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Old 03-27-2010, 09:23 PM
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too many bullshit sub-genres

anyone else think there are way too many subgenres these days? a few come to mind that i dont think should be serious categories... such as:

viking metal
epic metal
folk black metal
blackened death metal
etc.


seems like just about everyone is making a subgenre to describe the particular style of two or three bands. black and death metal are the worst offenders. i really dont think that you need a new genre category to describe a slightly different sound. example: "skeletonwitch are thrash, BUT THEY PLAY IN A LITTLE HEAVIER TUNE THAN SOME BANDS, so therefore they are BLACKENED THRASH"

not really sure where else im going with this, it just annoys me to see people list their favorite metal genres and then post a bunch of made up bullshit.

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Old 03-27-2010, 09:33 PM
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viking metal
epic metal
folk black metal
blackened death metal
There are very few viking metal bands, but it's a real genre

"Epic metal" is stupid

"folk black metal" sounds like it should be a real genre, but when I think about it, it's mostly just too much folk.

"Blackened Death Metal" is pretty much just straight up death metal nowadays.

My favorites:

shred metal
black n roll
death n roll
grind n roll
dark metal
"New Wave Of American Heavy Metal" when it's really just referring to melodic metalcore.
war metal, even though I fukn luv it
depressive/suicidal black metal, even though I fukn luv it
and FUNERAL DOOM. WHAT THE FUCK DOES FUNERAL DOOM EVEN MEAN?
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:34 PM
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Every metal song in my iPod is labeled metal, but that's hardly every song. I sincerely apologize that for you it apparently is.
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Every metal song in my iPod is labeled metal, but that's hardly every song. I sincerely apologize that for you it apparently is.
Not every song is metal, I just selected all and typed Metal.
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Yeah, I've seen that thrown around a couple of times. I've never really checked out the bands, but I assumed it was like a Therion/Katatonia-type band.
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There are very few viking metal bands, but it's a real genre
but is there a musical difference than any other metal? or is it called this just because the bands have a "viking" theme to them? if thats the case then thats why i think its bullshit, you cant group bands into a genre based on their lyrics alone.
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To me, metal breaks down into a few general categories:

Traditional Metal (takes many forms)
Progressive Metal
Power Metal
Melodic Metal
Thrash Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal

I think there's some others out there, but beyond the ones I listed and a few others I probably forgot because of lack of interest - all bands considered metal are merely a combination or cross-section of influences from these genres. You can break them down into somewhat well-defined subgenres and musical movements if you want - but I basically think 99% of all metal can, to some degree, be classified by using one or two of these genres.
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but is there a musical difference than any other metal? or is it called this just because the bands have a "viking" theme to them? if thats the case then thats why i think its bullshit, you cant group bands into a genre based on their lyrics alone.
Nonono, bands that have a viking theme but are pretty much just melodeath are bands like Amon Amarth and Ensiferum (although Ensiferum's lats album was pretty valhalla)

I'm talking about bands like Mithotyn, Einherjer, Kampfar, etc. I don't know a ton of them, but they sound decidedly different than other bands with a viking theme. Almost like the guitars could be played on lutes or horns if they wanted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TxZ2m5Sayk

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