Giving up is boring | surrender is dishonour
I recently attended a show with Malevolent Creation and Vader - as well as 3 horrid emo-core opening acts - and found myself reminded of so many of the bad tendencies and shortcomings among metal fans/musicians that reduce such a strong force for positive change to just another day-care center. I'm glad I went - it was one of the only real metal concerts I've attended - but for all the life-force augmenting power that was there, there was also a lot of rather discouraging stuff as well ( 20 hours of bullshit for 20 minutes of magic)
To keep it sort:
1) How many great metal bands have existed? few
How many have started in the past 10 or so years.? even fewer
2) Of the great, classic ('80-'95) metal bands that have existed, how many of them are still active? very few
3) How many of those active bands still release quality music? even fewer
4) How many of those bands still perform live?
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Taking in the sights of the venue, I couldn't help but be reminded of how many average unexceptional people have gotten into metal, even the most intelligent, elitist forms metal. Standing in the back of the auditorium, looking over tops of heads, taking in the mighty storm that is SOTHIS, I asked myself, "For all the wild flailing and posturing, how many of the people in this audience actually KNOW the meaning of this music?" Many would probably give some sort of vague interpretation, and maybe 1 or 2 people will have actually DECODED. Of course, it's only a small percent of humanity that has the brains and discipline to truly understand the code of a great death metal song, (smaller of a % for classique of course). I
For metal ideals to be realized, the best minds within metal - scatted across US, Canada, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Mars - must join together, fight together! Some great work in this capacity has been done here but this is only the beginning.