Thursday, April 28, 2005

First post

Shadows Fall

Now that the sub-genre known as Nu-Metal is out of the mainstream attention, is the new Nu-Metal Metalcore? The genre that is being popularized by bands such as Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, As I Lay Dying, etc. Many of these bands could be considered Thrash Metal since they use a lot of Thrash elements in their songs, but then again, Thrash does have roots in Hardcore and it is common to have breakdowns in songs. If we look at bands such as Dark Tranquillity and Darkane, they're both influenced by Thrash Metal and have breakdowns in their songs, but would you ever see Hardcore kids dancing during their breakdowns? No.

If Metalcore wouldn't have Hardcore kids attending, would there be any hardcore dancing? That's a good question. I could start a Metalcore band and see if Hardcore kids would come and then see if they would dance during my breakdowns, that would be something to see.

The Black Dahlia Murder

One of the members of Black Dahlia Murder once said that Metalcore is a term being marketed in order to get Hardcore kids to buy Metal albums and I would agree with that to a certain extent. You can still have Metalcore bands where most of the members have backgrounds in Metal and then some other Metalcore bands where most of the members have backgrounds in Hardcore. You can usually spot who is from which background by looking at them and seeing how they dress. Let's face it, as much as people would say that they are themselves, 85% of the time, people conform to a specific sub-culture.

If I'd start a Metalcore band, I'd be wearing mostly Metal t-shirts and have Metal-type artwork on my albums as well, but that's just me.

When I saw Dead to Fall, while I really like their latest album, however, I found their stage presence to be very typical Hardcore. When I hear Metal, I expect a Metal show, not a Hardcore show, but this is only a personal preference. I will be honest to say that I have nothing against Hardcore, but I've always been more into Metal than Hardcore and Hardcore's image isn't something that I particularly am attracted to.

Dark Tranquillity

I've always been into darker forms of music, not morbid, but dark. When I discovered Marilyn Manson back in 1996, I was 14 and I had never heard any music like it before. It opened up my eyes to a whole new world and my musical preference started differenting compared to my friends, at the time. Marilyn Manson is the band that got me into what I listen to today, I could say the same with Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica for getting me into Metal and then Dark Tranquillity and Cradle of Filth for getting me into Extreme Metal.

Of course, these are all very well-known bands, but without them, I wouldn't be here writing this because I don't know if I would be as passionate about music as I am today. I'm still a fan of most of the bands that got me here, except for Metallica since their recent album is an insult to everything that is Metal. I understand the direction that they wanted to go towards, but they weren't very successful at making it a quality album and that is something that you would expect from Metallica. I wasn't a big fan of Load and Reload, but as much as people will say that their self-titled album wasn't a good album, it was definitely their last album of quality.

To come back to Metalcore, the one thing that bugs me about their fans is their unappreciation of the style's roots which is Thrash and Death Metal.

This wraps up my blog.

Eric Mulligan