Terrorizer: From The Intern’s Perspective

By on 22 January 2014


Here at Terrorizer, we’ve been running an internship programme for some time now, allowing our readers to gain a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the UK’s foremost extreme metal magazines. We decided to ask our current intern Mike Angastiniotis to explain just how he got into metal in the first place, and here’s what he came up with…

Metal and me: A short reflection on the past

I travelled to Hoxton this morning eager to get to the Terrorizer HQ after having an amazing first day as an intern yesterday, and I was looking forward to seeing what day 2 had in store for me. After making a cup of coffee for myself and messing about online for a bit, Miranda dropped me this question: “What 5 songs first got you into metal?” She got me thinking…

I first got into a ‘rougher’ sounding kind of music when I was 11 or 12, not long after Linkin Park’s album ‘Hybrid Theory’ was released and first reached my ears through a friend. I’d never come across heavy sounding guitars, screaming vocals and catchy melodies before, and at the time I felt it was the most intense thing I’d ever come across. Looking back now, after exploring the spectrum of metal music for the past decade, I have to admit that I still love that album (go on, laugh!) like the first time I heard it. There’s a bit of nostalgia involved in this album, no doubt.

Metal properly claimed its place on my CD rack, clothes hangers and life in whole a year or so later when Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’ came out (and at the time 13 year old me thought it was DA SHIT – you may laugh again here). In parallel to my (like every other’s) Metallica phase – Iron Maiden, Pantera, System of a Down etc. where bands that, because of their media enhanced popularity, became associated to one another despite difference in genre, and all made their way into my musical collection simultaneously. In the meantime, I was being introduced to Swedish death metal by my Swedish friend from school who worshipped bands like At the Gates and In Flames. So I was in an Iron Maiden, System of a Down and At the Gates phase…weird combo huh?

Reflecting back during those days, I seem to have associated the first songs I ever heard from bands that got me into loving metal with different people and events that meant something to me back then. For example, At the Gates’ ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ reminds me of my Swedish friend from school and SOAD’s ‘Chop Suey’ reminds me of horrendously wailing the chorus with my mates. Good times!

Summing up my recollection of 13 year old me, my answer to Miranda’s question would be:

1. Linkin Park – Papercut

2. Metallica – Some Kind of Monster

3. Iron Maiden – Phantom of the Opera

4. At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul

5. SOAD – Chop Suey

Anyway…enough with my partly embarrassing list of musical tastes as a kid – back to proof reading and trying to figure out where those suspicious cat meows in the office are coming from…

WORDS: Mike Angastiniotis


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