Heavy music has been a huge part of my life for over 30 years. It was at age 7 when I heard my first heavy song; Twisted Sister’s “We’re not gonna take it”. Everything about this song was loud and exciting to me and my parents always encouraged me to listen to whatever I wanted. It seemed my ears perked up to anything loud after that.
I haven’t been a metalhead since age 7, it was more of a gradual thing. First was Twisted Sister, next was Kiss, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and Priest with some Ramones and Sabbath from my neighbor. Our neighbor Mark gave my Mom a bunch of his old records and they sat around forever because we didn’t have a record player. I hate vinyl and I hated when I was a kid too but eventually, we picked up an old record player and I gave those records in addition to my Dad’s Jim Croce, Dire Straits and SRV albums.
Since then, it has been one wave after another of metal evolution in the form of new genres. Some of these genres I loved at first listen, some took time to grow on me, some I just never found interest in and one in particular that I really disliked. I can recall the first time I heard At The Gates, who I was with the moment the first NOFX notes hit my eardrums, exactly where I was when Carcass blew my mind for the first time and so many other stories that I hope to share with all of you during this celebration of heavy music.
I know what you might be thinking right now, “wait…did he just say NOFX? That’s not heavy” and that brings me to the meaning of the word “heavy” to me when used to describe music. To me, heavy can mean a lot of different things just the same as it does for you or anyone else. First I think about anything loud and aggressive, I think about guitar driven music with distortion and I think about the era and musical landscape that certain artists came out in. Heavy can be djent tuned in F# or lower and heavy can also be skate punk tuned in E.
More than the individual genres and bigger than all of the differences between those genres, we are here this month to celebrate the guitar tones and the gear used to create those genres. You might be surprised to know that the majority of guitar tones featured in heavy and aggressive genres are created with very similar gear. We hope to be able to teach you a lot about not only the gear but the plugin equivalents and how to use them to find the tones you want.
This month we hope you will join us daily on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and here on our website for an insane list of interviews, lots of features on a variety of genres and of course, lots and lots of plugin talk. We will spend all of May showcasing the best tones for as many heavy genres as we can and helping everyone find the heavy tones they are looking for with plugins!
So whatever your idea of heavy is, drop in and see what we have in store. We have had some very cool sponsors donate prizes and the full prize list will be posted May 1st at 10am EST.