this blog ismainlyandgenerally about the ugly misjudgment agains Metal music, i say mainly, because some bands here may seem -to some- from outside the Metal scene, but for the trained ears, the link is by a certain atmosphere or simply feelings... (quote of Kvitrafn)
because Metal unlike Rock music, can exist without a guitar or drums...
PS: there are many of my favorite bands that willl never feature in this blog
the reason is indeed sad and silly
And if there's one thing you will never see in this blog
now for viking metal, next Is Enslaved with their amazing Eld album, 793 (Slaget Om Lindisfarne)
i m sorry to say the following: notice that the intro of the song is quiet long, the song starts around 3.40,
i hate myself for saying that.. i feel stupid.. but i had a sad story with this song, i recommended the song to one of my class mates once, and he came the day after and said, "yes i liked it, i like instrumental songs..."
you can't imagine my feeling
when i had to discuss Enslaved with someone who didn't bother to even last their entire song..
(life can be cruel when you are the only metalhead in high school,
or at least the only metalhead who actually listens to metal)
anyway, back to the song, try to listen to the entire song please, Grutle does sing beautifully in it.. if not, then just don't click play,
i mean by the name alone it's huuuuuge.. unless it turns into a silly, retarted, filthy NSBM,
then, they can go fuck themselves...
now i know many don't like Black metal, but it's simply their own loss... translation: Black metal is a very delicate genre of metal,
i love that paradox.. delicate because it is hard and challenging to listen to,
and thus, to distinguish the harmony within its strong, harsh sound..
i'm not trying to invite anyone to listen to Black Metal, it's after all a private activity, a members only activity, you have to have a very large musical ear to be able to enjoy it, to others it's just noise..
it's a matter of ability mostly, some listeners like much simpler musical notes,
and some are wiling to enter chaos todeciphermuch challenging notes, and believe me, once you do hear it,
it's definitely worth the while..
so challenge your musical ear, and find out weither you can release the rhythm within BM, or not.. and yes, there is a rhythm in Black metal, not just some satanists warming up a bit..
i'm sick and tired of these pretentious, including my own sister, and everyone else around me [yes life can be cruel]
who judge BM without even trying to understand it..
BM music is very rhythmic by the way, and very atmospheric, it draws pain, rage, darkness in an agressive way, in an artistic way... it's supposed to sound agressive, because it's extremelysad and rebelious .. it holds the underground side in all metal genres..
dark atmosphers, dark forests..
painted in black,
deep growlings, harsh vocals, painful screeches, completes the music, to create a world of emotions and darkness...
now for the music, i have this short playlist, if you happen to have a fragile heart, start by first to last,
the order is important for those who are not accustomed to darkness.. the last song might scratch your soul...
P.S.this order is from relatively accessible BM music to a more underground side.. and my personal top5, almost...
5- watain - stellarvore
this is not a favorite band, but i just wanted to start off with an accessible sound,
(i'm very much certain that this is an insult to Watain)
it was either Watain or Gorgoroth, i prefer Gorgoroth a lot more, but...
a beautiful mirage.. i say mirage, because it's too beautiful to be true..
a folk, atmospheric band, created by the ex drummer ofGorgoroth, "Kvitran", who turns out to be good at everything..
yes,Gorgorothis aBLACK METALband,
if you still don't know what is a folk singer doing in Black metal
then go surch for my old article of Wardruna or
please just go somewhere else!!!
i have to admit i love this whole "shapeshifting" or "schizofrenic" game,
which is all over the Metal scene, with the paint war and costumes,
but usually one can tell the person behind the musician,
in Kvitrafn's case, it's became a bit hard for those born yesterday metalheads
(yes, i'm talking about you)
and this isKvitrafnfromWardruna
that's what i really like about METAL, it's so flexible..
so now that we have established that dilemma, for the "ignorant" metalheads who are still confused with why is Wardruna performing in Metal fests i say: GO KILL YOURSELVES.. including you coward Damien or whatever your name is, have a blog and then let's talk.
anyway, back to the subject of Wardruna
along with the voice of another exGorgoroth, the one called "Gaahl". let's just hope that he won't turn it into an NSproject..since it seems to be the fashion with metal bands these last centuries to become NS in a blink of an eye..
and i simply got stuck, i played "Runaljod- Gap Var Ginnunga" over and over and over... i simply couldn't stop.. it has everything that i love in music, the dark side of music, deep voices, gothic atmospheres, Wardruna is one of the few bands who created something huge from things so small.. and for that i salute thee..
there are many instruments that i have never seen before, although my sister did suspect that "kvitrafn" was playing with a horn, and i said: no way.. and sometime after that, i realised that it was an animal's horn indeed..
it's this kind of originality that makes the band so unique..
they use historical instruments like a self-made frame drums,flutes,goat horns,tree branches, stones, bones,and even amouth harp, which i have to say, did confuse me in the beginning, i was watching, then, i noticed this man in the back, and i didn't quite understand what he was plying with, i was like "is he playing with his moustache" ,but later i realised it was a mouth harp, or so i guess. they are the perfect example of how
metal can be so heavy in silence..
and for that, Wardruna, i take my hat off for your magical inspiration..
another addition to the subject of Wardruna, i heard some quite disturbing news about some members, now i don't know how far true that is, but as much as i would like to keep music out of the daily confrontation of stupid humains, i find myself sometimes compelled to condemn a music that i once simply adored, because of some idiotic nonsens.so if this is indeed beyond music, then i wash my hands ofWardruna. i know it's not much, but at least to my lazy mind i will be sword fightingGaahluntil one of us perish in Khasadoom. (yes yellow is not among my favorite colours)
humains will always disappoint you, just like the very ugly Graveland.. it wasn't much of a chock thought, Rob Darken's on my wanted list, mostly dead... among many ugly disappointments in the metal scene... humanity is a plague to this sorry planet..
this is life indeed, one year you take your hat off for someone;
and the next, you simply find yourself cursing them...
to cradle of filth, who..., (i seriously still don't know what they are even doing in Black Metal).8-p
yet seriously, what is Black Metal really?
interresting question, yet sadly, watching all the Black Metal documentaries didn't say much,
mostly interviews and non-sens..
as always, we see Venom defending their copy right of the term BlackMetal, since it first appeared on their cover, Cronos who displayed himself as the biggest arrogant, immature jerk in the whole history of metal, right after Hoest,
so without further ado, here's my quote of Cronos's silly opinion about the term Black Metal:
"" it has been used by people who shouldn't use it, like the whole norwegian scene, when really they should come up with their own names, like cold pit metal or norse metal, they are not Black Metal, Black Metal is Venom, it describes our music, which is trash metal, speed metal, death metal and it's all of the metals, (i don't even think that's a word), we do fast songs, slow songs, sex, drugs, satanism, everything,[...] they just couldn't find a term for themselves, so they jumped on ours""
everything.. Hail Venom, they can do it all, and we have Cronos's confirmation. %)
my first impression was: Cronos, this is total bollox..
who said that metalheads are mature, certainly not the ones in Venom, they speak of the modern Black Metal scene as if they don't come up to their level,
ironically, the term Black Metal to Venom, is nothing more than a description, they said it themeselves, they felt their music was different, more "blacker", so they described their music as black.
so in the cas of Venom, Black Metal is a description not a genre..
he practically said it himself, damn i should be the one interviewing Venom.
so since we eliminated Venom's black metal from the actual circle of Black metal, the only thing left for BM documentaries, is to question Black Metal itself,
i'm talking about the modern Black metal, the genre we all know about,
[i don't know weither it's right to say "modern", but it was Venom's fault, not mine, to take hold of the term]
what these documentaries failed to see, is that you don't have to go that far back, to justify the existance of Black Metal, question the term as a genre and leave the influences out, i
t makes absolutely no sens to consider as BM every band dealing with magic, satanism or anti-christianism..
or simply, "the darker things in life", as Shagrath sum itallup...
then it's not correct to say that Black Metal is described by only the concept,
the specific particularity in music is as well undeniable.
Venom did start the term, no doubt about that,
but their part stopped there,
the "norse" Black Metal as Cronos suggested we call it, is more than a dark concept.
scandinavians did mark the genre, if not invented the actual BM, musically speaking of course. i'm not a Venom hater, but Black Metal with bands such as: earlier Dark Throne, Bathory, Celtic Frost...
did give the genre its actual direction..
whether Venom liked it or not, they only came up with the term, but the "cold pit" metalheads took it to another level, the Black level that we all know today.
personally, if i'm to choose between Venom and, let's say, Dark Throne, i'm definitly, entirely,
going for Dark Trone,
just a personal opinion..
so Black Metal, despite all that has been said, still, a big blurry question mark.. but one thing is for sure, Venom's Blackmetal term is not part of the actual Black Metal scene.
still to come, what do "lmuch less arrogant" bands have to say on the subject..
and while waiting i give you, a beautiful Black metal song, by Aeternus, i didn't want to use any big names in this very article..
it's indeeed a very verydark,beautiful, delicate, 'Black Metal' song.. beautiful..