Hello, Michael! So, how did your metal journey start? What were the first bands that influenced you the most? Do you remember the moment when you decided to become a musician?
My metal journey started at 12 years old when I first heard “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and “Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy. I was hooked on distorted guitar sounds. That progressed into a lot of other late 70’s hard rock bands like UFO, Scorpions, Rush, Triumph, Blue Oyster Cult, Mahogany Rush, Led Zeppelin, Queen. I discovered heavy metal through the unholy trinity of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. “Unleashed in the East” and the first Maiden album changed my life. I was also very big into the NWOBHM bands, especially Angelwitch, Tygers of Pan Tang, Sweet Savage and Diamond Head. Later on, I was part of the 80’s San Francisco Bay Area thrash scene. That was really exciting. Lots of great bands and shows. All the bands were feeding off each other’s energy and creativity, making them even better bands
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