The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays—Heavy metal?

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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I started collecting music when I was just eleven years old. My very first album was “The Best of The Beach Boys, Volume 3.” It was an album that my older brother left when he moved out. I liked it so much that I bought Volumes 1 and 2. After that I started collecting The Beatles and The Who.

When I turned 18, my friends threw a surprise birthday party for me and albums were the gifts of the day: “Ram” by Paul & Linda McCartney, “Made In Japan” by Deep Purple,” “The White Album” by The Beatles, “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison, and the most unusual of all, “Black Sabbath Vol. 4.” My wise old grandmother wasn’t thrilled with my friends, especially after she listened to Made In Japan and the first side of Black Sabbath Vol. 4. She didn’t even like the name Black Sabbath, and forbade me from getting Black Sabbath Volumes 1, 2, & 3. Of course, there was no Volume 1, 2, or 3, but I soon bought “Black Sabbath, “Paranoid,” and “Master of Reality,” and kept them hidden behind books on my bookshelf. Ultimately she found them but didn’t have time to listen to them right then, so I played one short song for her, which she liked. Here it is, from Master of Reality.

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Whaddaya think? Is that heavy metal, doom metal, satanic metal?

Here are a couple of others from Black Sabbath, not what you would expect:

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Not quite what you were expecting, eh? A softer sound from one of the founders of heavy metal music. Don’t judge a book by its cover………….lol

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15 thoughts on “Music on Mondays—Heavy metal?

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      There are so many categories of “heavy metal” now: doom metal, heavy metal, symphonic metal (which I have really taken a liking to since I discovered it a few months ago), death metal, glam metal, power metal, speed metal, thrash metal (which I really don’t like), gothic metal, groove metal, black metal, and, of course, “traditional heavy metal.” I had no idea there were so many metal genres until I started creating YouTube playlists back in March.

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      1. jcee3

        I feel you! I thought of all metal as hair bands and lipstick rock until my husband showed me the err of my ways. 😉 You and I seem to have similar tastes – I’m really into atmospheric metal and black metal now, and not so much a fan of thrash (though the hubs loves it). Really enjoying Lustre and Summoning, and the wild card Panopticon. Worm Gear Zine publishes pretty regular reviews on things you might be into (ignore the scary ones) 😉 http://wormgearzine.com/

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  1. ontheupcyclemom

    I am a heavy metal fan but I also love so many other types of music, although not really into the death metal type stuff. I think a lot of people have different ideas on what “Heavy Metal” really is. If it rocks I love it!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Back in my days when heavy metal first made its appearance, it was Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Grand Funk Railroad. A decade later we had Judas Priest, Whitesnake, etc. Now there are so many “heavy metal” genres that I can’t keep track of them all. I have discovered that I like symphonic metal a lot.

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  2. addercatter

    Ahh… I just had to download some Black Sabbath 🙂 One of my favorite bands at the moment is Lacuna Coil. I don’t know if you’re familiar with them… they are from Italy 🙂 If you haven’t, you should check them out. They have a large variety of sounds, so be sure to listen to a good amount of songs… before you make up your mind about them!
    Awesome post, and thanks for stopping by my blog too!

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