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  • Those are my buddies in Sirens and Sailors. They are cool people.

    I first became introduced to rock music through my sister. Back in middle school, she had a goth phase, and lots of her friends listened to rock and metal. At home, we shared a computer, and the only music on it was on her iTunes. I would always hear her listening to bands like Korn, Seether, Three Days Grace, Muse, Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, and much more. Lots of Ska and Punk bands as well, Anti Flag, Less Than Jake, Streetlight Manifesto, and more. I would listen to some of these bands also. On day I stumbled upon a band called Disturbed, and everything changed. This was all going on in the early 2000's. Perfect time, seeing as how many great bands, and bands that I listen to now rose to stardom. Disturbed is a hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois, and once I found them, I fell in love. The riffs are so catchy and strong, and the drums are killer. To this day, Disturbed is my favorite band.

    Next I found System of a Down, and my interests were peaked. I saw this exact video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fYeLyM7jrU), and thought it was hilarious, and watched it over and over. After laughing for hours, I actually noticed that I enjoyed the song. This was before the days of YouTube, so I struggled to find the name of the band. When I finally did, I listened to as many songs as I could find. Around this time my sister started dating her boyfriend. One day after school, he gave me a copy of System of a Down's new album, and I fell in love. I think that's when I realized that I love heavy metal music as a genre.

    The next step was my very first live concert. It was February 16, 2008 in the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Hurt was the opening band, followed by Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and Headlined by Three Days Grace. Goddamn, that's a killer lineup for a first show. By then, I knew all the lyrics to all the songs, and sang my guts out. I had to have more! Before the show was over, I had started a tradition that lasted for many years. I wore a System of a Down shirt to that show. Towards the end of Three Days Grace's set, they played Animal I Have Become, which has an interlude at the end. During the interlude they broke into a cover of System of a Down's Aerials, and I lost my shit! I pointed at my shirt, and jumped around wildly. Since that day, I made a promise to myself that I would wear that shirt to every concert I would go to until i see all my favorite bands. Unfortunately, System of a Down was on an indefinite hiatus. :( But i kept on, and for three years I wore that shirt to each and every concert until i saw Disturbed. That night, I finally retired my shirt. It was a glorious show. I was able to see the band the introduced me to heavy music right in front of my eyes. Like my very first show, I sang every song that night. So up until this point i had seen both Korn and Disturbed, two of my three favorite bands. System was still MIA, so I went ahead and retired that shirt. I promised myself that I would wear it until I saw my favorite bands, and I had, minus the one, The only time I would ever bring it out of retirement would be for SOAD themselves, but you know, what are the chances of that? Well about a year later, they announced that they would be getting back together and touring again. FUCK YES!! Their first tour was in Europe...come on. But eventually they cam e to New jersey, and one last time, I pulled that dirty, sweaty, bloody, and torn shirt out, and wore it proudly to the show. It was the one and only time I wore a shirt to a show that featured the band playing that night (Another weird tradition, that I still carry on).

    Throughout these many years of going to shows, I have discovered so any awesome bands, and expanded my library of music vastly. The majority of the bands I love are part of two genres, kind of. Nu-Metal and the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. I'm going to bore you with the details, but just because i feel like it, I will post links below, or maybe in another post, to some of my favorite bands and songs across a wide range. Clean vocals to screaming to rapping, heavy music, to lighter stuff, fast and extreme bands to more relaxed and easy one. I'll even through in some of my favorite local and underground bands, like Sirens and Sailors up there.

    But amid all this chaos and heaviness, I still listen to other music as well. Hell, I have a soft spot for Ke$ha and Britney Spears, and bust out their lyrics just as easily as Hatebreed. They're my girls.
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