|I'm not sure whether this is going to turn into a celebration of all things loud and silly or a support group to help me recover, but nevertheless, heed my sorry tale;|
It all starts when, out of boredom, I buy a copy of "Terrorizer" magazine for larks. Putting on the cover CD, I find myself thinking "hey, some of this stuff's really good!".
Then I find myself buying (for £3) and avidly reading (again, supposedly for laughs) The A-Z of Extreme Metal.
Combine this with my unquenchable Black Sabbath obsession and general appreciation of horror movie excess and you may see an ominous pattern emerging..
I find myself wondering what record to listen to next and thinking "hmm.. haven't I got anything a little more CRUSHING with a bit more of a DOOMED feel to it.."
Now in recent weeks I've finally attained the ability to download MP3s, and what am I wasting my time downloading? Yes, metal I'm afraid.
I started with a few tracks by the more absurd metallers such as Bal Sagoth and Man'O War, purely for laughs, then decided to go for some old skool Scandinavian Black Metal, just out of morbid curiosity, to see what those guys who killed each other and burned down churches were up to musically speaking.. and damn me if Emperor and Darkthrone aren't ..well.. really fucking good!
Thus my interest turns from ironic pastiche to active appreciation, and - this old moral chestnut again - I begin to ponder whether I really should be digging this music which is made by people who are quite possibly deranged white supremicists with impressive battleaxe collections*, for consumption by misanthropic teenage boys and men who never wash their hair. It just ain't healthy.
And it's not just the assault-on-the-senses approach of the music that I like - the whole OTT goth-ness is really, I dunno, entertaining.. in the same way as H.P. Lovecraft's endearingly awkward prose. I'm a great fan of the death metal sub-genre that combines huge Sabbath-tastic riffs with operatic female vocals and gothic orchestral flourishes - it's like the musical equivalent of pigging out on birthday cake..
So anyway, what's people's opinions on this kind of stuff? Is it ghastly, stupid nonsense, or does anyone else want to confess a liking for machine gun drumming and singers pretending to be trolls? Should I stop listening to it, or should I feed the flames of my interest my downloading more songs with names like "Funeral Moon Over Carpathian Forest"?
(Oh, and rest assured I'm not going to start dressing the part, and continue to listen to a vast variety of other music as well - it's not a full blown obsession or anything)