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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

How to Appreciate Death Metal

posted by on February 6 at 16:00 PM

There are always ways to expand musical appreciation.

I now bring you the Wikihow -

How to Appreciate Death Metal:

1) Learn about the history and characteristics of death metal. I bet that itís more interesting and complex than you thought. Also, learn about all the stereotypes of death metal music and its fans and why they aren’t true at all. They are not all lazy, Satan-worshipping, animal-sacrificing psychos. They are actually normal people with family, friends and complex off-stage personalities, with the exception of maybe Glen Benton (from Deicide).

2) Listen beyond the crunching guitars and harsh singing. Although the rough guitar sound and grating vocals permeate all of death metal, it can take a little getting used to, especially if your ears are accustomed to softer sounds. Believe it or not, it’s more than just noise…There are melodies, patterns, and complexities to be appreciated if you listen attentively enough.

3) If you really donít understand the harsh death grunts, donít be afraid to look at them on a lyrics website. Two great lyrics websites are and You might be surprised by the complexity and large vocabulary of some of the lyrics. And it’s also worth noting that if you like music that rhymes on every line you might not like Death Metal that much because a lot of Death Metal musicians don’t use this technique.

4) Realize that playing and singing death metal requires enormous practice and skill. Even bass players, who don’t do the complex leads and melodies associated with death metal guitar, cite to have practiced one piece of music for at least a full year just for a mere audition.

5) Watch a live death metal performance. Even if it’s on a TV screen, observe how the group members manipulate the instruments. If you’ve ever tried to play those instruments yourself, you’ll probably be amazed with how skillfully they play. It takes practice, and dedication, which challenges the stereotype of metalheads being lazy and careless. You might also be surprised about how energetic some of the performers are.

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Posted by PGC | February 6, 2008 4:44 PM

pgc, i just went to the bathroom in my pants laughing at that.

Posted by big bird | February 6, 2008 4:55 PM

I can't believe someone put time into writing that wiki.

Posted by drheavy | February 7, 2008 7:27 AM

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