Category Archives: Thoughts

Iron Maiden and plagiarism

Mark my words my soul lives on Please don’t worry cause I’ve have gone I’ve gone beyond to see the truth When your time is close at hand Maybe then you’ll understand Life down there is just a strange illusion … Continue reading

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Speed Metal or Thrash Metal? Relic or relevant?

A gradual and systematic initiation into various metal styles – by circumstance more than intention – has ensured that I have never lost affection for older, simpler stylings. That affection doesn’t quite extend to newer bands attempting those old forms; … Continue reading

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Who cries for the drummer?

My natural affinity and familiarity with the guitar insinuates itself into the posts on this blog. I have formerly expressed the opinion that metal is a predominantly melody-driven form, and since it arose from the ensemble tradition of rock n … Continue reading

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The lost concept of the demo

A promising young band which will remain unnamed released a demo last year and threw the proverbial kitchen sink at it. Chock full of riffs, perhaps far too much so, the demo presented precocious talent getting carried away in their … Continue reading

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What is reverse-discrimination?

The idea of reverse-discrimination is widely criticized as a non-starter but any idea that has mob approval behind it or against it deserves to be looked at closely. I am a brown man from a country with plenty of colonial baggage; … Continue reading

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A thought on counterpoint: works with black metal, not so much with death metal

Counterpoint in music is two or more competing voices in the same general musical space. Counterpoint is not the simple parallel harmonies practiced by the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest; these are essentially the same sequence of notes, … Continue reading

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What do we want from black metal?

It’s a question to which I have no conclusive answer. What makes it more perplexing is that the other branches of metal, namely traditional heavy metal and death metal, face no such indecisiveness. Traditional heavy metal revolves around the song … Continue reading

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A nation of metalheads

Every now and then, one comes across conjecture over what a nation comprising of hessian metalheads would be like. After all, it is only natural to want to live amongst those we perceive as sharing similar ideals and perspectives on … Continue reading

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Five heavy metal songs with great vocals

Extreme metal does not need melodically keen vocal patterns because it deals with irregular and dissonant intervals between notes. In keeping with this musical theme, then, vocalists suitably distort their delivery to sound more in concert with the songs. An … Continue reading

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The fight of old and new

It seems with time that the one great divide among people is that between the old and the new. Science, perhaps, is the sole human endeavour where linear, unmitigated, and peer-reviewed, progress for the sake of an abstract ideal of truth … Continue reading

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