I started playing guitar when I was 13. I never took any classes or sat down and tried to play shit from the radio (unless I was REEEEALLLLLLLY HIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHHHHHHHH). I wrote music.
I just didn't write whole songs... I wrote pieces of songs and created unique (to me, anyway) runs to develop myself as a guitar player like none other before me or after me.
Not necessarily the greatest thing since sliced bread, but still a force of nature to be feared.
The first song I ever wrote was a six minute epic to display my awesome rhythm techniques. It's easy to digest but turns from a Manowar style of song into an Iron Maiden style of song.
I recorded this live. This is me showcasing how uniquely I can play a guitar in one track; I attempt to capture two separate guitars with two hands and one pick. It's a special way of playing rhythm that I developed to the point where I can now make it sound like three guitars are playing at once with just my own two hands and a pick.
But this is a six year old recording. This is the birth of my legend immortalized on YouTube.
I recorded it on a PC at the studio where I frequented at the time. It was kind of my first attempt and I didn't feel like doing it over, so I play the beginning a little fast.
I reckon at the perfect tempo, this song is about 6:30.
The ending is so cool. Every one of my drummers loved this song, so it was always a warm-up song for practice.
Just never went anywhere with it outside of my first band.
A shame how many of my originals have been lost to time.
I've written over fifteen individual technical speed/thrash metal songs, about ten blackened death metal songs, two black metal songs, six folk metal songs, four acoustic songs, six deathcore songs that I hate, and a whole FUCK TON of songs that never got finished and I can still disect for parts.
But I never play anymore.
I have no band. I have no way to support a band because I work around the clock just to survive.
That song up there is from a time when I still cared. A lot.
It's from a time when I actually aspired to get better.
A time I wasn't as good as I am now...
A time when I still had a reason to prove myself.
And I'm still in awe myself at what I was able to do with a little tube amp, a distortion/overdrive pedal, a 22 fret Les Paul, and a whole shitload of hatred and anger.
So yeah, even if you never listen to it, I'm still proud of it.
I'm proud of everything I write.
When I'm up on stage, EVERYONE is looking at me to do something.
When I play, they fucking LOVE IT.
It doesn't matter what I play.
When I am given the venue, I will perform.
I will crush you with my awesomeness.
This song here is the first time I ever made that statement, really.
So that's why this song is important.