Re: The Beatles and Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
posted at 8/18/2010 10:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The Beatles and Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
[QUOTE]ZILLAGOD: " I think the Beatles are just too musically advanced to have written a Heavy Metal song." LOL! Too musically advanced? I love the Beatles, but give me a break. If you are knowledgeable - I mean really knowledgeable - about real heavy metal, then you would know that in the history of modern music some of the most "musically advanced" musicians and composers outside of jazz are metal musicians. When it comes to modern rock and all the subgenres that vague label currently encompasses the best rock musicians are playing and writing metal. I'm not talking the hair metal of the 80s, though I love that stuff too, for what it is. I'm talking bands like Opeth, Mastodon, Gojira, Mar de Grises, Watain, Deathspell Omega, Negura Bunget, Between the Buried and Me, etc. Old Metallica and Megadeth would qualify as well - Master of Puppets and Rust in Peace are very "musically advanced" albums with impeccable musicianship and songwriting. I'm not trying to be disrespectful with this comment. As I said, I love the Beatles and have incredible respect for their music and their place in music history and the OP has a great point about their song Helter Skelter . However, the comment I'm responding to seemed to imply that metal is an inferior artform and I felt the need to point out that such a comment could only come from an ignorance or unfamiliarity with what metal can truly be. You don't have to like it, but to imply the people who play or write it are talentless hacks is silly.
Posted by bizona[/QUOTE]
If I can intercede here. I do not believe that Zilla's response was in anyway a shot at Metal musicians, past or present. He is a major proponent of both the genre and the musicians. And Metal, in it's basic format is difficult and yet can be very simple in the chord structure up to the point when the guitarists start to shred. And here, Harrison and Lennon could never touch them musically. Some of these guys out there are olympian athletes on their axe.
I believe (and I could be wrong) that the Beatles musicianship excedes all others because of their ability to write a song
. I must be honest and admit that I am not familiar with many of the bands you mentioned, but then I am old. This is what they did better than anyone. Even their simplist of songs had something that other bands could only tap into every now and then. The Beatles consistency in this phase and then the experimentation they explored in the studio just takes them to another level.
Definitely going to chekc out some of those bands you listed. Thanks.