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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My first exposure to metal that reached beyond the extremes of thrash and early nu metal is as laughable as it was magical. I had just turned thirteen when I began living in a home where the internet was accessible. I hadn't the first clue what to do with it, so I started out by typing "Metallica lyrics" into whatever search engine was standard at the time. I was quickly navigated to a website that would prove to be the beginning of my end, DarkLyrics.com. I was dizzied and delighted by page after page of provocative and heinous band names. I jotted down a few that really stood out to me and began to dive in.

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I don't recall what music sharing software I was using at the time, either Napster or Kazaa, but I kicked off my journey to new guttural heights by searching for Six Feet Under, a name that really cupped my beans at the time. I know that Six Feet Under is a band with a... mixed reputation, but the first time I heard Chris Barnes' vocals was (hilariously) the biggest turning point in my life. It was a siren's song! This was the OBVIOUS next step. To this day Maximum Violence holds a special place in my heart, and I think we can all agree that Haunted is a verified banger. I knew I wanted to scare my friends with death metal from that day forward. I'm proud to say I'm making good on that commitment! Thanks, Chris!

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Kyle Rasmussen is the vocals and guitarist of black/death metal band Vitriol. To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice is out now on Century Media Records.


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