Is Metal Dead? This question has been being asked by many and the answer assumed by a few for a long, long time, so we thought we would get views from local and international musicians as well as UAE metal fans.
Check out part 2 here.
Here are some of the answers we have received so far:
Matze from Hatred (Germany)
“No! There will always be people that are not satisfied with what mainstream media offers them. They are searching for more, for more honesty, crudeness, brutality, true emotions, energy… They are searching for a vent and they want to scream out their anger! They know that there is no ideal world out there! These people accept the ugly face of humanity and Metal music is one of their means of choice…and hey – we all know humanity!
Nadim Jamal – Absolace:
Not at all! Just evolving as all genres do (and should).
Nadim Bibby – Anuryzm
You can say metali is not as commercial as POP or RNB and not as popular as disco back in 70s and 80s and I believe that’s what makes it special. Metal is not only music you listen to but it’s lifestyle. Metal been through rough times especially when the punk era started in the UK and the USA in the late 60S early 70s and again when the disco era started late 70s early 80s, but after all Metal Survived, so I really don’t think Metal is Dying.
And as The Gods of Metal (MANOWAR) said: Losers try to put us down it’s just another day… Time to burn you losers better learn, No one controls our goddamn lives
We are the undefeated we’re not living in the past
We’re here tonight to kick some goddamn ass
Feel the power of the wheel lets drink to riding steel
Livin hard and ridin fastLong Live Heavy Metal \m/
I’m also looking forward to getting the new Mars Volta album and also the forthcoming Rush one. It will probably be crap but I’ll buy it as I just can’t help it when it comes to that band!
But while metal (and prog) may still be alive, I find I’ve moved on personally.
I still buy the odd album, when I read a good review – or even a bad one sometimes! But I must admit I get diminishing returns.