Does a band have to wear black, tattoos, long hair to get taken "seriously" as a death metal band?

Poll: Looking the part is a must, to make it as a _________ band?
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#1
and have plugs and slicked hair and tight shirts and pants for a grindcore/hardcore band?


 


I'm gonna say, yes. 

Only because I haven't seen popular bands like that who don't look like that

EDIT: I've love to see a made band like that - that don't look the part
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#2
get taken seriously as a death metal band


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#3
theogonia777 I put seriously in quotes lol

I mean in terms of 'making it' and selling yourself, etc touring, etc, etc all that shit
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#5
I would probably take them more seriously if they didn't dress like MCR 24/7 tbh. 
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#6
oh so this isn't a bumped thread from 10 years ago

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#7
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#9
In order for a band to be taken 'seriously', their fans should be about 14.
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#10
It's probably not classed as "real metal" unless they dress like shit/have silly hair

So, yes. 
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#11
I'd say a band should dress like their audience. So yeah, it's actually practical to present yourself that way to show that you're a part of that culture. Clothing / fashion is a huge part of what makes pop / rap artists popular, the same can be said about hardcore / metalcore bands plastered on magazine covers
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#13
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I'd say a band should dress like their audience. So yeah, it's actually practical to present yourself that way to show that you're a part of that culture. Clothing / fashion is a huge part of what makes pop / rap artists popular, the same can be said about hardcore / metalcore bands plastered on magazine covers
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#15
I wouldn't take them seriously no matter how they dress
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#16
the band has to be marketable. good music does not cut it anymore, the band has to "look good", appealing visually to the market. that's why you see so few "ugly" pop stars. surely its possible, but image is a huge chunk of a group's success.
#17
Nah, just play good music, but that's impossible because it's death metal ayy lmao
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#18
I refuse to take a death metal band seriously unless they have a girl maiden walking through a moody forest in all their music videos. 
#19
I think its important to be yourself. I mean i probably wouldnt go with matching suits for a death metal band, but say i played metal. Im not going to grow out my hair and pretend to be some sort of rebellious teenager. I like tattoos so ya i have them. But I didnt get them to change how people classify me.
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I refuse to take a death metal band seriously unless they have a girl maiden walking through a moody forest in all their music videos. 

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#24
They're both terrible lmao might as well lump in grindcore along with them lmao lmao
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real talk this has to be the lamest photo ever taken and it's not even close. you know things are rough when the guy with a mohawk-skullet and the stray ballhairs hanging off his chin standing the side with the collar of his full leather trenchcoat popped isn't even the worst thing going on. the goddamn nerve of these clowns. 




#27
ExDementia Ew. U2 called, they want their wardrobe for their Halloween Special back...

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real talk this has to be the lamest photo ever taken and it's not even close. you know things are rough when the guy with a mohawk-skullet and the stray ballhairs hanging off his chin standing the side with the collar of his full leather trenchcoat popped isn't even the worst thing going on. the goddamn nerve of these clowns. 


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#30
ExDementia Didn't know they made a new one though, noice.



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#32
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Image, regardless of genre, is extremely important.
yeah half of what a genre is is aesthetic. glam rock/metal and grunge are two examples of genres that are probably more defined by their image than the actual music.
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#33
image doesn't really matter a lot of the time tho.
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#34
i think image is mostly intrinsic so it doesn't really matter. but i'd still argue it's a significant component of what makes a genre.
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image doesn't really matter a lot of the time tho.

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#37
ExDementia ah man, not sure I dig this production :/

Inner Sanctum though felt like Disappear seemed a little 'thrown together' on a first listen, but some class moments. Looking forward to this

Actually on a proper hearing, this production's pretty good from just the youtube vid. Hype breh
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#39
No death metal band has ever been taken seriously so image doesn't matter all that much.  Most look like comic book characters.  The more evil tats and piercings the more lame hipster vibe.
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#40
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I'd say a band should dress like their audience.
i'm gonna say nah

major bands typically influence how their fans dress, and genre-definers have done in the past, so in that sense it's probably a safe route - metal fans dress up like that because of the metal bands that dressed up like that back in the day, rob halford and that; grunge fans dress like that because kurt cobain had no sense of style, etc.

but imo a band should, as a rule (even when going for DIY, punky aesthetics) dress better than their fans

a pro band starts looking like a pro band when it looks like the members are dressing for their job, so a metal band that just looks like a bunch of dudes that like metal really isn't an impressive sight, whereas a band with some idea of a coordinated aesthetic, even if that involves people not wearing shirts or growing their hair out longer or wearing more leather jackets or whatever, it makes an impression, and they look like a serious band

bb king is a good example also; he played a pretty unassuming genre but he deliberately offset this by dressing like he was - paraphrasing his own words - going to the bank to ask for money. the result is you can tell he's the star of the show

like most major bands make an effort to make a visual impression beyond what their fans look like, whether it's taking a basic visual aesthetic to an extreme or going for a really out-there, exaggerated one, or just dressing stylishly like people who make money - when you're performing you're there not just to be heard, but to be admired, basically

as far as the extent to which that should follow the genre, i would say the look should not be uninfluenced by the music, but both matching the two and deliberately contrasting one with the other are viable choices

if you just dress like your audience you look like you play covers in pubs, and you probably do

i dunno this post is a mess but you probably get the idea
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