Like most people I know, my love for Rock and Metal music began at a early age. I remember listening to my parents' record collection, and the one I enjoyed the most was the heaviest album my Dad owned - Deep Purple's "Machine Head". Luckily for me all of these years later, I have that album in my house due to my parents' record player being broken. From then on my love for heavier music grew. I grew up out in the country by a small town with no record shops. The closest town with a shop was Lansing, about 40 minutes drive time. Every 2 weeks I would go to the Lansing Mall and hang out at the record store, where I discovered bands I love to this day: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden etc. In my teenage years I found other kids that were also Metalheads. Some of the best times in my life were hanging out with my friends headbanging and talking about Metal. Death metal, Black Metal, Viking metal, Doom metal. It didn't matter what genre.
So fast forward to the present. 41 years old. Happily married man of 20 years. Father to 2 teenage boys who also love Metal/Rock and 1 beagle. I love when the whole family can go to concerts. Thanks to Metal concerts I've bonded with my brother who is 10 years younger than me. We still talk about shows that we've been lucky enough to attend: Pantera, Morbid Angel, BLS to name a few. Nothing compares to the raw emotion of a performing band and the audience feeding off of that energy at a Metal show. My time in the pit is over thanks to an injured knee, but I am now a spectator and to this day it puts a smile on my face just watching.
My love for Metal music has not faltered but strengthened. I love the classics but I'm always searching out great new music. I still enjoy talking music with my kids, social networks, strangers at shows etc.