Music is best when it isn't confined by boundaries. Setting limits on creativity is contradictory to the very notion itself of being creative. So when I hear music such as Johnny Cash covering a Nine Inch Nails song, Willie Nelson singing Muppet tunes (seriously), Icelandic ambient-rockers Sigur Ros painting yet another lush and beautiful soundscape, I get excited because my ears and mind have been opened to a new sonic point of view that shows more possibilities.
For those who don’t have an open mind, heavy metal is a one trick pony; a style of music that has a narrow scope and an extremely limited offering. A new sonic point of view is the last thing that many would consider a heavy metal band as having to offer. I disagree.
Meinl Cymbals has many artists from the heavy metal world who call our company “home.” One of the things that I am most proud of in terms of having these artists as part of our team is that there is no lack of creativity on their part. I really believe that creativity is what sets these artists apart from the rest of their peers. With already established artists such as Brann Dailor of Mastodon or Derek Roddy of Serpents Rise – just to name a couple, a creative bar has been set that challenges all new-comers in terms of musicality and of course, technique.
The challenge is being answered. Recently, there has been a groundswell of outstanding new talent to come forth in the metal world. Most to all of it is entrenched in what is known as “Extreme Metal,” or “Prog Metal.” Recent new Meinl cymbal artists that fall within these loose terms and are pushing the boundaries are –
- Kevin Lane – Whitechapel
- Cameron Losch – Born of Osiris
- Sam Applebaum – Veil of Maya
- Danny Walker – Intronaut, Phobia
- Navene Koperweis - Animosity
- Romain Goulon – Necrophagist
- Moe Carlson – Protest the Hero
- Joe Lionetti – Emmure
Each one of these artists are taking technique and creativity to another level – doing things that you and I can’t do…well, maybe that I can’t do…Either way, I think it’s high time that a serious re-appraisal is in order. Check out their artist pages and click on the links to their bands on those artist pages. Within the massive crush of metal, you’ll find a level of technique that is as inspiring as it is precise and a way of playing that is as expressive as it is devastating. Enjoy!