her. This was the single most perfect moment of my life thus far.
14Evergreen Terrace
Burned Alive by Time

So now, I have everything lined up for me. I'm genuinely happy now, and looking forward to where life may take me. This is the album I listened to in order to celebrate the new chapter of my life unfolding.
Liberate Te Ex Inferis

This album was another one that helped me through my grandmother's passing. This was when I tried to reconnect with God before she passed, as she had a stroke a few months before, and I was the only member of the family she remembered by name. I prayed every day for her to get better, but at least her suffering was ended. I wasn't thinking straight, and this album showed me how darkness sounded.

This is the album that made me begin to sing in a melodic way. The melodies were cathartic, and showed me what I wanted my voice to sound like. I needed this album at the time, as when I found it, it was in the aftermath of my father's surgery, when we thought that he wasn't going to make it. I wanted a way to make my voice heard.
17Prayer for Cleansing
Rain in Endless Fall

My mother was born in North Carolina, and grew up there. I loved every story that she told me about NC, and she always told me it was a beautiful place. So I always wanted to go, but I had to make sure I had a reason. So I researched the music scene there, and found that so many bands I love were from there, so I knew that was where I wanted to live once I had the means to do so. Coincidentally, that's exactly where my girlfriend wants to be, as well.
18Morning Again
As Tradition Dies Slowly

At my lowest points, all I ever needed was a way to release the tension. This record may not be the most revolutionary or heavy metalcore release, but it showed me how passion plays a large role in anything good. Everything I listen to or enjoy is because of the passion behind it.

Within these past few months, I was in a heavy and oppressive atmosphere. My dog, Bannon, a Husky-wolf mix, was hit by a car, and both his back legs were broken. While I got him the operation to pin his legs, I still had to care for him these past few months, and couldn't even leave my home because he WOULD be hurt. For three months, all I could hear in my sleep was him screaming, and it led to me having panic attacks and meltdowns because I felt I'd done the wrong thing by not having him put down. This album calmed me down and made me think that things would get better, and they are now. He can get up and walk well, and he's back to his playful self.
Laisser Vivre les Squelettes

Yet another album that calmed me down. Also the record that got me very much into screamo. Though I don't know the translation of the lyrics, the way they are presented is purely passionate, as are the instrumental aspects. This album was what I needed to shed my skin and let it all go.

One of the albums that helped me get over my ex. I was pissed off that she had cheated, dumped me, then told me I was an asshole for not taking her back. Listening to this cleared my head and let me tell myself, "Never again."
22Lower Definition
The Greatest of All Lost Arts

"If We Speak Quietly..." was one of the first songs I ever sang in full, and is still the song I use to practice my cleans. But it's the song I've shared with many of my friends who wonder what my biggest influence is when it comes to my singing. It's also the first song I ever sang aloud to anyone. The album is probably my favorite post-hardcore release aside from Alexisonfire's debut.
23Phoenix Mourning
When Excuses Become Antiques

My all-time favorite album. It connects with me on every level, and it has stuck with me ever since I first heard it. This album has helped me through my worst moments, and even when I'm at my happiest, it happens to make my smile even more genuine. I could never find the words to express my gratitude to this band, and I could never explain how dearly I love this album.
24The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity

The album I listened to on my angriest day, the day of my friend's funeral. Several people were only there because they wanted out of school, and his girlfriend was there hitting on guys. I couldn't say anything, because I didn't want to soil his name by making a scene, but it made me so fucking angry. All I wanted to do was scream at everyone who was using his funeral as a day out, and I even got into a fight hours later because someone said, "He must have been a faggot to kill himself. He probably deserved it, but I never talked to him." I have never been prone to violence, but I will politely say this is the closest I have or will ever come to killing someone.
The Frailty of Words

One of the albums that opened my eyes about who I should be friends with. All of my friends were heavy drug users, and I have always been straight-edge, so I was always the odd one out. But they did accept me. I never judged them for it, just as they never judged me. But it drove us apart, as I wanted no part in any kind of drugs or alcohol, and they indulged nearly every day. Now, the people I hold most dearly respect me as I respect them. Some indulge, but they respect me enough to not do anything in front of me.
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