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Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011

Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 23, 2011, 09:09:57 AM
I'm not sure how I ought to feel about this thing. My immediate visceral reaction to the idea of a metal show put on by a car company is "Wow, this is fucking lame." When Scion started putting on these shows a couple of years ago I felt pretty sure that it was just a symptom of another one of underground metal's short-lived forays into the "mainstream" and that as long as it lasted it would only attract the sort of metal that people who don't like metal like. But now it appears that some dyed-in-the-wool underground metal acts are starting to get on board with this thing. Last year's Scion "rock" event included acts such as Absu, Voivod, and Hate Eternal. This year's lineup includes Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Obituary along with a bunch of flavor-of-the-week garbage.

What is going on here? I could easily attend this thing but I don't want to as a matter of principle. Am I being ridiculous or is it sensible of me not to support this event even though it features bands who have put out material that I have immense respect for? I expressed my feelings about this to my girlfriend the other day and she thought I was being ridiculous. Her reaction was, "You have a problem with bands taking a paying gig?" Well, no, I don't have a problem with bands taking a paying gig. I just have a problem with this particular kind of gig. It seems like nobody else thinks it's weird that there are a bunch of respectable underground metal acts getting involved with this. Seriously, is my attitude about this ridiculous? Are events like this a symptom of decline? What are your opinions on this? Please share.

Re: Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 23, 2011, 11:23:38 AM
Its simple: the bands you name are no longer underground. Most people here respect (some of) their older works but when was the last time Morbid Angel or Obituary released a great album? The last Absu and Immolation albums have also been slammed by the DLA and I don't see many people promoting the albums on the forum. That these bands are now doing sponsored gigs doesn't surprise me: they're sellouts.

Re: Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 23, 2011, 06:10:16 PM
Isn't this concert free of charge? If you live near there and have the chance to see it, why the heck wouldn't you go? It's not like you'd be supporting the bands if its free anyways.

Re: Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 23, 2011, 07:09:20 PM
I could easily attend this thing but I don't want to as a matter of principle.

Commercialism is a terrible thing, but the assimilation happened first when "black metal" and "death metal" bands were created that lost the spirit of the genre. Toyota/Scion is just profiteering. I certainly wouldn't go if you are not comfortable with it. In fact, I think it's a terrible idea for metal to get more commercial until metal knows more of what it is. Black metal is going to take a while for metal to adjust to; it was so fully developed that it's incompatible with rock-n-roll which baffles everyone except the original bands.

Re: Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 24, 2011, 03:47:34 AM
Isn't this concert free of charge? If you live near there and have the chance to see it, why the heck wouldn't you go? It's not like you'd be supporting the bands if its free anyways.

Because I don't want to be involved in something that I find distasteful???

Re: Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 24, 2011, 12:59:49 PM
If Scion is footing the bill I don't see the harm here. This is an opportunity for potential exposure on a large scale to music many wouldn't necessarily see in a live environment, or hear at all.(it may not be "underground" by some of today's standards, but I'd hardly call Immolation, Obituary, etc. "mainstream" music - metal or not). The event is free, so you aren't putting any money in Scion's pocket - just don't buy a lot of shitty, overpriced food or whatever and you're good to go. Being all holier-than-thou about it doesn't accomplish much, does it?

Support the music - piss on Scion!   

NHA

Re: Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
January 26, 2011, 08:58:49 PM
How can you piss on someone whom makes something as fabulous as this: