Everyone I knew growing up went through at least four different musical phases before plateauing out to a more general passion. This would largely be decided on who you wanted to associate with and what was deemed ‘cool’. Of course this works on the other end of the spectrum too, avoiding certain genres that for one reason or another were totally unacceptable. I won’t try to claim I wasn’t among this. I went from hip-hop to punk-rock to indie to drum and bass. And whilst I most probably did enjoy the stuff I was listening too it was primarily to fit in with the crowd I was hanging out with. And then with age and maturity comes a will to fulfill your own musical needs regardless of whether you have anyone to share it with or not. And to be honest of late I’ve found myself revisiting each of my childhood stages and appreciating it a whole lot more. Anyway I’ve realised that I’m rambling on slightly and not with what was intended.
So recently I started helping out the guys at Roadrunner and Epitaph in Australia in whatever way I could without having the slightest interest in 'metal’. Of course being around all these people who knew the genre back to front and had been selling it’s records for years, inevitably I was going to pick things up.I’m an open minded person but I could never imagine I’d get so into something in such a short space of time. Since I started we have put out records from Kvelertak, Killswitch Engage, Stoune Sour, Airbourne, Devildriver, Satyricon, The Devil Wears Prada, Dream Theater, Scar The Martyr, Alter Bridge, Trivium, Alkaline Trio, Falling In Reverse, Transplansts and letlive. You get the picture and you see why I now know an infinite amount more of the scene than I did before. The fact that I truly embrace the genre now though has perhaps a slightly more formulaic reasoning.
So as I stated earlier I got into drum and bass as a young one and it’s without doubt my most maintained childhood crush. Growing up in London one of dance music’s capitals it wasn’t hard to fall for DnB. Fast tempos, deep n dark chords, breakdowns, a relatively underground, intimate and often misconceived scene. Many of you will agree that these traits could also be said to be present in the metal/hardcore world. There’s no doubt that I’ve developed an urge for darker and heavier material since my introduction to the genre exactly the same as happened with drum and bass. That could be called human nature I guess. Evolution. Familiarity leads to boredom which leads to intrigue and exploration. You can’t deny that the two genres have that in common. I’d still struggle to define one style of metal from another as I most probably would with DnB if it were the other way around. Thrash/death/hardcore punk? Don’t ask me. They’ve both fashioned numerous amounts of genre off-shoots which again highlights their ever-evolving characteristics. As a former metal outsider I’d often be involved in the completely inaccurate metalhead stereotyping of anti-social, self-harming, depressive behavior. I’m truly sorry. But it happens for the electronic nuts too. People assume that someone who likes such rowdy dance music must be nothing but a top pinger who does nothing but drop pills and rave till dawn. It is obviously associated with the genre (as it should be) but there’s far more technicality and musicality to it that a stranger just wouldn’t understand. Like for like. So I suppose what I’m saying was that although once upon a time I may have shunned metal in an instance, I had an empathy that gave me the ability to give it a good, fair crack. And I did. And it worked. So rather than babble my case any further I think it best to show you the tunes that have hit me the hardest since I started craving the heavy shit.
Maybe you can see an underlying pattern here? Bouncy breakdowns and mad drum beats? Similar to the structure of a DnB banger. It’d be silly not to show you what I mean, so I’ll leave you with a short mix from the other dimension, give it a chance and who knows it may even get one of you’s into it.