Post by sonofnun on Jun 9, 2020 12:54:57 GMT -6
I found this forum recently and although I'm not usually quick to join forums, the content of this one is right up my alley.
To give some background: I first started listening to extreme metal 17 years ago as a teenager. I was not raised as a Christian so I only listened to secular/satanic metal back then. It was a catalyst for a lot of rebellion against religion. I got deeply involved in the scene and started writing reviews and doing interviews for a metal webzine. My first metal band was Opeth and from there I got deeper into death metal at first and then black metal (which became my favorite sub-genre). I was a big fan of symphonic black metal like "Stormblast" era Dimmu Borgir, but I was also into some rawer, atmospheric, or depressive stuff. Some of my other favorite bands were Deathspell Omega, Forgotten Tomb, Nachtmystium, 1349, and Leviathan. After about five years in the secular underground, I began to feel very lost and spiritually empty. It propelled me on a religious quest that led to me getting rid of almost all of my secular/satanic music, exploring different religions, and eventually becoming a Christian (which I had once thought to be the least likely possibility). A few years later I entered the Orthodox Church. I had gone almost 10 years with metal having only a small presence in my life (listening only occasionally to Opeth, Borknagar, Vintersorg, Type O Negative and a few others). Then in 2018 for some reason, it occurred to me to look into Christian metal. I had only ever heard of Stryper back in my heyday and I had been indoctrinated into thinking of "white metal" as a joke. I ran across Bride and Saint and immediately realized that this music was better and more serious than I had imagined. I wasn't sure with some of the changes that had occurred in my life if extreme metal would still appeal to me, but it wasn't long before I started listening to Antestor, Vaakevandring, Crimson Moonlight, and others. Since then I've really fallen back in love with the genre in general and with black metal in particular.
I'm glad to be here and look forward to discussing this great music with some kindred spirits. I hope to find many more great CBM bands! God bless y'all.