Today, it’s quite safe to say that Metal, thanks to the internet, has exploded (in a good way) and scattered its ashes over the vast expanse of modern music. The increased exposure to the genre is no longer limited to the Global North which has probably resulted in a redoubling of its fanbase. In terms of global reach, metal is mostly a post – millennial phenomenon when it terms of relative popularity. But a larger fanbase equates to a roughly proportional increase in the number of people aspiring the “band” designation, inevitably waylaying all ideals of ingenuity and resorting to its status symbol attachment. As is unavoidable at this juncture is the uncontrollable flux of bands barging open the doors of redundancy. Bands after bands just boot themselves into existence inundated by extremely diluted ideals of individuality and rebellion, while at the same time keeping an eye on the perks they bring . And for this reason it is indeed tough today to get an album that truly moves you like it once did, say even a decade ago. Another factor of equal-but-usually-looked-over-merit is that the Internet has opened up itself to a multitude of opinions from a rapidly expanding user base of the genre, that has hitherto never opinionated and is now free to do so. The resulting in-consolidation of opinion will never elevate an album to a classic status.
I find this one reason why there can be no more Classics, if they are indeed around they’d be lost in the rubble of uninteresting failed records from bigger bands. The underground now remains forever shrouded to the ones who don’t want to challenge their current tastes and chooses to rather recline over comfily in whatever the Big Media spews out. Metal media is not innocent to these very same ideals. Even bands that have settled themselves into the mainstream or have rode their luck on previous successes have fallen victim to the throes of mediocrity forced on them by the demands of relevance and financial security. Especially so the latter. And that is precisely the case of this particular post. The last three albums from bands I usually look up to for a good dose of uncluttered heaviness have roiled themselves in. And yet this is my opinon..