(This is the second in a series of guest posts by NCS supporter Utmu in which he poses questions and seeks answers. Here, he hopes for answers that can become the foundation for a scholastic endeavor. Let’s not disappoint him. Put your thinking caps on!)
So, as you may remember, in the first installment of Reflections in the Void I told you about the essay(s) that I have to write for Composition, and I stated that I was focusing on a metal-related topic. At least one of the ideas I’m presenting in my essays will be somewhat complex and certainly controversial.
When answering the following questions it will be important to remember that some bands’ styles could be described as original and progressive, perhaps even genre-defining or groundbreaking (although this is a largely subjective judgment).
Other bands modify those sounds, and conversely others adhere strictly to those predefined genres whether or not they were a part of the original movements. Although they sound similar, Municipal Waste and D.R.I. were formed nearly two decades apart. Even these types of bands could be considered entities that have brought something new to the table, subjectively speaking. How you react to a band is dependent upon your experience as a listener (and perhaps as a writer and/or player) of music.
It is also important to remember that certain groups may mix and match styles within heavy metal. Still others even combine metal with external genres such as jazz, classical, folk, electronic, et cetera, ad nauseum.
Please, please, please, if you don’t normally comment, please take the time out of your day to do that this time! With a larger body of information to which you can contrbute, I will be more capable of expressing the thoughts of the metal community in a clearer and more complete way. Oh, and please include an approximation of how long you’ve been listening to metal, and if you would, give me a few examples of what bands were in your inaugural metal playlist.
- Can we consider the restructuring of music to be new music?
- If not, why do we choose to restructure music rather than make new* music?
- Is heavy metal stagnating? Is there a lack of originality?
- If so, can we say that heavy metal is dead?
- Which movements brought stagnation and/or innovation?
- When do you think heavy metal started stagnating (if you do think this)?
- Can we make new* heavy metal music?
- If so, how?
*When I say “new” in these instances, I’m using that in a pure context. Not a modification of an existing style or a fusion of styles. I mean something new, as in death metal-circa-1987-new.