Prepare to meet the metal.

Trapped Under Ice by Nathan Congleton Taken July 24, 2011 you want to be able to hold the prestigious honor of calling yourself a metal head? Congratulations onmaking the best decision of your life.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica,Heavy Metal is a "genre of rock music that includes a group of related styles that are intense, virtuosic, and powerful. Driven by the aggressive sounds of the distorted electric guitar, heavy metal is arguably the most commercially successful genre of rock music." In other words, metal is audible adrenaline.

Metal was pioneered by bands like Black Sabbath, pushed even farther and more technically by bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica, and is still going stronger than ever with bands like Periphery, Slipknot, and countless others.

Metal can be a tricky genre to get into, so for the new headbanger-in-training we have some quick tips to make your first dive into our world as seamless as possible.

Baltimore is one of the greatest cities to see metal concerts live and in person with many venues all within a short drive of eachother.

Welcome to your new obsession. For those about to rock, we salute you.