Metal Bands 2
- IRON MAIDEN
- DEF LEPPARD
Iron Maiden is another great metal band that I started listening to in high school. I remember the first song by Iron Maiden I heard on the radio, “Running Free”. I was about 17 years old when I heard this new type of Heavy Metal music. This new type of metal was called New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
This new addition to my music category was great, I got into it rather quick and I still listen to this heavy music. Some-one once told me way back in the days of my youth that the music you listen to when you’re fourteen or fifteen years old, is the music you’re probably going to keep hearing throughout your adult years. I believe that was an accurate statement, I still listen to this metal music quite often. It actually helps me get motivated in the early morning hours of the day.
Back to Iron Maiden, this band was formed in the East End of London back in 1975 by Steve Harris, the bassist. They’re considered the other Pioneers of New Wave Heavy Metal. Judas Priest, my other favorite band was the first. Iron Maiden has gone through numerous changes throughout the years. They’re currently touring and still recording albums. I rank this band number two out of my top five list.
Metal Bands 1
Screaming For Vengeance
This is another great band. I remember the first song by Judas Priest I heard on the radio, “Exciter”. I was about 14 years old when I heard this new, but heavy sounding type of music Heavy Metal.
This new sound was great; I got into it rather quick and I still listen to this heavy music. It helps me to get going, especially in the early morning hours. I use to be an overnighter, I mean; I worked the Overnight Shift at my past jobs for several years. It took me a while to adjust to this regular type of normal hours (9AM-5PM).
Back to this new music, Heavy Metal, just the name itself describes the feel and the sound quite well. When I first started listening to Metal, it was a brand new experience for me. My initial response was, man’ it’s loud! And it sure was, it’s a matter of fact I remember an old saying that some-one told me way back, If it’s too loud, you’re too old. Well, that was an accurate description, and I still like it loud.
Judas Priest is a British band that formed in 1974 by Rob Halford, Lead Singer, and Glen Tipton, Lead Guitarist. They were considered The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This metal band has stood the test of time and they’re currently producing albums. Some of the original members left the band, but they still got it, in my view.
Soon after hearing this band and a few others, I became a Metal head, and thus my nickname Metal Mike was established. I still listen to Judas Priest on a regular basis, and it does help get my day off to an energetic start.
Favorite Bands 5
This is another great band. I remember the first song by Deep Purple I heard on the radio, “Smoke on the Water”. I was about 10 years old when I heard this simple, but heavy set of chords that still sound good to this day. This song is also the first guitar riff that many beginners start on, including myself.
Everyone recognizes the riff: ‘Thun, da-da, thun, da-da -da, thunda-da-da, na, na’. And the rest is what is known as History. Deep Purple is also known as one of the Founding Fathers of Heavy Metal.
The other two were Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Deep Purple has gone through many line-up changes over the years, their main singer is Ian Gillan, and he was my favorite. He defined the band’s sound that was the most successful.
Deep Purple is still together and touring, but sadly last year the keyboardist, John Lord passed away. We lost a great musician that day, but as some-one once said to me “Rock On”. So that’s what we do. I still listen to Deep Purple, they are on my top ten list.
Favorite Bands 4
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
This is another great band. I remember the day that I bought this album. It was the late summer of the same year that I bought the Aerosmith album. I was about 15 years old, and I still had some spending cash from mowing several lawns that week. This Jimi Hendrix album sounded really good on my new HI-Fi Stereo System. I had this Pioneer Receiver and Turntable, all my records and tapes sounded great on that system. It’s a matter of fact, I still have this particular receiver and it still has an amazing sound quality to it. It’s true Analog, but that’s for another future topic. Back to Jimi, this dude completely changed the way an electric guitar could be played. I mean, he incorporated some truly incredible sound effects that most everybody in the industry still use to this day. One good example is the use of feedback. This was done by getting real close to the speaker of your amplifier and thus causing this loop of sound repeating to and from your guitar pick-ups. Currently this is done basically the same, except there’re devices that reproduce this type of effect. All the songs on JH Experience were good. Crosstown Traffic was one of my favorites, and of course, you can’t leave out that famous song, Voodoo Chile, and Slight Return. The Jimi Hendrix Band is my other top five all-time favorite bands.
This is a Great Album.
This is another great band. I remember the day that I bought this album. It was in the middle of summer, I was about 15 years old, and I had some spending cash from mowing a lawn that day. I had also purchased my first real HI-Fi Sound System that summer. From the first moment I lowered the tone arm of my new turntable and heard that other famous guitar riff of Train Kept a Rollin’ I was entranced. This particular LP had excellent audio production, and just being the first play right of the sleeve, well it sounded amazing. I still own this LP, it’s in great condition. I listen to it every now and then. Back to the band, Aerosmith, this band has been lucky to have stood the test of time. The band went through some rough patches back in the 1980’s and 90’s. Their style is just straight forward Rock-n-Roll. What I mean by that is there’s no digitally altered after effects such as auto-tune or a programmed drum track. But that’s another future topic. The band’s chemistry was good, they just clicked. I think chemistry and just getting along with fellow band members is what makes for a great band to develop into a success. This band, Aerosmith is on my top five all-time favorites list.