Written by Mat, June 2005
a big metal fan hasnt always been such a pleasure as it is today.
I clearly remember the situation just some ten years ago. If you wanted
a metal album back then it certainly wasnt that much on display
and only the most established bands like for instance Helloween, Iron
Maiden, Saxon, Accept, Running Wild and perhaps mostly a dozen more were
among those available for purchase. Furthermore, take into the equation
that the normal timeframe between two albums are 1,5- 2 years and you
were lucky to get a handful of new CD:s in a year. I don't know if this
was a more local problem, coming from a smaller Swedish town but there
were certainly fewer bands around, that's for sure.
he situation of
today however is totally reversed. Every week even a full blooded metal-junkie
like myself hears of a new band (and even bands) and every month there
seems to be at least a handful of interesting new releases, if not more.
Ive personally been out of the loop for a couple of months now and
already Ive fallen at least 25-30 really interesting albums behind.
This is of course a very pleasurable problem since theres
an abundance to choose from but on the other hand its certainly
raising quite many questions and thoughts. It cant have escaped
many other metal fans that the business has seen enormous expansion and
still continues to grow but are things heading towards being a bit overheated
and is the whole deal also turning into something thats too big
for its own good? I very much fear it is...
n the positive
side of things its of course terrific to have this enormous buffet
to choose from and one can even get a bit worked up trying to grab as
many of those you find interesting as possible, especially when youre
part of the staff at a webzine or magazine and the likes. With the constantly
growing business you have to have a very high standard as a band to even
get a record deal (some labels should perhaps raise their standards but
no one named...) and this of course increases the competition and puts
pressure on the more established ones which makes them try even harder
and so on. On the other hand I sometimes worry that the really good and
talented smaller bands and up and comers dont get their well deserved
place since making a name for yourself in this huge mass with just talent
alone isnt an easy task. And to come up with a sound unique enough
to stand out in those terms is getting harder and harder since the metal
genre already is quite limited and no matter how you sound today you most
certainly remind of something else.
ut this is where
we dedicated metallers come in. The staff of this site, metal magazines
and many more with us try our very best to introduce as many readers as
possible to whats out there and all metalheads contribute in buying
CD:s, going to concerts, spreading the word to friends etc.
that this will be enough and thats theres room for every single
band worthy the task but someday the bubble probably will burst and then
well see which ones that will remain on the scene in the following
survival of the fittest process. I gravely fear that well soon see
the end of the expansion and also the start of the declining because this
cant go on much longer without sacrifices along the way. But the
further away this possible scenario lies is for the better. I also of
course have vague hopes of being totally and utterly wrong and that the
world continues to be a stage where everyone can play but unfortunately
I fear it will take more than a miracle to accomplish that. In the meantime
though, I praise that things for now remain the same and go back to my
waiting never-ending pile of upcoming review material.
Mat - June 2005