I often ponder over this myself. But I still think the future of metal isn't a question of innovation vs tradition (or non-innovation?). Both directions have the potential to either succeed or fail. But what matters is function. As when a person speaks to another person: do they really have something to say? and do they mean it?
I've seen Kommandant three times in the past few months and it was incredible with each viewing. I was first introduced to these guys with a few accounts from friends of "Oh, they're live set is pretty amazing but it's just the theatrics... the music is lacking." Well, if that review categorized their summation a few years ago, something radical has changed. I purchased their newest album "The Draconian Archetype" when after seeing them the first time I was completely blown away by their performance. Expecting to hear nonsense and garbage on the ride home I was stunned to discover that the album renders equal, if not more intensity than the live performance.
I'd say the current musical influence to me sounds like a composite of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and Wolf's Lair Abyss, like somewhere of a middle ground between the two- harnessing the mystical and eerie riff/chord of the former and the disciplinarian aesthetic rhythm of the latter. Still Kommandant finds their own sound, compromising between the Black Metal camps of the feral, unnecessary rawness of War Metal and esoteric nightscapes and theatrics of early 90's Norway that this generation has been reared to shun.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT5XwSlCoAY&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJY-O7saVkY&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hLPkTCaraA&feature=relmfu
This is great stuff.