2009: I started working at a bookstore and discovered my love for reading. Reading is something I do everyday and can't imagine my life without it.
2013: A couple of friends of mine are big metal heads. I've always had an affinity for rock, some heavier. System of a Down has always been a favorite of mine and I own all of their albums. But until this year, I hadn't been exposed to all the different kinds of metal out there. It's kind of insane. There are tons of genres of metal, and then tons of sub-genres within those genres. Once exposed, I started to realize what I have been missing all these years on the music front. I discovered that, more than anything, metal is about musicality and instrumentation. Vocals are a major element for me, as well. I've find that I like combinations of clean and harsh vocals. I tend to be pretty picky about harsher vocals, so combinations usually work best for me. As far as finding out what and who I like, Spotify has been a gold mine. My friends have also been a huge help with recommendations.
Groups I have discovered as favorites, so far (and there's a big emphasis on "so far"):
- Blind Guardian
- Disturbed (already knew of them just not much of their music)
- Mutany Within
- Dream Theater
There's a lot more but those are just some off the top of my head that I really enjoy. Aside from completely enjoying and basking in the great music and amazing vocals metal has to offer, it's done another thing: completely expose the popular musical landscape as being completely lame and lacking in talent and musicality. I can't say that for every single popular act out there but the majority are garbage. I already knew this with some artists, but most music I hear outside of metal is completely disposable and boring. I used to like some pop acts but I really can't even listen to them anymore because of how dull it all is. Amazing vocals and good songs/melodies are about the only thing that keep me listening to anything related to popular music.
So, 2013 be known as something of a period of enlightenment for me.