Blaming the Media

In light of the new year (albeit a month in), I’d like to revisit one of the main fads that have of course always been popular, but really blew up in 2016. Blaming the media for all of our problems. Because, you see, the media is the cause of all of our deep-rooted insecurities, the reason why ‘undeserving’ celebrities are bigger than they should be, and – staying true to the theme of this blog – the reason why genuinely good music isn’t given the exposure it deserves. This article is especially for those who feel this way. So, let’s put a face to this hellish beast that ruins everything. Who is in control of this so-called ‘media’? Continue reading Blaming the Media

The Problem with the Metal Community

We’re all a bunch of fucked up, can’t-fit-in misfits with a strong appreciation of quality music. We like to scream, we love to swear; we head bang and mosh like there’s no tomorrow. We dress in black, our hair is crazy, we’re probably pierced in weird places and tattooed in weirder. And above all that, we’re a community. We love each other like family. We fight for our music and our scene. We stay true to what matters and don’t sacrifice morals for artificial popularity. We are one.

The initial viewpoint of sixteen year old me discovering for the first time this truly mental scene was fantastic. The idea that there’s other people who listen to this kinda stuff, that there’s a world where you don’t have to pretend you don’t know what metal music is, is something that comes as a shock to many late comers. A world where it’s cool to be this different – where doing so is encouraged. It’s like a group of outcasts that have all banded together and collectively put up a massive middle finger at everyone else. Badass bands and artists that don’t require superficial awards to validate their talents, yet still encourage fans of those awards to at least see what our side has to offer. Everyone ultimately just wants to have a good time and appreciate good music. Unfortunately, this is only the case part of the time. Continue reading The Problem with the Metal Community