Originally Posted by campj
Some metal is about as complex as a lot of classical compositions. I don't feel anti-intellectual or immature at all listening to it... bands like Spawn of Possession, Gorguts, Portal, Gigan, Vektor, Meshuggah, (should I keep going?), Ulcerate, and Krallice are creating some pretty heady stuff.
I took a several year break from listening to extreme metal only to come back in my late 20s/early 30s liking it as much as (or more than) ever. There are some AWESOME bands out there right now!
(Now when we're talking about stuff like GWAR or Slipknot, I'd almost have to side with the folks who say it's just teensy angst that keeps people listening :P)
Something about late 20's that makes you feel you're older than you really are. I remember at 27 for some reason feeling old. That was 20 years ago....something about late 20's for a lot of guys...you're getting a little older, maybe a little receding hairline, a little age on your face...that's the age a lot of people get married....you're no longer a young adult-boom you feel old. It's an illusion of course. You're just not a kid.
I never gave up completely, but I remember losing interest for about 10 years-maybe 27-37 and coming back into metal in my late 30's. I was tired of my thrash and grunge records and I just lost interest. Too bad I didn't have someone who could have hipped me to what was happening in Noraway...that would have been 93-2003
I had some classic rock and jazz and classical and all my old 80's metal that I was bored with. I knew there must be some interesting heavy music besides Creed and L Park.
One day, I went into a Border's and I saw a book that caught my eye-a coffee table sized book-The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal by Daniel Bukszpan, 2003. It changed my life.
38 years old and as I read the book, I realized, this is B.S. My Dad loved The Beatles to the day he died...that was his time. Who am I kidding with my trendy indie White Stripes and Pat Metheny jazz....it all has a place....but, I'm not going to stop liking heavy ass rock music. I just needed to find something cool. That book introduced me to stoner metal and doom which ultimately lead me to post metal, BM, DM and that was it.
The difference for me is when I was young it was all metal all the time and now I'm becoming much more diverse in my tastes.
It took me most of my life to put together my love of heavy music and my acceptance of all kinds of other music. Now I just listen to anything that I think is good. Carcass and Civil Wars are two of the better releases I've purchased this year. So-whether it's ugly DM or some tasteful indie folk...it's all good to me.
Edited by markm1 - 11/24/13 at 6:33am