I started listening to metal when I was 21. It was back in the summer of 2003. I had been content with my happy mix of Christian punk, southern rock, and rapcore. Then I heard the song “Infected” by Demon Hunter. I thought the song was a little hard at first, but still amazing. My musical tastes dramatically changed since then.
I still listen to hard rock and such, but Christian metal is my ultimate favourite genre. I find that it is the most in tune with my creative mind. I like intense, epic, and adventurous stories. Metal helps me get into that mind frame with it’s deliberate beat and melodic chords. For example, after listening to Demon Hunter’s third album a couple of times – The Triptych – I finally began my first fantasy novel. The flow of the book went along so well with the songs.
I obviously love metal because of the way it sounds, but my mind is pretty much always in writer mode so I naturally cater to things that inspire stories. It’s crazy how one line or bridge from one song can inspire an entire story.
Writing and music definitely go hand in hand.
So, what about you? What type of music inspires you to write?