But I've ignored the introduction to this topic completely, haven't I?
Well, since I was 15 [and until today] I've admired a very particular band, which sank me into the deepest darkness, when words and music and my favorite harmonies combined into a place, which I found out was called Blackwater Park, and it made me overcome a lot of difficulties I would later face in my teenage life.
That band is Opeth, and it had nor has absolutely nothing to do with Black Metal. However, the band's earlier style [which I love much more than the present] made me want to discover the more darker pits of the Metal genre.
Black Metal always looked very mystical to me, and through the years I found myself wanting to relate to it more, because I found the themes of forests and nature very close to my heart. I loved the guitars and the vocals especially, but the monotone drumming and the perpetum mobille of the same thing did overdo themselves after the 2 minutes of the first song.
So although in terms of genre, Black Metal music is not as delicate as Post Punk, nor it is as fabulous as New Wave or Synthpop, and you may find more punks that relate to Black Metal because of the sound similarities. But I ask you, don't you find Black Metal goth?
I mean, maybe it's the brutal attitude [or the Neo Nazi themes, I love exaggerating this one because a lot of the Black Metal music focuses on the Nordic greatness, particularly some who like to make the world a better place and believe that everything which is not Nordic should perish] but Black Metal is really dark, morbid and can sound depressing.
Not to mention the beautiful, folk-like image.
I do not know a lot of Black Metal bands, but some I really enjoyed watching on stage. My first and last concert so far featured the Israeli bands Eternal Decay and Kutna Hora, both sounded absolutely amazing live, although at the time I didn't like any music such as they played. But live the act looked real, the corpse paint, the candles on stage, the inverted crosses and the theatrical show, which was exactly what I person should witness when coming to a quality Black Metal concert.
I still regret not taking pictures of that concert, but I wasn't into concert photography back then.
Kutna Hora. The sign behind the drummer states "There's No god" in Hebrew.
For the record, this is how I looked like while watching these amazing guys play:
Boris and I both turned out really amusing in this photo.I'm like overlooking my entire life, and Boris looks like he just came back from the Supermarket.
What do you think? Do you find Black Metal inspiring? Or do you find other genres of Metal, such as Doom, not less depressing? Do you like metal at all and if not, found this entire post unrelated and crappy?
If everything mentioned above, please do comment!
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Fun Fact: About a week ago my 14 year old brother wrote me, that he happened to find a CD that belonged to me in our parents' house in Israel. He told me it's his new favorite band. It was a CD given to us by the lovely Eternal Decay. Someone is growing into the deepest darkness!
I still hate who Varg Vikernes is and think he should stay in prison forever, but I found his music very inspiring at times.