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Messages - Istaev
What I think you're saying:
The metal fanatic, do nothing but metal 24-7 lifestyle is destructive.
You need to have some intellectual activities to gain a background in the concepts discussed, and some physical activity to be part of life itself.
If that's what you were saying, I agree.
If not, can you elaborate?
more or less. it's more about the way that people use metal in real life: listening to it at their computer while on the internet doing whatever. Listening to metal at a desk or away from it as background noise doesn't make sense.
another thing I didn't mention explicitly but which was implied: the personal computer as a multitasking entertainment/work tool is as dangerous as television, dvd, video game. it's not about education regardless of how it is used. it's a replacement for socializing with real people, for active reading/study (i.e., books), and yeah, for physical exercise too.
translation: metal without Norway. I think Autopsy are as important for (Norwegian) black metal as Bathory and Celtic Frost because it was Sweden's launching point. And yeah, in particular, At the Gates and Dismember melodic death metal is the missing link in the quest to understanding modern black metal. Melodic Swedish death facilitated the dark side of metal because it was evocative of evil and the occult, something missing in metal for awhile. Higher technical standard? yeah, but metal would've lost the magic and become Relapse Records, "moralists wearing jogging suits".. without Norwegian black metal there's no doubt in my mind that metal music would've become fused with Meshuggah/Fear Factory/Biohazard-core and by extension nu-metal.
As has been mentioned, metal rejects contrived sentiment (see: metal as anti-commercial, anti-conformist). Metal admittedly has a fairly limited emotional spectrum; it usually confinines itself to passions which are compatible with an assertive/masculine/martial ethos. Not that metal can't be contemplative or melancholy, for instance; it's just that it usually expresses these feelings simultaneously with the aforementioned "fury" or in the greater context of it. Death/black metal is uniformly "dark" music and to outsiders it appears angry, evil, and scary. Some intelligent people I've met criticize it on this basis. Even if metal deliberately cultivates an adversarial image to the public it doesn't change the fact that it has its limitations. If taken literally it becomes a type of roleplaying and that alone justifies the ridicule it gets.