Bent Out of Shape: Has Heavy Metal Become a Joke?

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moguitar7

I like the "Cookie Monster" vocals reference. A lot of songs would be great as instrumentals without the growling "vocals". Mixing metal with rap was a sellout and a joke. No solos just showed a lack of ability most of the time. Stupid posing and costumes are only OK if the music is good. To me, I like the blues and classically based stuff, but please, jazz, funk, and rap just don't mix well with metal to me. I listened to djent and didn't like it. Other invented "sub-genres" generally sucked, in my opinion. Definitions of what heavy means, abound. The same with definitions of what metal means. To me, there are far too many "sub-genres", and that is "goofy".
Everyone that has posted here is right in their own way.

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Dark13

I love metal, since Tony Iommi in the 70s, through the 80s and then things went downhill starting with no solos and "unplugged"...today, it's GOOFY! I look at metal bands and think are you serious? I do not like cookie-monster vocals. AT ALL. Additionally, the satanic dark/black metal whatever, seems to have taken over the genre. What's bad is good and good is bad (great only if you are a young kid wanting to piss off your parents or pastor). The double bass drum kits in some new metal bands are mixed too loud and the repetitive beats on every song get old. Who is the EVH or Slash of today? The General Public does not know any new metal players - as they have pigeon-holed the genre into a comical collection of guys dressed as rappers or with faux blood or tar? on their faces - while dressed in long coats in 80 degree weather in CA. Cliche and goofy.

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walrus108

Maybe metal lost it's soul when it started including turntables and sampled beats, and still called itself metal. That's when I turned off and tuned out. And the cookie monster voice is just tired also. I am just sick of hearing it.

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MAVIII

Well,
What do you listen to? I like the melodic vocals as-well as the rough and cookies. But yes, I dont like the NUmetal and Emo/Screamo stuff :/.

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redstrat8

I INVENTED EMOTH-I COMBINED EMO AND GOTH TO MAKE REALLY BAD MUSIC.

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happydog1960

I think a lot of what passes for metal is a joke. I think people who have seven and eight string guitars are hilarious. To my mind, that's not even a guitar any more. You might as well call it something else. I suggest "peentar" because it seems like these guys are covering for inadequacies in other areas with all those extra strings.

I'm with you about technical metal all the way. With these bands I can't even hear what they're playing. They know what they're playing, and their fans might know, but nobody else does. And I don't think the fans really know, either; they just stand there looking sage and wise while their guy runs exotic scales up and down the guitar acting like they know what he's doing musically.

Frank Zappa used to call that "spoo," which was a reference to masturbation, which is what he thought a lot of guitar players were doing when they played solos.

As far as new bands, there are a few out there who are good. I like Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony and Arkona, who are all very different from one another. I think Blood Ceremony would definitely be up your alley; they sound like they came straight out of 1971 via time machine. Female vocals, flute, Hammond organ and heavy guitar. Arkona is just nuts; Russian folk metal with another female vocalist who switches between growling and singing in a really uncanny way. It's wild. Electric Wizard is not actually new, but I think their Satanic grind is very satisfying.

I appreciate your bravery in saying something that isn't popular to hear among the metal community. There's a lot of good stuff about metal, but too often metal players only listen to metal all day long and have a very limited ear. The guy who ended his post with "Blues sucks!" is a perfect example. How can anyone who is a musician say that? Blues is one of the primary, most important American musical art forms. That statement just shows profound and deliberate ignorance, and that's depressing.

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pwnyclub

Im fairly certain if zappa were still around he would embrace 7 and 8 string guitars as another medium to create music on as he often embraced and used many strange techniques or equipment when creating.

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MAVIII

@ happydog1960
Wow . . .
Where do I begin? Any goof that says Blues doesnt matter or uses the term "sucks" is as narrow-minded as putting Metal in a BOX and leaving it in one to fit those parameters of when Metal was born.
I'm 49, I have been fascinated with the Metal genre since I finally got into it around 78 or 80, then went backwards (and forwards) and have made it my life to delve into its rich history.

One thing I notice under just about ANY Metal bands Videos/Audio (i.e. YOUtube) that is trying to do something different, exciting and challenging . . . it gets RIDICULED.
To say A Guitar is NOT a Guitar because it uses more than 6 strings is like saying to a Jet Designer - "You CANT put more than 1 Engine on a JET!". They said the same to Richard Wagner, "You cant add more musicians, your audience will go deaf!". You can look at the history of the Lute Instrument and the WACKY "additions" of necks and strings (Tell those "soulless players" that play them, like Steve Howe, Pat Methany, the late Micheal Hedges and the-like).
Allan Holdsworth started playing a "Synth-Axe", and all the sudden he lost his soul and "thats not a REAL instrument"? Hmmm, he's using his skills and foundations as a Guitar Player onto something advanced to "play it" like a guitar.

I love Frank Zappa, but the "Spoo" players PLAYED with him! Vai, Mike Keneally, Adrian Belew, Terry Bozzio, Morgan Agren, Chad Wackerman, Chester Thompson - Heck, Terry Bozzio gets ridiculously ridiculed for that ENORMOUS Kit he plays! But people forget - 1 Drum is "1 note".
You can bend strings anywhere on a fret but their are some who think on a different level and shouldnt be accused of being "inadequate", I give them benefit of the doubt that they learned to play on 6 strings and want to challenge "themselves".

I'll use your own words: "but too often metal players only listen to metal all day long and have a very limited ear." . . .
"That statement just shows profound and deliberate ignorance, and that's depressing."
It makes me depressed and sad as well, because Metal is VAST with sub-genres, if there are particular bands that dont fit what youre into, cool. But saying "it seems like these guys are covering for inadequacies in other areas with all those extra strings" is assuming (yes add the joke here) you know their education and what they are into, but from my experience and reading (and watching) interviews, they are like minded "listeners" as YOU and I, who devour other musics as well, that directly or indirectly influence their musics.

I'll say it again; Variety is the spice of life. And I'm soo glad that there are MANY different sub-genres of Metal to challenge these ears in soo many ways.
I also am a Arkona fan as well and agree with what you say about them. But I love Opeth, Death, Spiral Architect, Cynic, Necrophagist, Watchtower, Meshuggah, TesseracT, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins, Bjork, Peter Murphy, Fates Warning and a TON of others. Dont believe for a second that many of us Metalheads are limited to 1 kind of Metal or "Music".

. . . I apologize if I assumed as well ;).

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dkarda

Us citizens are with you all the way officer. Well said!

I have a feeling most critics here couldn't tell you what a pentatonic scale is, no less judge the true talents of metal musicians.

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sekitogtr

I think metal has become so popular and acceptable that nowadays you can play commercial pop music with heavy down-tuned guitars and double bass drums. As long as you have a catchy chorus and the song is less than 5 minutes long, you get played on the radio. I'm afraid that's the future of heavy metal.

Oh and blues sucks

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bassmastamitch

I don't disagree with everything you say, but I think you would be a little more convincing with more specific examples of bands or artists instead of generalizing. Metal is such a gigantic umbrella that it'd be nice to have examples of these modern characters you are referring to.

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mklotz

As a fan of original metal and bands of any "new genre" metal, I will add that all music is an artistic representation of the artist(s) playing it and I personally wouldn't want to be stuck in time listening to copies of all the older metal. Despite what the article said, even in the 60's shedders and "out of the box" players existed but were ignored. Nothing stays the same and eventually was, will become again.

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Tight but loose

Agree with article that loss of blues base and excess concern with image and commercialization are major reasons for the absence of great metal nowadays. Two other reasons may be:

1)Guitarists trying to be great shredders instead of great songwriters and band members.
2)Absence of great singers replaced by growlers and rappers.Where are the Halford's and Dickinson's of the modern era?

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ardiril

Has metal become a joke? Only about 25 years ago.

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MAVIII

So for those previous years, thats the Metal you have been listening to?
Music evolves, progresses. You havent found ANYTHING interesting within those 25 years? . . . Really?

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greg_page

I get tired of all the sub-genre snobbery in metal, and it seems that many original ideas get immediately copied and turned into their own new genre of metal. What really sucks is that at some point in American society it became socially unacceptable to like metal.

However, the best of the best know what's up. Want a metal guitarist who knows his blues? Mark Morton, Lamb of God. Ask him who his favorite guitarist is and he'll say "Billy Gibbons". Nuff said.

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endallnjrocks

Hi Will,

Thank you for the great article, as a long time metal fan and guitarist here is my two cents. Metal's origins are from the blues, but as with anything if it does not progress and change it dies out. "Metal influencing metal" is a huge problem which I have seen time and time again. Think of how influential punk bands like the Misfits and Black Flag where on Metallica, Megadeth and, Anthrax. Even the Ramones on Motorhead. The great thing about this, is that it kept metal interesting. Dime was influenced by Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, and often said to chill out, he would listen to Steely Dan. You can hear the influence of that in numerous songs like-"Hollow"or "10s" just to name a few. Bleeding Through was one of the first bands to incorporate synths, hardcore punk, and goth influence into their music. Then a bunch of bands ripped them off,therefore making it genric and stale.Fear Factory incorporated industrial and had no solos and are amazing. When you think back to the 80's, guitar solos and that olympic style of playing was becoming played out. Grunge was the reaction to that, where solos did not exist at all. Granted in the metalcore genre, there are a lot of bands with the same cookie cutter vocals, same ear piercings, breakdowns, leads etc. But at one point it was new and exciting. To comment on your point about stage shows. Even bands that just go up on stage and play, have some kind of light show, or pyro. If they are on a strict budget, some get creative with props.Bands need stage shows to stand out and be interesting. That is needed, I get bored just watching a band go up and play. Even bands like Sabbath, Priest, and Maiden had it points in their career. I do agree that a lot of guitar players in metalcore bands today, do typical by the book solos that sound more like practice exercises. David Gilmour can say more in two notes, then most can say in 20. But that is what is great about metal, people finding common ground, and so many different sub-genres to choose from.Thank you.

Cheers!

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WWallner

Just to confirm what I already put in the blog:

"My goal with this blog post is to provoke discussion. I'm not an authority on the subject. I'm just a fan who loves classic metal bands like Rainbow, early Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, etc."

Also I am a new member to White Wizzard was not involved in any previous releases. Judge my musicianship on my own music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB0V0I58zKk

Cheers

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MAVIII

Boy and did you get one :P ("Provoking" a discussion). Man I'm old school too, a HUGE Rainbow, Deep Purple, Sabbath (all era's), Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake (old and new), Robin Trower, Gary Moore, Pat Traverse, Uriah Heep, UFO, Judas Priest, Budgie, Van Halen, RUSH etc. Fan. But also Spiral Architect, Meshuggah, Forbidden, Death, Dream Theater, Trouble, Kings X, Gorod, Cynic, Fates Warning, Watchtower, Opeth, Necrophagist fan as well.
As some have said, Metal needs to evolve, but its up to YOU what you like and what you take out of it.
I'd add some Playlists I've created on YOUtube to link but we're not allowed, if you can find my account "MVunit3" you can sample many different sub-genres of Metal and discover its VAST and from all types of influences.

But look, people may "hate" the Blues, but if it wasnt for the Blues, we wouldnt be here talking about Metal at all.

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tycobby3

Since Kiss use costumes, does that make thier music inferior? Since Angus Young stripped down to his underwear during his solo when I saw him live does that make him an inferior musician? Is Tina Turner an inferior muscian because her show has choreographed dancing?

I suggest you check out a band called The Sword. They have blues based metal down very well.

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diabolical

Agree for the most part...I am actually glad the blues influences have somewhat been subdued and musicianship has improved trememdously. I hate the fact that all production has gotten to the point of where what is good for Andy Sneap is good for metal. Too much drum substitution, time alignment and other tricks used to hide subpar musicianship or kill feel. What happened to acoustic drums? They're gone from metal.
Another pet peeve of mine is the mandatory metal sleeve tattoos. I think labels now send you to a tattoo artist to draw these before they sign you - look at all the bands wearing these now.

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MAVIII

@ diabolical -
I agree for the most part with you as well, but I hope you know that Andy Sneap is a Guitarist (not just a Producer/Engineer), was with a pioneering Thrash/Pagan band "Sabbat (U.K.)" and he definitely liked using "acoustic" drums. His style of playing seemed to be influenced by everything under the sun, but within a "Thrash" parameter.
Their last album (3rd) "Mourning has Broken" (with a new and more operatic vocalist) had hardly any trace of Blues, and the Soloing was more akin to Fusion, I thought it was a fantastic album of Thrash meets Math Metal, but even Sneap thought it was "Too over the top" :p.

. . . Dont EVEN get me started on Tattoo's (I agree with you too) :P.

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shadow1029

But there's so much out there, metal is a pretty broad genre with thousands of sub-genres. I will say I don't care for anything with "core" at the end of it, but I wouldn't call all metal a joke. Early White Wizzard, the band you are joining, the Highspeed GTO line-up, was incredible. You make a lot of valid points, but calling all metal a joke...

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MAVIII

AMEN on all points :).

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iommianity

I think the irony of reading this on Guitar World's website, as written by the guitarist of White Wizzard is too much for me to handle. For years, GW has perpetuated every trend in metal until it died a slow death, then it tries to cling to the next one. All the while so it can ask the too-cool-for-school question: is metal a joke? All you've done is raise up close minded 'metalheads' who pretend spandex and tired licks are all the genre has to offer. I hate trite, nu-metal/metalcore garbage that's reduced metal to a few notes and an image, but I hate these supposedly metal "fans" who write off every way the genre has progressed in the past 30 years because it doesn't fit their tired notions of what music 'is'.

Just because you decided to call it a day when you heard Pantera, or because you think death metal is just noise doesn't mean you're any more of an authority than I am. At the very least, if you're going to comment so strongly and dismissively, at least have the common courtesy to have some type of clue. Metal isn't just one sound or way of playing, and if you think death metal clone number 1000234 is any worse than a circle jerk over 80s cliches and third hand bluesy, 'emotional', out of tune bends, you need to think again.

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WWallner

"My goal with this blog post is to provoke discussion. I'm not an authority on the subject. I'm just a fan who loves classic metal bands like Rainbow, early Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, etc."

Thats from my blog. I'm glad you have an opinion but so do I and i'm sharing it via this blog. Don't take offense, cheers

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lilnaters

I agree with everything you say
I have grown up with Thin Lizzy and ac dc and have treaded in the musical areas from the 20's to the 90's
You and I share the same mindset
I was just waiting for someone to make this point
I hope to make a band that really follows "the songs come first" type mindset, but more hard rock then metal
But anyway thanks for this article it really sums up my mindset of metal.

Ross Smith

May the ghost of Dimebag Darrell come and pour beer on your amp.

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irondarwin

A lot of what you're saying makes sense, but when you pay money for a big show, is it wrong to want some spectacle? Iron Maiden is inarguably a classic metal band. Dave Murray is a very bluesy player and Adrian Smith always thinks melody first in crafting a solo. All three guitarists point to guys like Beck, Jimi, and Blackmore as influences. But their stage show is phenomenal. The guys play the music but Eddie represents "Iron Maiden." I think the lesson here is that it all falls apart if the music is unable to stand on it's own. But as long as the music is priority 1, there's nothing wrong with using artwork, elaborate staging, and pyro to make your show memorable and literally giving your fans more bang for their buck. I know this article is about metal but bands like U2, and back in the day, Pink Floyd took this same approach. Now more than ever, bands make their money on the road, not from album sales, so why not put on a show? It's only gimmicky when the cake can't stand on it's own merits. But assuming it can, there's nothing wrong with little icing.

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MetalUpYourA55

WARNING: MASSIVE RANT AHEAD!
I consider myself to be a fairly fanatical metalhead, so after reading you're article, I couldn't help but make an account and proceed to rant about this article that has a grand total of what I would guess amounts to around 15-20 minutes of total research on the subject.
Anyways, I thought I'd quickly address all three of your arguments while trying (and failing) to not sound like a total nerd going on a rage.
1. The Loss of Blues Influence in Metal: I'll just chock this one up to a lack of interest in trying to find bluesy metal. I'll spare you the lengthy history lesson, but essentially after Pantera found mainstream success in the 90's a wave of bands was inspired by their crushing rhythms and bluesy riffage, namely: Groove Metal. These groups aren't exactly the bread and butter of the modern metal scene, but they really aren't that hard to find if you can be bothered to look. I mean, Lamb of God is a fairly mainstream example, and fairly mainstream groove metal bands like Down and Corrosion of Conformity have both released EP's this year, so maybe you just need to look just a little bit harder? I dunno.
2. Lack of individuality in Virtuoso Guitarists: Now while I half agree with you on this one, (even the most hardcore of headbangers has to admit that the djent movement is stale as hell) There is no shortage of creative guitarists in modern metal. On the extreme end, you have bands like Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah pioneering crushing polyrhythmic madness, and on the tamer side there are bands like Mastodon and Between the Buried and Me who are playing fast and aggressive progressive metal that keeps the listener engaged. And a side note: shredding has been around since the 80's, so don't give me that crap about modern guitarists having no soul and just trying to play faster and faster. Shred is a part of metal, if you don't like it, stick to classic rock.
3. Metal Musicians Looking and Acting Ridiculous: I'm assuming you're talking about bands that have some kind of stage costume, Like Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, Black Veil Brides, etc., etc., etc.. Like it or not, live performance is a part of music, and the use of costumes doesn't go out of style. It's just part of a good performance, and the concept has been around for as long as performing arts, so I really don't know what to tell you. Unless you're not talking about costumed metal bands, in which case I have to say... What the fuck? Metal musicians dress like metalheads because they ARE metalheads. As for how they act? You know these guys ain't exactly the church choir, right?
Alright. I got all that off my chest and I can relax now.
I apologize if you had the misfortune of sitting through my entire rant, but there are just some things that I just will not stand for, and one of them is when someone claiming to be a metal enthusiast makes a bunch of totally off base claims about something that I love. Shit I sound like a total nerd >.<

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MAVIII

I hope you feel better that I agree ;). But I think the so-called "Djent" genre (coined by Meshuggah) has been interesting to me because it not only includes those poly-rhythms, but a lot of atmospheric parts that are a breath of fresh air. I'd rather hear that than Rap/Turn-Tables of NUmetal or the random Barked-Screams of Emo/Screamo :/.

BTW - Any Metalhead that dare have a conversation about "Metal" is probably a Nerd :p So just accept it as I do \m/.
. . . I wish more metalheads would talk about it.

I just had a thought too, of ALL the Metal Guitarists that have had articles written about them, I wonder what their faces looked like when they saw the Title of this article :p.

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MetalUpYourA55

I know djent isn't all that bad, I just sorta overdosed on it while looking for new Tech-death bands. I've only just gotten back to listening Meshuggah again after about 3 months. Ugh.

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CommanderMeaty

well in fact, Heavy Metal has also become a trend, a lot of people would hang out and say "Hey, I listen to heavy metal cause it's cool" I am not a man from the old day, but in my definition, I wouldn't call deep purple or led zeppelin heavy metal, simply cause it has to me became a genre that is darker than rock n roll.

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rimp87

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aaronb

I don't understand modern metal. That doesn't mean it doesn't have artistic value but it's sure hard to see. Basically I hear the same two things -- screamed/growled vocals and a wall of kick drums. Just because you can make the kick drum sound 180 times in a single second doesn't make it musical. The rock scene basically got blown up and rebooted around 1991, and maybe the same is needed for today's metal music.

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thf24

You make several generalizations in this article of which there are far too many exceptions to be valid. You're also a bit too biased towards your own tastes even for an opinion piece. Heavy metal did get its start based in blues, but it's not a defining characteristic. There has been some incredible music made that's not blues-based that you can't call anything but metal.

Airric

first heavy metal started with black sabbath. Not Led Zeppelin or deep purple. that in my opinion which i base on listning to these bands is what is the beginning of metal and what was not. Black Sabbath people.

second i am a big fan of the Djent scene. especially for their use of 7 string and 8 string guitars. guitar playing should be technicial. i am not saying there should be no soul but. the ratio should weigh in favor of technique because if u dont have technique can u even play a basic chord?

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iommianity

Considering how many songs have been written by someone who could only play one-three 'basic' chords, and how many amazing guitarists can't write anything that doesn't sound like a backing track, your argument fails.

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aperfecttool

I would disagree that guitar playing "should be technical". some of the greatest metal songs are not technical. Neurosis, Godflesh, and High on Fire are amazing bands (in my opinion at least) but their music is not technical playing-wise.

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WWallner

First of all I want thank everyone for commenting on my blog even if you disagree with my opinion (and it is just an opinion). I replied to some comments but just make sure

@ mdgrove20 anytime! Email me at willwallner@hotmail.co.uk to sort the details.

@ panterrasports & crackasnowflake: I only just joined White WIzzard recently and was not involved with any of the previous music released. Thats not me on Over the Top. I am open to criticism but leave White Wizzard out of it, judge me on my own music. Heres a song from my debut album, feel free to let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB0V0I58zKk

mdgrove20

Hi Will. Thank you for your article on metal based bands losing where they came from. I don't care about the monopoly of only a handful of corporate labels though. If you have good music and learn the business you can sell your own CDs and actually make a profit.

Your take on where musicians in the 60's and 70's really came from tells the real tale. Even when you listen to guitarists like Iommi live, you can tell even his heaviest material is derived from a blues base.

I too wish that more metal bands would get a lesson from real players and include a blues like flavor and texture in their material.It seems to me that metal that has lost something over the years.

I would be interested in interviewing you for my website, Canadian Guitar Player, Will. Not many regular writers from GW and the other one which I won't say, don't delve into talking much about where music lost something along the way.

Thanks again Will, and if you're interested I'd like to ask you some more questions on this topic, since I deal mainly with blues guys here in Canada.

Much success to you Will. I'm going to share this article with my readers.

Mark

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WWallner

Hey Mark, cheers anytime! Email at willwallner@hotmail.co.uk to sort the details, thanks!

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panterrasports

"Heavy metal has lost all form of legitimacy as musical genre"

Good grief.

Go to Youtube and watch the video for White Wizzard's 'Over the Top' and then re-read this article.

Maybe he has a point.

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WWallner

I only just joined White WIzzard recently thats not me on OVer the Top. I haven't been on any of their releases so it unfair to bring them into the discussion. I am open to criticism but judge me on my own music. Heres a song from my debut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB0V0I58zKk let me know what you think cheers.

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panterrasports

Cool that you reply. Kudos for that.

I listen to some of the new heavy music and I can't say I understand it, but someone must. Kids go to the shows and (hopefully) pay for the downloads. It keeps the industry alive.

In the meantime there are still an awful lot of great metal bands doing what they do. I saw a Mastodon/Opeth show not too long ago and they were both killer. If they are not 'metal', I don't know what is.

I don't know anything about you or White Wizzard other than a few minutes of a couple of videos. Whether I like it or not is just a matter of opinion. If you joined the band, you'll likely be playing 'Over the Top' every night, so you have to assume some sort of guilt by association...

Through your blog, GW gives you a louder voice than the rest of us. Don't use it to piss in the pond where you swim.

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FenderBender123

Well...that´s a good point. I know that in arts in general, over centuries, all genres went from being fresh and innovative, until they have become old, repetitive, over-cliché´d and (of course!) ridiculous. Nowadays trends change very quickly. Mostly because of the media and because we live in the "communication era", so instead of taking a century to something to get old, it takes only a decade...right? Heavy metal was a genre that basically was over-throned by Grunge. This phenomenon is common in arts in general. What happened for me is that people didn't want heavy metal to die, so they went forward...in speed and technical achievements. The problem became obvious when people realised that "You can't get faster than that" - obviously because it becomes anti-musical and anti-intelligible. Very quickly metal bands started to incorporate elements of their commercial misfortune as a trait: Bad production is more metal than a good one; Crappy sound is better than a great guitar tone; Nobody buys your records - that's metal all the way...if you become successful - you´re a sell-out!
Another trait in Heavy metal that promoted the loss of their blues influences was the cliché that says "metal is influenced by metal". There's another cliché in which metal fans and musicians think themselves as some kind of elite, so it's good to have erudite influences like...jazz and classical music. This insinuates(for me) that heavy metal musicians don´t look to blues as a good reference...nor a erudite kind of music. It's almost as if they despise it.
Finally, for me, the way they act and look is some kind of behaviour that alienates them from the "common society". As if they have become a supernatural benign with mystical and obscure powers. This is a approximation to the Gothic and Promethean myth.

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ThorOdinMjolnir

I agree with you. Metalchismo as I call it is very rampant not just in New and extreme metal genres but even some of the old guard. I believe it was Bruce Dickenson who said "There are two types of music. Metal and Crap!" As a metal fan and musician I find this appauling that if you are influenced by music other than metal( which the founding fathers of Metal had to do without question as it simply did not exist) If It werent for Holst and Miles Davis there would be no Sabbath and hense no Iron Maiden.

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fegtri17

when I started to play guitar I played punk/rock songs (mostly early Blink 182).
I got bored of punk and learned classic rock and blues song (JH, SRV, JB, Led Zep)
I got bored of classic rock and started to learn metal songs (mostly Metallica)
I recently got bored of metal and now i am learning technical death metal songs (mostly songs from the band psycroptic).

That being said, you can believe me when I say that I understand your point of view and your thought process behind your blog.

But, I must disagree with you. I mean, why and how is it a bad thing that metal lost its blues roots ? The lack of melody during the solos ? The metal bands I currently listen to do carry melodies throughout theirs songs. If the bands you listen to don't, just look for other better bands.

I must agree with you that metal lost its blues roots, but I don't think it's a bad thing. I think that the music had to move on.
I finally must agree that there is a lot of garbage metal out there.

Metal bands that I currently like a lot:
- Psycroptic
- Beyond Creation
- Demisery
- Feared
- Ouroboros

Great blog by the way. The evolution of music and especially metal music is a really interesting subject.

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djkuula

This is nonsense. There's plenty of good metal out there; you just have to look a little deeper than the mainstream labels and magazines (no offense to GW).

However, Metal is suffering from one major problem: too many bands have hired Cookie Monster as the vocalist.

Screaming was cool and original when Tom Araya did it 25 years ago. He can continue if he wants. As for the rest of you. . .no. It's not musical and it's certainly not original. Please just stop.

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zappa73

Agree 100% and then some.

The lack of rhythm among vocalists has descended into non-musical "cookie monster" retching.

I love metal guitarists, bassists and drummers, but the vocalists lack any sense of musical pattern - no rhythm, no swing, no.....anything other than horror retching.

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