Archive for the 'Editorials' Category

14
Nov
07

All Metal Resource Finds New Home!

I have finally upgraded to our own domain and a higher level of bandwidth. I will be creating an RSS feed and the works for all who are interested in that. Please update your bookmarks to the following new and improved All Metal Resource:

http://www.allmetalresource.com

09
Oct
07

Editorial: The Epidemic of Illegal Downloading

There is no easy way to start this article…oh wait, yes there is, downloading music without purchasing it later is illegal, immoral and downright disrespectful to the artists that are willing to put their careers on the line to make music for a living.

Am I being a bit crass with my opinions in this article? Yes, but this is an editorial and I have a point to make, so why beat around the bush? Downloading music, be it in the iTunes format, mp3, wma, ogg, or any other downloadable format is perhaps the easiest and most functionable modern format for acquiring your preferred songs, however, there is NO difference between going into a store, picking up a CD, pocketing it, and walking out, and downloading music without paying for it. Now, I will be honest here, I am a self professed music junky, and in order to keep myself up to date with the latest and greatest, I couldn’t hope to pay for all the music I want to listen to all at once, so I download illegally. Is this morally wrong? Perhaps, I am not going to be a hypocrite and profess how I am above the law in some fashion, however, there is a key difference between myself and others; I make sure to buy a few CDs every month of albums I downloaded to add to my collection. To further the endeavors of making myself pay for music, when I purchase an album, I delete that album from my computer which compels me to return to my ever increasing CD collection in order to get my proper fix for the day.

Few people truly understand how much downloading music illegally can effect people. I have heard countless individuals in person and online who feel they are the digital Robin Hood for stealing from the rich record labels who leech off of the common guy by releasing digipaks and similar artists who plague radio stations. My response to this, is go fuck yourselves…seriously, especially when it comes to metal. The truth is, most of these bands you fail to support cannot play music for a living, but rather have to work their asses off at a fulltime job to even maintain being on a halfway decent record label because they don’t make enough money on record sales even when it sells well, because these indie labels gobble up most of the profits to keep their company afloat. Even bigtime record labels like Roadrunner, Metal Blade and Century Media have to promote popular records fulltime (i.e. metalcore and brutal death metal) in order to have the cash to promote up and comers. You put the entire industry in a tough situation by not giving them their 10-15 bucks. Hell, even buying a used cd is fine (you can get some cheap shit on Amazon if you bother to look), but it seems even dishing out a few bucks is tough for some people.

I graduated with a BS in computer networking, so I am not ignorant to the advancements in digital hardware and software, where you can listen to countless full albums on your phone, however, the human element is still there, and will forever be there. If you don’t recognize that there are people who create, produce, package and market these songs you listen to on a daily basis, you are only hurting your music, especially if it is independent. Use your brain, buy your music if you enjoy it, even if it takes you awhile to get through that pile of mp3s you have like myself.

Links to great sites that may help you turn to the ways of the Jedi:

www.last.fm (great site for exploring your musical tastes for free)

www.pandora.com (another site similar to last.fm)

www.itunes.com

www.rhapsody.com

http://musicdownloads.walmart.com

www.amazon.com

www.ebay.com

www.cheap-cds.com

www.lala.com (cd trading service; if you get bored with your collection, trade them in for some new ones!)

23
Aug
07

Gigantour Australia Tour 2007

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Today the dates have been announced for the Australia tour of Gigantour, the brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, which will kick off in Perth on Nov 10th with Megadeth, Static X, Lacuna Coil and Devildriver as the touring crew for the show. Does anyone else feel bad for the Australians for having such a shitty line-up grace their country? I mean it sucks already that this country, despite being its own damn continent, can’ t get decent tours there, has to receive this year’s Gigantour with the likes of Lacuna Coil and Static X. I honestly have no problem with Lacuna Coil as artists, as they have the capacity to make some beautiful music, however, they suck at metal festivals. This band sticks out like a sore thumb and are often boring to watch with their constant attempts at odd headbanging/body gyrating.

Do I even have to mention Static X? They were a second rate nu-metal band even when the genre was popular, and now all of a sudden they are on a legit metal tour? This is almost as bad as Papa Roach trying to look hardcore with their new outfits, hair-do’s, and logo. I won’t consider myself elitist, but surely Mustaine and his troupe of organizers could have picked some better bands than these two? I have to agree with the choice of Devildriver as they are quickly becoming the new darlings of heavy metal, and will inevitably get a proper reception in the Outback (not to mention they slay live). I hope that the North American tour will supply better choices.

Here is the entire list of dates:

November
10 – Perth – Metro City
12 – Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre
13 – Melbourne – Festival Hall
15 – Sydney – Luna Park Big Top
18 – Brisbane – Riverstage

17
Aug
07

What happened to the “Death” in Melodic Death Metal?

Melodic Death Metal is a term that has been tossed around rather liberally in the last few years, especially with the rising popularity of bands such as In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity from Sweden in the United States. Bands from Atreyu to The Black Dahlia Murder have infused their various chosen forms of aural mayhem with influences directly taken from the classic and mis-represented fourth album of At the Gates, Slaughter of the Soul. Even bands that are considered to be grindcore (The Red Chord, Job For A Cowboy), often bring melody into their music that can obviously be linked back to the Gothenburg scene in Sweden.

While there is nothing especially wrong with bringing such powerful influences into your own music, I think that the side effects on the culture revolving around the music are interminably corrupted by the false understanding of what it means to be melodic and heavy at the same time. For a better understanding of what I mean, many people cite two very disturbing (to WarGlory) examples as bold purveyors of melodic death metal; Chimaira and Children of Bodom.

These two bands are bands that, while being in the scene for quite some time, are just beginning to find their niche in the American mainstream, unfortunately they are coming into their own right around the time of the great melodic death pandemic. You see, most fans don’t remember back to 2001 when Chimaira were all but booed off the stage when they opened for Slayer on their God Hates Us All tour, for they were darlings of the nu-metal movement at the time and were thus completely shunned by the underground metal elitists (rightly so in my opinion). In the last 2-3 years though, they have become inextricably labeled as being melodic death metal because they added some solo’s to their albums, and a bit of melody. Other than that, what is so death metal about Chimaira? The same can be stated about Children of Bodom. While otherwise a great band on record and live, CoB are simply not, and never have been melodic death metal! So many people will argue until they are blue in the face against my opinion, but the facts can be represented by simply breaking out their discography and listening! There is very very little actual death metal in the unrelenting haze of melody that encompasses every CoB album. With that said, let me articulate on the main purpose of this thread…what happened to the death metal?

Well, the truth is, death metal hasn’t gone anywhere, nor has the melody attached to it. It hasn’t gone off to greener pastures, nor has it been diluted by the masses of bands claiming to hold this title. The catch is that we are now in a phase where the scene is dominating the popular culture of the genre, and unfortunately the masses are the voice of reason when in doubt, no matter how ignorant and uneducated that opinion may be.

Here is a list of true melodic death metal albums, past and present, to give you something to lick your chops over:

  • Sentenced – North From Here (1993)
  • Dark Tranquillity – The Gallery (1995)
  • Carcass – Heartwork (1993)
  • At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul (1995)
  • Cryptopsy – None So Vile (1996)*
  • Dissection – The Somberlain (1993)
  • Amon Amarth – Versus the World (2002)
  • The Black Dahlia Murder – Miasma (2005)
  • Arch Enemy – Burning Bridges (1999)
  • In Flames – Jester Race (1996)

*Not a melodic death metal release, but the song Phobophile is very melodic.

WARGLORY




WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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