Oh no, it’s that controversial, offensive genre. Urgh, right? …..Maybe not though. Maybe you’re a metalhead sitting at home and blaring some metal right now. This post is mostly for those people out there who don’t like the idea of metal though, so if that’s you, read this!
I once preferred Alternative music. Soft guitar, flowing music…. gentle stuff. (And I still like it no doubt). In my home growing up, my parents implied that anyone who has a style similar to a metalhead or punk, etc. was a bad influence and blah blah blah. You know what I mean, right? Well, until grade 10 I didn’t really start to listen to music. By the end of grade 11 I loved alternative. Then, in grade 12m I was introduced to punk and metal. I must admit, when you listen to it (metal especially) for the first time, it DOES just sound like noise. But wait! You listen to it a few more times, kind of get used to it, and realize that the reason it sounded like noise the first few times is because metal is very complex with multiple parts to it. You might eventually be able to understand the “screaming” parts too. Admit it, it takes mad talent to sing like them. I can’t do it, and I’m in musical theater!
Okay, now we get down to the lyrics. Sure, some of the concepts in the songs you might not like, but isn’t that true for most music anyway? Nowadays all the mainstream pop lyrics are only about partying and sex most of the time anyway. At least metal has some cleverness to its writing style. Here’s a cool meme I found about the lyrics comparison:
Sorry Lil Wayne. Metal lyrics are poetry. Complex and meaningful (or at least to some of us).
Instrumentals are probably the main reason people cling to metal, however. The guitar solos are extremely difficult, and usually there can be a lot of variety to the song instead of repetitive, electronic stuff. I don’t have much to say on this part, but hey! It’s great!
For those of you who haven’t listened to metal before, I suggest trying some harder rock first before, just so it’s not an extremely drastic change in style from whatever you happen to normally listen to. When you do decide its time to listen to some metal, I suggest starting with something like Metallica which is a nice classic band that isn’t too heavy (this is a slower, less intense song by them too):
If you’re ready to try some different styles of metal:
There’s even pirate metal. If you think that sounds cool, check out Alestorm.
So dear bloggers, I hope you give metal a chance. And if after a while it just isn’t sticking (although its addictive if you find the right kind…. death, black, symphonic, thrash, etc.) maybe you’ll at least understand why we love it so much!
Or you’ll continue to be confused. That happens too. 😛