Archive for the 'nu metal' 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

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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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