Sharing a residence and a PC with a metaller can have its drawbacks. This morning I put my iPod on shuffle and was blasted with a live version of Take Me With You by Whitesnake. Not too bad – it had a sort of Bo Diddley-ish groove that I could get into sort of. Then, a little later, a jaw-dropping version of Surfin’ USA by Blind Guardian. Listen for yourself:

Later on in the morning, Aces High, by a band called Children of Bodom. Listening to speed metal and melodic death metal and whatever else have ye is a bit like watching Formula One. It is supposed to be seat of the pants stuff, but it lacks variability. If everything is played at ludicrous speed, then speed itself is meaningless. The same for lung-ripping vocals. If that’s the only voice you hear, it just gets boring after a while. It isn’t singing anymore, but a sport, and a pretty dull one at that.

One time I got dragged along to a Dream Theater concert. Most of the people there were enraptured at the technical accomplishment of the thing. I was enraptured by the fact that the singer looked like Dick Emery.

No, metal isn’t for me.

UPDATE: Rainbow??? FFS.


1 Response to “Metal”

  1. 1 KevanB February 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    You wait mate. That thing in the orange jumpsuit will drive you to even worse states. Mine went through a rap phase. Listen to Tupac at all hours made me feel like the Bolivian original in his last moments in La Paz. Pulled apart by wild horses indeed. No melodies there.

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