Today in Music History:
In 1968 The Amboy Dukes, featuring "Motor City Madman" Ted Nugent, hit #16 with "Journey to the Center of Your Mind."I recently took a swim in the death metal pool just out of curiosities sake. I pretty much draw the line at Iron Maiden type metal. Anything harder than that and it's just beyond me how folks can listen to that stuff, but they do and the fans of hardcore metal are die hard fans. Having watched Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
recently, I found it to be very interesting and enlightening. So much so that I thought I would personally delve into world hard ass metal. Being no fool, I asked a friend if I could borrow some of their stuff to listen to because I pretty much figured that I wouldn't want to be purchasing any death metal anytime soon.
So I borrowed a couple of discs and gave a listen. Like I said I won't be spending any big bucks anytime soon, but it was interesting. I just borrowed two bands, Cannibal Corpse and Hypocrisy. Cannibal Corpse hails from Buffalo, NY and Hypocrisy is from Sweden.
A critic once said this about Cannibal Corpse's music, "If vomit were a movie, this would be the soundtrack." Too a certain extent this is pretty much true. The band sports some of the sickest album art and song titles of all time. Graphic album artwork and song titles have attracted much controversy which has resulted in their albums being banned in many places. These tactics worked perfectly and record sales soared.Their extremity has given them a cult fan base and they were one of the most popular death metal bands of the 90's. It's worth saying to people unfamiliar with the band that this stuff isn't for the lighthearted and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Typical death metal pummeling drums and guitars abound and I found that the lead vocals reminded me of a cookie monster on steroids. Although the lyrics are quite vile you really can't understand them unless you have the lyric sheet in front of you. Generally not taken seriously in many metal quarters due to their fascination with cartoonish gore, Cannibal Corpse has somehow managed to outlast many of their more critically accepted contemporaries.
Hypocrisy was formed in Sweden in 1990 when Peter Tägtgren returned to Sweden after he had been in Florida where he had been inspired by that state's flourishing death metal scene (bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Death, and Obituary). Typical death metal abounds with not as much blood and guts.
While I will never be a rabid fan of this genre of music, some people seem to love it and to each his own. I may occasionaly walk down that road though if I'm feeling particularly vile. So I submit for experimental purposes only, a trip down death metal lane.