Distorted guitars, crazy rhythms, dense bass, and insane vocals. What it means to be a metal head.
Back during the prime of the pop punk and emo days, screamo and metal were as angsty as it could get. In the United States, bands like Paramore, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Black Veil Brides, Blink182, Blood on the Dance Floor, and My Chemical Romance were the bread and butter of the pop punk/emo scene. And although I participated in some of the usual pop punk culture, there was something about anime that really had me hooked. When a good theme song came on, you instantly sang along, or at least enthusiastically hummed along if you didn't know any Japanese. When I was 12, I didn't really have any friends, I was kind of a loner and I think my parents had just gotten married again after being divorced for a couple of years. Not the best time of my life but not the worst either. Back during that odd time in my life, anime WAS my life. Animes like Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, and Soul Eater were everything. But one anime in particular introduced me to what would be the key to my teenage angst and what would eventually lead me to my Kpop obsession at the age of 14. That anime was Black Butler.
My Security Blanket of Brutalism: This Will Destroy You's "Tunnel Blanket" at 10
It was a warm day in Glendale, California. The sun shined rays of light and positivity down on me as I made my way home from the World Gym on Colorado Street. I took in the greenery of the quiet neighborhoods around me and let the silent comfort of solitude and vitamin D wash over me. My mind began to wander.
A Day To Remember
While trying to figure out which songs to do for the "Zen Playlist" challenge now that I am finally a vocal plus member, I realized a the playlist was dominated by songs from "A Day To Remember". So I figured, why not just dedicate an entire article to them? As a quick refresher I actually discussed this band in a previous article of mine, I will have said article linked.
Being a graduate student for the third time in my life, I’ve heard my fair share of study tips and tricks. Amongst them include teaching the material to others and studying while drinking something that can be drunken in the test hall (what a shame that isn’t beer or wine).
Catharsis: An Insight into the Effects of Metal and Extreme Music
When most people think of metal music, they may imagine violent scenes of devils and bloody gore and mosh pits. However, those observations are only on the surface level. Ever since the metal genre’s inception in the late 20th century, it’s been held up as a danger to youth and all who dare listen due to the rebellious and extreme overtones of the scene. To worried parents, the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” lifestyle was bound to rub off on their children if they listened. Although these misconceptions have mostly cleared up over the decades, they still exist in some form or another. There’s a common belief that metalheads (along with participants in other alternative subcultures such as goth and emo) always suffer from depression or engage in self-harm, but this just isn’t the case, and isn’t significantly more common than in other circles. Extreme or unclean vocals (informally known as “screaming”) are also a contributor to metal’s unruly reputation and, to untrained ears, can definitely sound like disorderly nonsense. The music might come across as aggressive and off-putting to some, but for people who enjoy it, it can actually derive a sense of calm and release. Metalheads and other listeners of alternative or extreme music genres find solace in the chaos. Especially in a messy world with messy emotions, they need a “messy” way to get it all out. Despite its unseemly reputation that has persisted since its beginning, the benefits of metal and other extreme genres of music heavily outweigh the detriments to avid listeners of the genres: from the music being used as a method of catharsis to a like-minded community that serves as protection against the world many metalheads feel outcasted from.
A dozen teenagers and some people in their early 20s, mostly dressed in black, carrying symbols of Iron Maiden, Megadeath, Slayer, Slipknot and Metallica on their T-shirts. Some of them with long hair and accessories sprinkled across their bodies. They are prattling and waiting eagerly for the gates to open to an underground auditorium. As soon as they all shift inside, the growing riff of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ echoes. Band after the band gets on the stage of this dark and cheaply lit venue, leaving the audience banging their heads with immense intensity. This is an image of the underground metal music scene in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Epica Albums Ranked
EPICA WERE NOT ALWAYS CALLED EPICA! After Mark Jansen left After Forever, he formed a band called Sahara Dust, which Autotranslate wants to change into Sarah’s Dust for some reason. He wanted a band that would much like the old Nightwish records be a clash of classical music and heavy metal and bright out the epicness of both. After their original vocalist, Helena left the band. Mark ended up hiring his girlfriend to be the lead singer of the band.
Should I Still Listen to Marylin Manson?
Oh boy. There appears to be a #MeToo reckoning happening in the metal world as Marylin Manson has been outed as an abuser by actress and former girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood. And there are no shortage of people saying he is guilty as hell.
Asphyx - Necroceros
Hurtling through the vast cosmic wastelands surrounding our miniscule insignificance is a tyrant of unimaginable power, hellbent on the annihilation of existence. Purging its way through galaxies and star systems its horror knows no bounds, leaving not a shred of what once was in its wake; nothingness - beyond nothingness - lies in ruin, its untimely death forgotten in the blink of an eye. In actuality. what appears to be a brief extermination on the outside, this is a demise unending: a state of continuous hell, of agonising death and torturous rebirth - a cycle of gut-wrenching pain as the fabric of matter is digested on a glacial scale. Necroceros is its name and Earth is its next destination. No amount of preparation, of survivalist training, of dollars spent, can protect you from the excruciating end of days we are to be subjected too - Asphyx, gleefully, would not have this any other way!
Tribulation - When The Gloom Becomes Sound
From the very instant that harrowing death knell begins to drone, it dawns on you: a sudden, morose realisation something lurks in the shadows, stalking, creeping, always there. For how long it has lingered in the twilight abyss you cannot be sure, but cloaked by the dimness of candlelight its gains you notice more and more, the whisper on the nape of your neck now a chill crawling down your spine like jagged, bony fingers. Stopping dead in your tracks, recalibrating and reorientating to no avail, 'tis not the panic setting in tripling your heart rate - 'tis the beckoning quiet, the breath of time standing still, as piercing yellow eyes stare into the back of your skull. This is When The Gloom Becomes Sound, retreating into the eternal dark with a snarl, dread all-encompassing, the deafening echo of blood pulsing forcing you to turn your head. Nothing there but the pitch-black swallowing you whole. You are now at Tribulation's mercy.
First Time I Interviewed A Rock Star Was A Disaster
Motörhead, one of the greatest heavy metal rock bands in the world, were playing the northern English seaside town of Southport. It was September 26, 1987.
A lesson I learned from the old me
So just when you think that you’ve escaped all those burdens that have been clinging onto you for the past several years and somehow they are still hanging off of small spaces in the so-called new life that you thought you found.