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They’re music is not even remotely “scene.” That’s the “I’ve never listened to them and only saw a picture of them in make-up” argument. It’s been dead for years. They haven’t even looked remotely scene since like 2006…
Gates is essentially a jazz fusion player, weaving in and out of diminished and augmented arpeggios and sweeps. I mean, he even went to college for a degree in Jazz playing. They harmonize with 7ths and 5ths, whereas most other metal bands only harmonize in 3rds.Zacky is a pure punk guitarist, citing Black Flag, Bad Religion and NOFX as his main influences.
Matt’s voice doesn’t sound remotely “scene.” His vocals are more Hetfield/Axl Rose than, uh, Hawthorne Heights? His voice has grit. He screams like Phil Anselmo. All those guys recognize A7X as being incredibly talented. Portnoy even played with them for a year. I don’t think he would have dedicated an entire year of his schedule for “charity” to help them with The Rev passing either, nor would he have tattooed their logo on his arm. They write incredibly complicated music spanning multi-genres, as opposed to churning out generic metal albums time after time.
“A Little Piece of Heaven” is a full out 8 minute orchestra and brass section piece with varying time signatures and augmented key changes. Gates plays fast, clean, and creative. His solos are melodic and memorable, as opposed to Kirk Hammett who just mindlessly shreds with a wah pedal or any other generic “let’s see how fast I can play” shredder. Their music is incredibly well thought out. “City of Evil” is an album of absolute fearless songwriting. I mean, half the songs on that album span around 7 minutes or longer, all seamlessly weaving in and out of more bridges and codas than most bands can count.
The point is, they obviously aren’t the most metal band ever. They don’t write silly songs about gorging intestines and worshiping Satan, because quite frankly, that shit is pretty lame for people out of high school. They don’t try to do that either. They’re a metal band for music listeners who enjoy other genres of music. They have diversity and dynamic to their sound and their music. They write meaningful lyrics and play very complex, creative, and refreshing material. Every album brings new elements to the table, which is actually saying something in the realm of “metal music.”
Favorite Song - Second Heartbeat
Most Hated Song - There’s some weak stuff on the first album
Favorite Member - Syn Gates
Favorite Video - So Far Away
Merch I Own - All of their albums (CD and Vinyl), books, 30+ shirts, Syn Gates custom guitar, Posters + Flags.
Seen Them Live - 12 times and counting!
Band Rating - They have a special meaning to me. Outstanding musicians and an incredibly underrated band.
Coheed and Cambria
Favorite Song - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Most Hated Song - Radio Bye Bye
Favorite Member - Claudio Sanchez
Favorite Video - Here We Are Juggernaut
Merch I Own - All of their albums, some vinyl, shirts, tab books
Seen Them Live - 5 times
Band Rating - Another band that has cutting edge songwriting and musicianship. The ongoing concept is also very well written.
Favorite Song - Beggars
Most Hated Song - None.
Favorite Member - I like all of the members equally.
Favorite Video - Image of the Invisible
Merch I Own - All of their albums and DVD’s, shirts, posters.
Seen Them Live - 2 times.
Band Rating - Dustin is one of my favorite lyricists of all time. The ever changing style of the band always keeps it fresh. They’re truly the “Radiohead of Post-Rock.”
Favorite Song - Idiotique
Most Hated Song - Not a fan of most of Pablo Honey
Favorite Member - Thom Yorke
Favorite Video - Lotus Flower
Merch I Own - All of their albums, some vinyl, shirt, poster
Seen Them Live - 1 time
Band Rating - In my opinion, they’re the most important band of the last 20 or so years.
Nine Inch Nails
Favorite Song - Somewhat Damaged
Most Hated Song - None specifically
Favorite Member - Trent Reznor, ie: The Only Member
Favorite Video - Closer
Merch I Own - All of their albums, singles
Seen Them Live - Never. I’d like to change that, but he’d have to tour under NIN again.
Band Rating - Reznor is one of the few modern day musical geniuses. A very underrated composer and songwriter, often misunderstood. He’s on a completely different level.