mixtape: metallurgy metal orgy

MPHimage_1My (triumphant) return to the radio airwaves occurred last Friday evening with my new show MPH on Party934.com. The goal of the show isn’t to bring back my college and community radio specialty shows from waaaaaay back when as much as it is to provide me with a new creative outlet. Apart from a torrent of technical difficulties on the first show stemming from broadcasting at home and my general lack of practice on the mic and board overall, I think it went fairly well. The initial response was good, anyhow.

One listener dropped me a line after the show to inquire about Voivod who are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band this year. Harrowing to fathom these quixotic Quebecois survived that long acting as an unintended inspiration for more musical styles than most artists have albums. One such would be their influence on metalcore which stumped the listener during the conversation. That was until I sent them to fetch “Fuck off & Die” from Rrröööaaarrr which includes a nice combination of punk and metal prowess and more than enough attitude to satiate both.

At a time when punk and metal kids did not necessarily get along there was also a blurring of where hardcore’s quickening aggression ended and metal’s increasing voracity began that birthed “thrash.” Thrash metal and crossover thrash (from the hardcore scene) are not one-in-the-same but the similarities between the two are nearly unavoidable, albeit running somewhat in parallels – take for instance D.R.I. “the Explorer” and Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” or the propensity of the latter to cover the Misfits. The intertwined (but for appearances mutually exclusive) forms helped birth elements of skate punk, thrashcore, grindcore, crust and so on.

By the end of the decade the rift was more about “scenes” than it was necessarily about sound and into the 90s the line became blurred enough to heave into the precursors of modern metalcore combining the riffing inspired by thrash metal and the breakdowns instituted in punk hardcore along with in many cases a seeming disdain for the prototypical song structures that had come to define both. It probably didn’t hurt that metal suffered the identity crisis first with the late 80’s “Hair” Glam scene and then with the early 90s impacting “Grunge” Alternative scene which forced some underground metal to duck into the comforting shadows of hardcore forcing all-the-more a fusion of styles and sounds through the latter part of the millennium.

Ironically, most kids that were exposed to metalcore in the 2000s as a marketing ploy suffered from a lack of knowledge that allowed them traverse more easily between the once diametrically opposite scenes along the same sound trajectory. Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge also cost them in exposure to some of the tenants that made their tastes possible. Being a thrash kid myself, I decided to help play connect-the-dots on this coming week’s MPH which will be beginning a series titled “metallurgy metal orgy” where I’ll explore the roots, trunk and leaves of a particular element of heavy music – in this case the non-chronological lineage of “metalcore”

“Think” Void
“Let Me Help” Bad Brains
“Cyco” Sucidial Tendencies
“Color My Blood Red” Converge
“73-C” Coalesce
“Resistance” Zao
“Crossbearer” Cave-in
“7 Stitches” Disembodied
“Forever” As I Lay Dying
“Shattered by the Sun” Unearth
“N2” God Forbid
“Three Crosses” Neck
“Elevate in Madness” Candiria
“Watch Out” Vision of Disorder
“Apparition” Most Precious Blood
“Life of My Own” Cro-Mags
“Be Loud” Leeway
“Aftershock” Anthrax
“For Indifference” Overcast
“Temple from the Within” Killswitch Engage
“Before Dishonor” Hatebreed
“Waiting” Strife
“Victory” Biohazard
“Locomotive” Sick of it All
“This Time” Life of Agony
“Too Many Boss” Sam Black Church

with a final honorable mention to Motörhead – but that was one of the few bands most punks and metalheads could universally agree upon. I’ll bet some of you think I missed someone – or worse misappropriated someone… right? Well, make your arguments in the comments!

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