The Dangers Of Change
Written by Olof, January 2011
t seems to me that
metal people sometimes long back 30 years. The "true metal"
was made then, and the only way to do true metal now is by copying 1982
right of. It has come to the point where it does not ever matter if you
do it good anymore, as long as you do it. Play me the kind of music I
heard back then, and I will salute those about to rock! Play me that new
shit and we shall gather our hordes and hail and kill!
seems to me absurd that a great part of metal society treats new ideas
and change as utter crap, not worthy of cleaning Justin Beiber's shoes.
I mean, seriously, who wants to listen to the same music for 60 years,
without change? No matter how much you adore Manowar and alike, the genre
cannot possibly stand on exactly the same feet for decades, and with no
new blood the old man will slowly wither and die. All attempts to renew
metal are of great value to the genre, and those who wish to stop it can
wish for no more than the death of metal. For what is music worth if it
is not allowed to change? Where would metal be if bands had not had the
courage and will to try something new? If bands like Rage Against The
Machine had not had the idea to mix rap and metal, if bands like Rammstein
and Ministry had not tried to combine the elements of metal with those
of industrial music, where would we be in 10 years? Where would we be
and art works just as humans. If we are not allowed to try new things
we can never learn from our mistakes and we can never harvest the fruits
of our experiences and use them to grow and evolve, and in the end, survive.
Prohibited to try and learn, we will play with alphabet blocks when we
are 24, and most likely be eaten by a predator, because we do not have
the experience and knowledge to avoid it.
Strömblad of In Flames said in an interview that selling out is when
you do what you have always done, because that is what the fans expect
and want. To do something new, assuming you do it because you want to,
is the exact opposite, as you honour your right as an artist to do what
you want, and not listen to others. Many bands out there have the lust
to try something new, but many don´t dare to. They are in danger
of being branded as traitors or sell-outs if they do. The paradox of this
being that if you honour the values of which metal was built, the values
that you can do whatever you want and it is your goddamn right, you are
also in danger of betraying the genre and being branded as nothing but
a whore in the eyes of many metal people.
metal was not allowed to breed and integrate with other kinds of music,
if metal had not been allowed to try on its new pair of wings for a short
trip to the other side of the river, we would never have reached the true
metal in the first place. Genres like black metal, thrash, progressive
metal, symphonic metal and grindcore could never have existed without
the urge to try and take it one step further, and the fuse of two different
genres is a part of this. No matter if you like it or not, but it is important
for the survival of the genre.
hail to those who bring metal into the future. We salute you!
Olof - January 2011