Devils Advocate wrote:I initially held a similar opinion on Slayer. It was only when covering their songs that I noticed there was a bit more going on than a wall of noise. Check out the difference in Hanneman's and King's guitar lines in various sections of South of Heaven, Blood Red, Die by the Sword, the middle of Angel of Death etc. some parts are actually harmonised.
I will definitely check out the ones I'm unfamiliar with (Blood Red, Die by the Sword). Thanks!
KevinP wrote:Well if you weren't around when they were putting classic album after album, then it might be hard to appreciate if you don't like their "style" in general. There really is no questioning any of their albums up to Seasons on the Abyss, with Reign in Blood and Hell Awaits being timeless classics no matter how you slice it.
Maybe you saw them live on an off night? I not a musicians, but I've seen them 5X and they never sounded bad or sloppy, etc. (again, I'm less apt to notice the little things)
Well, I certainly wasn't around when the classic albums were coming out (born in the late eighties, yarr), and I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm not sold on the 'sty'e in general. I certainly hold albums like SotA and RiB high on the influential scale, and understand if the fans consider them timeless classics (I can see it, but they probably wouldn't make my short list [I'm just a weenie anyways haha]). It could have been an off night... it didn't help that the sound was absolutely brutal (they brought in their own sound dude and he made them sound so fucking muddy. The rest of the festival sounded crisp and awesome, yet somehow a wall of marshall stacks doesn't sound good..
). We play to a click track live, so I tend to notice if some band's drummers are speeding up or slowing down, and he was all over the place. Kerry and Jeff were doing their cat-on-the-fretboard schtick, and Tom's voice was totally shot. I mean, it certainly could have been an off night, but it sucks to have an off night when you're headlining a festival!
And as far as sales go? Yeah I don't give a rats ass either - EXCEPT that if a band I like sell more albums they are:
A) More likely to put out MORE albums; and
B) More likely to tour down here at the arse-end of the world
This is a very, very valid counterpoint to what I was saying. Luckily with the advent of file sharing and everything, young bands are getting some pretty decent exposure all over. However, I do know how barren it is down under as far as tours and stuff!
All I have to say to this is: I really dig viathyn's attitude towards metal. I agree on almost everything, well, except for power metal.
As for the masters of extreme music, Death >> Slayer.
Haha, yeah that power metal 'affinity' keep's biting me in the ass!
Anyways, cheers Memnoch!