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Old 03-09-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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What do you get from listening to metal?

Hey guys. What exactly do you guys listen to metal for? Is it the surface level qualities (e.g. how each individual riff sounds, regardless of the quality of the arrangement) or does composition matter to you also? Do you feel how a good metal song progresses, increases and decreases in tension and whatnot, or is that not important to you?

I thought I'd ask this, as quite a bit (but by no means all) of modern metal seems to ignore composition and focus only on the surface qualities of the music, leading to tracks with no direction and jarring transitions from one idea to the next (*cough*BTBAM*cough*RoS*cough*). I'll have to admit that I didn't make this discovery entirely independently; the website Death Metal Underground (formerly the Dark Legions Archive) often writes pieces analysing and reviewing metal with both good and bad composition. They certainly educated me and helped open my eyes to what was happening underneath the surface.

But yeah, what about you guys?
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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I get a boner when I listen to good metal, and yes composition is important. BTBAM is trash.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:36 PM   #3
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It really depends. My first metal bands, the ones I grew up listening to, were FtR-era Bodom, Sinthetic-era Shade Empire, and Tarja-era Nightwish. So for me, the appeal was always a strong emphasis on melody and structure. These melodies, to me, were considerably deeper and more complex than what I'd heard in other genres prior.

Within those subgenres of old-school melodeath, symphonic metal, etc., I find no shortage of good compositions. But in some of the more popular subgenres, which I really struggle to get into lately, there seems to be less of a feeling of listening to a "song" as much as "a bunch of riffs stapled together in an arbitrarily-decided order."

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Old 03-09-2016, 02:40 PM   #4
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I listen to music for the emotion. Technical stuff is neat, but if it doesn't come from an honest place, I don't think I really care.

As I usually look for music based in sadness or anger, metal seems appropriate. I am drawn to it for that reason. Same goes for hardcore and whatever else has those feelings.

This extends to "sad" melodies.


...I don't know what I listen to metal for. I guess it has so much to offer I could hardly ignore it. It appeals to me.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:41 PM   #5
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:43 PM   #6
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RAGE.
And serenity.

Its an odd balance. The yin and Yang of life really.

EDIT: Not surprised at all the first response involved boner.
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:03 PM   #7
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...I don't know what I listen to metal for. I guess it has so much to offer I could hardly ignore it. It appeals to me.


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Old 03-10-2016, 04:21 PM   #8
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Metal just has something about it. I could never put into words.

I remember reading an article that says people who love metal are usually higher-level thinkers, although not necessarily smarter. We just view the world from a higher perspective than the average person can (according to whatever I read).

Maybe that's why?
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:22 PM   #9
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RAGE.
And serenity.

Its an odd balance. The yin and Yang of life really.

EDIT: Not surprised at all the first response involved boner.


That really does make sense to me. Great way of putting it!
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:40 PM   #10
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Same reason I read a book or watch a movie: Entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less.

On a fundamental level I'm sure that is true, but what is entertaining is different for everyone so for me it would be better defined as an experience that carries with it something of value. Sometimes this is as simple as an appreciation for riffcraft or an emotional response even.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:12 PM   #11
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the main two things i like in metal are riffs and sounding evil

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Old 03-13-2016, 06:23 PM   #12
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:04 PM   #14
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What do I get from metal? My penis gets bigger and stronger with every Autopsy song I listen to.
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What do I get from metal? My penis gets bigger and stronger with every Autopsy song I listen to.


we arent meant to make this knowledge public or we will lose our advantage
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:47 PM   #17
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What do I get from metal? My penis gets bigger and stronger with every Autopsy song I listen to.


LMAO!!!!
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:11 PM   #18
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Well obviously, although I didn't really feel like starting a thread with a declaration of my only fetish lol
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