As some of you should know by now, I’m a metalhead. Have been for years. Thanks to Apple Music Streaming which I’ve been a subscriber for about a year now, that gave me the opportunity to listen to all kinds of metal bands I’ve never heard before. I just started listening to Amon Amarth albums through Apple Music. Amon Amarth, the Swedish metal band that also plays Viking music. I got interested in listening to Amon Amarth by reading an interview with them through Guitar World magazine. I’m digging Amon Amarth a lot. They’re a fun band to listen to.
I’m trying to listen to a lot of black metal, death metal and even hardcore stuff. Why do I love metal so much? For the most part, I just dig the guitar playing and I also dig the songwriting too. I think in the metal genre, they write the best songs. For the past year or so, I’ve been listening to so much metal with bands like Sabbath, Opeth, Iron Maiden, At The Gates, Venom, Death, Slipknot, Megadeth, Motorhead, Lamb of God, Burzum, Ronnie James Dio, etc. Apple Music gave me the opportunity to listen to all those bands. I would listen to all of their albums. They’re entire discography pretty much.
There are still plenty of more metal bands that I got to get around to listening to. I was meaning to start listening to Anthrax and Judas Priest sometime soon. So many bands, so much music, so little time.
I’ve also been trying to listen to a lot more jazz & blues as well. I just listen to metal, jazz and blues for guitar inspiration pretty much. I figure if I want to improve as a guitar player and get better, you gotta listen to a variety of genres of music, ya know? I don’t stick with one genre of music like a lot of people do these days. I listen to everything pretty much but these days I’ve been listening to metal, jazz & blues than anything. When I want a break from heavy music, I’ll put on a jazz album or a blues album. On top of that, I just like to listen to that stuff. I’ll have another topic of blues and jazz soon.
I’m happy that streaming services like Apple Music & Spotify are here. I think those services are awesome ’cause if I like an album enough, I just buy my own copy and I have been doing that a lot.
Back to metal music, I’ve always been a huge fan of metal ever since I was a child. Twisted Sister was one of the first metal bands I fell in love with… Twisted Sister was my first start in metal, I believe. I remember getting the “Stay Hungry” vinyl when I was a kid and used to play that album to death. Still love that album today.
A lot of people would think that I listen to folk music or country but not true at all. I’m a rock n’ roller and always has been. I listen to metal ’cause it’s inspiring. It helps gets things out of your system when you listen to that stuff. I’ve been studying metal guitar ’cause one of these days I would like to make a metal album sometime down the road.