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Project, Week 2

English: Guitarist Roope Latvala of Children o...

English: Guitarist Roope Latvala of Children of Bodom performing at the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week was difficult, I mean doing the project was difficult. It was the last week at work before the second half of my summer holiday, so I had a lot of things to do. But I did write the review for The Inheritance by Witherscape. I didn’t finish any books, I just read some more of Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. They aren’t easy books, so it will take some time for me to finish them.

Anyway, this summer has been quite revealing for me. Or once, I’m starting to understand what I really want in my life. I don’t know how, that’s a different story, but knowing what I want is really a good start. How zen! (Not…) All my life, I seem to have avoided clear goals, perhaps because plans usually change because life never goes 100% as planned. And I’ve always wanted things to be certain. If there’s even a possibility of uncertainty, the doesn’t sound too good to me. Until now.

But I’m on my holiday and I’ll take it easy this week, so I’ll won’t probably be reading any books (unless something comes up and I get the inspiration to grab either book, or a new book). I think I’m going to finish the first season of Arrested Development, a great American tv comedy. And a half of my family has their birthdays this week, so I need to get some birthday presents for them. That’s my project week #3. Simple.

Anyway, here’s the band of the week (or month). Latvala Bros, a band formed by Roope Latvala after Stone disbanded in the early 90s (and way before Roope joined Children of Bodom), with his brother who plays the drums. It’s instrumental thrash metal, nothing less, nothing more, but it’s still damn good.

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The Rise and Fall of Grunge

a band in a kitchen

a band in a kitchen (Photo credit: soundfromwayout)

I bumped into grunge like many European (and North American) kids in the early 90s. Music Television. At that time, grunge wasn’t really what I wanted my music to be like. It was not loud or heavy enough, I suppose. I got into Dream Theater, Pantera, Death, and Paradise Lost. You know, heavier kind of stuff.

In 1990 the question was “GNR or Metallica?” and a couple of years later it was “Nirvana or Metallica?” For me, the answer was always easy.

For years, I thought grunge was something evil that killed thrash metal. But in the end, what it killed was glam metal that was very much the opposite what grunge was all about. Thrash metal was actually closer to grunge – the attitude was the same, and they shared the punk influence, too.

Kurt Cobain (front) and Krist Novoselic (left)...

Kurt Cobain (front) and Krist Novoselic (left) live at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But grunge didn’t kill thrash metal. Thrash metal did it all by itself in the early 90s. It was the last part of the natural cycle and it happens with practically every genre. On the other hand, thrash did not die as such – new thrash bands popped up with a bit different sounds. Sepultura, Machine Head and of course: Pantera. The Next Generation of Thrash Metal, TNGoTM, also categorized as groove metal.

It took years for me to get into grunge. But now I can say I like many grunge bands. Or many grunge songs, anyway. Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Melvins to mention a few. Even Nirvana.

In the end, grunge was just a small regional scene that got big. Just like thrash metal in the Bay area in the 80s, or death metal in Florida in the 90s, or melodic death metal in Gothenburg in the 90s as well.

Invented logo of Grunge.

Invented logo of Grunge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trends always come and go. Just like punk killed prog rock in the late 70s, grunge killed glam metal in the early 90s. There are times when you have to shake the tree of rock’n’roll and show them what rock is all about. It’s not about big hairstyles, playing 200 notes a second or doing over-the-top live shows. It’s about playing loud, making people love your music and.. Well, rock.

We all have our definitions of rock music and still, good rock music is damn hard to define. Grunge wasn’t my cup of tea in my teenage years but I still value it. I hope you do it, too.

 

 
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Posted by on 19.11.2012 in In English, Music

 

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Band(s) of the Month: Riverside and Godlesson

I’m starting a new tradition here. Each month, I’ll pick up a band or two that have fascinated me. Enjoy.

Riverside is a progressive rock/metal band from Poland. I can’t remember the first time I bumped into them, but it certainly took some while to get into them. This song has really stuck to my head recently.

Godlesson, ah, thrash metal from Oulu. Slayerish energy with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Great.

 

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