Genre Overload!!!

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When it comes to heavy metal I miss the 80’s. Especially the early to mid 80’s when metal was just metal. Generally if it was heavy it was  just called heavy metal. In today’s  metal scene there are genres with sub genres for sub genres of genres that no one’s even sure what the original genre is supposed to sound like. Of course I am exaggerating, but here in 2016 there are just way too many metal genres and subgenres. If you do a little research the results will leave  you  with extreme genre overload.

I do understand the need for labels and genres in music. I am a huge fan of Thrash Metal, Symphonic Metal, Progressive Rock and Neo Prog, the latter being a subgenre of progressive rock. So overall I do not have an issue with genre labels.  But somewhere in the late 80’s and 90’s things begin to go awry with the  splintering of metal into far too many genres, leading us to where we are today.

To list all of the genres and subgenres of heavy metal that currently exist would leave one’s head spinning. I’ll list a few, in no particular order, and perhaps you’ll agree that things have gotten just a bit out of control.

Power Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Pagan Metal, Glam Metal, Gothic Metal, Grindcore, Metalcore (A genre that some metal fans believe is not metal at all, I’m not sure why), Deathcore, Mathcore, Neoclassical Metal, Post Metal, Progressive Metal, Djent, Stoner Metal, Symphonic Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal (In regards to the prior two, I was never sure what the difference was between the two), Alternative Metal, Funk Metal, Nu Metal (Which I guess is now Old Metal, just kidding someone might start a new genre), Groove Metal, Grunge (Was Grunge really a music genre or just a passing fad?), Industrial, Rap Metal, Rapcore, Avant-garde Metal, Extreme Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal,  Symphonic Black Metal, Folk Metal, Viking Metal, Shoegaze, Christian Metal (a genre some feel does not make sense, but I am Christian and I love metal, so listening to metal played by other Christians without the dark lyrics usually associated with metal is a no brainer for me), Post Punk, Crust (What the heck!?!?!?!), Blackened Death Metal, Melodeath, and I’ll end my list with perhaps the oddest genre title of this batch, Pirate Metal.

This list is far from complete, it is just scratching the surface of the ever growing list of metal genres and subgenres.  Can we please stop now?

Demon Hunter-Extremist

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Demon Hunter is a band that I have been aware of for several years. However, I never really delved into their music too deeply. Pretty much everything that I have read about the band has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the last few years the great reviews made me curious enough to listen to a song here or there. However, what I heard really did not grab me musically. That all changed recently when someone posted a Demon Hunter video on Facebook. Something about the music really caught my attention this time. The song was from the band’s most recent album Extremist, which was released in 2014. I took a chance and purchased the cd and I’m so glad that I did.

Demon Hunter combines the sounds of bands like Bob Rock era Metallica, Alice In Chains, Creed and Pantera along with the genres of thrash metal, metalcore, nu metal and death metal. On Extremist all of these influences have come together to produce a wonderfully diverse and heavy album. Extremist is a well produced, well played metal album full of great guitar riffs and solos. One of the greatest strengths of the album is the vocals. Far to many metal albums have a vocalist who has the same vocal delivery from song to song. Extremist showcases lead vocalist Ryan Clark delivering a variety of vocal styling that range from clean singing to  death metal like vocals. His clean vocals on the mid paced and slower songs sounds like a mix Alice In Chains and Black Album era James Hetfeld.

I would highly recommend Demon Hunter’s Extremist for fans of modern metal. I look forward to not only hearing  a new album by the band, but also exploring their back catalog.

Goodbye Nick Menza

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I have to acknowledge the death of drummer Nick Menza who passed away last night.  Nick was with Megadeth for ten years and played on the band’s best album, Rust In Peace.  Thrash metal is my favorite metal sub genre and Rust In Peace has been played numerous times in my household over the years.  He may haved died doing what he loved, but 51 years old is far to young.