The trends finally die

Metalcore is dying.

Oh, don’t ask — I can’t prove it. But watching what goes on sale, how little the labels are investing in promotion (or even cover art!) for releases from the big metalcore bands, and how little fans seem to be responding… it’s dead already.

Even more, the trend in bedroom window black metal and death metal has died. This comprises the third through fifteenth waves of black metal and death metal, which are distinguished by not being about anything. Instead, they’re about people wanting to be like their favorite bands, as if watching Immortal play outside through a bedroom window, then firing up Pro Tools and saying, “I can make my own version of that!”

For the last year, the big record labels have been shoveling the new stuff out the door at absurd discounts. They wrote the contracts, so they’re obligated to keep churning. But they’ve cut investment because they know it’s a loss. They’re also purging all the older death metal stuff for a simple reason: they intend to re-master and re-release it.

For great profit!

Heavy metal was born in 1969, and it took it until 1994 to really mature. Death metal and black metal are two sides of the same coin, one chromatic and one melodic, but the point is the same:

  • Long, through-composed, discursive song structures
  • Epic, warlike, vir-heavy Romantic themes
  • Unpopular truthfulness and musical intensity
  • Unwillingness to be co-opted by rock music, rap or The Industry

Black metal and death metal are the ultimate form of metal. Metal probably no longer needs to worry about form. What it does need to do is worry about content.

We could use more bands that wrote lengthy riff-fests with bizarrely sensible song structures, like early Incantation. Or narrative compositions like Burzum’s “My Journey to the Stars.” Or even the gently developing motives of The Red in the Sky is Ours.

We don’t need people bringing us a hype-y “new, improved” style that amounts to mixing rap, rock and copious doses of bad hardcore into our metal. The result is carnival music that doesn’t have the balls to pick a direction.

We want the good stuff back. And what makes it good is that in style and substance, it’s timeless. With each day, the new trends of metalcore and bedroom-window metal die a little more. More old school death metal and founding black metal bands are reforming and dropping the gimmicks to continue the music they made in the 1990s. More labels are re-releasing classic death metal and black metal albums.

That means, as a wise man once said, “Let the good times roll!”

0 thoughts on “The trends finally die”

  1. Adrian McCoy says:

    I’ll know it when I see it…when metal outlets start playing the stuff that brings back the classic spirit of the old stuff then I will be impressed. Until then, I doubt that metal will ever be as good as it was back in 1994 or 1995…

  2. Adrian McCoy says:


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  3. Internatio says:

    Adrian : what’s the link between your propaganda and the article exactly ?

    btw : you monoculturalists forget that the real problem with multiculturalism is that it has a handfull of big record compagnies behind it funnelling all the money available into the same old bland formula. in another economic context it would’nt be such a problem.

    In fact, you also forget that your lovely “national” cultures were themselves created from the crushing of many provincial cultures back then. If this first process was a good thing, then the recent global process can yeld just as much greatness, possibly even more.

    but I guess that always confusing the symptoms and the germs is your doom. Just like your “we’re not racists” thing : actually you are ; what are you going to do to “oppose immigration and refugees” ? form a militia ? or just vote for the next clone of hitler ?

    Did you ever wonder why those immigrants are coming to your country ? thats because their country, while officialy independant, is still under economic control from US, UK, France and a handfull of others. What will you do to oppose that ? I guess nothing.

  4. Xr says:

    Did you ever wonder why those immigrants are coming to your country ?
    Because our stupidity letting them in spells Profit! to some.

    Concerning the article, it’s not just the re-releases, I am wondering about that shitload of blatantly superfluous and more often than not ridiculous reunions that happened over the course of the last, say, two years and don’t seem to cease, bands who have ‘rediscovered their roots’, allusions to ye olde school, bullshit, blahblah, and so on. I am skeptical. There seems a good lot of bucks to be skimmed.

  5. ChaosGoatLaw says:

    All I can foresee is the “neo-thrash” movement getting bigger. Same with “old school”(Venom and the like) sounding black metal. No progression. Just the milking of the cliches of metal for profit. Xr is right. There is good reason to be skeptical.

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