General Zod wrote:I feel like that’s a false equivalency. In your professional career, you’re trying to progress from Point A to Point B. In doing so, you may need to take undesirable detours. If you’re trying to argue that metal was an undesirable detour for Amaranthe, than I would agree. As I said, I feel they’ve always been a pop band in metal clothes. The new song is merely further confirmation.ShoreSlayer wrote:I guess I would just liken this to someone criticizing me for landing in the job I did even though I started out in a different direction.
No, for me, I just sort of stumbled from one job/path to another, ever trying to find more synchronous fits for my skills, experience and passions where I could not only leave with a smile on my face most days but see that I was contributing to something I found meaningful, productive, challenging and rewarding. Many of my best laid plans fell flat while many of my greatest successes only came to pass because of random series of events I could neither have anticipated nor orchestrated on my own. I can't argue whether metal is or was an undesirable detour for this band cuz I know next to nothing about them. I'm only suggesting that they may very well have come to a place where they released this (that) song because it felt like the best choice at the time to help them reach one or more of their collective goals. Does record company input/pressure factor in? I'd be surprised if it didn't. Much like political climate, geographical preferences, financial security and other factors have factored in mine. Maybe not the best analogy but it seems to fit on a few levels at least.
Again, I just think the idea of a musician pursuing music for finance gets a bad rap (pun?!). How come they're not allowed to do so without such harsh criticism but most the rest of us are? I dunno. That's all I got lolGeneral Zod wrote:Perhaps it is idealistic. However, I do think it’s fair to differentiate between those who pursue music as art and those who pursue music for finance. In my mind, Amaranthe have ALWAYS been in the latter group.ShoreSlayer wrote:Bottom line for me is that I may hate the product of an artist's choices but calling them out for seeking success and financial gain seems a bit too idealistic and an unrealistic expectation to project onto a total stranger.
Okay, I lied...
I would also submit that it's very likely that a great many of what listeners have deemed as some of the most truly artistic works of all time were, in fact, guided less by the muse and more by the mundane, but who knows? Discuss! haha