субота, 04. новембар 2017.

No More Revenge?

Written by: Lord of Hate

A successful metal band kicks out one of its members. He swears he will get his revenge and decides to form a totally new group with a new name, new logo, new songs, new members, etc. He does his best to be better than his "betrayers". Then, some fans support the old band while others stick to the new "baby" of his favorite frontman. Sounds familiar to you? Well, if it does… sorry: you are old. 

Yes, because it doesn’t happen anymore. Haven’t you noticed that there are bands playing the same songs and using (almost) the same name? Do you know Venom? Well, you probably know "Venom Inc". Do you know "Terrorizer"? Perhaps you know "Terrorizer LA". Fan of "Entombed"? Now, you can also pick "Entombed AD". And there are a few more.  When those people formed those second-alternative groups, why didn’t they start a new offer of the same kind of music, without necessarily playing the same old songs over and over again? If all of the people involved in those double-sided bands are creating new material, why do they have so much trouble at making the new songs be as respected as the old ones?

I grew up (and suffered) in the 90's, when the 80's music was despised and underrated because rock and metal musicians were trying to "reach new frontiers beyond just distortion and speed". And it sucked! No speed, no brutality, no madness, but then… The new century arrived and the revival of real metal started. Glory at last! Old bands reformed, musicians playing fast metal again, it couldn’t get any better! But the music industry always finds the way to screw it up. 

In the new millennium, full of old metal gods playing at their best, any young band willing to be at least a little bit respected just can’t be picked up by labels, promoters and media without being well-known already. And by "well-known" I mean touring on a regular basis, having a consistent discography, etc. Whenever a band starts its path without having the money to become important by its own means their name and music mean literally nothing, no matter how talented they are. So when someone has to stay out from his former famous band, what does he do? Bang! He starts out a new band with almost the same name and dedicates a huge part of its live-set to make "their own version" of the songs that made them famous before. No place for "revenge-bands" anymore. No more creativity, no more tension, no more thrill for finding out what the new band is going to sound like. Just a bunch of old men repeating what they used to do… over and over again.

And we can’t blame them! It’s not their fault. Don’t claim they are a bunch of sold-outs. Anyone who plays music knows how hard it is nowadays to promote your new band while people don’t give a dime for your music if your name is not "big enough". Alright, alright… Maybe these musicians we talk about would have more chances than other people to be respected with a new group. So who is to blame? Music industry? Musicians and laziness for not doing anything new? Overrated music from the past? Narrow minds of the fans who only care about old songs? 

Who knows? Maybe it’s all of them or maybe it’s just something else. Whatever the case is, it’s impossible to deny that the revival of old metal is coming to an end. Those old musicians can’t play forever and the music industry is getting saturated by a lack of renewal of music genres. No matter what your kind of metal is, if you want to keep it alive there must be new bands. And the essence of every new metal band is trying to take the boundaries of music one step further. And I’m not talking about incorporating melodic elements or alternative instrumentation. That’s something worn out too!

Do you love old bands? They were once new and they did what they did by trying to break the rules while doing something different. They didn’t care about being called "lame imitators" or "wannabe"; they didn’t care either about "old school" back then. Can you imagine someone like Quorthon (from "Bathory") in 1984 saying "I’m too old for trying something new, let’s stick to the old school"? Can you imagine "Carcass" in 1987. saying "Let’s not use pitch-shifted grunts because that’s for experimental youngsters"? Or Scott Lewis (Brutal Truth) thinking "Why shall I play faster if blast beats sound fine at the traditional speed"?   All those people broke the boundaries of musical aggression by not giving a dime about established rules! 

Sure, there will always be someone who labels this article as "intrusive" or "unnecessary" because "you can’t tell people what to do". Of course, nobody can. But understanding what’s going on in the metal industry will never hurt anybody, specially if you have the balls to go out there and try to break the boundaries of musical aggression without repeating what your idols did!

Have a savage day!