Interesting thought, isn’t it?
Heavy metal, which has been my favourite style of music since i was thirteen, is going under a rapid change which seems to be leaning in favour of style over substance and bands such as Bring me the Horizon and Black Veil Brides suggest that this is the case. I believe my case is further cemented by the fact that many who are known as “Scene Kids” are stating and i quote: “Bring me the Horizon are better than Iron Maiden”.
Now i’m not being stupid by worrying about this am i?
For as long as i can remember, every metal band has wanted to achieve the status that the Irons have achieved, because they are, without a doubt, the biggest metal band ever. But when a small bunch of upstarts decide that Iron Maiden suck and that Bring me the Horizon are better, thats a cause for everyone who loves metal to start worrying.
I do believe that this division in opinion is the reason for an increasingly vast difference between those who are new coming to the genre and the lifestyle, and those who have been staunch supporters of metal since they were knee high. More and more often i get asked if my band has breakdowns and i always say : “Breakdowns are fucking stupid, we’ve got solo’s, which are a million times better” and guess what? I get laughed at and told that solo’s are shit. Solos are shit?! I have had instances where i’ve nearly killed someone because of that.
Metal is certainly at risk at becoming increasingly fragmented, so maybe i need to turn around and learn to get on with people no matter what their music taste. But one genre of metal is currently taking the piss at a fucking fast rate.
Deathcore. The bastardised coming together of Death Metal and Hardcore. I’ve never really approved of it, being a bigger fan of true death metal rather than these cunts in skinny jeans and hair thats blatently had more than 50 quid spent on it trying to beat the true masters at a genre which is supremely awesome. Most metal bands look as though they’ve just crawled out of bed and decided to play metal, and in most cases these bands tend to blow my mind, instead of crisp and clean looking twats with massive strechers in their ears trying to be metal.
Then, there comes my second complaint. Breakdowns. Fucking hell they piss me off, they are now rampant in nearly every “Deathcore” band that considers themselves “Br00tal”. You want Brutal music? Listen to Cerebral Bore, Fleshgod Apocolypse, Deicide, Carcass etc etc, these bands have their own signature sound, and guess what? they manage to be fucking awesome WITHOUT using breakdowns. The band that fathered death metal, Death, didn’t even have a template for writing their music, they simply just wrote what they thought was awesome.
So i reach the conclusion of my rant. Metal is dying, and it is doing so at an alarming rate. Commercialism is destroying the genre from within, and in an age where people are attracted to bands because of style over substance, there is genine cause for concern for all who love the greats such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Diamond Head, Angel Witch and all the thrash greats. Protectionism is a start, but it is not the answer.