Where’s the metal in black?
The problem was suggested by Darkthrone in one of their songs: there’s too much black for too little metal… And that’s true to this “new generation” of “black metallers”. I mean if you intend to practice black METAL, it’s just fair that the Metal has to come in capital letters.
That said, let’s plunge into the world of Aussie band Autumn’s Dawn: good instrumental: checked; raspy guitars: checked; über melancholy: checked; good compositions: CHECKED! So what’s the problem here?
The answer is very simple: the freaking vocals! Why does this guy have to sing in a mellow yellow way? The confusion between pop and metal is what it makes (a certain publication) says that the future of metal is on non-metal bands. To classify a band as “post-black metal” is simply STUPID. Post-rock, Post-hardcore, what the fuck does that mean? Even worse: when one classifies something as post-black metal is still considered BLACK METAL which is a non-truth. Just think about post-punk and put in context: when people compare a band like Alcest with Darkthrone, it is the same to say that The Police or Billy Idol were as punks as The Exploited or GBH. That’s absurd, that’s made to sell to the masses.
Gone is not a bad album: on the contrary, it’s a beautiful one. But when you can’t tell metal from pop you have a huge problem!
Honestly I can’t imagine the delicate guys from Autumn’s Dawn listening to Venom, Bathory or Blasphemy at their homes. Can you?
Gone is out now on Eisenwald.