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I Was a Closet Metalhead, I’m Coming Out!

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I started playing guitar in 1989. It happened through a series of events. I joined my high school choir my Junior year because the choir teacher was an effective recruiter, who really pumped my ego.I actually ended up really loving singing!

One of my friends in my physics class was really into The Beatles, and got me into them. I started listening to all the Beatles records, and really wanted to hold a guitar while singing their songs.

I saved my lunch money, went to a pawn shop and bought what I thought was a guitar. I told one of my classmates what I got and he said, “Dude, you got a bass!”

I didn’t mind, Paul was a kickass bassist! I started taking lessons, and my teacher taught me the basics through Beatles songs. I was picking it up pretty decently.

One day, I was trying to decide if I should take this one girl to our homecoming dance, or buy a guitar. We were flirting with each other in class. Nothing too crazy, it was fun. I was beginning to develop a little bit of a crush on her.

And then it happened ­ the pivotal night. She calls me, and starts getting on my case and lecturing me about how I haven’t called her, and that I was neglecting her! Bear in mind, we were NOT dating! At all! Never went on a date, just some passing of notes in class, a phone call here and there. When she got all up in my face about this kind of stuff, it confused me ­ I never had a girlfriend ever at that point in my life, and had no idea why she was so mad. It freaked me out.

It firmed my decision ­ I had been eyeing this used blue Ibanez Blazer Series guitar at a local music store. It was time to buy it!

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So instead of taking a girl to the Homecoming dance my Senior year, I opted to buy a guitar ­ BEST DECISION, EVER!

My bass teacher was also a guitar teacher, and taught me Beatles songs and other British Invasion bands’ hits. I was totally into learning and practicing!

From The Beatles, I started getting into The Who. From The Who, I started getting into Led Zeppelin.

Word started getting around in high school that I played guitar. One guy asked to jam with me. We did, and he exposed me to Metallica. He taught me how to play the rhythm parts of “Fade to Black”. It was amazing. I’d never heard music like that before.

It was cool, but not enough to get me out of my Beatles­The Who­Led Zeppelin mode. Then my choir teacher’s grandson invited me over to hang out. I saw a guitar, and asked if he played. He said yeah, he plays mostly metal. I asked him if he knew any Metallica. He started busting out “Orion”, and blew my socks off! He taught me how to play it, and soon enough, I was doing it (he was a darn good teacher, just like his gramps!).

After that, I had to get Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” album on cassette. It was my first thrash metal purchase. It took a little getting used to. I was still heavily into the other stuff, but Metallica was making its way into my mix.

I eventually started getting more and more into Thrash Metal. I was listening to the giants, like Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, and of course Metallica. The summer of 1992, I decided to take the money I made from my summer job and buy a real amp that made the metal sounds. I bought a Marshall Valvestate halfstack. It was incredible! I sounded just like the bands I listened to. I would practice for hours on end!

There was a radio show on one of our local stations that devoted 2 hours late at night to metal music. I listened religiously, and from there, I was exposed to Yngwie Malmstien. I couldn’t believe my ears. It was Thrash music meets classical music, at ridiculous speeds! I had to learn how to play some of this stuff! I went to the place where I bought my Marshall amp from, and asked if there’s a guitar teacher that could teach me to play like that.

Sure enough, they had a guy, and he gave me some good foundational drills on how to develop the dexterity and the understanding of how to play that stuff. I was in heaven ­ I would be practicing on my amp, 3 hours at a time.

I was becoming a bonafide metal guitarist!

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So from here, I need to talk about several parallel music moments in my life.

So the first moment:
One of my best friends who’s a keyboardist, influenced by a lot of Depeche Mode and electronica wanted to jam with me. It was weird trying to jam with him. Here’s me, metalhead, and him Mr. Depeche Mode! We found common ground in Faith No More. So when we jammed, it headed in that kind of a direction. We would get together every so often to jam, and what we’d inevitably do is make 4­track recordings of our combined influences.

The second moment:
I got into broadcasting, and got a radio show at our community radio station playing local music. At that station, I met the Hip Hop DJ’s, and really got into their shows! I loved the energy of Hip Hop in the 90’s, and I’d frequently come on their shows just to hang out. Soon, I was co­hosting with them!

The third moment:
I kept hearing about some guys from my high school starting a band, that got really popular in town. The band was called Lovecup. When I went to see one of their shows, I was blown away. It was heavy, but melodic, almost psychedelic seeming, aggressive, yet serene. I didn’t realize it was grunge at the time. I was intrigued, and found out, a lot of bands are doing this sound, and are very popular on campus and in downtown.

As the local music DJ at the community radio station, I started doing some heavy research. I was discovering the world of alternative, grunge, and indie rock. I also started noticing a divide. A divide between the metal bands and the alt­grunge­indie bands. The latter were the ones allowed to play the good clubs. The metal bands were doomed to the not as trafficked clubs.

Taking this into account, and genuinely loving the sounds Lovecup made, I started shifting from metal to grunge/alternative. I decided to form a band, and made sure that we were doing the grunge­alternative sound. Sure enough, we were getting gigs at the good clubs, and avoided the metal trap. If you were a metal band, you were instantly stigmatized, and pretty much had no shot at playing the cool clubs.

I secretly still loved playing metal. I’d listen to and go to metal shows, and buy metal albums. But I knew if I made too much of a public association, I’d be stigmatized, so I was careful not to be too public about how much of a metalhead I was.

In fact, I treated it almost like an ironic-­sarcastic thing whenever I might have a metal influence in some of my songs. It’s like a subtle subconscious statement saying, “I got the chops to do this stuff, it’s legit, and didn’t happen by accident.” But nothing too overt.

I eventually got so far down into this world that I pretty much suppressed my metal way down deep. I didn’t even think about it anymore.

But, once in a great while, when my keyboard friend and I would get together, we’d make our Faith No More-­esque stuff. And the fact that we both got into Hip Hop, we threw Hip Hop beats and rapping into our mix. We were totally into the Judgement Night soundtrack. We loved the collaboration Anthrax did with Public Enemy.

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That was only once in a great while that we never took too seriously. It was just us having fun. I had other real bands, that got real paying gigs and such; all grunge­-alt-­indie.

When the Nu Metal genre came around, I got into it. It was fun, and combined Hip Hop elements and Metal elements. I never really tried to create any of it. It was sort of a guilty pleasure ­ by the time I got into it, it became very mainstream. I bought it though -­ Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Mudvayne, etc.

My guitar stylings had shifted to more of an art­-rock type sound, with influences like Shellac and The Jesus Lizard. It was heavy, but not Metal. I was into that, and some of the flavors from Blaxploitation film soundtracks.

Metal was gone from my scheme.

I moved to Austin, TX to be with my then fiance, now wife. I would compose some music here and there. Nothing too serious. I’d combine flavors of Indian music with some groove riffs and such. I sort of stepped away from music. I didn’t have a desire to be in a band or play live anymore.

This went on for many years. Until 2015. I saw something on Youtube that changed everything for me. It was a documentary series on the evolution of all the major subgenres of metal. It was appropriately titled, “Metal Evolution”, by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen.

This documentary goes so deep into the formation of the subgenres and why it matters. It was so inspiring that it made me reconnect with my metal roots.

It made me realize that I pushed metal out of my scheme due to what I perceived to be outside perceptions. It made me come clean with what my strengths and passions are with metal. I love Thrash Metal, and can play some of it. I love Hip Hop, particularly the rhythmic feel. The merging of these two is what is termed Groove Metal, or Nu Metal. I realized that I don’t need to be ashamed that that is what I love playing -­ more Nu Metal type stuff.

I play the bass like the guitar, and I play the guitar like drums. I love doing percussive rhythms on the guitar! I’ve been making a lot of Groove Metal riffs lately. It feels very liberating!

I will be jamming with a drummer on Tuesday, May 26th. We’ll see how it goes. I have no aspirations for anything. I just want to hear how it sounds, see how it feels to play this stuff with a real drummer. I have never really played metal with any drummer before! I am very interested in seeing what I feel when we jam. I’ve never had a set number of metal riffs that I wanted to try out with a drummer in a serious way. This will be a first.

I hope I have some interesting insights from it! In the meantime, I need to polish some of my riff ideas, so I don’t look too foolish!

 

– Santanu Rahman

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SantanuSantanu Rahman

Santanu Rahman is a Metal guitarist, A Kung-Fu School Owner, a practitioner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and a podcaster.

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timTim Buckley

Hi everyone I’m Tim Buckley, born and bred near to Nottingham in the UK. Currently serving in the Forces and have many deployments under my belt. I love sport and I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan, boxing, UFC, Basketball and any kind of lifting are my passions. My other hobbies are socializing, eating out, travelling and cooking. Writing for Stuff Dudes Like is going to be a good laugh indeed, I will say it how I see it! Looking forward to writing many articles.

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I was born in Berkeley, California before the Summer of Love. When it came I was old enough to know that I lived in a very special place in a very special time. Dang that I was not old enough to attend any of the cool stuff.

We are native Californians for three generations on my mother’s side of the family. Before that, Norway. Dad’s people were Oakies who fled the dust bowl in the ‘30s and ended up in Solano County.

For nearly 20 years I was a law librarian for private law firms in Oakland, California. Quit that in 2006 for the much groovier trade of barbering. Nowadays I groom gentlemen for a living and paint (in oil) Oakland, its people and trees. I also garden and cat whisper when necessary.

TWITTER: @LadyBarberBrown


RomaineRomaine Ayoki Burrell

Romaine Ayoki Burrell is my name. I am student of the world. I am from St. Andrew, Jamaica. Waaah Gwaaan massive? (what’s up world/people?). I love to travel and live like a local. I am a food addict. My biggest goal apart from owning my fortune 500 company(yeah I am ambitious) is to see every country in the world two times over. I write on anything I please, even if its taboo. Looking forward to writing for you all.

TWITTER: @ayokiromaine


brianBrian Kaider

As a patent and trademark attorney, I get to work with a lot of interesting start-up companies and see fascinating new products. Whenever possible, I love to combine my work with the things that I’m passionate about, like craft beer, motorcycles, lacrosse, and woodworking. But, after a day of staring at a computer or talking on the phone, I need to work with my hands. So, you’ll often find me building something in my workshop, making pens, changing the exhaust on my Suzuki Boulevard M109R, growing hops to make my own beer, or cooking up something spicy in the kitchen and never from a recipe. At the end of the day, I’ll grab a nice porter and watch pro football or college lacrosse, where I’m rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or Towson Tigers (or whoever is playing against Johns Hopkins), respectively.

TWITTER: @bkaider


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