Well here we are my friends, “Happy New Year” and “Welcome To 2018”. It’s my hope that you are on the way to recovery from a rousing good time last night with friends or at least finding yourself rested if you had a chill night. I waited until just past noon to get this online so my own hangover would be less impacting, oh who am I kidding. I chilled out on the couch and watched bits and pieces of “The Honeymooners” and “The Twilight Zone” marathons that were airing before I finally fell asleep. With the bright shiny New Year here, I’ve done my annual photo and offered up a bunch of principles that will hopefully guide you in being a better Heavy music fan during the course of the year. Check them out below.
1. Upgrade your listening to the Metal: Sure you might love to hear your old Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and the rest of the legends but in 2018 its time to take a firm stand on experimentation. You can start by asking those friends who own a couple of hundred more CD’s or LP’s than you for some recommendations.
2. See bands in concerts: It’s without question that some of the giant acts are almost unaffordable when it comes to their ticket prices but I hope you region has a club that showcases smaller tier bands or promising local talent. Pop in for a couple of beers and to raise the horns. It cannot cost all that much to convene with like-minded friends for the sake of Hard Rock and Metal.
3. Give Two New Bands A Month A Try: They don’t have to be new per se, but new to you. I’ll even help you along with several favorites such as EdGuy, Ghost, Sabaton, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Eluveitie, Hammerfall, Delain, Anathema, Nothing More, Wednesday 13, Amaranthe and Kobra and The Lotus. As someone who enjoys all of these bands in some fashion, I’d love to be able to say that you were keyed into them because of our recommendation. New bands to your world will only broaden your interest and help them thrive. There will be a quiz.
4. Facebook Pages: Peruse the Facebook Pages for bands or outlets such as our PiercingMetal Official Page. Be sure to “like” these pages and choose “see first” (because otherwise the posts will get lost in the myriad of political rants out there). It’s also important to engage yourself on these pages since I think Facebook removes the inactive readers. Some of our readers like every post we make and every photo we post, and that helps the page keep visible. Facebook makes it hard on Pages that don’t pay them so your activity adds value. We also suggest you “invite your friends” to Pages that you like as opposed to posting a recommendation on your wall. We’ve seen the first option work best.
5. Instagram: Find accounts based on Metal that you love. It might be an artist, a record label or an outlet like our own. Once you are following it, like bomb the hell out of it since it makes the stats go up for the account. Never a bad thing. We use some of the other social networks but these two are the most active.
6. Buy Merch: Whether it be at shows or at a local retailer, its important to show your love for the Heavy. Grab a t-shirt, a poster or banner or a patch and button (if you are one who sports such things still). If you buy merchandise at the shows, drop a buck or two into the tip jar to help the band out. Sometimes they write silly reasons for collecting the cash but its generally going to food or gas money. Trust me on this one.
7. Read About The Music: There are SOOOOO many biographies out there nowadays that your book shelf can be loaded with books about the rich history of the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock scene. If you’re a comic book fan you can apply this to reading something new as well from the racks or the shelves where they have scores of collected editions.
8. Comment on Posts: This one is website specific and falls into the engagement part that was cited in the Facebook notation. With this one I mean on the actual website that a post resides on because for a web-developer, they want your comments on there as opposed to relegating it only to Facebook. Many of our readers copy and paste the comment they make in one place over to the other and that is fine by me. The idea is to keep traffic coming to a domain and with our Facebook posts, they are direct links back to content as opposed to placing the whole thing on the social network.
9. Be A Proper Metal Fan: Don’t be one of the naysayers, the haters or the belligerent when someone is telling you about something that they like to listen to. If your friends are raving about Metalcore bands, don’t brush them off with a “they suck”. Instead ask what is the best few tracks so you can give it a whirl. If its not for you simply say it like that and be done. I hate when people rail on each other like this. Drives me crazy. Don’t be that person.
10. Be A Prophet: Talk to your like-minded music loving friends about the finds that you have made and how you’ve aimed at supporting it all to hopefully convince them to do the same. This one isn’t easy to do because some of your friends might feel that their love for Black Sabbath and Maiden to be all that needs to be done as far as they are concerned. Sadly, that view doesn’t keep Metal and Rock thriving at all.
That’s my soapboxing for the first post of the year. I hope that you found some of those yearly principles to be helpful guides in being a better Metalhead. If I’ve somehow left a notion or two out of the list please leave me your thoughts down in the comments section below. You can also let me know how you have resolved to be a bigger and better supporter of the scene that we love so much. Now its onto the planning of posts of numerous kinds for 2018. Let’s make this a fantastic one. Happy New Year.