I’m going to call out everyone that has called Metalcore (you know, bands like TRIVIUM, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, etc) the worst thing to happen to Heavy Metal ever. Some people make it seem like the genre of Metalcore is a disease, a cancer, a cheap mockery or a vile & disgusting perversion of the type of music we love. I will remind you that Metalcore is not the worst thing to happen, not by a long shot.
Say what you want about the mindless AT THE GATES plagiarism, the repetitive song structures or clichés, there is one thing you cannot deny about the bands in the new wave of corporate Metal is the fact that they can actually play their god damned instruments pretty well. I’m not saying they use this skill properly, but they just have that skill. Remember Nu-Metal, though? Those bands didn’t.
Nu-Metal can be said to have some of the same characteristics as Metalcore. Songs oozing with faux-angst, the blatant desire to have that “hit” by catering to what radio wants, very formulaic song structures, predictability and juvenile hissy fits for lyrics. However, Nu-Metal seemed to require no skill to play beyond hitting power chords and the displaying of rage against an authority figure simply because it was an authority figure. This is dishonest music by dishonest people, lashing out against the system that gives them their paycheck for acting mad. Well, when they’re not blatantly playing that desperate sing-along song just to be able to get on the radio.
Also, if you are going to be critical of the government (USA in this case), it would be nice to actually not look like an uneducated twat when doing so. It has the whole “Hey, all of my friends hate politicians, so I’m gonna hate them too!” mentality all over it, and the way it’s presented just makes DOPE look like even bigger tools than before.
You want something heavy laced with techno-beats and synthesizers? Just grab MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT or MINISTRY. This album is just shit. Repetitive, boring, asinine shit.
Oh yea, in the linear notes, there’s a lot of “Fuck this, fuck that) scribblings, I guess to show how tough these guys are. I’d like to add “Fuck Dope”.
Make that “Fuck off and die, DOPE”.
(Online May 27, 2007)