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Metal, often referred to as heavy metal, is a genre developed from rock music. Now that might seem a little obvious, but the music itself goes a whole lot further than that. For those wondering what this is, “Heavy Metal: Faces Of The Genre and a Lifetime Of Work” is a definitive guide to metal, its genres, its sub-genres, its fusion genres, the pioneers of metal, idols in the industry and labels that work so hard to bring you your favorite music.
From the early 1960s, there has always been a hint of metal in mainstream music. What was considered “extreme” back then could only be considered the foundations, the building blocks of modern metal, and would see the birth of one of the most varied and massive genres to ever hit the world! It is noted that metal was originally conceived in the United Kingdom and America but from there, an industry was born and the world turned over. Despite the negative implications often associated with the genre at the time by parents, community and even the religious sector; Metal has stood strong and is continuing to grow, expand and gain influence on every continent of this earth. The genre has always been categorized by its overall loudness, beats, up-tempo passages, high gain to distorted amplifier sounds and the often ‘rough’ attitude from artists that wear the metal banner “loud and proud”.
So without further ado, let’s begin this journey of a lifetime.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s acts were noted for being the fathers of the metal genre, needless to say the genre’s stereotypes have changed a lot from then but acts like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath attracted large audiences, but often were put on the harsh end of the critic’s stick, which unfortunately came for most acts within the genre at the time.
Now in case you have been hiding out in some desert cave since the glorious 50’s these three bands are considered some of today’s biggest influence to modern groups but the ball didn’t just start with these three pioneering groups. There are others who hold the flag and represent what it meant to be “hard rock” or “heavy metal”. From the early days; The Who, Beatles, Cream, Rush, Journey and wit all honesty this list will go on and on. From acts that were originally knocked back by mainstream society, often accredited to being Satan/Devil worship to be some of the most well-known, prolific acts to ever hit the music industry, all in a matter of years. From the start, the genre proved that it was resilient, even when backed against the wall and frowned on by what seemed to be the world over.
The genre found its roots in the form of Memphis blues, yes, blues in the 1950’s. However, that doesn’t mean blues created metal in the 50’s instead it took almost a decade for the sound to develop and stand on its own accord. Think, the Rolling Stones. If there’s been a few names that have thus far stood the tests of time, the likes of The Rolling Stones are one of them.
So if the question was asked: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” My answer is simple; the egg came first in the shape of United Kingdom blues rock bands which in turn, influenced the American scene and from that egg, well… the chicken grew and grew. The tempos got faster, and the sound found itself “dirtier”. This is where the music itself became the building blocks for heavy metal. If there’s any other forces that made an impact on the metal scene it doesn’t take long to remember the likes of such seminal acts; The Who, Cream, and who could forget The Jimi Hendrix Experience! Hendrix’s virtuosity in technique would be emulated by many metal guitarists and the album’s most successful single, “Purple Haze”, is identified by some as the first heavy metal hit.
By the late 1960’s things moved towards a more approachable, modernly viewed metal sound. And their were a few candidates for the ‘first ever metal album’. Steppenwolf released their self-titled debut, which radio hit “Born To Be Wild” and coined the term, “heavy metal thunder” which sparked the flint to the hard rock/metal scene. In the same month, San Francisco band Blue Cheer released a cover ofEddie Cochran’s classic “Summertime Blues”, from their debut album “Vincebus Eruptum”, that many consider the first true heavy metal recording but it wasn’t until later in July, The Yardbirds’ “Think About It” (from the 1967 Yardbirds album Little Games)—B-side of the band’s last single—with a performance by guitarist Jimmy Page; and Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, with its 17-minute-long title track, which would be a prime candidate for first-ever heavy metal album.
The Jeff Beck Group, whose leader had preceded Page as The Yardbirds’ guitarist, released its debut record that same month: Truth featured some of the “most energetically molten, barbed, downright unique sounds of all time,” which became a breaking ground for generations of metal ax-slingers. In October, Page’s new band, Led Zeppelin, made its live debut. The Beatles’ so-called White Album, which also came out that month, included “Birthday” and “Helter Skelter”, then one of the heaviest-sounding songs ever released by a major band, at the time.
To the next chapter… Part Two.
After reviewing the upcoming ‘Wind’ from atmospheric black metalers Frigoris, I was gifted with the opportunity to ask the group’s frontman a few questions. We talked about the band, the differences between records and even views on how the internet has changed an industry.
· Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Firstly, who are you and what is your role in Frigoris?
Thank you for this opportunity. My name is Dominik Winter and I’m the head of Frigoris. Besides playing the guitar and doing the lead vocals, I write the songs and lyrics and do all of the management stuff.
· Your latest album, ‘Wind’ is due out in a matter of weeks, was the making of the record any different from past releases, if so, in what ways?
It took a lot more time to compose this album. The first fragments were already written in 2010 and could evolve during the following 2 years. I already knew that the sound should castaway most of the pagan elements of the earlier records and so I focused on creating a complex, absorbing atmosphere while writing the songs.
Last but not least it also was our first time recording in a professional studio which gave us the chance – besides creating a great sound – to work highly concentrated on some details of the songs which is not possible in a rehearsal room to that degree.
· Are you happy with how the record turned out, was everything where it was supposed to be?
Writing your own music is a hunt for the perfect song, perfect atmosphere and perfect sound. There is always a little something that could have been better but without that the excitement of doing all that would be gone. I think Wind is a well-rounded record and I really like what came out but I also learned a lot while writing the songs as well as visiting the studio and so the hunt will go on and drive us further.
· What groups or artists would you consider to be your biggest musical influences, not just in terms of style but those that got you into music in the first place?
It is very hard for me to specify that. When I started Frigoris I was a die-hard fan of Amon Amarth but I never got at least a vast sound that could have been considered similar to them. I would say it is all about atmosphere – at least it works for me this way. For example when I listen to Der Weg einer Freiheit I just forget everything around me enjoying the feeling they create and when I write music I try to reach the same. Somehow I managed to create my own writing style and when music inspires me it incites me to reach that great level of music in my own writing. On my way so far there are not many bands that managed to touch me for a very long time. Some of them are Nagelfar, Agalloch, Alcest or This will Destroy you.
· The music industry has changed vastly in a matter of years, the most notable change is the use of the internet to share, promote and sell records. Do you prefer this modernized industry or would you prefer people to look through their local music store to find the ‘gem’ they are looking for?
I think especially our generation of musicians really profit from the internet because it is much easier to spread your music not just in your region but in the whole world. On the other hand it’s much harder to step out of the mass of bands that try to get their music promoted. But this is just for the first insight in a band. If I could choose between a download or a real Jewelcase I would never choose the download. Holding a CD in your hand gives you a feeling of having something really valuable and creates a much greater bond between the listener and the music. So I’d say that the internet is really great for promotion but buying a CD instead of downloading it is much more satisfying
· How is your band received while your at home? Does it compare well to the international following you have gained, and is still gaining?
There was an important turning point in our history in the end of 2010/early 2011 when Pelle joined us on the drums and we started playing the first songs of Wind live. From that moment we began to feel an acceptance in our local “scene” due to our development towards atmospheric black metal combined with a stable and good live line-up. Since then we gained more and more fans here and therefore also the interest outside the ruhr-area and even outside of Germany grew. I hope this will continue and that we will have more opportunities to play shows in whole Europe. Wind will be an important milestone for that.
· Is there anyone you’d like to see have a ‘featured/guest spot’ on your next album, if so, why would you choose them?
If there was any guest musician I would like to participate on a Frigoris album it would be Alboîn from Eïs. He has a really great voice and already had some guest appearances in great records like the first Lântlos album or Argypnie’s 16.
· Are there any 2013 releases that have caught your ear, album’s you would consider mentioning?
I’m expecting very much of the new Deafheaven album. Roads To Judah was very inspiring and I hope Sunbather will even exceed that.
· Our readers are more often than not musicians themselves, what gear did you use to record ‘Wind’ and is there any advice you would like to give to those beginning in the metal industry?
Due to the fact that we visited a professional studio we had the chance to use a lot of equipment we don’t have in our rehearsal.
I think the best advice I could give anyone starting an ambitious band is: Do it yourself. If you want to play gigs – organize them. If you want to have contact to some more important people – just write them. Don’t rely on other people. We experienced that you can’t get forward if you show no initiative.
Thank you very much for answering all these questions! Hopefully this will only see Frigoris make a bigger name for itself in the industry.
If you’d like to read the 4.9/5 review for ‘Wind’, you can find it here: Wind Review
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