"If you love something let it go
If it comes back to you, it's yours
If it doesn't, it never was"
WTF, that's gay.
While it is true that the metal scene is cluttered with useless acts, there is absolutely no reason to polarize towards the opposite end of the spectrum and fear composition. It is true, that we find ourselves in an interesting predicament, where we are able to reflect on the direction metal ought to take--this, contra to the nature of Art, which comes to fruition in an artist in a seemingly fortuitous manner--but the Idea that inspired the pioneers of the genre has never disappeared. Indeed, it has preceded them since time immemorial.
Thus, one should commit to the goal of creating something wonderful, which should be attainable through study of the classic albums, refinement of technique, and a dedication to the expression of Classical forms
. Of this I am most certain: each influential act has unearthed some amazing thread that suggests something much, much greater than they were able to manifest. It is up to some brave contemporaries to piece them all together, and potentially change the world. Truth (with a capital "T") transcends any categorical limitations, and if there emerges an artistic movement entrenched in the unbridled expression thereof, I suspect that such a statement is hardly an outlandish one.
Of importance however, is that metal is rebirthed by a younger populace. There is no need for another Burzum album, nor a comeback by Demilich. All these gents are in their 30s, and although I wish to refrain from exercising "ageism", I cannot help but conclude that metal is driven by the spirit of youth. Any subsequent works by the aforementioned generation would simply be placeholders. We need fresh blood, those who are able to utilize the advantage of hindsight and objectively eliminate the shortcomings of the 90s scene.
The answer does not lie in pushing the boundaries of "what is possible", which seems to be the obsession of twentysomethings who produce what can only be likened to a premature ejaculation--complete impotence to achieve anything greater than the self. Idol worship is not a solution either. Arrogance, with a moderate amount of self-control, and the comfort of working with
various tempos and within
a broad array of moods--all of these are necessary as we proceed with our work.
Perhaps, fittingly enough, before metal music is attempted, one must perfect oneself by exercising eugenics with regard to any bad habits. Stay fit, read extensively, and limit or abstain from intoxication of any form. Realize that the availabiltity of information has increased exponentially, and that your words and actions will have repercussions well into the future, and among an unlikely or unintended audience. The underground can no longer exist, nor is that the goal.
Towards a Higher Art!