#1
Again, sorry for the length of this. I would love some advice though.

Basically, I decided I'd write something for the school newspaper, and seeing as its my last year, I thought, what the hell - it'll be fun. Even if nobody cares. I am not going to pretend like I know the entire population, but I'll just say that it's not a metal school. There's me and two friends that are heavily into metal (not to mention music) and maybe 10-20 people tops that I've seen that actually care about music, and very few of them are proficient musicians.

Now, having said this, I know that it may be a far shot to try to "convert" people, and I know that this is a risky topic to do in such circumstances. There is always the concern of writing something that gives the message that metal fans are so downtrodden, and by no stretch of the imagination would I ever think of putting forth this sort of idea to anyone. Simply put, the idea is that maybe somebody will pick it up and be at least educated about something. Maybe they'll even check something out. At worst, few people will read it and throw it out, so I'd rather write something than nothing.

So, basically I was wondering what sort of article I could write. Reviews have been made in the past of specific albums, but I found those to be fairly boring and I tend to skim over it and laugh a little at the album choice. I thought maybe I'd do Traced in Air as album of the year or some crap like that, but then I thought "well, why don't I talk about metal releases in 2008 and sum it all up?" and then I thought about nobody really giving a crap, and me giving a very skewed idea of what came out in the year as I myself haven't heard many releases.

So I thought, maybe I'll just do something like people's reaction to metal. You know, sort of like "metal and sociology". And then I thought about sounding downtrodden and corny again.

So here I stand and ask you of something serious to write about. Also in what sort of tone/mood should I approach it in. And what message should I get accross?

In terms of message, as cheesy as it sounds I was just thinking of "Metal isn't as bad as most people make it out to be, so give it a chance".

So basically, I'm just looking for serious ideas on what to write about. I could use any help from the regulars. I don't want to write something half-assed. Like I said, it's a long shot to get anyone converted, but it's just something I want to do before I leave high school for good.
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#2
I wouldn't bother.

These kind of threads pop up all the time, and the end reaction is always the same: nobody cares.
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I wouldn't bother.

These kind of threads pop up all the time, and the end reaction is always the same: nobody cares.


Like I said, I know it's a long shot, but regardless of the results, I still want to write something. I'm just looking for ideas.

Perhaps the metal forum can be caring...a little?

Fine, I'll write a ****ty article, nobody will care and then I'll cry myself to sleep every night.

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#4
if you write this, it has to be your own ideas, not our ideas, or there will be no conviction in them.

and duncan's right, these threads are always coming up, and no one gives a shit enough to give a super well thought out response, because it would involve a lot of effort.

sorry bro, outta luck.
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#5
I don't want to sound like a cliche, but why don't you call your article, "metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and talk about the different subgenres of heavy metal, and also cover some of the subgenres that you like.
#6
Coming from someone who does an internet radio show once a week which is listened to by about 4 people, I can't quite express how disheartening it is once I realised this. It's still fun, but I'd love some listeners.

You will get a similar feeling.
#7
I'll try to care...

A lot of people's perception of metal is based only on thrash/death kind of stuff that isn't appealing to the mainstream, maybe an article on more obscure subgenres of metal like folk, power, jazzy stuff like Cynic/Atheist, etc. that most people outside the metal community haven't heard of.

It may not turn them to metal, but it might change their perspective.
#8
Pff, I could have asked the pit with similar results.

I'm moreso just stuck on what kind of article to write.

Fine, maybe someone can care to suggest between these two:

Overview of the year
or
Overview of genre

I'm not even looking for actual ideas, just a very broad direction.

Lest this fail, I will delete it

CONTRAEDIT (ZOMG):

Thanks for the responses dminished and webb. Better than nothing.
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#9
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I'll try to care...

A lot of people's perception of metal is based only on thrash/death kind of stuff that isn't appealing to the mainstream, maybe an article on more obscure subgenres of metal like folk, power, jazzy stuff like Cynic/Atheist, etc. that most people outside the metal community haven't heard of.

It may not turn them to metal, but it might change their perspective.

Or you can do it on an even more underground, mainstream friendly sub genre - War Metal!
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You know what, I'll probably take that idea, put in some recommendations and hope that even 1 person hears it and goes "wtf?". Then my job will be done.
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Splendid!
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#12
How's this for recommendations?

Stallagh
Wormphlegm
Unexpect
Biomechanical
The Monolith Deathcult
Gorguts
Ephel Duath
Arcturus
Anaal Nathrakh
Origin
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#13
pretty good so far. Don't forget Xasthur, Akercocke, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation
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#14
at Stalaggh (its one l and two g's btw)
Better put that one last, it might deter some people from checking out the rest.

Throw in some Equlibrium/Eluveite, Agalloch, and Cynic.
#15
include copious amounts of noisecore, grindcore, brutal death and satanic black. Those are the ones people will say wtf about. Also, Atheist
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#16
You forgot: Profanatica, Von, Blasphemy, Sarcofago, Portal, Infester, and loads of other stuff like that. Like Poopsmith said, that's the stuff that people are gonna really freak out over.
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#17
you guys have fucked up my idea quite nicely.
I was suggesting showing them obscure genres/bands that will alter their "metal is noise" opinion (which I'm sure some of them have) not reinforce it.
#18
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#19
A day in the life of a Metal fan.

I set my alarm for 6am. I know it seems early, but we need this extra time to wash, condition, perm, straighten, hairdry and brush our gay-looking hair. Now thats a misconception right there, how many gay people can you name with long hair? Eh? Eh? Yeah, thats right, you all have gay hair. You may make fun of us, but you have gay hair, so we will have the last laugh.

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To put it shortly, out of the all the schools I've ever been to, my school gives the least **** out of all. I mean, if you neatly placed a giant turd into someone's bag, they wouldn't give a ****.

But, my friends are sort of urging me to do it (well, one in particular).

I just started writing about a half hour ago and it ended up being 1.5 pages of philosophical ideas that had very little to do with metal. And I have max 2 pages. I think I'll just redo that and get straight to the point right at the beginning. I'll be sure to post it up in the next day or two.

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HESSIANS UNITE.


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#21
You could write about how much you hate anything -core and -core related (even if you don't)

Write a list of popular bands that people may actually know, and then proceed to tear them to shreds.
#22
I have a title for your article and I'm sure you can elaborate on it:

Pornogrind: A Misunderstood Genre
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#23
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and duncan's right, these threads are always coming up, and no one gives a shit enough to give a super well thought out response, because it would involve a lot of effort.


I meant that nobody at the school cares, be it a magazine article or a presentation or whatever.
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