(Guest writer Ben raises an interesting question about the effect of seasonal change on listening habits. Read . . . and comment!)
Hello NCS readers, my name is Ben, and as Winter comes into it’s fullness (at least where I’m living in Wisconsin) I’ve noticed something interesting this year.
As the temperature decreases down to the teens or lower, the volume increases and the aggression in the music increases considerably. It’s probably obvious I listen to “heavy” music, seeing as I’m a regular visitor of NCS, but my taste is quite varied. I can, on a daily basis, be listening to bands like Death, At The Gates, and Godflesh, as well as classical compositions, jazz, drum and bass, etc. But the right choice for the winter days and nights, just seems to be unrelenting Metal.
As you may have noticed, the title of this post is a nod to the frostbite-loving Norwegians we all know as Immortal. Now I’m not the biggest Immortal fan, or Black Metal for that matter. I appreciate it, but I get sick of hearing about how “evil” a band supposedly is. For the reasons I described earlier, though, over the past few weeks Immortal has more often than usual been a nice choice of music for the working hours.
So my question to all you readers is this: Have you found similar results? As the temperature decreases, have the frostbitten textures of Immortal as well as other Norwegian or Swedish metal bands become your choice for listening? Or do you go in a different direction? Do you even (dare I say) listen to music with CLEAN SINGING?? Or is it instrumental music that complements the colder and darker time of year best for you?
Thanks again to Islander for giving us, the NCS readers, a chance to post. And I hope that you all find this interesting, or at least that it makes you a bit more aware of how you respond to weather change in your music listening habits.