Metal Starter Pack

A recent study indicates what Metal fans have known all along: Listening to Metal makes you grow up to be awesome (you can read the details for yourself here: The Metalhead Kids Are All Right).

That being the case, here’s Murfie’s Metal Starter Pack to get you on the road to a happy and successful life (don’t worry if you’re getting started late, most of these musicians are likely older than your parents).

123048-largeBlack SabbathBlack Sabbath

Arguably where it all began, this album is essential classical listening for all headbangers.

AC/DCBack in Black

Black, the staple ingredient of any quality metal band.  AC/DC defined a generation of rock-leaning metal musicians and Back in Black captures their unique ability to be simultaneously condemned by the moral majority and still receive play at wedding receptions.

Iron MaidenNumber of the Beast

Where would the world of metal be without disturbing album art?  Probably on more record store shelves, but that’s not what matters to Eddie and company.

123530-largeMotorheadAce of Spades

Don’t bother reading the lyric sheet, just pound your fist on the dashboard and press the accelerator into the floorboards.

Mercyful FateMelissa/The Beginning (Disc 1 and Disc 2)

Mystical traditions often appear in the the lyrics of metal music.  Mercyful Fate, headed by King Diamond, took this atmosphere to the stage.

MetallicaKill ’em All

What more can you say, “metal” is their first name!  Kill ’em All marks the beginning of a new generation of shredders lifting metal out of its rock roots and elevating it into a new form.

37087-largeMegadethRust in Peace

A counterpoint to Metallica (although the two cross stylistic paths over time, and share an origin story), Rust in Peace shows that metal can be intellectual as well as completely bad-ass.

SlayerSeasons in the Abyss

Taking metal into the darkest recesses of the human experience (at least before 1990), Slayer takes metal to an all new low (which is a good thing).  See “Dead Skin Mask” for a nod to a historical Wisconsinite…

AnthraxSpreading the Disease

Inoculating metal traditions with a stiff shot of Thrash (and the occasional thoughtful reflection), Spreading the Disease keeps it metal while opening doors to future crossover acts and points to the then future (now past) of metal music.

By 1990, metal had fragmented into a wide assortment of hybrid genres which I encourage you to explore once you’ve studied the essentials.  When you’re ready to graduate to the next level, rescue a 1980’s Camaro from it’s cinder-block perch, install a pair of Craig speakers in the rear deck and pick up one of those cassette-deck adapters for your phone…


Jason Gullickson
@jasonatmurfie

Jason makes sure all the electrons flow in the right direction at Murfie. His dream job is to automate himself out of his dream job, then hire his automaton to execute the “master plan.” He enjoys 20% of all musical styles and 35% of metal, punk, electronic and classical.


This Week in Music History (November 6th-12th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

11/06- On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud” began a two-week run at the top of the US singles chart. The track was the group’s second No. 1 single to date, knocking The Beatles’ “Yesterday” from the top spot.

11/07- On this day in 1987, Bruce Springsteen shot to No.1 on the US album chart with Tunnel of Love. The album, The Boss’s eighth, went triple platinum, and the single “Brilliant Disguise” became one of his most popular tracks.

11/08- On this day in 2008, long-standing rockers AC/DC began a two-week run at No. 1 on the US album charts with Black Ice. The album, which was the band’s 15th, became the second-best selling album of the year.

11/09- On this day in 1958, Elvis Presley’s hit single “Hound Dog” passed three million copies sold in the US, becoming only the third single of all time to do so. Before “Hound Dog”, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” hit the mark.

11/10- On this day in 1958, soul singer Sam Cooke was severely injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas that killed the car’s driver. Cooke is known for his major hits like “A Change is Gonna Come” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

11/11- On this day in 1969, Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested by the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer, accompanied by actor Tom Baker, had been drinking and harassing stewardesses. Both were released after spending a night in jail.

11/12- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols released their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. The album, which was met with a wave of controversy in the UK upon its release, went on to become the group’s only No. 1 UK album.

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