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Direct Contradiction July 8, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in Uncategorized.

Written by Jake

It dawned on me on my drive home tonight that metal as we might know it today is more toned down and more widely-known than it used to be. There used to be a select few, a group of utter maniacs who were fans of real metal. Metal like Sabbath, Coal Chamber, Lucifer’s Friend and Bloodrock. This fine group of bands, and many more like them, are the last remnants of a better a time. A time when metal was metal, and the line between rock and metal wasn’t quite so blurred.

Not that there’s anything wrong with bands like Chevelle, Disturbed, Atreyu and Slipknot. In fact, I enjoy listening to ALL of them. Three of them make my top 5 favorite bands, and all make my top 10. But sometimes I start to miss the old metal. The one everyone HATED but those few of us who could appreciate the energy of the screaming and the thrashing of the guitar. The rapid beat of the drums, the thumping, deep, haunting bass lines. The kind of metal that was played on Hallo-fucking-ween and MADE KIDS RUN.

It just seems like it’s unacceptable know-a-days. Like being hardcore motherfuckers and screaming into a microphone is blasphemy. Of course, people like Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper are godfathers of metal too and their music is considered quite very much the shit. The reason is that they’ve moved on with the times.

They haven’t sold out (not like Cooper could anyway. Does even still make CDs?), and they never will. What I’m talking about is that they’ve adapted their music just ever so slightly so as to keep it true to the original formula, but more acceptable by modern societies standards. Ozzy’s new CD was given a slightly more than luke warm reception, but mostly just because he’s Ozzy. He would receive MUCH better reviews if he were to, say, make an album like Lead Sails Paper Anchor by Atreyu, or Avenged Sevenfolds recent self-titled opus.

The fact of the matter is that people love things they THINK are hardcore, but absolutely loathe things that stay true to the formula. If there is too much screaming or too much shredding they say they “get a headache” when they hear it. If it’s toned down a little, however, but still performs like a metal song, they suddenly fall in love with it and want to make love to the fucking track.

No, I think the Millennials are to blame for this one. We’re smarter than our parents in most ways, or at least we have the ability to be. We wear flipflops to work and have our iPod headphones jammed in one ear and our cell phones glued to the other. The music industry needs to step away from all of the Miley Cyrus’ and Red Jumpsuits and all this indie crap. They need to step back and just look. They need to realize it’s time to go back.

They need to get all sorts of nostalgic on our asses. And you know the best part? We’ll never see it coming.



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