Metal as a genre has always stood for a rebel, a revolution. It was first started in the 60’s as liberation from society as such, a new sound, and a change. Now it is a phenomenon, gigs everywhere, ideas and opinions running amuck. This is one musical style which has never gained mass popularity (even Scandinavia, trust me), always an underground movement. And yet you come across idiots here too!
This is the one place where no one takes any shit from others. Everyone has a say and everyone is biased. Yet I was surprised that one could get ridiculed if they listened to a band supposedly “not underground”. I laughed out! By this I mean, people actually laugh if you say you’re a Nile fanatic or that you find Dimmu’s music entrancing. Apparently it isn’t “underground”. Now exactly what the fvck is that supposed to mean?
I’m sure those of you reading this have come across this group of people, even here in India. Quite a common sight specially in fan forums and hate forums alike.
We are THE fvcking underground! A further reference to the underground in our case would be the gigantic platform on which multitudes of amateur to semi-pro bands battle it out trying to make it big and to the apparently ridiculed larger stage :D. This is rampant amongst the newbies which might be giving them a good exposure but also an extremely bloated up ego as an additional package. Noobs who think they know metal because they listen to dumbshit start up bands and own a couple of tees with some vague grindcore bands printed across their chests, are so freaking common now, it’s really annoying. Like a mosquito buzzing during the cusp of sleep.And the problem is not their listening to it, I’m a firm believer of “to each his own”. It is their constant bragging and egotism that really gets me bummed.
My suggestion to this lot would be to get off their high horse, actually bother listening to music they proclaim to worship and compare. More scrobbles on last.fm ain’t a sign that you’re a metalhead. Grow up.
Lastly, what I’d say is that if they cannot appreciate the masters then they have no business here. What are so called “underground” but a bunch of bands influenced and wannabe bigger-bands? So the idiot backing the former without any regards to the latter has got to be a fool.
And I rest my case.
Ok. So apparently bree is in the “in” thing nowadays. Every forum you go has at least a handful of wannabe vocalist wanting to know whether it is for everybody to make that ghastly racket or not. And quite frankly i don’t know what the whole fuss is about. I had recently gone into this craze of having a brutal death fiesta. I couldn’t have found a way more worse that that to waste my time.
After about a dozen youtube videos all consisting of bands with awesomely horrid album art and very similar looking names (mind you, similar looking, all thorny and symmetrical) i narrowed down to Defeated Sanity which according to me was the most bearable. While their album was getting downloaded, i heard another playlist consist of Putrid Pile, Dying Fetus, Guttural Secrete and Cemetery Rapist. What have these people got against people as such? Why would i want to listen to a guy screeching about his infected intestine or about some mass rape/murder of women. Yes, i get the fact that deranged thoughts occur a man once in while, I myself have had my share of masochistic or twisted dreams involving huge hammers and squashed heads smashed onto the wall while a truckload of bile wait for their chance to get under my axe. Yes, i’ve very happily written about it all, but i don’t go on advertising about it generally. Whereas these bands, they’ve made it their job to tell their fans how exactly “putrid” they can be. The fact that they advertize it so much, seems to me as though they’re just showing off their skill at pig squealing.
Let’s analyse their music. I’d be fair by saying to each his own taste. I’m not contradicting the point i stated about nonsensical lyrics, because frankly, not one guy would get a word being growled or squealed. Not even the guy doing the growling or screeching. To me the snare sounded a bit off (typical for all of the bands I heard, hence maybe that’s the way it is done) otherwise the music would be something I’d listen to while watching a bloody gruesome fight or a similar scenario. Gets your blood boiling. But once the squealing starts its like, “what the fuck went wrong with the recording studio?” Its sounds like utter crap, it is most probably anyway, I didn’t bother checking with the lyrics there.
Anyway by this time “Chapters of Repugnance” the album I’d put on download was done. I liked what I heard, but the same flaws were present here too. Plus the name of the songs really put me into perspective, showing me exactly how sad my vocabulary is. Introitus, Consumed By Repugnance, Carnal Deliverance, Salacious Affinity, Engulfed In Excrutiation, Coerced Into Idolatry, Blissfully Exsanguinated, Calculated Barbarity, Lurid Assimilation… This is the playlist. I needed a dictionary. And some of the words don’t even exist. Anyway that’s beside the point, the vocals made the entire atmosphere dead gloomy, but with this primitive tribal rhythm ringing in my head. The following painted quite a picture in my head.
Through the womb
Sputtering stumps painting the streets
or even this one,
Awaking, drugged, bound and gagged
Strapped onto the table
Mutilated with the hacksaw
But I must say, had the squealing not been there, if grindcore, deathcore or brutal death or whatever other synonym you can come up with, were squeal free then I’d say these bands would be quite epic too. Not because of their ideology, but their music. I discovered a new narcotic today, and i will continue searching for that band that has this music minus the squealing.
Ps. This video. Something that I stumbled upon. Ignoring the squeals, i’d say it is pretty good music! Putrid pile \m/ 😀