• why musical elitism is stupid

    24. Jun. 2015, 23:22

    1. Elitism divides subcultures and makes certain people in cultures outsiders, just because they are seen to like an inferior or lesser form of music with that subculture.

    2. Elitism puts strict and tight restrictions on genres, hindering creativity. Without bands trying new things, genre boundaries would never be stretched and we wouldn't have as many types of Metal and other music we have today.

    3. Almost all musicians borrowed aspects from previous bands and incorporated into their music. Liking a band which merges multiple genres and sounds but not exploring those sounds found elsewhere in other musician's work is not logical.

    4. Elitists are no fun. They are incredibly grumpy and bitterly take it out on others who don't fit their standards for music taste. There is pleasure to be found in all music, providing you listen to it in the right mood and setting.

    5. Elitists form stupid arguments, based on their strict subjective standards, as to why their music is better. For example: "listen to that roaring feedback - it's so BRUTAL. it's so much better than all that melodic acoustic crap." Yeah, so is going to a gig and spending the evening with your ear against the speakers. Doesn't mean it's any good.

    6. Hitler and the Nazis were elitists.They banned Jazz music for its American American roots (and obviously music composed by Jews etc.) OK, just kidding about that one! However, there are plenty of elitists who hate the music just for the race/religion of the band!
  • Nu Metal had balls

    18. Nov. 2013, 23:44

    Side note: I shall open by stating that I did not want to write this journal but I'm sick of defending Nu Metal and repeating myself in shoutboxes. I've already written a journal on how Korn weren't influenced by mainstream bands but I would like to write more expressively on the culture and music of Nu Metal. I don't care that you don't care. I love Nu Metal... Onto the essay itself...

    Rap Rock / Nu Metal / Alternative Metal or whatever you want to dub it was last time Rock music dominated the charts. The last time truly aggressive, passionate and cathartic music was embraced by the mainstream. Sadly, in 2005 Bullet For My Valentine took off, building on the growing reputation of the Metalcore scene, with 2004's The End of Heartache. For some reason a scene was growing out of this whiny music with plastic aggression and lyrics about "tears crashing around them" and overcoming heartache.

    In essence: Nu Metal had balls and wasn't afraid to speak is mind and connect with people. The youth of today hide behind their Facebook, whilst the mid 1990s and early 2000s (where face to face contact was actually common), musicians used their music to communicate and as an outlet for their issues. It was an era where the middle class, white youth adapted a street mentality, and a sense of unity, instead of hiding in their bedrooms and whining/crying on their Facebook statuses like the Metalcore era.

    Firstly I shall give a brief overview of the textures, moods and vocal techniques that attracted so many different audiences with its ballsy messages. Despite touching on disturbing issues (coupled with a sombre, sinister and aggressive mood) positive vibes were almost always the outcome of Nu Metal. It made you bounce and groove even with staccato rhythms and the dissonance which hardly serve as hooks but offer jarring rhythms.

    The tone was usually in and around D minor but was varied enough to keep the rhythms even more interesting. For further tonal variety, musicians composed out of key, for example "My Own Summer" by the Deftones. Poor song-writing? Well The Beatles wrote out of key, and frequently did so. The out of key F sharp 5 helps to freshen out the tonal melody in "My Own Summer." Furthermore, the bass in the genre would often lighten up the mood of the song, offering positive vibes with its funk-laden-downbeat-dominated approach. It was music to bob your head to as much it was to jump around and release tension. All these techniques I have mentioned made Nu Metal seem fresh and exciting.

    Onto vocals: Jon Davis in particular offered whispered little discussions, as though you were seeing into the mind of this clearly tormented man, before exploding and heightening the emotional tension of the songs. Chino Moreno, Fred Durst and Jonathan Davis didn't just speak about their issues - they screamed their guts out and weren't afraid to show all their emotion (even it involved weeping about past torments - Daddy - and touching on taboo subjects - Faget or drug use as a relief from mundane life - Bored.) Davis' whisper & explode technique was unique to the Nu Metal scene (later adapted by Dez on the first Coal Chamber album and to an extent Corey Taylor.) The style complemented the unusual scat vocals, which Davis probably adapted and expanded from Mike Patton of Faith No More.

    It would be foolish to ignore the Rap influence - and not just on the vocals. I mentioned a street mentality - this was the very essence and the very spirit of Nu metal - taking the Hip-Hop mentality of the streets and toning it down. Skateboarding (as per video for Deftones' "Back to School"), amateur street corner rap battles (see Korn's All in the Family) and sometimes even graffiti art "I'm a keep my pants sagging, keep a skateboard, a spray can for the taggin" was all part of the appeal and culture of Nu Metal. Again it is obvious that many of these features, especially graffiti art (look at the Limp Bizkit logo itself) was adapted from Hip-Hop culture.

    Now onto the innovations of the music itself, where Nu Metal was even more ballsy and daring in its lack of leads and solos. Would this lack of musicianship truly hold out and offer substance beyond amateur song-writing found in Metalcore and Pop Punk? Of course it would - take "Break Stuff" which was released during the peak of Nu Metal's popularity and really helped break the genre into new audiences. No lead instrument allowed for bass heavy syncopated riffs and a relentless rhythm section that progressed into a full rhythmic break which simply battered the listener with its raw and heavy grooves. I'm convinced that if it wasn't for these rhythmic breaks in songs such "Falling Away From Me" and "Break Stuff" then the Metalcore scene wouldn't be as big as it was today. It paved the way, and was an innovation for these new wave of bands.

    Deeper analysis of Nu Metal's guitar playing challenged the conventions of the bluesy, pentatonic scale, that has been done to death by every rockstar wannabe, by employing the technique of jumping strings between notes. It is a myth, by the way, that Nu Metal never utilized guitar solos - a few examples would be Mudvayne's Fear, Static-X's Cannibal, Limp Bizkit's Shotgun, Slipknot's Psychosocial plus bass solos from Mudvayne and drum solos from Slipknot.

    Below are the tabs for Livin' It Up by Limp Bizkit, where the technique I mentioned above is used in opening of the riff. No more solos based on arpeggios but a new way of playing solos in modern Rock music. Borland often jumps between strings - up to 5 in one riff such as in "My Way" (below) and is a simple yet unique and efficient way to play guitar. I am also pointing it out as Nu Metal guitarists are often criticized for putting their 7 (SEVEN) stringed instruments to optimum use. It should be noted that the tabs have been adapted to suit 'a normal guitar' as Borland (as do many Nu Metallers) used a 7-string Ibanez.

    Livin' It Up

    My way

    I shall conclude by stating that the 1990s were a unique time. New genres would collide and challenge the strict rules of heavy music. Times were energizing, fresh and outright ballsy in approach. Rap and Metal were never suppose to collide but they did - a ballsy idea in itself. Well we have Scott Ian to credit there. Even so, the vocals of Stuck Mojo and Limp Bizkit and the pulsating syncopated rhythms and funky, percussive style of early Deftones and Korn were clearly Hip-Hop orientated and (despite whiny, effeminate Metalcore taking the media attention) will live long in my memory. Why? Hip-Hop and Heavy Metal are the two most masculine genres there are. Get some balls Metalcore.
  • Mathematical proof: Metalheads are twice as sucidal, or twice as gay

    3. Sep. 2012, 1:42

    Or could they be both?

    Hypothesis: If something is directly proportional to something else, then that something else is also directly proportional to that something through a non zero constant. If gay people are twice as likely to kill off themselves and so are Metalheads, then K is 2/2 or 1. However, if someone were gay and a Metalhead they are 4 times more likely to kill themselves, and so K is 2.

    23 out of 130 are suicides on the Metal Archives RIP 1st page - taking out the N/A. Assuming 1 in 10 is gay, 13 of all deaths are gay, and if 23 of deaths are suicide that leaves a probability of 0.1 and 0.176 (round to 0.2) Therefore, the probability of them being suicidal and gay is 0.02. Size it back up to the rest of the population and it's roughly 2 out of 10,000. K is 1. The figure for the normal population and pop fans is 1 in 10,000 commit suicide. K is 0.5 My maths checks out perfectly. (full data of Metal Archives RIP list below)

    However, I have only tied suicides and homosexuality to Metalheads, and not just homosexuality. Let's fix that with some more maths: Amongst the normal population, there is a 0.1 chance of homosexuality (1,000 in 10,000) and a 0.0001 chance of a suicide. If homosexuality is directly proportional to suicide x10 where y (1,000) = k (10,000) and x (1) then x 1 = 1 / k (0.0001) y (1,000) Since 1,000 x 0.0001 = 0.1 then I have proven suicide is directly proportional to homosexuality x10. Now let's calculate the probability - the chance of X 0.1 and Y 0.0001. The chance of both X and Y is 0.00001. The union probability is 0.100090. The conditional probability of Y (a suicide), given the probability of X (homosexuality) is also 0.1 (probability of A and B divided by B) I have proven that the odds of a homosexual committing suicide is 10% for the normal population.

    Going back to my figures, 23 out of 130 suicides. If in in 10 is gay, then there are 13 gay people. Based on my calculation above there should therefore only be (1.3) 1 suicide for homosexuals, and 90% straight suicide rates. The percentages clearly don't add up as they normally would. Using my figures from earlier, a suicidal and gay Metalhead's probability is 0.02 or 2 / 10,000. The probability of a gay suicide amongst the normal population is 20 times less likely as it is 1 in 10,000 / 10 which is 0.1 / 10,000.

    Conclusion: I have therefore show suicide rates for gay Metalheads are twice as likely in comparison to the normal population and have proved at least part of my hypothesis. Since correlation does not mean causation, I have strengthened my argument used conditional probability. Since I have shown only 10% of the suicides can be explained to homosexuality normally, Metalheads have a greater number of unexplained suicides (20% more) which means greater homosexuality or other variables such as depression.


    "Next, advocates drew upon various studies that suggested that homosexuals attempt suicide at a rate two to three times higher than heterosexuals. 10 percent of the population is homosexual.

    "The study also reported that 10% of American males surveyed were "more or less exclusively homosexual for at least three years between the ages of 16 and 55" (in the 5 to 6 range)."

    "Every year 1 in 10,000, or nearly 35,000, Americans commit suicide."

    Metalheads are they more likely to be homosexual, in this journal I shall present evidence for my mathematical proof. I shall tie it to the high gay sucide rate amongst the Metalhead population with more maths.

    Firstly, how many married Metalheads do you know? Tom Araya is married, as is Kerry King and Chino and Buron C. Bell from Fear Factory. So are at least some of Metallica. I struggle to think of anyone else. Gay people rarely get married for legal reasons.

    Therefore, there is a possibility of single and gay men in Metal, urging homosexual Metalheads to join bands for camaraderie and to satisfy their natural urges. To cut to the chase, more men and more masculine and hairy men in Metal means more chance of getting busy in the back of tour buses.

    Let's compare it to the mainstream. Michael Buble - married, Avril Lavigne - been married, Katy Perry - been married, Paul McCartney married, John Lennon was married, Cheryl Cole - married, Lily Allen - married, Michael Jackson - was married, Eminem married, Bob Dylan married. Do I have to go on? Pop stars / rappers usually get married very young, and it is a struggle to think of someone who isn't married.

    Not only does gay marriage not happen in the States, the biggest exporter of music in the world - just take a look at this quote: "50 Cent is an unlikely convert to the cause of gay couples marrying as he had previously suggested that men should kill themselves if they didn’t enjoy performing sexual acts on a woman. He also joked organising a “shoot-up” at a gay couple’s wedding." It's this type of bullying that caused a string of gay suicides. It is no coincidence that gay people kill themselves a lot, and unmarried people kill themselves a lot. There is also a third group - Metalheads. It's also no coincidence that they Metalheads marry less. "Men are more likely to kill themselves if they are unmarried or gay."

    My data below proves deaths from suicide are certainly greater than 1 in 10,000 for Metal musicians. 23 out of 130 obviously equates to more than than 1 in 10,000. There are many famous suicides in Metal as well - members of Immortal, Mayhem, Graveland, Dissection. There is a whole thread listing them on Metal-Archives. You can therefore deduce (from the suicide rates) that Metal either has more gay people, or more depressed people, or both.

    Further evidence, is the Gay Indie group has 3049 members, and the gay metalheads group had 175 members then there is 1 Metal fan to every 17 Indie Rock fans if you assume the same homosexuality ratio. However, Indie is much more popular than Metal than 1 in every 17 people. Take a look at the overall charts - Florence + the machine, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths etc. are all in the top 15. No Metallica or Iron Maiden in sight. So it's same to assume there are more gay Metalheads than Indie fans.

    Suicides data:

    17. Spleengoath - Jun 25th, 2012 - Suicide 1.
    24. Wolfrano Ketzer - Mar 10th, 2012 - Suicide 2.
    25. Ronnie Montrose - Mar 3rd, 2012Suicide by gunshot 3.
    37. Cédric Ridet - Jan 4th, 2012 - Suicide4.
    38. Joe Lombard - Jan 3rd, 2012 - Suicide5
    40. E. Expulser - Dec 9th, 2011- Suicide 6
    41. Soli - Dec 8th, 2011 - Suicide 7
    56. Nemus - Sep 29th, 2011 - Suicide by hanging 8
    59. Ishandeep Goswami - Sep 12th, 2011 - Suicide by drug overdose 9
    64. Diego Rodríguez - Aug 10th, 2011 - Suicide 10.
    72. Kyle Mock - Jul 20th, 2011 - Suicide by gunshot 11
    74. Taiji Sawada - Jul 17th, 2011 - Suicide 12.
    76. Kurtis Kyllo - Jul 15th, 2011 - Suicide 13.
    81. Kris Kringle - Jun 25th, 2011 - Suicide by hanging 14.
    88. Chumly Porter - Jun 5th, 2011 - Suicide 15.
    91. Twan Fleuren - May 21st, 2011 - Suicide 16.
    93. Krom - May 19th, 2011 - Suicide by gunshot 17
    105. Tim Parlane - Mar 5th, 2011 - Suicide by train 18
    117. Matthew Davis - Jan 23rd, 2011 - Suicide 19
    118. Ben Lowe - Jan 6th, 2011 - Suicide 20
    119. Molasar - Jan 4th, 2011 - Suicide 21
    120. Adam Zawicki - Jan 2011 - Suicide by hanging22.
    [b121. ]Molokh - 2011 - Suicide

    Full data:

    1. Dieter Wiesjahn - Aug 29th, 2012 - Chronic Illness
    2. Necrossomus - Aug 25th, 2012 - Car accident
    3. Eric Cook - Aug 23rd, 2012 - Lung cancer
    4. Lifeless Visions - Aug 5th, 2012 - Murder
    5. David Ellenburg - Jul 30th, 2012 - Complications from a stroke
    6. Jon Natisch - Jul 20th, 2012 - Heart attack
    7. Jon Lord - Jul 16th, 2012 - Pancreatic cancer
    8. Federico Furini - Jul 12th, 2012 - Motorcycle accident
    9. Olethros - Jul 9th, 2012 - Vehicle accident
    10. Carlos Gonzalez - Jul 9th, 2012 - Car accident
    11. Nico Takara - Jul 2nd, 2012 - Cancer
    12. Jammer - Jul 1st, 2012 - Car accident
    13. Ivan Sekyra - Jun 30th, 2012 - Cancer
    14. Joe Gavin - Jun 28th, 2012 - Cardiac arrest
    15. Tomáš Čelechovský - Jun 27th, 2012 - Pancreatic cancer
    16. Claudio Vattino - Jun 27th, 2012 - Heart failure
    17. Spleengoath - Jun 25th, 2012 - Suicide 1.
    18. Matthias "Ulli" Ullmann -Jun 17th, 2012 - Work accident
    19. Jef Leppard - Jun 10th, 2012 - Motorcycle accident
    20. George Marino - Jun 5th, 2012 - Lung cancer
    21. Michael Grant - May 31st, 2012 - Acute illness
    22. Georgy Espíritu - May 28th, 2012 - Cancer
    23. Mark "Bam Bam" McConnell - May 24th, 2012 - Liver and kidney failure
    24. Steeve Hurdle - May 20th, 2012 - Post-surgical complications
    25. Trondr Nefas - May 12th, 2012 - Natural causes
    26. Voorhees May 1st, 2012 Motorcycle accident
    27. Balfabar Nosugref Apr 21st, 2012 - Heart attack
    28. Richie Teeter - Apr 10th, 2012 - Esophageal cancer
    29. Thomas Gruhlke - Apr 6th, 2012 - Natural causes
    30. Stinkweed Malone - Apr 1st, 2012 - Complications from an infection
    31. Supreme Sicko - Mar 29th, 2012 - Liver failure
    32. Lars Von Lowen - Mar 26th, 2012 - Heart attack
    33. Will Mar 23rd, 2012 - Car accident
    24. Wolfrano Ketzer - Mar 10th, 2012 - Suicide 2.
    25. Ronnie Montrose - Mar 3rd, 2012Suicide by gunshot 3.
    26. Dee Cernile - Feb 25th, 2012 - Lung cancer
    27. Rogério Melo - Feb 21st, 2012 - Heart attack
    28. Pep Segura - Feb 17th, 2012 - Lymphoma
    29. Jeremy Deacon - Jan 29th, 2012 - Lymphoma
    30. Mark Reale - Jan 25th, 2012 - Complications from crohn's disease
    31. Andrew MacNaughtan - Jan 25th, 2012 - Heart attack
    32. Ruddy SouzaBrazil - Jan 24th, 2012 - Complications from a kidney transplant
    33. Therese Hanseroth - Jan 17th, 2012 - Natural causes
    34. Piotr Krystek - Jan 14th, 2012 - Natural causes
    35. Robbie France - Jan 14th, 2012 - Ruptured aorta
    36. Nicole Bogner - Jan 5th, 2012 - Undisclosed chronic illness
    37. Cédric Ridet - Jan 4th, 2012 - Suicide4.
    38. Joe Lombard - Jan 3rd, 2012 - Suicide5
    39. David Gold - Dec 21st, 2011 - Car accident
    40. E. Expulser - Dec 9th, 2011- Suicide 6
    41. Soli - Dec 8th, 2011 - Suicide 7
    42. Gerald Schröder - Dec 3rd, 2011 - Cancer
    43. Dorin Anghel - Dec 1st, 2011 - Heart attack
    44. Rio - Nov 28th, 2011 - Heart attack
    45. Lasse Brandeby - Nov 20th, 2011 - Kidney failure
    46. Jonas Raskolnikov - Nov 17th, 2011 - Colon cancer
    47. Steve Osborne - Nov 17th, 2011 - Suicide 8
    48. Nabajyoti Phukan - Nov 13th, 2011 - Motorbike accident
    49. Cory Smoot - Nov 3rd, 2011 - Heart attack
    50. Milton Restrepo - Oct 23rd, 2011 - Brain cancer
    51. Terry Span -Oct 20th, 2011 - Injuries from a brawl
    52. Shugat - Oct 15th, 2011 - Motorcycle accident
    53. Don "Oakwood" Ochs - Oct 8th, 2011 - Heart attack
    54. Mikko Laine - Oct 3rd, 2011 - Hit by a truck
    55. Don Adams -Oct 3rd, 2011 - Heart attack
    56. Nemus - Sep 29th, 2011 - Suicide by hanging 9
    57. Tommy Pineda - Sep 28th, 2011 - Cancer
    58. Helder Moyses - Sep 19th, 2011 - Car accident
    59. Ishandeep Goswami - Sep 12th, 2011 - Suicide by drug overdose 10
    60. Nattdal - Sep 9th, 2011 - Prescription drug overdose
    61. Robb Mounce - Sep 7th, 2011 - Cancer
    62. Ty Smith - Sep 2011 - Natural causes
    63. Topi Sorsakoski - Aug 13th, 2011 - Complications from lung cancer
    64. Diego Rodríguez - Aug 10th, 2011 - Suicide 11
    65. Robert Venosa - Aug 9th, 2011 - Cancer
    66. Eric Stevenson - Aug 8th, 2011 - Melanoma
    67. Conrad Schnitzler - Aug 4th, 2011 - Stomach cancer
    68. Andrew "Mac" McDermott - Aug 3rd, 2011 - Kidney failure
    69. Pay Lee - Jul 30th, 2011 - Complications following heart surgery
    70. Kieran O'Reilly - Jul 28th, 2011 - Cancer
    71. Obehag - Jul 23rd, 2011 - Overdose
    72. Kyle Mock - Jul 20th, 2011 - Suicide by gunshot 12
    73. Camille Marquet - Jul 18th, 2011 - Car accident
    74. Taiji Sawada - Jul 17th, 2011 - Suicide 13
    75. Steve Pirrone - Jul 15th, 2011 - Infection caused by paralysis
    76. Kurtis Kyllo - Jul 15th, 2011 - Suicide 14
    77. Würzel - Jul 9th, 2011 - Heart failure
    78. Vikk Real Jul 2nd, 2011 - Motorcycle accident
    79. Nine Katechis - Jul 2011 - Complications from heroin addiction relapse
    80. Andy Boes - Jul 2011 - Accident
    81. Kris Kringle - Jun 25th, 2011 - Suicide by hanging 15
    82. Francesco Masini - Jun 18th, 2011 - Cancer
    83. Clarence Clemons - Jun 18th, 2011 - Complications from a stroke
    84. Mario Comesanas - Jun 13th, 2011 - Brain haemorrhage
    85. Seth Putnam - Jun 11th, 2011 - Heart failure
    86. Nino Negri - Jun 11th, 2011 - Accident
    87. László Zavarkó - Jun 10th, 2011 - Motorcycle accident
    88. Chumly Porter - Jun 5th, 2011 - Suicide 16
    89. Lusbel Vonlord - Jun 3rd, 2011 - Complications from pneumonia
    90. Sergey Bogaev - Jun 2nd, 2011 - Murdered
    91. Twan Fleuren - May 21st, 2011 - Suicide 17
    92. Jason Monroe - May 21st, 2011 - Melanoma
    93. Krom - May 19th, 2011 - Suicide by gunshot 18
    94. Claudio Aguayo - May 15th, 2011 - Cancer
    95. Jack Richardson - May 13th, 2011 - Natural causes
    96. Rina LeeRussia - May 13th, 2011 - Cardiac arrest
    97. Gustavo Cunha - May 10th, 2011 - Car accident
    98. Chuck Feldman - May 2nd, 2011 - Drug overdose
    99. Dag Stokke - Apr 27th, 2011 - Cancer
    100. Brian Petrowsky - Apr 26th, 2011 - Related to drug abuse
    101. Matt LaPorte - Apr 21st, 2011 - Heart attack brought upon by sleep apnea
    102. Count Barbatos - Mar 28th, 2011 - Motorcycle accident
    103. Merm - Mar 18th, 2011 - Cancer
    104. Mike Starr - Mar 8th, 2011 - Prescription drug overdose
    105. Tim Parlane - Mar 5th, 2011 - Suicide by train 19
    106. Labbro - Feb 26th, 2011 - Leukemia
    107. Manny van Oosten - Feb 25th, 2011 - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    108. Phil Vane - Feb 17th, 2011 - Stroke
    109. Henk Hamers - Feb 16th, 2011 - Cancer
    110. Matthew John Hall - Feb 15th, 2011 - Murdered
    111. Imad AkouryLebanon - Feb 10th, 2011 - Car accident
    112. Gary Moore - Feb 6th, 2011 - Heart attack
    113. Darren Egelhoff - Feb 2011 - Choriocarcinoma cancer
    114. Jan Somers - Jan 28th, 2011 - Heart failure
    115. Lars Keading - Jan 28th, 2011 - Lung cancer
    116. Leader Reaper - Jan 24th, 2011 - Murdered
    117. Matthew Davis - Jan 23rd, 2011 - Suicide 20
    118. Ben Lowe - Jan 6th, 2011 - Suicide 21
    119. Molasar - Jan 4th, 2011 - Suicide 22
    120. Adam Zawicki - Jan 2011 - Suicide by hanging 23
    121. Molokh - 2011 - Suicide
    122. Stepanych - 2011 - Murder by stabbing
    123. Gonzalo - 2011 - Accident at work
    124. Benedikt Bjarnason - Dec 29th, 2010 - Cancer
    125. Ney - Dec 25th, 2010 - Drowning
    126. Tomasz Dziubiński - Dec 16th, 2010 - Neoplasm
    127. Judge Trev Thoms - Dec 8th, 2010 - Pancreatic cancer
    128. George Rodopoulos - Dec 2nd, 2010 - Car accident
    129. Armando Acosta - Nov 25th, 2010 - Brain tumor
    130. Ingrid Pitt - Nov 23rd, 2010 - Heart failure
  • True and False Industrial music

    24. Aug. 2012, 15:41

    Death to false goths who think they know Industrial!!!!

    FALSE Industrial:
    1.Skinny Puppy
    Real industrial only has the count on the first subdivision of the beat, because it is effectively just very hard and harsh funk. Play a funk beat through a synthesizer, as I do here and it's similar to EBM and Aggrotech. Artists similar to Skinny Puppy are not funky, so they can't be considered industrial.

    2. Dark Electro. I'd say that this sub-genre spawns from industrial and more significantly from the Goth club scene, which would not exist in modern times without the original EBM / industrial dance floor. However, they've modified this scene and turned into its own form of pop music. The synth presets and identical vocal distortion is all too similar sounding as they all try and copy Suicide Commando who stands out as king of the genre because he uses 2 synths. Not only that, but from Dark Electro comes more lame sub-genres with techno beats like "futurepop."

    3. Rammstein. Pioneered Intelligent dance music with guitars, but they just try and cash in with the Nine Inch Nails success at the time. The difference is Rammstein don't have fuzzy guitar riffs or keyboards, and instead rely on really basic Metal riffs with samples only used in the background. Listen to Ministry's Twiitch, notice how it has samples as the forefront, and the beats are recycled to make new ones. Rammstein can't be considered Industrial as their samples are mainly Techno rather than Funk based, are in the background and aren't as harsh as Ministry's.

    NIN, Ministry and Manson are Industrial. Industrial Rock bands use power chords on the lower strings, with harmony of i V VIII. Ministry uses double dick drum. These are standards of music that are widely used in Industrial Rock. Sometimes odd meters are used, as NIN do. EBM on the other hand is a steady 4/4 backbeat driven by distorted vocals kick drum and high-hat. It's usually a dual rhythm, and it often composite. The tisk tisk beat is created with high hat snatches found in Funk music. Both are forms of Industrial music. Just because it is dancy and some parts repeat itself does not make it some false conceptional piece of art, as Industrial is.
  • Me Vs. Bloody "The Hipster" Lunar (Electronic Music)

    9. Jun. 2012, 22:12

    Bloody-Lunar has stooped to new lows recently, calling Electronic music talentless because they don't play instruments. As a Synth player myself, I found this statement quite laughable. From my experience of playing a synth, you have to imagine the sounds you want, you can't just pluck away at a guitar and hope the melody comes to you, or steal riff ideas / guitar exercises etc. A real Synth player like me creates sounds that do not exist (and doesn't just punch up presets), and some don't even use sequencers. Have you any idea how difficult it is to make the notes fall into place for the artists that used synthesizers pre-Kraftwerk?

    For instance, look at the semiquavers in this measure:

    The kick drum is straight forward, but the rhythm is not that simple as their are groups of 2 and 3 of semiquavers, artists such as Juan Atkins made Techno music without the help of sequencers.

    She is becoming more and more like a hipster with every passing statement; comparable to a neck-bearded Pitchfork reviewer who doesn't like Electronic music simply because, much like Grindcore and Funeral Doom, it's often hard to review due to similarity between tracks.
    How to spot a Hipster: 1. They don't belong to any culture, she ditches the bass wobble and shrieky presets of Dubsteppers and Rivetheads for music for noise rock and other pretentious whiff of The Velvet Underground. 2. They put their projection of image of their music (that of the technicality of the notes and playing) above the SOUND of the music. Breaking news, Electronic music is about sounds. So you don't like guitar effects pedals because they add sounds and texture Moonie?

    An example of great sounds in Industrial / Electronic music:

    Marilyn Manson
    Pogo is a genius sampler, as a sign of a great sampler is being able to deform the sounds on the Kurzweil, and that is exactly what he does with the creepy horror textures in Portrait Of An American Family, Smells Like Children and Antichrist Superstar. He samples at low rate and in mono, do Gorillaz in your charts do that Moonie, or they in stereo for extra commercial exposure?
    Pogo could take a toy commerical and make it sound like the soundtrack to Halloween.

    He's a computer programmer Moonie, are you saying computer programmers are less talented than guitar players because you're gormless or because you're a hipster who doesn't care for the sound of the music?

    What this hipster can't understand is it's difficult to compare the skill of Electronic music and traditional music. There are however, degrees of skill within Electronic music, for instance playing sparse synth lines in timbres with baritone range of vocals (e.g. Gary Numan) is the Punk music of Electronica.

    Remember people, this is from the same person who thought Dubstep artists can't play real instruments, and it's easy to play Dubstep's drums. From her journal:

    Gary Numan
    Marilyn Manson

  • Why Korn were not influenced by a Mainstream sound

    10. Jan. 2012, 8:28

    1. They use an Ibanez seven-string guitar, how many mainstream bands use 7 string guitars? Well, the answer is not very many - perhaps Lacuna Coil and Fear Factory and they were formed after Korn. The heavy, low-end, bass heavy, groove and tonality that Korn are famous for was made famous by the seven string guitar and 5 stringed bass tuned down to A. Not only this, but Korn tune their Ibanez's down to the C note on the high E string. This is a similar tone to those used by Death Metal bands, just with 7 strings instead of 6. Coincidence they also got accused of ripping of a Morbid Angel riff? I think not.

    2. Take a look at the tabs to Korn's magnum opus"Daddy." It's in minor second, with both fretted and open string chords used throughout in the song. It's used by METAL bands such Gojira, and I don't know of any prior bands who used this riff as well as Korn did. The beauty of Korn is the sombre, brooding sound this makes with credit to the Ibanez. They had this tone before ANYONE else, ANYONE.

    Daddy - Korn

    3. They utilize the Mr Bungle chord as one of their main influences is from Funk, a largely unpopular genre in the 90s. Admittedly I did not know what one was until I did some research (as it is a nickname for a chord.) You can read about it here

    Track 8 from Life is Peachy makes use of the Mr Bungle chord. As you can see, there are dual notes that are 3 whole steps apart (played open/closed.) Here the diminished fifth has a low note is doubled up to add extra dissonance (an octave greater.)

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    I should point out that (since the above link suggests it) that the opening guitar exchange for Blind is a Tritone, proving that once again they use a sound which is not commercialized or mainstream.

    4. Little to no commercial airplay on their first 2 albums.

    5. Other evil sounding power chords used are minor seventh and tritones.

    6. Fused many different non-mainstream genres.

  • My defence of Depressive Black Metal

    8. Jan. 2012, 22:47

    Music often channels the mental imagery and the listener's feelings are registered there accordingly. This is no different for the sub-sub-genre known as depressive Black Metal or DBM / DSBM for short, as the lyrics sometimes provoke gruesome images of rotting cadavers and desolate, abandoned places. The musicians, and more so the lyricist, has an even ambitious task of formulating music to make their message relevant within their select medium. Now this is a difficult task for DBM as any moderate success will be scrutinized, and their fans ridiculed, largely by a gang of total idiots posing as Internet warriors. One only has to read a Metal blog, or look around to see this childish behavior.

    Now let's look at some great lyrics by the band Nocturnal Depression who achieve the effect of painting a picture in the mind's eye:

    Some dead children with burnt skins
    Are playing under a dead snow, wearing gas-masks
    A heavy and suffocating atmosphere
    Mixing sulphur and dust with the smell of cadavers
    They dance among the ruins, among human corpses
    Hand in hand, they enjoy their despair

    Speaking of a heavy and suffocating atmosphere, that is exactly the sound many DBM bands achieve. Listen to bands such as Trist and there is a thick wall of sound to engage in. That is the main talent by DBM bands, finding that unique guitar tone and being the first to engage it. Despite this dense atmosphere, the bass is not lost and is still clearly audible in a lot of bands such as I'm in a Coffin, Silencer and Nocturnal Depression.

    Like Electronic music, the equipment used is DBM is almost more important than the style of play. But instead of the booms, tisks, and oontzs, a cold, haunting and eerie sound is created using thick layers of reverb and synth. For example, Xasthur more often than not makes use of a synth string with the root note being played in a octave or two below a synth playing a higher pitched minor (possibly 2nd or 3rd.) This synth is buried under a thick layer created by heavy amplification of bass and guitar to create droning.

    One scrutiny of DBM (from Internet trolls) is the drum machine made use of by one man bands such as Abyssic Hate and Wedard as it's distracting to the atmosphere, and they often can't be as minimalistic as the rest of the music. Well all I can say is the drums are often cancelled out by the reverb to cover up their phoniness, and the bands are often only one person who should just be credited for being a multi -instrumentalist. Of course giant lulz is created when these trolls turn out to be Marduk fans - yeah blast blast blast, really minimalistic.

    Now another criticism is that the guitars contain no real playing as they are often exclusively chords and power chords. However, they have obviously never looked at the tabs in close detail, as Forgotten Tomb often make use of eighth note triplets (for example "Alone"), requiring some pure down / up strokes and Nocturnal Depression have a tapped solo in 'Dead Children' and another example of a solo is 'Corpses in living masks ' by I'm In A Coffin.

    Closing words:
    I think the main reason, Metalheads hate Depressive Black Metal is firstly because it has lost the cheesy aesthetics that make their culture so corny and laughable. Instead of looking masculine, the band members look submissive - see Depressive Black Metal pictures - their heads down and shoulders forward in a feminine manner. You see that's what I love about it, they may look that way but they make some of the darkest most extreme music that will ever shock your ear drums.

    Secondly, the lyrics are laughed upon. Well what about Black Sabbath's and Candlemass' Solitude and Edge of Sanity's Black Tears to name but a few. Of course the artwork and the photoshoots are over the top, but can't the same be said for all extreme music? Ever heard the phrase extreme music for extreme people?

    Finally, I shall leave you with a quotation of Shane from Abyssic Hate:
    "Depression can be an amazing feeling and is one of the most powerful emotional states to encounter."
    Enough said.
  • Non-Metal artists I listen to (above 30 plays)

    25. Aug. 2011, 17:18

    Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Dark Ambient
    Aäkon Këëtrëh


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Béla Bartók
    Antonio Vivaldi
    Franz Liszt



    Daft punk

    Electro-Industrial / EBM
    Suicide Commando
    Psyclon Nine
    Unter Null

    Suicidal Romance


    Jedi Mind Tricks
    Tech N9ne


    Miles Davis


    Of the Wand and the Moon
    Death In June
    Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio



    Pop / Pop Rock
    Avril Lavigne
    The Beatles
    Britney Spears

    Country Pop
    Taylor Swift

    Amy Winehouse

    The Birthday Massacre



    Alternative Rock / Post-Grunge
    A Perfect Circle
    Foo Fighters
    Papa Roach

    The Cure

    Have a Nice Life

    All Gone Dead
    Fear Cult

    Gothic Rock
    Fields of Nephilim
    Die Laughing

    The Hellfreaks


    Nu Metal
    System of a Down
    Limp Bizkit
    Stone Sour
    Five Bolt Main

    Industrial Rock / Metal
    Nine Inch Nails
    Rob Zombie


    Punk Rock / Pop Punk / Horror Punk
    Sum 41
    The Offspring
    Rise Against

    Hardcore Punk:
    Minor Threat
    Black Flag

    Crust Punk / D-beat
    Mob 47


    Suicide Silence
    Underneath the Gun
    Suicidal Massacre
    Disfigured Elegance
    Disdained Grace
    The Acacia Strain

    Poolside at the Flamingo

    August Burns Red
    Between the Buried and Me
    Bleed The Sky
    Bullet for My Valentine
    Parkway Drive
    Misery Signals
    Bring Me the Horizon

    Metallic Hardcore:


    Hard Rock
    Led Zeppelin
    Guns 'N' roses

    Progressive Rock
    Pink Floyd
    The Mars Volta

    Funk rock
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Rage Against the Machine


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