So, for quite a long time, I've liked Hardcore. I don't want to genre-wank about what is and isn't hardcore, that isn't the point of this post. But for the sakes of keeping everyone on the same level, hardcore evolved from punk to be even more loud and offensive than it's pregenitor.
The point is, Hardcore sounds quite...abrasive. To many it just sounds like noise, and I can sympathize with them to an extent. A good example of hardcore is this song by a band called Architects. If you can ignore the rather odd video and just listen to the song, so much the better. (WARNING, NSFW, CONTAINS LOUD SCREAMING AND SOME FAIRLY LIBERAL USE OF EXPLETIVES)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgZWEAhj3Uo&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Now I'm guessing a fair number of you listening to that will be thinking something along the lines of a request as to what illicit substances I have inhibed, but the fact is that I have and will buy and download CDs full of that kind of stuff, go and see shows performed by similar artists, et al, along with thousands of other people the world over.
The issue is, I don't know why.
Whenever I listen to this kind of stuff, there's still a bit of my brain saying 'WHAT, IN GOD'S NAME, IS THIS
'. It sounds like something produced by a pack of frenzied wolves setting upon a guitar shop and it's unfortunate owner. Surely, we'd have to be mad to like that stuff wouldn't we?
In the case of Early Grave, that song I linked earlier, I feel the need to point out that it is incredibly musically complex, alternating irregular (it starts in 7/4 for any of the musically inclined out there) time signatures, polyrhythms etc etc - just because it sounds like they're assaulting their instruments doesn't mean it's the case.
But back to the point at hand. And I'll extend it to other genres like Extreme Metal (you know, the stuff that you heard the news reports about it making a satanist of you as a child) and the kind of modern orchestral works that sound like all players just decided to do their own thing and record it. What drives people to listen to this kind of music? Why do we do it?
As I say this, a cynical part of me says that it's simply trying to not be 'mainstream' and this is my way of showing it but I'd like to think I'm not as shallow as that. But what do you think?
P.S, first post, please don't be too harsh.