6/6/06 is only days away! If you were tied to the goat head alter and forced to differentiate between Grind Skronk and Math Prog Metal, would you be able to do it? Well, wouldja, punk? There's no better way to bone up on all your sub-genres of metal than with The Belly of the Beast's 2005 marathon collection The Metal Genre Education Kit. Stefan's been playing metal, propaganda and other sounds in the middle of the night on WFMU for several years now - for an interview with him about his show, go here. And to hear WFMU Program Director Brian Turner recite metal genres in the company of metal industry intelligentsia such as Dave Mustaine, Lars Ulrich and Slash, see this post here.
Here's what Stefan had to say in way of introduction to his Metal Genre Education Kit, then follow the jump for all the MP3s and more notes from Stefan. (Genres are in parentheses.)
First of all... Thanks for your donation, and thanks for supporting WFMU!! Second of all... there was no way I could cover all the metal genres that are out there, so I've left off the metal thatyou already know about, the 70's and 80's metal like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, etc., and focused on metal from the 90's and 00's that I particularly like, and you may not yet love as much as you should, such as...
Harvey Milk - The Anvil Will Fall
Cool dirty sludgy crunching pounding guitar moments, relaxed melancholy and angstful melancholy, unpredictability and genre shifting.
Warhorse - Every Flower Dies No Matter The Thorns
Crushing heavy, chuggin. slowness, misery... doom!
(Japanese Post-Hardcore Metal)
Depth - Cage
Three young women from Osaka Japan, putting some hardcore/grindcore screaming on top of Helmet/Metallica style guitar crunch. Tasty!
Kyüss - Hurricane
Queens of the Stone Age led me back to the late Kyüss, warm fuzzy Sabbathy guitar rock with melodic vocals. I love these guys!
Earth - Song 4
My friend Will says of Earth if they play so slow, you'd at least think they could hit the right notes. Well, for me this droning guitar slab is fine relaxation metal... Earth contained Joe Preston,
now lurking in the latest High on Fire album, and Sunn O))) draw their influence from Earth as well.
Godflesh - Slavestate
Drum machine grinding dirge. What some grindcore sounded like when it first became a genre.
Praxis - Stronghold
John Zorn's screetching sax plus Bucketheads's crazy guitar solos, and Mick Harris from Napalm death on drums...
Hellnation - Acceptance
Short sweet fast political hardcore up a notch becomes grindcore.
(Turkish Technical Death Metal)
Necrophagist - Stabwound
That cool new thing where precision and guitar soloing sounds almost jazzy. Now everybody's doing it.
(Symphonic Black Metal)
Cradle of Filth - Her Ghost In The Fog
Wish I could include the creepy video. The screamy evil vocals superfast drums and mesmerizing guitar make it black, atypical vocal variety.
Strapping Young Lad - Oh My Fucking God
Metal with a sense of humor. At first I thought the human drummer was a drum machine.
(Brazilian Death Metal)
Sepultura - Propaganda
One of my favorite bands, political death metal. They don't quite do the classic cookie monster vocals that Death Metal usually sports. See Necrophagist for that.
Motörhead - In The Black
Nice wholesome metal. What more is there to say?
(EZ Listening Ska Grindcore)
Scrawl - 100 Doors
Even more genre hopping than Harvey Milk, Scrawl is all over the map, with AC's Seth Putnam on vocals at times. Why can't more bands be like this?
(Math Prog Metal)
Orthrelm - Aonkrit Iom-Spear
If this isn't math metal I don't know what is.
Sissy Spacek - 61.Untitled
Cut up noise.
Painkiller - Lathe of God
A distilled Praxis; another Bill Laswell thing.
(Death Metal Electronica)
Ghengis Tron - Arms
More fun in genre bending, moments of death metal, moments of electronica or in other songs jazziness.
The Great Kat - Punishment
Virtuoso guitar shredder woman.
The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Professor's Theme
Getting back to that Iron Maiden style of the 80's is power metal, though these folks from the San Francisco bay area choose the futuristic space role playing game Traveller rather than the more
standard Dungeons and Dragons you might find from the German.
(Post-Queen Power Metal)
Blind Guardian - Battlefield
Who are by far my favorite of the european power metal folks. Their Nightfall on Middle Earth album is all songs inspired by Tolkien's Simarillian book. I seem to be the only one I know who actually
enjoys these Queen-inspired choruses and speedy drumming.
(Oldschool Nordic Black Metal)
Thorns - Aerie Descends
The Nordic Metal album has all the classic Black Metal bands. This is Thorns before Snorre W. Ruch's 8 years of jail time for his involvment in the killing of a member of rival band Mayhem.
Stormtroopers of Death - Antiprocrastination Song
Well, the 80's did make it on here for just a moment, in the form of this super brief song from the politically questionable SOD. Thrash being where metal started to take on some of the intensity of punk
(Remixed Dance Grindcore)
Brutal Truth - Perpetual Larceny
Yes, really is one of the grindcore greats remixed and with a beat.
(Justice Catalyst Metal)
Noam Chomsky - What Is Globalization?
My favorite metal band of all time, as musical as he gets.