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Albums That Shaped My Metalness

It's no secret that I love metal. Very heavy metal. I didn't fall in love with the genre over night; on the contrary, it was a very long, gradual process that brought me life-changingly close to a genre that I once hated.
1Shadows Fall
The Art of Balance

I guess you could call this the first extreme music album I ever truly loved. Once I heard The Idiot Box, I was intrigued. But once I heard Destroyer of Senses and Thoughts Without Words, I was absolutely hooked. A friend then introduced me to Of One Blood, and several years later, I haven't looked back.
2Children of Bodom
Something Wild

Oh, the memories. I remember hearing a lot of talk about Children of Bodom when I first joined mx. I thought I might give them a try, but at first I wasn't biting. All it took was a couple riffs. The neoclassical lick in Red Light in My Eyes, Pt. I and the entrancing melody in Deadnight Warrior, to be exact. I spent a weekend in New York cramming myself full of this album and I couldn't wait to find more once I got home. Follow the Reaper not only solidified Children of Bodom as a very important band for me, but also showed me my love of shred guitar.
3Cradle of Filth

This one isn't without memories either. The same friend who hooked me up with Of One Blood was also an aspiring black metal fan. As I wasn't much on black metal at the time, I was interested to experience it. Alas, all I could find was Cradle of Filth, which I didn't know wasn't black metal at the time. Regardless of the genre, I spent many a summer night up until 2:00 am on listening to clips of Lord Abortion and Saffron's Curse. Months afterward, I had acquired several Cradle of Filth albums and recall playing PS2, locked in my room with a space heater cutting through the cold winter air, with Dusk and Her Embrace playing endlessly.
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...

The album that really sparked my interest in black metal. Once again, I didn't know this wasn't really black metal at the time, but I was entranced by the heavy atmosphere and vocal styles. Emperor led me to Darkthrone's Transylvanian Hunger, the album that gave me my first real taste of the frostbitten gravelands of the north.
None So Vile

Although this album doesn't have anywhere near the sentimental value of the first three on this list, I owe a hell of a lot to Cryptopsy. It was the first insanely brutal album to catch my attention for reasons other than shock value. Once I got my hands on None So Vile, I realized I really did have an interest in music heavier than anyone else I knew at the time. From then on, no metal album was too extreme, no lyrics too violent. Along with Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy turned me into a death head.
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