Kam Lee explains selling out

From a notoriously fractious and insightful source, a rant that nails it — on Facebook, of all places:

It’s from “formula” in metal music that has either been the downfall or the up rise in the genre and among many of the bands. When bands set a distinct genre – and a set “formula” is established, once those bands begin the mix or change that formula, is when they take a risk of failing.

Sure some newer fans may take to the new formula – but those already established fans in the formula have a certain “taste” for what they prefer. Change the ‘taste’ – take the risk of having the already established fan base spitting it out after the first bite. Sure, some will attempt to stick around and nibble at the edges… attempting to find a similair taste and familiar feeling…

They will even attempt to make excuses, attempt to rationalize it, and even go as far as to use controversial behaviors or feelings in an attempt to explain in a rational or logical manner their intrepid points. They wish to avoid any true explanation of the utter disgust and disappointment they are truly feeling, and thus hide behind pitiful excuses and whitewashed ideals and values.

However, in my opinion – when a band decides to forsake the formula that works, and forsakes integrity in exchange to gain “a piece of bread” (make $money) – I personally do not feel my loyalty is any longer of importance to the band. They have already decided that my personal opinion is no longer valid, and that other fans too that may share the same or similair opinions are also no longer important as well.

Integrity and pride more so than often get’s washed away in favor of the notoriety and tempting promise of “fame and glory”.

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As well… with “formula” when a new genre is attempted to be made – by changing an already established genre, and trying to “mix” in something new to that genre. It is NOT likely to be accepted by those fans who already – as I said above – have an established taste for what the genre already has been dishing out.

Perfect example: DEATH-CORE is NOT DEATH METAL!

And as I said above –
some newer fans may take to the new formula – they will even attempt to make excuses, attempt to rationalize it…

even go as far as to pretend to accept is as inevitable change.

Translating into cause->effect logic:

Formula means repeating what others did.

However, that “what others did” is an effect, not a cause.

The cause of what they did was the need to translate an idea/mood into music.

The effect was how they did it.

You can’t get the same effect by imitating their effect; instead, you must rediscover their cause.

But if your motive is fame/notoriety/kvltstatus/$$$ instead of “making art” (to translate that idea/mood into music), you will not understand that cause.

Metal is the spawn of early punk, progressive rock and horror film soundtracks — it’s more Anton Bruckner than Chuck Berry, more King Crimson than Blue Cheer, more Jethro Tull and Procul Harum than Led Zeppelin, and more Iggy Pop than The Beatles.

As a result, it takes integrity/authenticity seriously — it is music of the Idea, and by that I do not mean dogma or the reality-detached idea, but an enmeshment with reality.

Like Romantic literature, it is born of a time in crisis… it is mixed-blood, with some blood being the feel-good prole average (rock) and some being the rising above (ambitious music->art).

Romantic literature had both Shelley and Blake, after all. Wordsworth and Keats; Coleridge and Bram Stoker (later Romantic literature sort of diverged into Gothic lit).

What does it mean?

When metal loses its honest intent to create art, and to translate an idea/mood into music, it becomes window-dressing: pandering to the crowd for popularity points.

And then, it becomes the same callow manipulation we’re running away from, and that running away got us into metal.

Beware the rock-n-roll formula.

0 thoughts on “Kam Lee explains selling out”

  1. NUM SKULL or FRANZ SCHUBERT says:

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  2. My Little Pony is awesome says:

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  3. ASSHOLE says:

    ASSHOLE ANUS MY FAVORITE

  4. who cares what that trailer trash faggot has to say, what has he even produced says:

    Kum Lee

  5. all of the above should be legalized! says:

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  6. faggert! says:

    What’s a good Procol Harum album?

  7. internatio says:

    Yet, take back the Feel-good prole stuff and you mostly get overblown oddities with no “enmeshment” (nice word) with reality.

  8. seriously says:

    who says “prole”

  9. LOLOLOL.... no says:

    >Metal
    >it’s more Anton Bruckner than Chuck Berry

  10. 2 big, 3, 4 small etc. says:

    ^You have to be mentally challenged to think otherwise.
    But you probably think bands like Mastodon are METAL, so I don’t blame you. LOLOLOLOLOL

  11. Maybe Liszt says:

    >…it’s more Anton Bruckner than Chuck Berry
    >You have to be mentally challenged to think otherwise.

    No, not really. Why Bruckner? He’s more about long, slow builds, a sacred feeling, and lots of thematic threads. Metal’s over-the-top and really has nothing to do with any of that

  12. 2 big, 3, 4 small etc says:

    Mastodon is horrible garbage! Blind Guardian and Motley Crue are real metal!

  13. @ maybe liszt says:

    So we could say Bruckner is more like Tool or that track from the latest Amebix that was posted here some time ago ?

  14. Metal Sucks says:

    All metal is shitty, whether it be Masturbaterdon or your precious true kvlt black metal. A dog could fart into a microphone and it would sound better than Burzum or Morbid Angel.

  15. @Metal Sucks says:

    If you think so, then why are you here?

  16. Metal Sucks says:

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  17. Metal Sucks says:

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  18. wiener says:

    8==================D

  19. truth says:

    Slayer were once a second rate Judas Priest with lyrics about Satan, but then they realized they weren’t talented enough to keep going the Judas Priest approach, so they started playing hardcore punk with guitar solos.

  20. Metal Sucks says:

    I used to like Metal but then left adolescence.

  21. trollin' harder dan u says:

    metalheads are losers. dirty, stupid, angry fucking losers. the only reason anus uses metal as a tool to spread its propaganda is because metalheads have low self-esteem and willingly eat up the bullshit. They want to be part of some “underground” “elite” “nihilist” movement, listen to defeatist garbage like Burzum (oh noes, the world is so fucked up mahn!1), and suck cocks.

    don’t believe me? look at any footage from a metal show, listen to these mongoloids speak and make up your own mind.

  22. @trollin' harder dan u says:

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  25. Dominated Faggot says:

    oh excuse me, that was the AIDS talking

  26. Mastodon IS GAY says:

    I AM A HIPSTER AND LUV MASTODON! I ALSO HATE THIS SITE CAUSE SOMEHOW IT MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE. I DONT LIKE METAL UNLESS IT’S IRONIC.

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  28. Crush the skull of a DLA reader says:

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