by big d note
Right now Ride the Lightning is his favorite Metallica album. But I haven't given him anything after the Black album on his mp3 player. I can't remember which Slayer songs I put on there, but I started with about 4-5 songs. I think they were all from Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons in the Abyss. I was going over the lyrics for different songs before copying them, and many great songs were eliminated for now.
He started playing percussion in band at school in 5th grade, and he was in marching band for the first time this year (9th grade). He's playing in the Wind Ensemble for the winter too. For marching band he was in the front ensemble and played the xylophone, glockenspiel, huge bass drum, and the gong(!) so he was quite busy. We started him on lessons at School of Rock a little over a year ago so he could learn to play on a kit. He seems pretty good, but we can never convince him to practice.
At Thanksgiving we were at my in-laws, and my MIL was putting away some wine glasses and rang one to show that it was crystal, not glass. I asked my son what note it was, and thought for a second and said it was an E. I used an FFT app on my phone to check the frequency, and sure enough, it was just slightly above E6. So he's learning something in band.
That's wild that you played at a show with Gloryhammer. The first time we saw them was the Oriental Theatre in Denver when they opened for Alestorm, and it was so hot that I thought I was gonna pass out. My wife and I really dig their blend of cheesy power metal with over-the-top lyrics. It's really the only power metal I listen to. Most of it is ridiculous without being self-aware and fun.