get into metal

As we promised in our one year anniversary episode, here is a pretty comprehensive list of starter bands to consider trying out if you’re a little hesitant to dive right into the deep end.  The list covers logical progressions from certain other genres that would provide a good starting point, as well as some bands that we find enjoyable all around that have a more broad appeal.  Obviously there are TONS of other ways to get started, and (since most of you obviously enjoy the genre to begin with) feel free to leave comments to this post or in Episode 52 to provide some suggestions that we may have missed. Since we are so far into it, we probably aren’t even aware of many good “starter” bands, so feel free to fill those in.

It’s time to bust out the training wheels, and stretch your neck muscles: head banging hurts without a proper warmup!

General Bands/Albums To Check Out:
Still Remains – The Serpent
It Dies Today – Sirens
Bullet For My Valentine – Fever
Sevendust – Cold Day Memory
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Textures – Dualism
In Flames – Soundtrack to your Escape

Kyle and Brian (and faithful listener Bob Sala before them) all addressed that the music you currently enjoy can have a huge impact on what metal you may ultimately gravitate toward as well as the music that you should start with when trying to get into a heavier frame of mind.  With that said:

If you listen to Radio Rock, try:
• Metallica – Metallica (aka The Black Album)
• All That Remains – Overcome
• Chevelle – This Type of Thinking
• Volbeat – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
• Seether – Karma & Effect
• Shinedown – Leave A Whisper, or Sound of Madness

Classic Rock:
• Black Sabbath
• Iron Maiden
• Judas Priest
• Christian Mistress
• Witchcraft
• Dawnbringer

Top 40:
• Dead Letter Circus – This is the Warning
• Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Color
• I See Stars
• We Came As Romans

Southern Rock:
• The Damned Things
• Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster

• Bring Me The Horizon
• After The Burial
• Safety Fire

It’s official now: The Sideshow Podcast is now ONE YEAR OLD!! From our humble beginnings, to our first interview, through our first Festivus and the creation of our drinking game all the way to our first featured music submission to our exclusive Byzantine interview and all of the mayhem in between, we have been bringing you album reviews, concert recaps, intelligent discussions and senseless arguing for 52 weeks straight, all in the name of everything that is heavy!

As we had discussed in the last few episodes, it turns out we have a few listeners who aren’t into heavy music at all and want to know how they can get into it without scaring themselves away by just accidentally jumping into Brutal Death Metal. We are also fairly certain that most of our listeners have friends or significant others who also just “don’t get it.”  So, in this special anniversary episode, Brian, Nick, and Kyle bring you Metal 101, discussing out how to bring someone over to the dark side .  As we all know, Metal has many different sub-genres and stylings, and they are not all for everyone. So what we do here is map out what bands and styles should be good for different people depending on their current musical leanings so we can get the uninitiated to hep become defenders of the faith.

Later this week, we will post a rundown of the many bands we discuss and who they may be good for.  In the meantime, we would also like to hear from you!  Tell us how you got into heavy music and if you have any suggestions for those fortunate  knowledgable. Also, be sure to come back next week for Episode 53 where we kick off year two with some fresh changes, new goodies, and a brand new interview!


We also would like to thank all of our listeners “friends of the Sideshow” for their comments, emails, tweets, Facebook posts, G+ messages, music submissions, interviews and just all of the support this last year.  We never saw ourselves getting to where we are now (and where we are going) we couldn’t have done it without you!