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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 26: Amateur Hour

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This week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reintroduces our ticket giveaway for Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After the success of our DevilDriver giveaway in June, we’re inviting South Florida residents (or any able/willing to attend) to see The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, and Alterbeast on Monday, October 13th. If interested, email podcast@metalunderground.com with subject heading “Black Dahlia Murder,” and submit your full name matching your ID.

Even if you can’t make it, lend us a hand and share our giveaway far and wide on social media; the more popular it gets, the more we can spread this experiment nationwide and to a venue near you.

Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) weighs in with a rather prickly and pessimistic insight on the longterm effects of Internet culture on the music/metal scene, specifically the downsides (and there are always downsides).

The downloading issue has been talked to death, but Mike sees some mass psychological implications at work here as well, and they do not bode well for the future. His hypothesis: due to the increased platform the Web offers to egoistic, insecure, and often talent-starved amateurs, there will never again emerge a tremendously popular, universally loved rock ’n’ roll band, much less a metal band. Listen in to hear his full thoughts on the matter.

Finally, Kevin offers a detailed review of the new self-titled album from Darkest Hour, which boasts a new rhythm section and a potentially divisive new direction in style - although Kevin puts up a passionate and justified defense on the album’s behalf. Do you agree?

Listen in here, subscribe via iTunes and RSS, offer feedback if you’re so inclined, and enjoy!

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1. Carlos Santos writes:

Mike and Kevin, greetings!
Another great one, with one of the topics being something I also wonder about now and then. However, I will start with Darkest Hour - and, Kevin, I can say I liked them. The song above is, from the four songs I heard from the album, the one that seems lighter, although the midsection has a quite a 'classic heavy metal' structure and vibe to it. It makes the song interesting. For lack of a better comparison, Darkest Hour feel what Bad Religion are to punk, as far as their approach to melody. Changes - or lack of changes for that matter - made by bands are always divisive: ultimately, the final decision must always remain with the band. It's their dream.
Mike, I agree with your general statement about the Web issue. I think Metallica were the last paradigmatic band: they blew open the doors of mainstream music. People can say what they want, but heavy metal conquering the world was always something sung and talked about. Metallica changed the way the genre was looked at, at least enough to start having Pantera, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn in the charts. I don't think Avenged Sevenfold had that type of impact - I'm barely aware of the band, but that's most likely a generational thing. It will be very difficult for a rock'n'roll/hard'n'heavy band to be universally adored, but it might happen. I believe that after so much noise, there will be 'silence'. I agree with your premise of egotistical and insecure people flooding cyberspace with their music, but the upside is heavy metal is further way from dying than it was last year. There will always be great music - we're spoiled when it comes to choice, there's more than we can handle. Again, I agree with you, but when you think about it, whose to tell? There may be bands that might be considered underground classics in twenty years time - I was thinking of Hellhammer. This proliferation of bands is a bubble I believe will evenntually pop.
Sorry about the babbling. Always great to hear you guys.
Cheers!

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