Rock is Not Dead, but Maybe Nu-Metal Should Be
Despite Marilyn Manson’s proclamation in 1998, Rock is not dead. It just kind of went into hiding. Rock hid in the underground, and also holed up with some other sub-genres…which it started doing way before 1998. Anyway, another thing that largely went into hiding only to rear it’s head again is Nu-Metal. While we have presented a few exceptions on this here podcast, we have probably given more examples as to why Nu-Metal should have stayed hidden. Unfortunately, we have an argument for the latter again this week. Oh, and we have some first impressions to discuss too, so if you are still reading this, hopefully you have started the show already.
Entombed A.D. – Dead Dawn (Century Media)
Bombus – Repeat Until Death (Century Media)
American Head Charge – Tango Umbrella (Napalm)
Kvelertak – “1985” from Nattesford, out May 13th from Roadrunner Records
Skeletonwitch – “Well of Despair”, a new single out now with a new EP due this summer
Aborted – “Retrogore” from Retrogore, out April 22nd from Century Media
American Head Charge – Tango Umbrella
The other thing I’ve been meaning to mention to you is if you heard about what Ne Obliviscaris is doing. They are using a website called Patreon to ask fans to become “patrons” of the band and pay a monthly fee to support the band so that they can get a living wage in order to sustain the band. I saw Ne Obliviscaris perform at Webster Hall a week ago and they were great. If it takes $60 a year to keep one of my favorite bands alive, I’m seriously considering it. From my perspective as a fan, I can see doing this for a couple of bands, but if every band went this route then it would be much more difficult to support numerous bands. Check out their Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/neobliviscaris?ty=h
Actually yes! We did hear about that! Well, Nick did first and made me read the article. It is quite a fascinating venture for a band we are both really curious to how this is going to play out in the long run. Nick said he is going to keep up on, but I will try on my own as well.
Oh, and yeah, we cover KsE in the next show. I’ll be putting that post together momentarily.
I got nothing for this week. But I am anticipating next week’s review of Incarnate by Killswitch Engage. I’ve been listening to Incarnate and I’ve read a couple of reviews of it and the reviews have been pretty positive. I’m not seeing it. Or I should say that I’m not hearing it. I’m still going to be giving Incarnate a chance and a few more listens, but it has so far failed to reveal itself as anything more than average metalcore with a few things they tried to mix in here and there that don’t make the whole greater than the sum of the parts.