• Prog Nation 2009

    Ago 16 2009, 0h45

    Fri 14 Aug – Progressive Nation 2009

    I got bloody jipped, that's what happened. I've never really been dissapointed on the whole with a gig, but in this case I was. This may come as a surprise to some readers, but I grew tired of Dream Theater only months after highly lauding Systematic Chaos myself. In fact, I boasted for a good month that it was one of their best works since Awake. But, upon careful perusal of the audio abomination they like to call Black Clouds & Silver Linings, I took to fleeing their music altogether. I'd already stopped listening to any of their material after Systematic came out, so after hearing the leak of A Nightmare to Remember, I lost absolutely all interest and hope I had in this band.

    They've essentially developed a formula. It's quite simple, really. It goes like this: riff, riff, riff, riff, riff, riff. Throw in some pre-chorus/choruses, "bridges" (aka just more riffs), interludes and solos. And each of these components "progress" in rather pointless and random order (as seen on Nightmare) with no real logic or attention to the way the song flows (or in this case, doesn't). Some people may call shenanigans on this, but I say DT have lost all sensibilities of dynamics. The songs don't climax, they dont' flow and they just don't go anywhere. Individual sections have dynamics, sure. But as a whole and in the grand scheme of the song/album, they serve little to no purpose at developing the grand thematic message that other bands manage to dish out (again, this is all based on opinion, so I won't go naming a bunch and make attempts to explain why I think they're superior). But I will say that A Nightmare to Remember in specific (not eve going to mention the rest of the album) has a poor structure. On the whole, not very memorable and very messy.

    So then that brings us to the night of August the 14th at the Molson Amphitheater, where what the highly astute and proficient musicians from Dream Theater have lauded as one of their best albums has come to "life". I say that only because I was bored out of my balls. There's no other way to say it. The setlist was terrible specifically because they included 3 songs from Black Clouds with a rather uninspired performance of The Count of Tuscany, where even the band themselves just stood there bored out of their asses. Pointless keyboard wank from Rudess that I heard last time they were in Toronto for the Systematic Chaos tour in '07. The only decent tracks were Erotomania and Voices. And that was only because Awake is one of the only albums I can still stand (and again, I don't really listen to it anymore). Petrucci once again decided to grace us with a prelude of guitar masturbation to Hollow Years using his piezo (a pickup that imitates the sound of an acoustic, specifically, it gives his Musicman that loud twang sort of like how an acoustic sounds when you stretch a string upwards and let go, having the soundhole emanate a glorious, wood-infused slap). But, he was using distortion on the piezo. Terrible mix. Overall, uninspired, standard wank from DT.

    The highlight of the day was either this guy passing out about 8 seats to the right of me or that beautiful saxophone solo from the female vocalist from Zappa Plays Zappa (who despite being a band that I didn't care to check out managed to impress immensely). I am going to go with the latter. That whole band was impressive. Quality prog/wank and great execution of odd rhythms and melodies and a great tribute to Frank Zappa who I am now inspired to delve more into. Now, seeing as I came late with my friends due to a lack of interest in the openers (Bigelf and Scale the Summit), we only ended up seeing ZpZ and DT. Practically, I payed $80 to enjoy Dweezil Zappa and his group of misfits and to see Dream Theater fail miserably at making their music enjoyable.

    Now, at this point you may or not be wondering (or aware of certain facts) about why anyone would have payed $80 to see a band they don't like with openers that they've never heard/didn't care to hear. Well, Pain of Salvation, boys and girls. Pain of Salvation. Blimey. This wonderful band that hasn't been in North America for well over 5 years. And their record branch just goes bankrupt at this crucial time for my enjoyment. You see, Toronto has no good bands coming here at least till October. And so, when one of your favourite bands decides to come, you'll eagerly pay $80. And when all of your good friends pay to see it too, that's a great social pro. Have fun with your friends AND see your favourite band - this sounds incredible. But we all know that this isn't what happened. Pain of Salvation was dropped from the bill, me and my friends heard the extremely dissapointing news, debated whether to go and then decided "fuck it". It'd be too difficult to rid ourselves of the tickets, and some friends were going for DT anyways. So what the fuck. We'll go. They can't be that bad right? They're still good ol' DT who can impress. Right? And maybe there was a faint glimmer that the openers would be decent although some of us are aware that the lineup for this year's North American PN'09 tour was pure Portnoy worship bands. Bands that Portnoy heard and jizzed to. But they can be good right? Right we are as was displayed by Zappa Plays Zappa. But good ol' DT is another story for they didn't impress at all and I was left vulnerable at the end of the concert like a part of me that was vital was taken away from me. Kind of like paying $80 for your favourite ice cream and then receiving a cone without any scoops. In this case, it was more like a cone and a small scoop of a flavor I wasn't very familiar but was pleasantly surprised with. In any case, huge boner kill since I didn't get what I paid for. And any customer who pays for one thing and receives another will be understandbly pissed.


    In short:


    Pros: Zappa Plays Zappa

    Cons: Dream Theater, 7 hours of my life wasted since I left home till I got back, $80 wasted and in turn the opportunity to have used my time and money to see a good band or buy a good meal and spend some real quality time entertaining others and myself.

    Overall impression: 2/10

    1 for the woman from ZpZ. Phenomenal Sax solo, great flute playing, great keyboard playing and wonderful singing.
    1 for the rest of ZpZ who had beautiful solo parts and executed to perfection. Very eclectic mix.

    R.I.P. Dream Theater
  • Feb. 17 2009, Meshuggah /w Cynic and The Faceless

    Fev 19 2009, 0h13

    Tue 17 Feb – Meshuggah, Cynic, The Faceless

    What can I say? I'll keep this short.

    I wasn't expecting much from The Faceless, but they played a spot on set. Not really my sort of music, but they had some cool clean sections and solos. But at the end of the day, you realize they're a one trick pony and the music gets old quickly. They also just stood there, which sucked. The guitarist on the left side using the Ibanez seemed bored; same with the wanker using the green guitar.

    Cynic - amazing. I can't believe I saw them let alone with a class act like Meshuggah. Simply mindblowing setlist executed to perfection. Two little fuckups from Masvidal when he did a little booboo on the I'm But a Wave To solo and when he lost his voice during Integral Birth. That didn't matter though, because I enjoyed every second of this. I certainly won't forget them. One of the best bands I've ever seen. The Traced in Air material really shines through live even moreso than on record. It's a little more organic, which is always a good thing.

    Meshuggah - Simply one of the best bands I've ever seen. I would say, the best so far. Bar none. So much energy, so much balls, so much kickassery. Meshuggah pits seem to actually have a purpose since the moshing and the music seem to go hand in hand, which is a great contrast from when morons make huge pits during a Symphony X set. I really can't believe how amazing everyone was though. Seeing Jens' face and everyone elses facial expressions is gold. It's like they're going to eat you.
  • Class Live Bands

    Mai 26 2008, 4h03

    I'll just mention some of the bands that I've seen in order from best live band to worst and then talk about some of the highlights of the last few concerts I've been to.

    Opeth - 9.6/10
    3 - 9.5/10
    Dream Theater - 9.4/10 (this is only 9.4 because I didn't get to see them very close, so this didn't feel personal like small venues do. But, they were incredibly spot on including LaBrie)
    Symphony X (seen twice) - 9.2/10 (shitty venues and a lack of energy in comparison to other bands didn't make one of my favourite bands the "top live performance" title. However, it was good. I'll pay any day to watch Romeo and Allen kill people metaphorically up on stage.
    Ensiferum (seen twice) - 8.9/10
    Turisas - 8.8/10
    Into Eternity (seen twice) - 8.4/10
    TYR - 8.2/10
    Epica (without Simone Simons) - 8.1/10
    Metallica - 7.5/10
    Obscurcis Romancia - 7.4/10
    Dark Forest - 7.3/10
    Godsmack - 7/10
    Redemption - 6.5/10
    Echoes of Eternity - 5.5/10
    Sanctity - 5/10 (average music + slightly above average performance of average music = meh)
    Ofaolain (seen twice) - 1.2/10 (poop)
    Deathmarch - 1/10 (bigger poop. Note that I haven't given then less than 1 though. I've seen way worse. They were just average and generic, and generic bands drag. If this were 20 years ago it would have been a fair performance. But, it's not and to top that off, nobody in the band did anything special)

    Bands I'd love to see live:
    Iced Earth (along with the Alive in Athens DVD)
    Cynic
    Atheist (one can always hope, even though their performances were a little rusty from what I saw on youtube)
    At the Gates
    Dark Tranquility
    Woods of Ypres
    Iron Maiden
    Agalloch
    Amon Amarth
    Meshuggah
    Megadeth
    Nevermore
    Porcupine Tree
    Keep of Kalessin
    Decapitated
    Necrophagist
    Rhapsody
    Obituary
    Cryptopsy I'm really debating over this one. They've fallen so short of the legend they used to be. Bad move on Flo's behalf stylistically and vocally. Flo's personality isn't very geared towards constructive criticism in the first place, so that aside, looking at The Unspoken King musically, I can't get past the cleans at all. They're horrible and I have no idea why Flo would even consider putting that on the album. Matt may be a solid growler depending on how you look at it, but regardless of how tight Flo feels he is, he doesn't have the same intensity Worm had, and in that sense, Matt's sound doesn't fit Cryptopsy at all. It's mind boggling how someone with as much percussive talents as Flo could just waste his time with this new sound along with the original guitarist. Seriously. I hope Flo grows some balls. A man can hope. The problem is like I mentioned before, Flo is a stupid dick (don't believe me? go on to Ultimate Metal forums into the official Cryptopsy forum and see how blind he really is).
    Nile
    Pain of Salvation
    1349
    Wintersun
    Vintersorg
    Unexpect
    Testament
    Suffocation
    Riverside
    Quo Vadis
    Orphaned Land
    Kreator
    Immortal
    Immolation
    Hypocrisy
    Finntroll
    Eluveitie
    Dimmu Borgir
    Behemoth
    Deicide
    Kataklysm
    Carcass
    Cannibal Corpse
    Blind Guardian
    Augury
    Amorphis

    Opeth with 3 and Deathmarch:
    Deathmarch (local band from Hamilton, Ontario) started off, and I think most of the crowd wanted them to leave as soon as possible. Good thing when they did because I was bored off my balls. "chugga chugga" *failed growls* "chugga chugga" *failed cleans* "chugga chugga". NEXT.

    3 came on rather casually with their obnoxious set up to the point where I thought they might pull a Slipknot on us by having a drummer AND a percussionist. Good thing they didn't when they surprised me in the first 10 seconds of their first song (Alien Angel I think). They completely blew me away and will always stand as one of the greatest live bands in my eyes (that is, until I see a better band). Even if I see a better show, I'll always remember this one. Top notch, professional musicianship and very crafty ideas coupled with a lot of energy. What more could you ask for? This band is ghetto fresh.

    A little wait longer and Opeth were there, by which point I was sweating like a fat man's rectum on a humid summer day in August. However, I can look back in retrospect and say that this suffering was worth it. Bloody brilliant they were. All the little talking interludes Mikael Akerfeldt had were genius. Before forking through Heir Apparent, Mikael said "this next one is about squeezing tits on a beach". Class. Good setlist too (In this order: Demon of the Fall, Master's Apprentices, The Baying of the Hounds, In My Time of Need, Serenity Painted Death, Wreath, To Rid the Disease, Heir Apparent, The Drapery Falls).

    Opeth: 10/10
    3: 10/10
    Deathmarch: 1/10
    Overall Experience: 9.4/10


    Now on to a little bit of a different show: Paganfest.
    Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr, Ofaolain.

    Ofaolain started off. I've already seen them with another drummer back when Ensiferum came with the Quebecois band Obscurcis Romancia and local band Dark Forest. Horrible sound both times. This time around, the vocalist in my band actually helped his friend take over the drummer spot for this band. Too bad they blew and he played through an entire set with a cracked cymbal. Pathetic. I only give them a 1/10 for appearing to try and for having a clean section that I quite like both in their grim basement demo and live. Folky it is, but otherwise, generic folk/black drivel hidden by horrible eq'ing at the venues.

    Tyr came on and played a very spot on, professional show and I don't think they missed a note. An amazing break from Ofaolain and fun band. However, in terms of the energy department, it lacked very much. I however happen to enjoy those sorts of bands too and their accuracy suffices.

    After a very long wait, Turisas came on and at that point I realized Eluveitie didn't make it and Ofaolain was their replacement. What can you do? Oh well. I digress a bit. On to Turisas. They slayed. They weren't used to the high energy show we put on from what I gathered from their expressions and what they said (and the preception that mosh pits in Europe don't really happen too much). Very, very energetic band though. Costumes and stage presence enhanced the somewhat two dimensional music for a very vibrant experience. Amazing show, and very memorable. They stole the show when they played their rendition of Rasputin.

    Another long wait, and Ensiferum came on. They were great as usual, and this time it was in The Opera House, which is soundwise 1000000000x better than The Annex Wreckroom where they played when I saw them the first time earlier that year. That place was literally a wreck. Another memorable experience from these guys too.

    Ofaolain: 1/10
    Tyr: 8/10
    Turisas: 9.5/10
    Ensiferum: 9.4/10
    Overall Experience: 9.3/10
  • Symphony Fucking X!

    Jul 19 2007, 17h32

    July 18th, 2007 @ The Opera House

    First off, Echoes of Eternity started up, and I hadn't given them a listen before, but the female frontwoman gave it her all and you could feel it. As well they had LOADS of headbang-worthy riffs and the double bass could be heard very well over her vocals (which should have been turned up a little). They had a decent set with a mellow song in there so I was happy.

    Then on came Sanctity who I had already heard and was not impressed with. But, they gave it their all, and that's all that mattered at that point, not so much the music, although the ginger haired frontman was interesting to watch.

    Then Symphony X came on.It was incredible. The sort of energy flying around the venue was intense. Being 2-3 metres in front of the man (Russel Allen) has made my year probably. The man is a testament to the sort of perfection that is achievable. His vocals were absolutely flawless, and he is undeniably one of the most lively frontman ever. Being in the mid centre, it was a little hard to hear the bass and keys, but when they did have little bass/keys interludes, it was fucking awesome. The sort of anxiety and anticipation by the time they got on to play was incredible, especially when the roadies were setting up. They started off with Oculus ex Inferni, which was an incredible build up and ended up playing 4 more songs from Paradise Lost (Set the World on Fire, Paradise Lost, Walls of Babylon, and Domination). Then they played Smoke and Mirrors, Sea of Lies (which had a little solo dual between LePond and Romeo), and Inferno of course. Everyone by the end of that was chanting "Odyssey". And eventually, they came back on and played the whole fucking Odyssey, which was infuckingcredible. Flawless, note for note action. I couldn't have asked for a better performance from Symphony X. Only one word to describe their set, and especially the way they played the Odyssey: EPIC.
  • Damn Metal Bar...

    Dez 31 2006, 6h28

    I was supposed to go to a festival and a gig, first on the 23rd of December, called Black Xmas (Woods of Ypres were headlining and the support included Deathmarch, Green Evening Requiem, Wolven Ancestry and another band I believe). Green Evening Requiem had difficulty getting past the border and spent 10 hours in a car just getting to Toronto. According to some people on the forums, some people flew in for the show from Mexico, and I'm sure people flew in to see Quo Vadis as well. However, me and 3 other guys spent 6 hours getting there and back and unfortunately waiting at the gig with about 10 other people and the goddamn place was locked and no signs of life. No sign saying the shows were cancelled, nothing. As far as the ticket dispensers knew, the show was still happening. The first time when I missed the Woods show, we spent a lot of time walking around trying to find what the hell to do. There was nothing on that street. Finally we found KFC and I came home that night sweaty and disgruntled and took a long dump. Never eating KFC again. Unfortunately, 2 of my friends (1 of whom "just wanted to eat" since KFC was close to the venue, and the other who had never tried KFC) agreed to eating there. Well, me and my other friend were forced to follow suit and eat that shit anyways. First time I was poisoned, I took that shitty 3-piece chicken combo - never eating that greaseball again. The 2nd time I got the XTREME!!!! Classic Sandwich Meal, wtf, it wasn't extreme at all, and learn to spell Colonel Sanders, you spell extreme with 3 "e"s for fucks sake. I think I'll be ok for today, except for the fact that Quo Vadis along with Senate, Kronosfear, and Visions of the Night were supposed to play as well. What a fucking waste. Wasted 12 hours of my life. My friends are quite dissapointed, so they're apparently not going to see Woods of Ypres with Moonsorrow on the 15th of January at the same place because of this. And on The Metal Bar's myspace, they now removed all the shows because of venue problems. From the looks of the place, there hasn't been anyone there in a month. Truly dissapointing.
  • What's with the mislabelled artists?

    Dez 27 2006, 17h32

    I thought that the MusicBrainz software was usually spot on about the songs it tagged, but Dream Theater's I Walk Beside You was tagged improperly. I thought I liked that song, so I looked up the lyrics and thought I got the wrong title. I looked it up and MusicBrainz was wrong, so I had to retag it as James LaBrie's Invisible. Well, I downloaded another I Walk Beside You and it was once again Invisible by James LaBrie. The download after though proved to be more succesful as I got the real song from Octavarium. Firstly, after hearing Invisible I thought that it fit very well into Octavarium. I would have never guessed that it wasn't part of it had I not checked the lyrics. Secondly, the real I Walk Beside You has decreased my appreciation for Dream Theater. I thought that Invisible was one of the songs that WOULD HAVE saved Octavarium for me at least, but that's not possible now.
  • Top 10 Bands Questionnaire (bored):

    Dez 22 2006, 3h31

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:
    1. Symphony X
    2. Testament
    3. Opeth
    4. Death
    5. Nile
    6. Carcass
    7. Nevermore
    8. Morbid Angel
    9. Necrophagist
    10. Cryptopsy

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?

    Buried Dreams

    What is your favourite album of 2?

    The New Order

    What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?

    "The doom of Ra is upon you,
    Lashed to the Slave Stick,
    Abata ankh t khet,
    Lashed to the Slave Stick,
    Neba t steb tcha"

    How many times have you seen 4 live?

    :( none. Chuck is unjustly gone from this world physically, so I can never see Death. Ever. It's extremely sad, but I have to learn to live with it.

    What is your favourite song by 7?

    Narcosynthesis definitely

    How many times have you seen 10 live?

    None yet, but I hope to see them next time they are around. I love Flo, so I have to see them.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?

    Many of their songs make me melancholic like Face of Melinda, Windowpade, and Credence. Credence especially. Harvest actually makes me sad. Everything on Damnation is melancholic though.

    What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?

    "Bold is the one who dares to say what he feels
    Renegation man, to one he yields
    The bleeding hearts and empty minds, hiding words they fear
    Blind is the one who censors what we see and hear
    Come into my world and take a journey with me
    Paint me a portrait now, of the things you see"


    What is your favourite song by 9?

    Fermented Offal Discharge, it's fun

    How did you get in to 3?

    Ultimate Guitar forums made a thread and I was inclined to hear it. Didn't like it at first and left them alone for a long time, then decided to see what was so good about them because the Opeth thread kept topping the list.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?

    either Fallen, Evolution (Grand Design), or Sea of Lies

    What is your favourite song by 4?

    too many to list, but of the great ones, Bite the Pain, Scavenger of Human Sorrow, Symbolic, Trapped in a Corner, Spirit Crusher, Jealousy, Flesh and the Power it Holds, Misanthrope, Evil Dead, Suicide Machine, etc. Bite the Pain is my favourite right now, after Flesh and the Power it Holds.

    How many times have you seen 9 live?

    None, I missed them just a few months ago, oh well. I missed Behemoth and some other goods bands along with Necrophagist, but I hope that Necro come around with an even better support/line up.

    What is a good memory you have concerning 2?

    Finally realizing how good Hypnosis and A Musical Death (A Dirge) truly are for the first time.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?

    The end of Covenant of Death when it goes acoustic, and Desolate Ways. Other than that, nothing really.

    What is your favourite album of 5?

    Probably In Their Darkened Shrines, or if not that then Black Seeds of Vengeance.

    What is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung?

    "Pale touch, writhing in the embers
    Damp mud burning in my eyes
    All the faces turned away
    And all would sneer at my demise"

    What is your favourite song of 1?

    Inferno or Sea of Lies

    What is your favourite song of 10?

    Probably Open Face Surgery. If not then Dead and Dripping or Phobophile/Slit your Guts.

    How many times have you seen 8 live?

    None yet, but I know they'll probably come around next time with a plethora of other good bands on my top 10 and I'll be able to break that longing and see how they live up to their name.

    What is your favourite album of 1?

    The Divine Wings of Tragedy

    What is a great memory you have considering 9?

    Hearing Fermented Offal Discharge for the first time and the next hundred times I heard it. It never lost its novelty.
  • My mainstreamness

    Abr 23 2006, 18h24

    Find the number of listeners for each of your top 10 artists and add them up and divide by 10 to get the average.

    1) Testament (25,215 listeners)

    2) Opeth (47,490 listeners)

    3) Symphony X (12,635 listeners)

    4) Nile (19,716 listeners)

    5) Nevermore (24,227 listeners)

    6) Carcass (21,271 listeners)

    7) Death (30,706 listeners)

    8) Necrophagist (5,861 listeners)

    9) Pestilence (3,434 listeners)

    10) Cryptopsy (13,981 listeners)

    My total score comes to (rounded down to the nearest whole number):
    204,536 divided by 10 = 20,454

    By way of contrast, if you listened to the same top 10 as all of Last.fm has, the artists would be Radiohead, The Beatles, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Death Cab for Cutie, Green Day, System of a Down, Gorillaz, Nirvana, and Metallica. The score for those 10 came to:

    231,930

    Dividing my score with the average score:
    I am 8.82% Mainstream

    For metal though, I can admit I'm pretty mainstream.
  • Cheesy Survey

    Mar 22 2006, 2h07

    1 - How does the world see me?
    Song: Out of the Ashes
    Artist: Symphony X
    Comments: In reality, I'd think the opposite of that.
    2 - Will I have a happy life?
    Song: Echoes of Death
    Artist: Pestilence
    Comments: blah, I knew there were rumours about me. Or maybe I'll die of an epidemic. Meh.

    3 - What do my friends really think of me?
    Song: Home
    Artist: Dream Theater
    Comments: Good to know. I like to think so.

    4 - Do people secretly lust after me?
    Song: Dark Age
    Artist: Vader
    Comments: Damn right it's the dark age, there is no one to secretly lust after me, they're ugly and searching for something else.

    5 - How can I make myself happy?
    Song: Evil Warriors
    Artist: Possessed
    Comments: Crime and Murder? Uhh...maybe, but there's a high risk of going to jail.
    6 - What should I do with my life?
    Song: Thus Spake the Nightspirit
    Artist: Emperor
    Comments: uhh...I don't get it. How can I be a nightspirit?

    7 - Why should life be full of so much pain?
    Song: Dies Irae
    Artist: Bathory
    Comments: uhh...I don't even know what that means.

    8 - How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
    Song: Disciples of the Watch
    Artist: Testament
    Comments: So it's a mental thing huh? I have to go train? with the disciples of the watch...?

    9 - Will I ever have children?
    Song: A Fair Judgement
    Artist: Opeth
    Comments: so it's a fair likeliness that I will? great. Could use some of them.

    10 - Will I die happy?
    Song: Five Magics
    Artist: Megadeth
    Comments: I'll be killed through some wizardry and magic? At least it's good to know that it exists.

    11 - What is some good advice for me?
    Song: Det iskalla trollblodet
    Artist: Finntroll
    Comments: If having to do something with icecold trollblood is good advice, then I know all the other things I advise myself aren't bullshit.

    12 - What is happiness?
    Song: Zero Tolerance
    Artist: Death
    Comments: Being impatient and punishing is happiness? I'll skip on that one.

    13 - What is my favorite fetish?
    Song: The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor
    Artist: Behemoth
    Comments: and that would be...? something egyptian?

    14 - How will I be remembered?
    Song: Post Mortal Ejaculation
    Artist: Cannibal Corpse
    Comments: Good to know that I'll be thought of so high! :p
  • Growling highly unappreciated today?

    Mar 17 2006, 20h33

    I'm sure you've come upon these people who claim they can't stand the "screaming" in your death/black/viking/whatever other metal you listen to. Sometimes it's just that they think it takes no talent. "Normal singing with talent would work much better". Then they scowl and claim that listening to death metal makes you more lenient to kill somebody. I'm past the point where I'm surprised to hear it, I'm quite used to it really. But how about rap or emo? Those same people are friends with emo kids and the rap kids. What's their music about? Depression, Drugs, Murder, and Bling? Indeed.

    There's that. Then there's the tv shows. Maybe you've caught the murder case on CBC where they claim that because the kid listened to death metal and had skulls painted on his walls that the music is too dangerous. Now first off, who even pays attention to Cannibal Corpse's lyrics for instance. You're either highly abnormal or mentally derranged...which is basically the same thing. You have to be really fucked in order to rip entrails from a virgins cunt. Hence, the association of the crime to death metal is a completely unjust and hypocritical argument.

    And speaking of Hypocrisy (the subject, not the band), this is where everyone goes wrong with rating music. What do you have to do to at least get people to have a more positive view on the music? I'm not asking anyone to love it. But yes, I am asking people to be more open and appreciative of what is really there opposed to what they want there to be. And I am asking people not to make such vague associations because linking death metal to murder is the next best alternative and excuse to being a bad investigator.

    After all death metal is just music. A way of expressing your emotions and thoughts through instruments. Yes, it's aggressive. That is metal. Rap is also a way of expressing your emotions. But really, the only real difference with 50 Cent and Morbid Angel is that 50 Cent does it for the money and MA does it for a completely different reason. Neither have the intention of making their fans take their songs literally - that is really up to the fan.

    So I guess what I'm saying here is that they're both music. And they don't intend anything more than for you to enjoy it. This is where the surprise lies. Pop music is generally easily digestible with simple melodies and catchy vocal lines designed for solely entertainment. Often aimed at younger audiences with simple minds. Death metal usually has a different emotional aspect. The lyrics make you think, the instrumentation causes you to go into a time of neverending, abysmal thought and the overall effect makes you ponder everytime the song is over. Death metal is not really designed for the weak minded.
    Connect the dots and you get what? The world is mostly simple minded.