as music saved my soul: the wicked roller coaster ending in Paganism
Growing up, I started listening to hard rock especially KISS (Dynasty, 05/23/1979) with Ace Frehley‘s explosive Gibson Les Paul. Later in 1983, I got more into hard rock bands. Once again, we can blame KISS with Lick It Up (Lick It Up, 09/18/1983) — the metal heyday. I slowly got more into punk especially Billy Idol, ska, thrash especially Metallica and speed metal (even black metal). All the while, I enjoyed listening to classical music especially Ludwig van Beethoven and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Surprisingly to some, I was also listening to country music on heavy rotation — much more than I do now.
My next step would be more violent with the introduction of industrial metal with KMFDM‘s Juke Joint Jezebelle (Nihil, 1995) and Rammstein‘s Engel and Du Hast (Sehnsucht, 1997). At the same time, I was introduced to Cirque du Soleil‘s Alegría (Alegría, 09/27/1994) — one of the reasons I started to appreciate what the music industry calls world music although Cirque du Soleil is from Canada, about five hours north from NYC.
About the same time, I started listening to mote classic rock like early Rush and The Cream. From that point, it’s been a crazy phase of musical experimentation with country music and lots of foreign rock bands. Nowadays I listen to lots of hard rock and/or metal influenced with various modes, styles and genres. One of favorite bands nowadays is Korpiklaani as music saved my soul.