Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Loud angry music
Demon Hunter. Underoath. Project 86. Emery. Underoath. Blindside. As Cities Burn. Living Sacrifice. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Haste The Day. P.O.D. Pillar. I doubt that most of you recognized more than a couple of these bands, but these have been a significant part of my musical diet over the past couple of months. I like my fair share of loud angry music, but recently, I have been trying to figure out why. I didn't in high school: I was introduced to P.O.D. and Project 86 in Grade 12, and didn't start to get into them until second-ish year of university. So why did I change? One, I've had a lot of influences that have listened to harder music, so I have had a lot of exposure to it. Two, I think that there's only so much that the mainstream can do before I get sick out. Three, it's not entirely a change - it's more of an addition. I would probably consider it my primary genre, but I wholeheartedly acknowledge that I need a balanced diet - I need some vegetables and grains with my meat. So I still listen to much from other genres like hiphop, modern rock, electronica, ambient, pop-punk, acoustic worship, and even some ska out of the vault. So what is it that draws me to the harder edge of the spectrum? One thing to note first is that I am not drawn to all members of this end of the spectrum. Some stuff (eg. Zao, Mortal Treason) is still too far out there for me, and some of it is also just plain bad. I listen to the best of the lot, in my opinion. These artists are honest, raw, and open in a way that many artists seem to have difficulty with. They are constantly pushing boundaries and trying new things, incorporating new elements and being musically and lyrically innovative. It's difficult to find this in other genres. I think a lot of people reject hard music as unmusical just because it is loud and includes screaming, but what they don't realize is that it takes more musicianship to do a lot of the things that these bands do. The point is that I am a fan of lots of loud angry bands, and I love it, regardless of why and how it happened.