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My Music Collection: Part One (1993-1997)
Music list created by Argus
Every CD/Cassette tape/Vinyl Iv'e owned since I started collecting music at around the age of eleven, in chronological order. This list covers the music I collected from 1993 to 1997 and it's pretty nostalgic and self-indulgent (which is my speciality) hopefully metal heads who grew up in the nineties or those who get a kick out of that era will find some enjoyment in it.
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Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Maiden were the band that really dominated my tastes as an eleven and twelve year old kid. Up to that point aside from the odd pop-chart hit music didn't generally interest me all that much (certainly not enough for me to spend my own hard earned pocket money on cassette tapes) but when I discovered this English heavy metal metal band and their infamous skull faced mascot Eddie all that changed, it really captured my imagination.
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
My favourite album as a twelve year old and (twenty three years later...shudder) still ranks right up there. Kind of a concept album in that its lyrical subject matter of the supernatural and spiritualism form a specific theme, there's certainly a magical quality to Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son that I can't quite explain and for me the band have never recaptured
Astro-Creep: 2000 - White Zombie
White Zombie were definitely important for me as a thirteen year old in that they were the first band that made me veer into contemporary nineties metal, their mash up of groove and industrial metal with the horror/sci-fi themes and imagery was a lot of fun for me at the time and I was even a card carrying member of the Psychoholic Anonymous, the White Zombie fan club.
Burn My Eyes - Machine Head
It was pretty depressing for me when Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden and was replaced by Blaze Bayley, the X-factor had its moments (Sign Of The Cross still stands out as one of the great Maiden epics) but for the most part was depressingly absent of the fire of the past, it felt like my favourite band had gone and there was a big void there. I knew I had to move on and what I found were two bands who dominated my tastes around the ages of fourteen and fifteen, Groove metal titans Machine Head and Industrial/Groove pioneers Fear Factory. It's hard to explain to a contemporary metal-head exactly how important Burn My Eyes and Demanufacture were at the time, the mainstream disregarded metal as a dead husk, in their eyes Grunge had killed it, it was dated and passe, an embarrassing form to embrace. But with these albums this was something cutting edge and new us metal kids could lock onto and be proud to wear their t-shirts, sure most people had never heard of both bands, but that was okay because anyone who was worth talking to definitely did. I obsessed over both bands,wearing the merch proudly, going to see them live on multiple occasions. I know a lot of contemporary metal-heads kind of disregard both bands, but believe me they were hugely important at the time and both Burn My Eyes and Demanufacture are masterpieces of nineties metal.
Demanufacture - Fear Factory
Dusk... And Her Embrace - Cradle of Filth
Dusk...And Her Embrace took my journey into heavier more extreme music even further, sounding like a Gothic extreme metal soundtrack to some erotic vampire movie never made, this album certainly captured my imagination at the time. I even had one of their controversial hoodies, no not the nun one, but the "Dead Girls Don't Say No" one, which was very apt for the fourteen year old me quite frankly.
Roots - Sepultura
Roots was another cornerstone in leading me to embrace heavier metal music with the guttural vocals. It had a huge impact upon the otherwise fairly desolate metal landscape of mid to late nineties metal too. They even played the Ratamahatta video on Top Of The Pops, which mock all you like elitists but to a bored out of his skull fourteen year teenage metal kid was actually pretty awesome at the time.
The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera
Pantera were important to me throughout my early teens, I was even lucky enough to see the band live in 1998. I always had a soft-spot for the underrated Great Southern Trendkill which pushed the darkness and extremity of the band to new limits, comparisons to a more extreme Dirt or a metal take on The Downward Spiral always spring to mind for me .
Misery Loves Co. - Misery Loves Co.
We all have angst as teenagers, and I certainly wasn't any different, life at home wasn't the easiest either and I always sought solace in music, when I was fifteen the Swedish Industrial metal band Misery Loves Co. provided that for me and they soon became a firm favourite of mine. Witnessing them live (along with Machine Head and Entombed) was one of the highlights of my teens and at one point I even corresponded with singer Patrik Wiren.
Earplugged 2 - Various Artists
It became apparent to me exactly how good this budget price Earache label sampler was in later years as the likes of Carcass, Entombed, At The Gates and Godflesh all became favourites and this was my gateway into discovering these awesome extreme metal acts.
One Second - Paradise Lost
The metal scene in the US and UK was a pretty strange in the late nineties, there was a definite sense of self loathing seemingly sparked by the media obsession with alternative music, so metal bands cut their hair and released mediocre albums like Load. Or in the case of Paradise Lost cutting their hair and releasing one of the most interesting albums of their career. One Second with its industrial tinged Gothic rock sound helped me appreciate that you didn't have to be super heavy or play fast to make intense, dark music.
Souls at Zero/Enemy of the Sun - Neurosis
1997 was the year that Neurosis broke out from the underground (as much as a band like Neurosis can break out, that is) a spot on the Ozzfest helped them reach a wider audience and spotty fifteen year kids like myself were introduced to their highly experimental metallic soundscape. They definitely weren't the easiest band to get into, I remember listening to them on my walkman (old school) as I was on my paper round and it finally hit me exactly how fantastic they were, the layers of sound like a textured torturous landscape that was both terrible and beautiful all at once. As far as my exportation of heavy music went this was definitely taking it to the next level
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