Re: Thanks to ytsejam...


Author:John Frank
Date:2018-03-01 19:13:23
Edited:2018-03-01 19:13:49
In Reply To:Thanks to ytsejam... by Michael Blevins
Views:134
...by 1994 I was ordering from Laser's Edge (I want to say the very first thing I ordered from Ken was the first Threshold album), Dream Disc, and ImportCDs.com. I never looked back, although I was very happy when a lot of stuff got US releases so the CDs were $27 a pop!
The prog and power metal from that era would have perhaps given me some joy, certainly more than the black metal that was all the rage at the time. In 1997-98, Ken Luther introduced me to the online metal world and to Blind Guardian, Symphony X, Angra, Shadow Gallery, Stratovarius, and others, but I only dug a few songs here and there. Discovering that Iced Earth had gotten good after their debut was a pleasant surprise. Realizing that Rage still existed, but I no longer liked them was less of a treat.

The music that saved me and rekindled my passion for new metal albums was melodic death. Sylvain was my guru for this stuff, and I got into a ton of albums in that style. Shortly after that, I made a deep dive into obscure, complex death.
I could never get into radio music in the '90s - I didn't even know half of the stuff you listed up there existed until I started playing in a cover band in 2002. ;)
Yeah, I was rather desperate at the time. :-) I do not think I have gotten into a band by hearing them on the radio in the past 20 years.

"It's not exactly a horrible album, but it's no better than something by, I dunno, Pagan's Mind or some other shirt-tucking nerdprog band." - Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh
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