I was about 13 years old, I was frequenting a Catholic school where the nuns were the teachers, and it was during the Satanic Panic of the 80s.
I was reading a pop music magazine (WOW mag I think?) in the section were readers can post their questions and be answered in the next month issues.
First there was this picture, Iron Maiden's singer Bruce Dickinson looking diabolical with vampire fangs.
A young reader asked: Are Iron Maiden possessed by the devil?
The journalist answered him with the simple and reasonable truth, unlike the nuns at the time. He, I suppose he was a guy, answered that Heavy Metal musicians aren't possessed by the devil because they use snake, skulls, etc as shock value. And that Heavy Metal music is a big fuck you to the etablished authorities like church, government, and parents. Then, that's where the magic happened, he listed several Heavy Metal bands.
The bands listed in the article were:
- Iron Maiden
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Mötley Crüe
- Twisted Sister
- Quiet Riot
- Black Sabbath
- Led Zeppelin
They were the 10 Heavy Metal bands in no particular order. The 10 bands that I will never ever forget to this day.
It was magic!
I was hooked forever!
The visual was shocking! The album covers, the music videos, the musicians' look, everything was fascinating!!
And the music was fucking great!
And more importantly, it was "forbidden" and frowned upon!!!
A match made in heaven...
These bands were the EXTREME!
These bands personified everything that was deemed as EVIL at the time!
And I liked it!
I LOVE IT!
Me reading this article, not even an article actually, an answer, it was a defining moment that changed my life forever and most likely derailed my entire future. At that moment, my obsession with Heavy Metal made me an outsider, an outcast, and even some kind of freak. Remember, it was during the satanic panic and I was frequenting a catholic school. Anyway, it was my choice to fully embrace Heavy Metal!
Since then, everything I did, do or will do.
I can say...
Health & Wealth