Long time lurker, first time poster.
I've been listening to metal since i was in early high school. The feeling of being a misfit drew towards this music. I first started listening to heavy rock bands that my father listened to like AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Led Zepplin, etc. I then moved on to things like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Rammstein ,Megadeth, -accessible stuff, you know? The bands that truly made appreciate the more extreme things were Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, Kataklysm, Dimmu Borgir…
However…at some point I began to ere: I started to think that by listening only to metal, i was purposefully missing out on other kinds of music that make other people happy. I started listening to bands other than metal…more indie bands. That's what seemed to be popular. I sort of left metal behind for a long time. During that period, things started to look up for me: I went to a new school, made new friends, and I got into my first serious relationship. I was happy during that time, and for a while i believed that metal was a phase. That is until that relationship ended. She was the one that dumped me, and to be honest it is something that I was totally not expecting. It hit me hard. Took me a real long ass time to get over it. I felt lost, and in pain.
But then a sort of miracle happened. I saw there would be a heavy metal festival in my town for the first time ever, and that Iron Maiden would headline one of the days on their Somewhere Back in Time Tour, where they announced they would play all their hits from their glory days. I went to that festival with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. There were so many awesome bands that were playing that day, and i heard so much amazing music that I completely missed out on while I was busy trying NOT to be a metalhead. It made me realize that THIS is where I truly belong: with all those freaks and misfits, listening to this completely brutal, savage, and honest music. This music, this sound, this environment gave me strength. It gave me an outlet to scream out.
Ever since that night when I reconnected with metal, I never let go. As i got older, I also wised up and learned that you don't need to listen to ONE style of music. We can fully appreciate other styles of music without leaving one behind. I am first and foremost, a METALHEAD. I can go on, but i believe I've rambled enough as it is. Keep metal strong, y'all, and be true to yourselves \m/