Re: Re: Blackened 2020

Cool. Just got a break from the endless childcare/online university education so I could watch it. Damn, we’re all getting old! Lars is starting to look like Harry Dean Stanton.

I really enjoyed catching up with you guys and watching that doc. Can we do it again sometime soon? How about a concert video?


Re: Blackened 2020

I agree that it’s not that bad reimagined. (I would also contend, never has Lars looked more ridiculous than his squinting overperformance in what is now a power ballad.) All in all, I dig it!

Also, not to blow your minds, but: Robert Trujillo is now the bassist who has been in Metallica the longest, making him a part of the band’s de facto mainstay lineup.


Re: Re: The Arsies: A Reflection

I think there are actually two amazing things here:

1) “[Y]ou somehow have managed to avoid the calcification of musical tastes that is a basic biological fact of age. How did you do that?”  I agree, this is truly exceptional.  In case you want to know what the near opposite of what you have been able to achieve is, here is a list of the ten albums I have most recently purchased:

  • Candlemass — The Door to Doom
  • Dream Theater – Distance over Time
  • Overkill – The Wings of War
  • Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Night
  • Avantasia – Moonglow
  • Beast in Black – From Hell with Love
  • Evergrey – The Atlantic
  • Within Temptation – Resist
  • Ancient Bards – Origine: The Black Crystal Sword Saga PT.
See the rest here

Re: Re: The Arsies: A Reflection

Thank you, my friend! I think the First Listens have had the key effect of keeping my tastes fluid and evolving. I’ll keep that going, as I said, so that I can That, and being in frequent contact with other (younger?) metalheads in my area; these folks are not shy about talking at me about <insert random band or subgenre> at me until I relent and promise to give it a listen with an open mind.


Re: Before the Arsies Begin…

That’s some excellent analysis, JaPaBo. I can’t argue with the math!

What I can say, however, is that I don’t intentionally go against the grain per se. If anything, I try to avoid groupthink and keep an open mind about albums I’m going to listen to. The payoff comes in those moments when I find myself saying, “You know, this new Winger album is pretty good!”


Re: Re: Metal?

I’ve been thinking a lot about your answers to my question. I agree with both of you on some points.

In particular, I can think of plenty of examples of bands that have a shifting relationship with the genre over time. (Hey, we can’t all be Overkill Inc.) And yet, most people don’t talk about metal albums; the categorization happens around the band.