Malus Rune wrote:
Meh, the thing that draws me to DevilDriver over a lot of other newer bands is that I don't get the feeling that they're trying to impress anyone. I tend to find that metal is suffering a little from inbreeding; the fact that nowadays more and more metal musicians learnt instruments trying to play metal is resulting in a lot of newer metal bnads trying to "outdo" older ones in terms of technical complexity, and I'm just not very fond of that- it seems to be getting more and more about trying to play faster and heavier then anyone before them, and less and less about trying to create a particular atmosphere or point or effect with the song- it's more about the pride of being able to create it then it is about the actual finished project. Then on the other hand you get the more watered down modern bands- naming no names
- which try to appeal to the mainstream and blend with hardcore and such. DevilDriver find a nice bit of middle ground for me; they don't oversimplify themselves or overcomplicate themselves, they just create music using the talent at their disposal. They don't ape the sound of older metal bands, but they seem to ape the values in songwriting.
That and I'm fond of DevilDriver's improvement within their own style. I'm not really that fond of many bands that formed after the turn of the century, but I was quite fond of Scar Symmetry until they got rid of their old vocalist (Their new vocalists are alright, but nothing on Alvestam). They've improved steadily throughout the course of their albums and I'm interested to see where they're going.
Maybe that's true for a lot of new big name bands, and I know that the technical wankery war you mention is evident in a lot of new thrash bands, but I can think of 30 bands I would put before Devildriver in terms of the most promising and progressive. To be honest I thought their last one was a big step back, about half of it sounded like filler to me. I think their best was The Last Kind Words, so I'm hoping their next is more along that line.
I don't know though man, there are a TON of great bands IMO that have only been around since 2000 or later. Arsis, Alcest, Martriden, Skeletonwitch, Gojira, Gorod, Code, Wintersun, Ahab, Cobalt, Giant Squid, Vreid, Woburn House, Oranssi Pazuzu, Shrinebuilder, Isole, those are some off the top of my head, and if I actually looked I could find a shitload more.
You know Alvestam is in a new band now, Solution .45, which based on the little i've heard sounds a lot like Scar Symmetry, maybe a bit better, I wasn't really a big fan of the last couple Scar Symmetry albums though.
Speaking of Alcest though, has anyone heard their new one, Ecailles De Lune? It's really good sounding so far, they have a great mix of softer atmospherics and harder almost black metal-ish bits.