Friday, February 11, 2005

Evil music

So I've been engaged in a fiery debate with my friend Gio regarding the evils of black metal versus those of gangsta rap. For those of you who are unaware, black metal is a particularly virulent strain of heavy metal that involves a lot of growling about Satan, how cool he is, and how much Judeo-Christian religion sucks. BTW, it also sounds really excellent.

Anyway, I'm a longtime fan of both genres. Gio has always been a hiphop head and is just beginning his sojourn into the fetid realms of all thing loud and fast, i.e. metal. Not that Motley Crue shit that passes for metal but is, in truth, simply overheated hard rock, nor the whiny-little-bitch love-child of hair metal, Emo. I'm talking real metal. Bands you've never heard of. All those weird T-Shirts with names you can barely read. We're talking drummers who simply cannot be human, given the speed of their double kicks. Evil, evil music.


OK. Tangent over. Back to work.

So the debate is... are these genres equally offensive? Gio has mentioned that while he likes the bombast and overall energy of black metal, he finds the lyrical content difficult to listen to at times and sometime even finds it offensive. He does not, however, find the same flaws in hardcore gangsta. I, on the other hand, find both styles cartoonish (yet profoundly enjoyable) and am therefore offended by neither.

Yes, the PMRC would not like me.

Not at all.


Anyway, I've been slightly at a loss as to how to convince Gio otherwise. Not that this is some shining goal who's completion will forever enlighten my somewhat pitiful existence. It's done more in the simple spirit of debate. I've drawn parallels between the popularity of horror movies (with their attendent festivals of pointless violence and gore) and that of the aforementioned black metal. So far, no luck. But we'll see.

For those of you interested in further exploring the joys of black metal (or just metal in general), please investigate my current faves:

Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon
Slayer - Reign In Blood
Entombed - Wolverine Blues
Nefilim - Zoon

Likewise, you should also check out the following:

Madvillian - Madvilliany
R.A. The Rugged Man - Die, Rugged Man, Die
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Redman - Dare Iz A Dark Side

In the meanwhile, I'm going to go listen to some John Coltrane.
Genres are bullshit.
Listen to everything.



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