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Metal 2011: The Year of Tradition

Metal 2011: The Year of Tradition
December 15, 2011, 04:18:55 AM
Between revivals of classic heavy metal genres and iconic bands' reunion tours, it's clear that a love of tradition still runs deep in aggressive music culture. Metalheads are infamous for their Klingon-like loyalty to the bands and styles they love; many metal heads don't just let their musical tastes inform their listening habits, but everything from their style of dress to their social circles. In 2011, many bands sought to honour these hardcore fans with tours and albums that paid tribute to, and drew inspiration from, respected genre conventions. While still outside the mainstream, aggressive music now has the strength and power of a rich musical heritage all its own, and found success in celebrating that.

The year saw many significant bands reuniting, including the recent announcement that the original Black Sabbath line-up would be writing a new album together and embarking upon a world tour. Anthrax reunited with vocalist Joey Belladonna to record a new album, and thrash's Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) toured together for the first time in their mutual history.

Successful genre revivals, such as thrash and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, continued to thrive. Unlike other genres, metal is not trendy, and to delve into a particular style of metal means to invest in a vast back-catalogue as well as seek out new music. Fans of NWOBHM are just as likely to be listening to old Raven LPs as they are to be enjoying the latest 3 Inches of Blood release. Albums are valued by fans for how much they adhere to the conventions of these beloved genres; to say something sounds exactly like an early example is a form of praise.

http://exclaim.ca/Features/YearInReview/metal_2011_year_of_tradition

Re: Metal 2011: The Year of Tradition
June 09, 2012, 07:32:52 AM
How does metal continue to evolve? Is there a height of extremity that is yet to be reached? It seems unlikely. Some bands have mixed metal with other genres, but does this often  result in actual metal?

Metal seemingly thrived creatively prior to reaching the threshold for how aggressive and extreme it could get.


So what does a metal band do today to stay fresh, or move the genre forward? Do they attempt to put out an album that sounds like it came out over 20 years ago? Is it, traditional aesthetic applied with creative ferocity to new ideas?

For my taste, most of the best metal of this past decade does have an old school sound. But surely there are hidden gems out there among new bands, who sound new while also sounding metal? Hail's Inheritance of Evilness is a prime example of a newer band that made successful metal. It sounds old, maybe even timeless, while still being something new.  Is putting out a good metal album nowadays as simple as this: some bands mimic the old, while others are actual artists.

What are some recent releases that exemplify superb modern metal?


Re: Metal 2011: The Year of Tradition
July 25, 2012, 02:34:18 PM
Hail's Inheritance of Evilness is a prime example of a newer band that made successful metal. It sounds old, maybe even timeless, while still being something new.  Is putting out a good metal album nowadays as simple as this: some bands mimic the old, while others are actual artists.

I actually managed to hear this recently and it shows a lot of promise despite its outward appearance of immaturity. They've certainly got the right intentions and have evidently studied their Beherit, Varathron, early Darkthrone and Autopsy albums. Some songs are a bit underdeveloped and sloppy in execution but have the spark and could easily lead to greatness it they ever follow up.