Culture or decoration

Heavy metal is a culture because heavy metal is a unique spirit: a warlike desire for adventure and meaning, not safety and egodrama.

No mosh! No core! No trends! No “fun”!

Idiots continue to want to make heavy metal into rock music.

Rock music is based on individual drama — the same thing that makes people feel it’s OK to litter, vote for manipulators and then blame others, buy McDonald’s and then bemoan corporate domination. People are the problem. Not institutions.

We like to think we’re all equally capable, and so if something went wrong, it was a misfortune/victimhood. The truth is that most people cannot balance a budget, shop for good food, or avoid repeatedly doing self-destructive and pointless actions. Humanity is overrated.

Now we have idiots who want us to think that if we just relax our standards, everything will turn out just fine — like that worked for the hippies, Romans or other groups of deathbound fools:

A YouTube user named “iAMVyt” has posted a video clip online discussing the idea that metal elitism is causing the downfall of the entire genre, and that there cannot truly be an “underground” scene in the age of Facebook. Take a gander at the video clip, and feel free to share your thoughts on metal elitism and what it means to be “underground” in the comments section below. “iAMVyt” also commented on the clip:

“This is just a short video covering a couple of my beliefs about metal elitists. No, this is not criticizing everyone who enjoys metal. It is not criticizing everyone who identifies themselves as a ‘metalhead.’ It is not criticizing everyone who has a strong belief in anything involving music or metal.

“It is criticizing what I believe to be foolish views and opinions. If you do not agree with my opinions, that is FINE. If you are a metalhead and find that this video does not describe you… You are not a metal elitist.”

Metal Funderground

Elitism is the one thing that saved metal.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, metal was a scornful, fascist genre.

These bands knew they did not want to end up like the just-sold-out speed metal (Metallica, Testament, Anthrax, Exodus, Megadeth) and the mainstream heavy metal of the time, which was laughably bad hair metal and beginnings of industrial and alternative metal (Ministry, Faith No More).They had just seen metal get popular in the late 1970s only to die, then come back in the early 1980s, then start to die again.

The black metal bands were even more extreme. They realized that as long as they made music for beer-swilling know-nothings to tap their toes to, the genre would go nowhere. It would get re-absorbed by the mainstream and turn into the same horrible shit that infested both the radio and (in goofier, hipster form) the indie charts.

Elitism is the cornerstone of quality metal. When they abandoned it in 1994, a dearth of quality music resulted, with a few exceptions (later albums from BEHERIT, CIANIDE, ASPHYX, DEMONCY, AVERSE SEFIRA, SUMMONING and a few others). Those bands rose against the grain because they believed in quality over quantity. Whether they would call it “elitism” or not, it’s roughly the same animal: we want quality music, so we push away from the pointless, commercial or derivative.

Now this idiot tells us elitism is killing metal?

More like he means poseurdom is killing metal, as it always has. Poseurs are people who want to use the music to make themselves look cool.

Opeth listeners who want to show you how “open-minded” they are, Primus listeners who want to talk about how technical their music is, self-righteous Rage Against the Machine and punk rockers talking politics, and metalcore devotees who embrace the combined hipster/bohemian bourgeois lifestyle of over-emotionality and self-righteous moral indignation… these people then are the faux elitists — the poseurs — who are ruining metal.

Did he think of that?

No, because that would require him to admit that heavy metal is truly a different view of the world.

Although I listen to many different musical styles, including classical, jazz, blues and even bluegrass, my contemporary tastes lean toward heavy metal, hard rock and alternative. In other words, loud, aggressive songs with ear-piercing vocals, massive guitar solos and heavy bass and drums. The musical talent of these artists is undeniable, but the appeal is definitely an acquired taste.

Long story short, this isn’t your parents’ music. Unless your parents were long-haired, headbanging types who wore copious amounts of black clothing and makeup, that is.- National Post

We are a new generation that pisses all over the old. 1968 was hippies telling us the same crap that metalcore bands tell us today. If you want to be the musical inheritor of your parents’ or grandparents’ failed and stupid political projection, be my guest. You’ve just admitted you want to repeat the dysfunction of the past. Sounds like what an abuse victim would do.

For 2,000 years now we’ve had helpful morons to tell us that “all we need is love.” If it were that easy, it would have happened millennia ago. “All we need is asparagus” has similar relevance to the morally complex problems we face. In addition, unless you have your head up your ass, you can see how the human individual acting selfishly is a much bigger problem than whatever failings our institutions have had. We just like to blame the institutions so we can keep being selfish.

Trust nature instead:

Every sensible swimmer knows that avoiding a school of bait fish or immediately leaving the water if a cut started to bleed is ‘best practice’ when attempting to avoid a meeting with a shark.

But Eyre Peninsula’s Matt Waller has added another tip to the ‘don’t get eaten’ handbook with his discovery that Great White’s are much less aggressive when listening to ACDC – particularly ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’.

{…}

“I started going through my albums and ACDC was something that really hit the mark.

“Their behaviour was more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive – they actually came past in a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker which was really bizarre.” – ABCA

We’d love to know what the sharks think of DEICIDE and INCANTATION.

The self-obsessed rhythms and whining, self-pitying hooks of pop music would probably just make them attack the boat.

Similarly, poseur bands like MASTODON, KYLESA, GOJIRA, OPETH, etc. would have the same effect.

Lack of elitism is killing metal.

Elitism means tolerating only quality music. It’s like natural selection for heavy metal: keep the good, throw out the shit.

Metal is dying because it is flooded with insincere hipster bands, commercial trash and pointless rehashing of underground styles.

The only force that opposes that are the people who insist on quality control, a/k/a the elitists.

The opposite of an elitist is a poseur. Poseurs want to use the music to make themselves look smart, unique, interesting, different, etc.

When those people started infesting metal in 1994 or so, the downward spiral began. Now there’s only a few acts that aren’t as abysmally bad as the stuff on mainstream radio.
– Comment on the above “elitist bashing” article

Nature knows metal is a path of its own. It’s only selfish humans who keep trying to neuter it, so they can stop fearing it. Hail elitism!

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  1. you make me sick says:

    lol how do you relax your standards if they’re so low that Asphyx and Incantations are “classics”? What you practice is reverse elitism, you live in some bizarro universe where shittier = better. True metal elitism would recognize bands like MASTODON, KYLESA, GOJIRA, OPETH, etc. as artistically superior, or would revolve around bands like Metallica and Blind Guardian, basically none of the boorish shit-tier crap fellated on the DLA.

  2. mike gainer reigns here says:

    If there’s anything that kept metal going it was competition. Before the internet it was an all out war to outdo the next band in terms of quality. It’s amazing to think that black metal spawned out of disconent over the already high quality death metal scene. So a great scene caused another great scene to spawn. Early extreme bands wanted to outdo Venom in to terms of extremity and spawned Slayer, Sodom, Celtic Frost, and Bathory. After the mid 90’s everyone became lazy and wanted to earn money with their half ass attempt at music. If anything the internet I think is one of the main things that brought metal to it’s current decline. Although it’s probably the greatest source in finding rare quality music and like minded individuals, it spawned the ever so obnoxious assholes/trolls who post on this very comment page and loser boards like NWN, Metal Maniacs, Relapse, ect. It’s now cool to mock metal yet spend tons of money on your record collection of medicore bullshit (stay in denial you 1980’s-90’s born faggots!). The mysticism/spirit of old underground metal will never return. It’s amazing how I thought 10 + years ago metal couldn’t get any worst than Nile or Dimmu Borgir/Cradle of Filth…

  3. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Hey, guys. Looking for an inverted cros like this: -|-, only I want an actual inverted cross. I need to copy-paste that bitch, so help is appreciated.

  4. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Well, “-|-” looks even worse when posted.

  5. Levy_Spearmen says:

    I see now. Come, ANUS, give your readers a better inverted cross than that. Any help for my plight is welcome still.

  6. Elitism over hipsterdom says:

    The guy saying that being in a band is a carreer and that they have to do profit.
    Yes, but do I have to listen to music made for profit? NO

  7. King Hipster says:

    Hey, before I knew about ANUS I thought I was pretty metalhead. I was even known as the Metalhead Joe in school. Damn right everybody thought I was the ultimate metalhead with my long hair and my cannibal corpses shirt thugging my fat body. I reviewd metal abums in Metal archives and even got to Metal lord status, reviewing superficial tings like “RIFFS THAT FUCKING RIP”, and “METAL WITH BALLS”, then I read ANUS and I was so struck. They actualy spoke about what the music was. Not just superficial thing like the riffs and blastbeats but the true philosophical depth behind metal. I was just so annoyed, what the fuck?? They are so much better than me. I looked in the mirror and realized I was no better that those malcore kids. I wanted music to just headbang and not think about, just like those morons that listen to the discoteque music just to dance and not think. So in that day I swore to take revenge on ANUS to make me feel that way. A little voice in my head told me, “wait, try to learn more about metal, study their point of view, even if yo don’t agree with everithing they say”. NAhh, revenge I answered. SO from that day on I came everyday until the day I die to this site to troll on these posts. May the wrath of hipsterdom fall upon those who simply know more than me. HIPSTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!!!!

  8. Angela Merkel says:

    Metal is a culture, but unless you are *racist*, you should love all metal including nu-metal and hipster metal equally.

  9. brutal slayer of christians, noble hessian warrior of death says:

    At school today I drank some sprite mixed with that soup from cup of noodles. It looked like beer so it made me feel drunk. And when I’m drunk I go nuclear atomic moshing. The principal saw me hit this kid with disabilities though so I got suspended. He was like “you’re not suppose to belly flop on kids with crutches”. What a poser, he doesn’t even know I was moshing! It’s not called belly flop stupid, it’s MOSHING! The next time I see my principal, I’m going to thrash assault his ass because he’s a poser. Jimmy (the kid on crutches) only got mad at me for beermoshing him because he’s jealous. He tried lying about how it hurt his bones when he started crying. He knows he really cried because his poser ass wishes it had more patches than me and could mosh cool. Oh well, getting suspended is METAL!

  10. lol says:

    Primus?

    RAtM?

    Are you stuck in the 90s?

  11. grinder says:

    >The black metal bands were even more extreme. They realized that as long as they made music for beer-swilling know-nothings to tap their toes to, the genre would go nowhere.

    Instead they made music for ba.seme.nt-dwelling virgins, a fact attested as far back as the 90s by Ulver’s Garm. Which I guess changed nothing about a core section of metal’s fanbase.

    Clown Metal is a fad.

    Oh, and “elitism” about joke metal makes about as much sense as elitism about garden gnomes. If you’re going to be elitist, make sure you actually have an asset, otherwise you’re completely laughable.

  12. you're full of shit says:

    “Rock music is based on individual drama.”

    Asphyx – Food for the Ignorant
    In this song Martin van Drunen childishly rants about his atheism like a 13 year old.
    Excerpt:
    “I get sick from hearing all your shit
    I believe what I want and I’ll stick to it
    no one in this world can make me change my ways
    why don’t you fuck off if you’re got nothing to say”
    Definitely an example of personal drama.

    Averse Sefira – Argument Obscura
    This song literally addresses the kind of “inner conflict” you associate with rock, in the most blunt way possible.
    Excerpt:
    “What are we fighting?
    Where from springs conflict?”

    Beherit – Emotional Ecstasy
    The same feelgood “you’re unique, as long as you buy our records” pap you criticize in the umbrella term “rock music.”
    Excerpt:
    “Let your mind be free
    Into your own self the sky as deep
    Planet Earth is beautiful place
    And beautiful sky is over the Earth”

    Cianide – Crawling Chaos
    Angsty personal drama journal fodder that, if set to the corporate goth rock of Evanescence instead of braindread chugging, no one would bat an eye.
    Excerpt
    “End my painful ways,
    Insanity prevails over my darkened soul,
    Pounding feverishly.
    The pains of haunted dreams.”

    Etc, etc. You cling to any second-rate bands who you feel reinforce your tryhard Eurocentricities, and the funniest thing of all is that half the time, they don’t! They write exactly what you criticize about rock and “hipster metal”, and chances are if these artists saw what you write about their “warlike desire for adventure” they’d laugh their asses off.

  13. lol u have aids on ur butthole says:

    I put aids on ur toiletpaper and when u wiped ur butt u got aids lol

  14. fartz says:

    ~Opeth listeners who want to show you how “open-minded” they are, Primus listeners who want to talk about how technical their music is, self-righteous Rage Against the Machine and punk rockers talking politics, and metalcore devotees who embrace the combined hipster/bohemian bourgeois lifestyle of over-emotionality and self-righteous moral indignation…~

    Black metal fans want you to know how “elitist” they are and how romantic their vision of the old world is, death metal fans want to show you how “brutal” they are. See where I’m going with this?

  15. MC Mastodon says:

    Jazz was an underground culture. Real 70s/80s industrial was an underground culture. Noise rock was an underground culture. The Japanese eroguro movement in music was an underground culture (not that you’ve heard that).

    Metal is a set of fragmented, wildly disparate musical idioms only unified by distorted guitar and geeky lyrics.

    The era where you can care about metal in a effective way is over. Hip-hop got assimilated by commercial crap, so people mostly abandoned the pretenses of “real hip-hop” and focused on the art rather than locking themselves into a tribal mentality of truness. Sorry you metalheads don’t have the same sense.

  16. cockdirt says:

    “(not that you’ve heard that)”

    hipster detected.

  17. and the aids is now spreading to ur brains lol says:

    I let a fag call u up and when u answered the phone u got aids in ur ear.

  18. piece of hipster shit says:

    Yeah man, these damn elitists all over, even in cinema, shit. What the fuck is the difference between nosferatu and twilight. They say one is a atmospheric horror masterpiece and the other is a sappy, plastic movie for teens. what do they know, both are the same story, a vampire that falls in love with a mortal. Damn elitits

  19. lol aids lol says:

    I showed ur picture to my teacher and then he got aids lol

  20. haha aids lel says:

    i put my aids in ur faygo soda and your magnets got aids

  21. lol ur father is homosexual and ur cat has aids says:

    I stabbbed a homosexual and took his bloods and I fed it to ur cat and gave it aids. Oh and the homosexual was ur father.

  22. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Where is my inverted cross? I am still waiting.

  23. I AM ELITE says:

    ANUS IS GAY

  24. @lol ur father is homosexual and ur cat has aids says:

    dood! don’t even joke about my fucking cat ill kill you and put aids on your butt!

  25. First two Mastodon albums are great. says:

    Mastodon is true hessian metal.

  26. PANTERA AND BEER RULES says:

    Mastodon is the gayest hipster indie metal shit since Gojira who was ultra gay already! Fucking kiddie musice for screamo lesbians. All Mastodon fans are morons with homosexual tendencies. Mastodon’s first two albums are metalcore for malcore lesbians. If you like Mastodon you are a homo with aids. Just like Queero Mc Hungo and Adrian Mc Cocks.

  27. Mastodon is too gay for real Hessians says:

    I hate Hessian Metal promoted by this site. I am a 47 yr old homo that smokes cocks in dark alleys, naturally I like Mastodon!! and Justin Bieber’s sweet ass ‘o course!

  28. Serious Questioner says:

    On this interview:
    http://www.burzum.org/eng/library/2010_interview_ablaze.shtml

    Varg talks some shit about burzum.com and how they are spreading lies about him.

    Does anyone know if the admins are related to the anus.com staff, or what’s the deal with the grudge between Prozak and Varg?

    Seems like Burzum hates the ANUS!! Anyone knows something about this issues.

  29. ALL HIPSTER-TROLLERS OF THIS SITE ARE JEWS says:

    What Mr. Breivik has said is largely true, in all except in what he doesn’t say; he doesn’t tell us that the Jews are the origin to all these problems, and that they were created by the Jews to hurt us.

    – varg vikerness

  30. PANTERA ARE QUEER FOOLS says:

    Mastodon is the best fuckin’ metal band since 80’s Slayer! Fucking real metalheads and hessians dig their shit. All Mastodon fans are intellectuals and if you don’t like their music, you must have homosexual tendencies. Mastodon’s first two albums were great examples of technicality. If you like Mastodon you are a true hessian with power! Hails to the greatest!!

    PANTERA ARE A FAG, REDNECK BAND WHO’S GUITARS DESERVED A BULLET BETWEEN HIS EYES. >:^D

  31. idiots says:

    >No “fun”!

    Sounds like a great approach to life. You must be great at parties.

  32. MuPpeT Mc Go0 says:

    ACROSTICHON! Does that name sound familiar? Well it should. Back in the day, these Dutch maniacs shredded all in sight with their slew of demos, their amazing “Lost Remembrance” EP and their awesome “Engraved In Black” classic debut album. The band disappeared from the scene but are now back and ready to kill the imitators, pseudo death metal bands, and trend whores in one big crushing blow of old school death!

    interview:
    http://www.metalmaniacs.com/2010/acrostichon-interview-with-corinne-van-deb-brand/

  33. PANTERA AND BEER RULES says:

    MASTODON AND KRALLICE ARE FAGGIT SHIT! WHEN A QUEER WALKS INTO A GAY BAR WITH HIS QUEERO FRIENDS WEARING MASTODON SHIRTS EVERYONE ASKS WHAT’S THAT FAGGIT BAND ALL ABOUT? SO TRUE MALCORE GAY FAGS GO, YEAH MASTODON IS BEST HEARD WITH DILDOS UP OUR ASSES! SO THEN YOU GET AIDS. MASTODON IS WAY BELOW THE TRUE POWER OF PANTERA! FAGGITS SAYWHAT?

  34. idiots says:

    LIFE IS ABOUT PARTIES AND NOTHING ELSE

  35. Queero Mc Hungo @ black metal explained says:

    Welcome to my club my friend. It’s okay to come out of the closet. Why suffer in vain? U are welcome in my cock anyday, just don’t feel embarrassed of accepting ur nature ok baby sweetbuns? Obviously ur not a metalhead, which is fine in my book but don’t deprive ur self of the delicous spicy taste of cumm! U need more cock in ur life baby!!!

  36. idiots says:

    I want cock in my ass and nothing else. uhm maybe a mastodon cd and a big dildo…

  37. idiots says:

    Hey man, if you’re not having fun in life then what’s the point? You’re just convincing yourself that being a frustrated virgin expressing his anger through angry metal is as enjoyable as it’s going to get. Yeah, good luck with that, nigger.

  38. Derp says:

    Little hint: Sharks aren’t smart enough to appreciate the structure of the music. Clearly they’re attracted to the vibrations and the aesthetics.

  39. derp 2 says:

    They even say that in the article. As always, Conservationist is a moron.

  40. idiots says:

    its officicial, ONLY FUN IS REAL

  41. idiots says:

    its officicial, ONLY FUN IS REAL
    only BIG COCKS are the good cocks and if they’re in my anus the better. Party all night with a cock inside, uuuu h uuuuuu, and Derp is my new boyfriend, together we get Aids while listening to Mastodon, uuu uuu u uu, i’m so gay i wanna cry!!

  42. derp 3 says:

    Conservationist is my hero. He is always right and I am always wrong. I like to bitch about my intellectual inferiority because when I bitch about stuff, my mommy always gives me what I want. I’m just sad that my IQ is way too low. If only I was smart… and less gay…

  43. varg vikerness says:

    Jew go home!

  44. derp 5 says:

    then who was 4

  45. bark metal is my life says:

    I have a high IQ that’s why I listen to teenagers croaking like bullfrogs over fuzzy tremolo strummed guitar noise

  46. dicks are my life says:

    HOW DO I DISTORTION? THE PRODUCTION ALL WAYS REMINDS ME OF TV STATIC AND I HATE THAT SHIT SO BAD CUZ MY LIFE FUKKIN REVOLVES AROUND MY TV

  47. MD says:

    So the article is for elitist atitude in metal, is it not for elitist atitute in politics also ? “vote for manipulators and then blame others, buy McDonald’s and then bemoan corporate domination. People are the problem. Not institutions.” – this implies that democratic way of choosing leaders is good in itself , but “people (that are the product of a such political system ruin it” ? :)) …cmon man, you know better.

  48. PANTERA ARE QUEERS FOOL says:

    MASTODON IS THE BEST HESSIAN BAND! KRALLICE AND PANTERA SOUND ALIKE AND ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING; FAGGOT SHIT! WHEN A QUEER WALKS INTO A REDNECK, GAY BAR WITH HIS QUEERO FRIENDS WEARING PANTERA SHIRTS EVERYONE ASKS WHAT’S THAT FAGGOT BAND ALL ABOUT? SO TRUE MALCORE GAY FAGS GO, YEAH KRALLICE AND PANTERA IS BEST HEARD WITH DILDOS UP OUR ASSES! SO THEN YOU GET AIDS. PANTERA IS WAY BELOW THE TRUE POWER OF MASTODON! FAGGOTS SAYWHAT?

    DIMEBAG DARRELL DESERVED THE BULLET BETWEEN HIS EYES! TO THE FAGGOT WHO THINK PANTERA RULES, stop typing in all caps! It shows your mental retardation. Thank you!

    Mastodon = hessian warriors who slaughter Panera bread(band)

  49. PANTERA AND BEER RULES says:

    MASTODON IS NOT EVEN METAL, IT’S NOT TRUE METAL LIKE PANTERA AND THE HAUNTED. MASTODON IS HOMOSEXUAL SHIT. FAGGITS LOVE QUEER MUSIC LIKE MASTODON AND BURZUM. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE PAIN TO KNOW HOW PANTERA IS THE BEST TRUE METAL!! MASTODON IS LESBIAN METAL!

  50. PANTERA ARE QUEERS FOOL says:

    Pantera were a faggy hair metal band who decided to cash in on Thrash/Speed metal. They decided to take the 9 inch dicks out of their asses only to insert foot long dicks so they can scrape their prostates. They decided to do all this while recording their albums and that’s why their albums are bought by pre-pubescent faggots.

  51. Prozak Rules says:

    Awesome article clap clap clap, encore SR Prozak, encore !!!

    There are lots of hipster posers typing shit in the comment section too. Some are funny and welcome, others are too faggoty.

  52. PANTERA ARE QUEER FAGS says:

    I hear the guys from Mastodon do fuck lesbians though. I guess you can call them lesbian metal.

  53. Mahatma Gandhi says:

    Who wants to fuck my tight brown indian ass? I promise I won’t resist very hard, I’m a pacifist after all teehee.

  54. Prozak Drools says:

    Awesome article clap clap clap, encore SR Prozak, encore !!! I love keeping my tongue up your ass and agreeing with whatever you say. Regardless if it’s shit.

    There are lots of hipster posers typing shit in the comment section too. Myself included. Everything I type is bullshit. Some are funny and welcome, others are too faggoty. While the comments are faggoty, I consider myself to just be a faggot!

    Hails, purses, gowns and high heels from Poland!

  55. Mastodon is Gay @ Prozak Drools says:

    Mastodon is the best gay music since the Village People and you pretend to be straight but clearly you’re like me, we’re both faggots. Only I’ve come to terms with ith while you still pretend to not to enjoy anal masturbation and Mastodon music. Be brave buddie and enjoy cock without guilt.

  56. HATE says:

    1 Someone makes a video in youtube.
    2 someone makes a big post to refute it
    3 ????
    4 nothing happens

  57. Levy_Spearmen says:

    No, I don’t think so.

  58. @ HATE says:

    1 Your sex change didn’t make you happy
    2 You go on to gay bars for anal sex
    3 ????
    4 you wil die of aids

  59. gay dude says:

    I am a faggit virgin that loves dick, how many Mastodon faggits around here wanna fuck? I dunno if I’ve aids or not, but I’ve Mastodon’s first two records. Which means I’m ultra gay!!!

  60. @ @ HATE says:

    Your personal experiences are not useful in this case

  61. @ @ HATE says:

    I’m a virgin looking for jizz

  62. Kel says:

    “It is criticizing what I believe to be foolish views and opinions. If you do not agree with my opinions, that is FINE. If you are a metalhead and find that this video does not describe you… You are not a metal elitist.”

    –That is fine? Grow some balls. If somebody disagrees with you, stand up for your opinion. But then again this quote is a great example of this person’s ill-definition. He is doughy. Shaped by passing interests rather than belief in anything solid.

    Won’t lie, I like Opeth, but Opeth is a classic rock band with death growls. Like deep purple fronted by glenn benton.

    Favorite death metal bands – Immolation, Incantation, Aurora Borealis.

  63. orcnomad says:

    So many immature comments, I am guessing some 12 year olds saw the word ‘anus’ and got over excited?
    As for the topic I think what Prozak may be trying to say is that the elite bands are those that do not concern themselves with being popular or adhering to the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll mentality that many associate with the genre. They are willing to move beyond the simple ideas of what metal is (i.e. musical style, designer logo, the metalhead uniform) in order to create something that has meaning. We are talking about heavy metal here but this could apply to any genre of music where artists move beyond the music to educate and inspire. Art is resistance – not conformity. Do not try to be a metalhead, instead embrace nihilism in all its forms. Look at what bands are trying to say. You wouldn’t listen to pop music, so why tolerate any other form of mediocrity?

  64. Kel says:

    @orcnomad. I agree with you to a certain extent. However I don’t think that the elitism to be found in metal (in Prozak’s context) can apply, as you say, to “any” genre of music.

    Hip hop is, for one, almost completely extroverted and materialistic. Also, there is no musical literacy behind hip hop, or, for that matter, pop-punk, synth pop, or emo.

    The striving for the abstract, the tonality (or atonality) the music hidden within the music; these things you will find in Immortal or At the Gates that won’t be found in Kesha or Lil Wayne.

  65. orcnomad says:

    @Kel
    Good point, although in my opinion things like pop/hip hop/etc are not actually music, so I tend to overlook them. When discussing real music, where musicians are required to have actual musical talent there are, on rare occasions, artists that transcend their genres to create something special.

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