Archives For death metal

I visited the ancestral homeland of American death metal for my first vacation of 2015. As my girlfriend and I walked around, enjoying the sunshine, seafood, palm trees, beaches, and excellent craft beer and cigars, one thought was omnipresent in my mind: this is where death metal was born.

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When death metal legends Morbid Angel released their first album in 8 years, Illud Divinum Insanus, the reaction of the metal community was something like this:

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It’s the kind of image you’d expect from a space show at the planetarium.

Twinkling stars and a pair of brightly colored moons keep watch over a childlike figure kneeling in prayer on a grassy knoll. His (her?) head is tilted upward at the sky in supplication, gazing towards…what?

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Before I move onto other topics on HOM, today I want to solicit some feedback from you readers about my History of Death Metal series, which I just recently wrapped up. Reception seemed generally positive, but I’m interested to hear from all of you: how’d I do?

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Thus far in this series about the history and development of death metal, we’ve focused on three cities where the extreme music scene was quite strong: the Tampa Bay area, New York, and Montreal. Although bastions of death metal music, with the advent of the Internet and increased globalization, it became easier and easier for bands outside these main clusters to connect with each other….and to be discovered by new fans. We no longer have to turn to tape trading or the like to discover fascinating new acts, as metal has become a truly international (if still underground) sensation.

This final part of my history of death metal is about death metal elsewhere, outside the main hubs of extreme music and the bands carrying it to the far corners of this world…

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Death metal is for many people the definition of what “heavy metal” is.

Remember Cannibal Corpse’s appearance in the last section on extreme metal? Although the mighty Corpse is one of death metal’s definitive groups, the death metal genre is incredibly diverse, and not all bands will sound like Cannibal Corpse. In general, death metal can be said to contain extremely fast riffing and drumming (called “blast beats”), as well as rough vocals. There are two styles of rough vocals: “Cookie Monster” and “Sandpaper.” The first is guttural, the latter is higher-pitched.

Broadly, death metal can be divided into 3 main subgenres: brutal death metal, technical death metal, and melodic death metal.

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Monsieur Luc Lemay of Gorguts is a scholarly-looking Quebecois gentleman who sports a magnificent beard and glasses.

“We all have a man crush on him, he’s the nicest guy ever,” a Season of Mist record salesman told me at MDF 2014.

Not a description you’d expect for a death metal star, who had already steered his band through a progression from a brutal, straightforward death metal act in the early 90s to an even more technically accomplished group over the next 10 years. After driving that, what’s next?

Go on hiatus and come back with Colored Sands.

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So, I’m going to Maryland Death Fest…

Title says it all, dear headbangers. I’ll be off for the next couple weeks for a vacation in Maryland, including a stop at MDF in Baltimore.

It’ll be my first metal festival experience, so naturally I look forward to enjoying myself and of course, writing about it.

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