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I could not get into Dragged into Sunlight. Strobes were literally causing me pain, so I left for the bar and benches. Actually tried to sleep a bit. I won’t deny it being extreme, but then I’m not into this stuff just for extremity (not a fan of danger or noise music).
Abbath for the win! Those RIFFS! So… god… damn….good!!!
Also looking forward to that new Secrets of the Moon album. Liked the previous albums but this for sure feels like an adventurous jump into something quite unique.
That certainly is a large part of it, but I think that’s also been a bigger issue in America specifically. You talk to bands about the prospect of touring Europe without the costs of flying and visas, suddenly things seems much more financially feasible. Nevermind the fact you could make a summer tour there of just hitting festivals. Metal never got the rejection in the 90’s in Europe the same way it did in America.
Another aspect that’s had an effect and came from the 90’s was the rise of Hip-Hop and Electronic Dance Music.
As for Kauan and the Dyatlov Pass incident.
Tau Cross had the best song premiere of the month, imo.
Thanks Mike for the Metallica defense. I do think it goes too far to say the Black Album had anything to do with Nu-Metal. Also the Load albums had more to do with Hard Rock and Alt. Rock (in a Alice in Chains kind of way) than Nu-Metal. Let’s be clear there was a progression and it mostly has to do with a blending of three to five elements: Metal, NYC Hardcore (of the late 80’s onward variety), Hip-Hop, Alt-Rock & Grunge. From Anthrax to Faith No More to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Soundgarden to Rage Against the Machine. And hell, you can throw in Helmet and the Melvins as well.
I think where Metallica comes in, at all, is the redneck element of Nu-Metal. It’s the nearest Metal has gotten to ICP really (and that really drives at it I think… the fact it’s “metal” that appeals to likely bigoted rednecks who also like Hip-Hop). So Metallica (in the 90s) and Pantera with the southern good ‘ole boys appeal did a lot for that.
Also, let’s not side-step what the bane of Metal in the 80’s was, Hair/Glam Metal. And I don’t mean Twisted Sister and WASP. I mean Poison, Motley Crue, Winger and Cinderella.
For me it’s all good from the beginning up to and including Ruun. Everything after that…has… well, just not gelled quite as well. I can’t pin-point exactly why except perhaps that they’ve become “too” prog. Something seemed to change with Vertebrae and Axioma.
Anyway, favorites kind of lay around everywhere, but for the early period it’s Hordanes Land & Frost, while for the later (or mid period) it’s Monumension and Below the Lights. In particular I think Monumension doesn’t get enough love. I think it’s near perfection. Mardraum I enjoy for the more psychedelic tracks like Større enn Tid – Tyngre enn Natt & Entrance – Escape.
Congrats mjhk75. That’s an album to always treasure.
I still think of them as being one of the top 5 highlights from last year’s MDF.
Oh, a Chinese Black Metal band. This should be interesting. Oh wait, “sounds like Woods Of Desolation and Deafheaven.” Well, nevermind then (and yes, I listened to it and I now I can confirm it blew).
Was pretty mutually impressed with Wounds and Crypt Sermon. Those will be two to look forward to hearing more from.
Myrkur, well the whole poorly hidden identity and sort of making false claims put me off her band for a bit, even if the music was pretty good. But god damn, this new song freaking rips, tears and then soars. Yea, I’m over the negative spin now and only looking forward to more coming from this project.
Leviathan… well, I enjoyed the first two albums quite a bit and loved Lurker of Chalice. The last two albums not so much, with what felt like too much chaos and Deathspell -isms. This though? Hell yea! Probably my most anticipated album so far.
Transcendently up is backside perhaps. It sounds like the audio equivalent of Homer Simpson’s attempt at modern art (or the general joke in that ep about modern art being accurate for that song).
Third on how great the Funereal Presence album is, but then I generally like everything the (Negative Plane/Occultation) folks do.
I gotta say on the scale of dumb shit musicians say, Tom’s remarks were pretty small potatoes. So pretty disappointed that they show up so low on here (for that reason or for others just neglecting the album), because I think it’s by far better than the first Triptykon album.
As for Tom not liking ATG, hey, we all have our taste in music.
@s.a. – I think that’s a bit short sighted and even narrow minded. The “bro- drunk dude” type of thing goes back further. Pantera for example and before that a number of Thrash Metal bands tapped into that as well (and Hardcore Punk too).
As for politics, this is where I think things sometimes get dangerous these days. Personally I wouldn’t want to be part of a musical scene that only welcomed certain types of political views and philosophies. That’s not really freedom of expression. I think we’d all do well to not try to pull Metal (or anything else) into the “culture war”. I like the fact that even though I might vehemently disagree with someone politically we can still be friendly when it comes to music. Music should be a bridge between different people and not a rallying call to your very specific ideological tribe.
@bogota rocks – I’d say there’s three genres that are debated as to how much they truly fit in with metal. All three brought in some rather foreign influences and in general pushed Metal into bigger mainstream recognition. A lot of metalheads have some degree of resentment for these genres (or genre mixes because they feel it took attention away from what they thought metal had been or even other exciting changes to the scene), even though they might like some bands that would fall under them but perhaps the scene in general turned them off. In short these are/were Glam Metal, Grunge and Nu-Metal.
Well I guess it’s Amelie Bruun (or maybe not), but beyond that there’s a few things in this video that struck me as this not being quite what it seems. The end of the video credits a publicity company and people from NYC. Also that shot of here in the wooded hills, that looks far more Appalachian than anything in Denmark.
Thank you J. Smith for letting the cat out of the bag.
For myself I’ve liked the music, but this gimmick does seem like a lame attempt at creating authenticity. I personally would of preferred if they were straight forward about where they were coming from.
@Schafer – Regarding Alan Averill you said “Unfortunately I understand that some of his politics are a bit questionable as well.” Could you elaborate? I wasn’t aware he’d said anything controversial.
Which is a very annoying trend. Like all Metal, Punk/Hardcore and Alternative Rock is being put into a blender. All the while the musicians of these new ‘modern’ bands get upset at even calling themselves Metal, like it’s a denigration of their music to somehow be called that.
As for Black Metal, I think it goes like this. You’ve got a culture that very much falls under the realm of Romanticism (google if you can’t remember from your lit. courses in high school). Then it’s now being reapropriated by a scene that’s clearly Post-Modern in their world view. To then be puzzled as to why Romantics are upset their work is getting turned into something Post-Modern is, well, disappointing.
Regarding Ninkharsag, they most certainly don’t sound anything like Bathory or Emperor. What they do sound like is a very derivative Taake. I really don’t see anyone could like that band unless you’ve never heard of Taake (or a number of other bands) before.
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