Blex's DragonForce Connection
A long time ago, in an internet galaxy far away, the best way to
mp3 music was to have personal contacts on IRC. On IRC,
people connected to networked servers, joined chat rooms, and got to
know people from all over the world. IRC was and still is the beginning
of any underground movement. There, any and all software, music, movie,
television series, porn, etc. were distributed to the masses. I say
that with respects to newsgroups which really were the
first medium of distribution. In the modern internet era, pirated
ware distribution is all over the internet with online communities such
as torrents, p2p networking, and websites being very popular. But, back
in the good old days, people ran
private and public FTP sites on IRC. It was there, that I met a lot of
cool and not-so-cool people from about 1994-2004.
If you haven't read my top 25 albums of all time list (and judging from my web server log file a lot of you haven't read
it), you know my favorite genre of music is rock/metal. Specifically, I
probably prefer the sub-genres of rock/metal such as power, symphonic,
progressive, viking, heavy, keyboard, concept, etc.
Anyway, in the years that I was on IRC, I hung out mostly in the
#metalmp3 channel on
undernet. It was there that a large portion of my musical discovery
began. The good bands I discovered there were countless! One
of those bands was the awesome world famous DragonForce that we all
know and love. If you don't know or love them, you probably shouldn't
be reading this because I consider your music appreciation inferior
(I'm kidding)! One person that I met on #metalmp3 was a guy from the UK
who went by the screen-name of SHRED. I talked to him back and forth here and there and he even had access to my private FTP site! Then, one day
he asked me to listen to his band's new demo song titled Valley of the Damned
by DragonHeart (their original name). Usually when people used to send me
homemade crap to listen to I wouldn't even listen to it or would just flip
through it for a few seconds and say "sounds good, gotta run!" BUT, this time
it was different! I decided, WTF, I'll give it a listen. I immediately
heard the opening riff of Valley of the Damned and the song BLEW ME
AWAY! To this day I still consider it one of the greatest songs... EVER!
In Time, the song was became the #1 most downloaded song on
the entire mp3.com web site (which only provided access to music from unsigned bands). Overtime, I talked to SHRED
here and there on IRC and eventually found
out his band changed their name from DragonHeart to DragonForce and got
a record deal! I figured, damn, hopefully this band becomes famous
because the song I heard just kicked my ass it was so good! During one
of the last times I conversed with SHRED,
he informed me they were touring with legendary metal bands across
Europe! I asked him if he could bolster the "Blex" name on their debut
album and toss me in the liner notes. He
agreed and thanked me that my private FTP site led him to discover a
ton of new metal bands that influenced his guitar playing! Then, after
the album was released, I purchased a copy and SURE ENOUGH my internet
name along with a few other #metalmp3 names got
put in the liner notes!
Now that I've got out of the early '90s and finally bought a l33t n3w
HP printer/scanner/copier, I figured "why not scan the liner notes and
toss it on my
web page in case anybody ever wonders if the Blex mentioned is the same
Blex that ran Blex's Page of Good Mp3?"
Being bored out of my mind, still unemployed, and needing some more
amusing and updating content on my web site, here we have it !!!
Fast forward to 2011, DragonForce is now a worldwide phenomenon and
selling millions of albums! They also are apparently the highest skill
level to play on guitar hero (I've never played the game).
So, who was SHRED? None other than the WORLDWIDE FAMOUS GUITARIST... HERMAN LI
Someday, I hope to see DragonForce live and meet one of the fastest and greatest guitar players EVER!
Hopefully, he will remember me and I can thank him because his music
has been some of the most phenomenal metal music I've ever heard in my
life! In fact, if somehow you read this, feel free to contact me!