Metal and classical what is the connection gas in back

Jazz began as a popular music genre, but as it lost popularity it began to evolve, becoming more complex and sharing more and more similarities with classical music. If you look at the contemporary "classical" music of today it is almost inseperable from Jazz music. It is beginning to become difficult to tell where one genre ends and the other begins. The same can be said for electronic music, how many new music pieces feature a laptop as one of the instruments? A good little chunk of them I’d say.

That said, I believe that metal music is beginning it’s progression into a serious genre. Of course you have to wipe away the grimey exterior of more poppy metal which obscures the true art within the genre but it’s there. You may dislike or even hate what you hear, but there is no denying that it is valid music and that it is progressing quite rapidly.

What is happening is those who have reached the bottom of the metaphorical "metal pool" are in search of something that has even deeper roots. They got into the genre for different reasons, but they’ve reached the bottom and want to delve deeper into music, thus they find classical music which has had thousands of years to evolve and mature and latch onto that. They notice distinct similarities between the serious metal music that they had listened to and the pieces of music within the "Classical music" genre and therefore want others to see the similarity. What they are seeing is partially the genuine artistic factor and and also the fact that many metal groups have been heavily influenced by the classical and Jazz genres.

For the record, I actually went the opposite direction and started out liking classical at about age 12, then at age 18 discovered progressive rock (and was overwhelmed) and from there went on to harder rock like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, etc. I embraced some metal once it started being called that, but much of it is a lot of silly posturing to me. I do enjoy the ritual of it. It is a ritual of testosterone in a way.

There are occasionally metal acts (Apocalyptica for instance) that try to make a kind of metal/classical alloy if you’ll forgive the metaphor, with varying degrees of success. This can easily become very cheesy if not handled with some subtlety and expression. But is this really all that different from the Kronos Quartet playing Hendrix?

I reject the claims about how skillful classical musicians are compared to rock. Oh, please! Does anyone honestly think the triangle player in an orchestra has more skill than percussionist Neil Peart? Or does the timpanist even? Do most first violinists in most orchestras have more skill than someone who has devoted an entire lifetime to perfecting electric guitar like Robert Fripp? Somehow I doubt it.

I reject the claims about how skillful classical musicians are compared to rock. Oh, please! Does anyone honestly think the triangle player in an orchestra has more skill than percussionist Neil Peart? Or does the timpanist even? Do most first violinists in most orchestras have more skill than someone who has devoted an entire lifetime to perfecting electric guitar like Robert Fripp? Somehow I doubt it.I do disagree with this to an extent, though at the same time I agree with it.

I honestly believe that classical musicians are the most technically and musically advanced in general. The skill and devotion necessary to play a classical acoustic instrument such as a cello or a violin (just to stick with the ones that I know the best) at the caliber that most of these professional musicians play at is a feat almost unmatchable by any other genre.

However this doesn’t undermine any other musician’s abilities or their instrument/genre. I think that Classical as a genre has become very elitist in the way that they see musicians and therefore judge on miniscule imperfections as opposed to the actual artistry or musicianship presented. Of course I do to a degree lump myself in with these "elitists" and believe that this level of ability should always be pursued by every musician, but in essence, I see no reason why this undermines an entire genre when if nothing else it just shows that it has room for improvement.

Jazz began as a popular music genre, but as it lost popularity it began to evolve, becoming more complex and sharing more and more similarities with classical music. If you look at the contemporary "classical" music of today it is almost inseperable from Jazz music. It is beginning to become difficult to tell where one genre ends and the other begins. The same can be said for electronic music, how many new music pieces feature a laptop as one of the instruments? A good little chunk of them I’d say.

That said, I believe that metal music is beginning it’s progression into a serious genre. Of course you have to wipe away the grimey exterior of more poppy metal which obscures the true art within the genre but it’s there. You may dislike or even hate what you hear, but there is no denying that it is valid music and that it is progressing quite rapidly.

What is happening is those who have reached the bottom of the metaphorical "metal pool" are in search of something that has even deeper roots. They got into the genre for different reasons, but they’ve reached the bottom and want to delve deeper into music, thus they find classical music which has had thousands of years to evolve and mature and latch onto that. They notice distinct similarities between the serious metal music that they had listened to and the pieces of music within the "Classical music" genre and therefore want others to see the similarity. What they are seeing is partially the genuine artistic factor and and also the fact that many metal groups have been heavily influenced by the classical and Jazz genres.Fascinating theory.