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Entry Level is a new series where musicians re-examine the records that piqued their interests in heavy and loud music as children and young adults.

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The pivotal album for me was when I first saw Scream Bloody Gore album by Death in my local record store. As a teenager I was listening to heavy metal and thrash among other styles, such as rock, alternative rock, psychedelic, and so on. But I was always looking for something heavier. When I saw that album in the store, I could tell just from the artwork and name of the band that this was going to be something more extreme, so I bought it on impulse.

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That was back in 1989 and it opened the floodgates into extreme metal and from there I went on to discover Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Carcass and so on and then discovered the underground and demos from new death, black and doom bands. Back then it wasn’t as easy to find out about bands, unless you were already connected to others in the scene and could find fanzines, tape traders, and other fans to discover more music through.

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Greg Chandler is the vocalist and guitarist for seminal funeral death/doom metal band Esoteric and avant-black metal band Lychgate. A Pyrrhic Existence is out now on Season of Mist.

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