Technically I think I'm few months late, but it's been about 25 years since I added metal to my music tastes. My brother was listening thrash metal during this time, but symphonic metal was the sub-genre that finally got me.
Spotify just played something that feels like it would've been my first touch to metal, but release dates disagree with me. 😄 Well, it's the most vivid and specific memory at least and fits with the 25 year anniversary theme. I remember this was on a friends' self recorded cassette, along with some Helloween song that didn't make as deep an impression, even if I can still remember something from them was on that cassette.
And the reason I know that wasn't the first touch on the genre, is how and why I remember this song. And I have the same friend to thank for both of these.
Don't remember who introduced them to me, but at that same time some other Finnish band was starting their career as well.