A friend and I were discussing awhile back how if we could only listen to one variety of aggressive music, it would be death metal. We both joked about how our parents would say music like that was a phase we were going through, and how both of us listen to far more abrasive music the older we get. I'm curious how everybody got into a form of music that the vast majority of people find unlistenable. Here's my dumb story: In high school (mid 90's), my friends mostly listened to hard rock, with stuff like Dream Theater, Metallica, and Queensryche thrown in. A few of us liked Pantera, but that was about the limit. I started getting into White Zombie, Korn, Sepultura, Type O Negative, stuff like that, which most of them hated. About a year after graduation, a friend and I were riding around, and heard an ad on the radio for a Cannibal Corpse show in Cincinnati that night, and tickets were really cheap, like $10. We'd go to the record store and laugh at their song titles, but forget listening to anything like that. For whatever reason, we decided to go see them as a joke. Stopped at the local record store on the way, and asked the dude to recommend an album so we'd know at least some of the songs. He knew we weren't into that stuff, but mentioned they'd just released an album (Gallery of Suicide). A couple hours later, we're walking into the show, and a band called Angelcorpse is on stage. I remember the vocalist growling, "This is a song called CONNNNNSSSEEECRRRAAAATTTTIIIIOOONNNN!!" and it's the most chaotic stuff I've ever heard. The two friends that went with me are basically laughing at it, but by the time Cannibal went on, I was pretty mesmerized. I worked my way up front, and stood between Jack Owen and Corpsegrinder, and by the time we left, I was completely won over. Walking out, they were both groaning about how awful it was. I was like, "Fuck you guys, that was awesome." I took the CD with me, and have loved them since. Still have the shirt from the show, and can't believe I got away with wearing it anywhere, haha.