Gateway to Metal

Gateway to Metal

We all belong here.

We all belong here.

It’s 2005. I’m a sophomore in high school. I remember hanging out in the band room during jazz period (I played the bass) listening to my CD player. A friend comes up to me, hands me an ear bud and asks me if I’ve “ever heard this band” before. I put the ear bud in and he presses play. I hear this beautiful catchy guitar riff that I’ve never heard before and just as I was getting into it, an explosion of drums make an appearance. I catch myself moving my head back and forth. I freaking love this! Then the music returns to the opening guitar part with the drums joining in. This man’s voice appears and it’s so smooth and comforting to listen to then BAM. The drums explode again and the man’s voice gets gruff and emotional. I can’t stop dancing. The song gets heavier and heavier.

What is happening?

What is this magical band called?

I’ve never heard anything like it before!


I knew right then and there that I needed more of this. How do I get more? I need to buy all of their CD’s.

It was like a drug. I couldn’t get enough. System Of A Down was my gateway into the world of Metal/Rock music.

System Of A Down opened up a whole new world to me. Music has always been a part of my life. I was searching for something new, exciting, and different to listen to. They led me to Korn, Disturbed, Slipknot, Tool, Incubus, and so many more. Man oh man was I in for a treat!

2007, senior year of high school I learned about Screamo. The pop-punk emo phase was…..my….shit! Skinny tight jeans, studded belts, band shirts, dark make-up, side swept bangs, my first nose piercing, my first tattoo. Man……I secretly loved that phase of my life. Even though I went through some shit (who doesn’t at that age) I loved the style and the music, still do. If I’m in public and I hear My Chemical Romance’s “Black Parade” or Panic at The Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” you bet your ass I’m belting that shit loud and proud.

As the years went on, so did my interest in finding new unique sounds, in the metal genre.

Screamo turned to Metalcore.

Metalcore to Heavy Metal.

Heavy Metal to Progressive Metal.

Progressive Metal to Melodic and Symphonic Metal.


There are so many more sub-genres in between that I really don’t have the energy to explain them all right now, but if you’d like to talk metal leave a comment below!

Even though being known as the “metal” chick has its ups and downs ( I can throw some elbows) I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I finally found who I am and what I truly like to listen to. Metal makes me happy and It calms my nerves. I’ve found a soul mate who enjoys the same music as I do and let me tell you…..being a metal chick, that wasn’t easy. We love going to shows (it’s kind of our thing) and singing terribly in the car together. Music is so important in life and I feel everyone has their “gateway” band no matter the genre.

Yep that’s me slappin’ da bass man! Its a shit pic but its the only one I have of me performing.

Yep that’s me slappin’ da bass man! Its a shit pic but its the only one I have of me performing.

If you’re a metal head like me what was your “gateway” band?

Also, If you’re interested in the world of metal or want to expand your library, I have a list of my favorite bands within each genre listed below. Also threw in some local Colorado bands that I love!



Happy Headbanging

~Renee



1990’s- early 2000’s metal bands: System of A Down, Korn, Disturbed, Slipknot, Tool, Incubus,

Screamo: Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, Sleeping With Sirens, Greeley Estates, Funeral for a Friend, Forever The Sickest Kids

Metalcore: A Day to Remember, After the Burial, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red

Progressive Metal: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Animals as Leaders, Betraying the Martyrs, Bring me The Horizon, The Browning, Coheed and Cambria, Thank You Scientist, The Fall of Troy,

Melodic/Symphonic Death Metal(Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish influence): Apocalypse Orchestra, Amon Amarth, Powerwolf, Neckrogoblikon (American), Eluveitie, Alestorm (pirate metal),

Local Colorado Metal Bands: Stavesail, Image Of, Beyond Forgiveness, Khemmis, The Anchor, Night of the Living Shred, Allegaeon


Of course there’s a ton more bands but these are some of my favorites!

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