a reply to: Profusion
Put it this way Profusion
I do not listen to Metallica albums made after the Black Album. I only listen to Metallica albums written previously. This is for the following
1) I prefer the way their older tunes made me feel, the energy in them, the compositions, the drum sounds, the vocal pitch, the tonal structure of
them, as well as their beat structure for that matter.
2) I dislike most of the work they have produced since the Black Album, and that album itself, because the music found therein does not make me feel
alive, it does not fire my imagination, it does not hold my interest.
3) I do not know how it is where you are, but round my neck of the woods, their newer works are over played as all heck. Every metal night at a club
or bar, every jukebox in every pub, and even some television and film events, will feature something from the Black Album, or after proving that it is
one of the most accessible metal albums ever.
Now, there are artists who have managed to morph themselves and their style of doing business, who HAVE held my interest very well. Mr Devin
Townsend, formerly the frontman of Strapping Young Lad, and project leader of The Devin Townsend Project, as well as the Devin Townsend Band, is a man
who, whether we refer to the storming days of Alien and City (both amazing albums) during the SYL era, or the whimsical eclecticism of his work since,
his passion and artistry, not to mention the way he goes about making music, continue to attract and hold my attention.
Townsends style has been through so many changes, so many phases, including two space operas, that one could easily lose the thread. And yet his
involvement in a project always lends to it an enjoyability.
I should point out, that I have not even begun to speak of his other various projects, and will not, because the point has been made.
Of course, one of the things that keeps me coming back for more about Devin Townsends music, is that it is insane, and so is he. He makes the music
he wants to make, and gives it to you live like no other human being I have seen before. His voice is amazing, his compositions are ridiculous, and
his vision and craftsmanship as a musician are just astounding things to watch. He could write a polka, a blood gutted metal album, or a pop song, and
I would listen to it, because it would be great and wonderful and majestic.
Metallicas output since their departure from thrash metal, does not inspire me. It does not move me, it does not impress or delight me. Do I hate
them for stopping making thrash? No. But I am very sad that we will never see a Metallica album which inspires me in the way their old works did,
because they moved away from making music which has the capacity to do so. It may move others, but it does not move me. There have been pop songs
which had more capacity to move me than the Black Album and what came after it do between them.
Now, what must also be said, is that I am not a metal purist. I love classical music as well, folk, prog and so on from the seventies, bit of jazz if
I am in the mood for it, big band, swing, blues. It is not that the style of music that Metallica started to play, does not appeal to me. It is that
the way they did it does not appeal to me. I find no life in it.