Originally posted by Davidius
I agree metal music is nothing but nonsense and a bunch of noise. Out of all the musical genres out there, Metal is the hardest to listen to.
It amazes me what people are into these days.
My word you people are closed minded!
There are ignorants and fools who produce all sorts of music and artforms - from pop to classical. There are loads of immoral pop songs, lots of
stupid gore metal songs about horrible things, lots of dodgy rap songs about gangstaaa crap, lots of country songs about suicide and murder, lots of
war marches about getting in rhythm to kill people efficiently, etc etc!
equally, there is metal that is about overcoming your ignorance..as there is with almost any style, there is at least SOME of it that will be positive
to your life.
Zeni Geva are my favourite band of all time, art-metal, producing many albums, artistic, technically great, entertaining, meaningful lyrics..
There are many grind, crust and hardcore acts that are highly politically/ideologically charged.. sure there are ecoterrorist advocates like Earth
Crisis, Oi punk bands that are white power, black metal acts that burn down churches and eat each others brains to gain their dark powers,
'hatecore' punk bands that glorify neo-nazism and racism ..
but there are also pop songs that are totally immoral and disgusting, rnb, country, rap, rock, any style can be peverse or sickening.
Sure a lot of metal revels in that, but that is an anti-aesthetic. I used to confront this issue daily when I was in a 2 piece improvised guitar noise
band called 'raped by noise'.
What i'm trying to say is that closed-mindedness of any sort is really a way to stifle yourself. I have a lot of really powerful metal (MESHUGGAH !!
! READ SOME MESHUGGAH LYRICS ONLINE AT LEAST!!), with very positive messages..
in the end, with all art, the artist SHOULD BE asking themselves candidly, 'IS THIS GOING TO BE MISINTERPRETED? Is my meaning concise or clear, or is
it ambigious, and if so, in a way which I do not want it to be perhaps? Is my meaning correct to what I actually wish to portray?'
even still you can create satires or parodies that may be considered controversial, yet in reality are an attack on that paradigm. However this can be
equally damaging to produce if it is misinterpreted much, in comparison to how many people understand its true meaning.
I am reminded of Maynard of Tool saying once, someone came up to him and said how much 'Sober' helped him sober up and change his drinking ways. All
the while Maynard was wondering how he could have missed all the obvious messages in the song stating that Maynard was suggesting sobriety is entirely
unnecessary in any instance.
Equally, the NEGATIVE musics can inspire people to the positive. For instance, a highly revered local grind band called 'The Kill' wrote a song
which really irked me. Up until hearing that song, I had accepted their presence in the music scene, although thinking their masochistic on-stage
displays were egotistical and basically showed that the singer NEEDED to injure himself in order to perform well, which in my mind is pretty lame.
Anyway, they had a song called something like 'kill gays', it had two lines of vocals and went for 20 seconds maybe, it was another stupid boring
grindcore tune, you couldn't even hear the words being screamed by the vocalist.
But when I saw the CD, and read the name, and saw the lyrics, I shook my head and tossed it aside, never listening again.
So equally sometimes such music can make you strengthen your own convictions.
In the end, I guess the way to surmise would be this : in all artforms there is ignorance and stupidity, in some more than others. But do not be
genre-ist about it! There is good out of every genre also (again, some more than others!!).
It's also a matter of personal taste.
The Melvins??? Great band.