Thursday, May 26, 2011

No one actually listens to neofolk, right?



Look, I get it. I understand that you all feel the need to flatter your personal sense of open-mindedness; more accurately, that peculiar sense of open-mindedness that says that you have to listen to classical and folk and ambient if you like metal even though all those styles are generally really boring. I mean, you know how you feel about it: you post on metal forums and regularly talk about how closely linked heavy metal is to folk and classical music (which is something you read on ANUS originally but will lie about where you heard it) and how it's only natural that someone who listens to Deeds of Flesh would totally appreciate the above song! I mean, they're basically exactly the same thing.

Can we stop deceiving ourselves for a moment? Neofolk mostly fucking sucks- folk was popular back in the day (and by 'the day' I'm talking about when people had to chase down deer and beat them to death with rocks for food) because Devourment didn't exist yet. Haven't we moved on from that? I'm firmly convinced that 95% of the metalheads who claim to like archaic, mostly dead styles of music like folk or classical are really full of shit and only own their Dead Can Dance CDs because they feel like they have to and because Ihsahn probably lied too and said he liked them. That's not to say there isn't decent folk music out there that's actually listenable- I'm really into the super obscure NS folk group Parthenon from Greece- but for the most part it fucking sucks.

Sorry kids, but you listen to Darkthrone because you like Darkthrone, not because you like Norwegian traditionals.

11 comments:

  1. It sounds like you're talking less about neofolk than the "folk side projects" of metalheads. I'm down with neofolk and old folk song, and totally see why black metal guys are interested in both, but when headbangers dabble in acoustic songwriting the results are usually disastrous...

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  2. I love metal. I don't feel obligated to listen to neofolk. Because it sucks ass. All this makes me want to do is go to the renaissance festival and get giant beers and turkey legs.

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  3. Yeah this track and its ilk suck, but for me "neofolk" is Current 93, Death in June, etc... post-industrial bands that don't really sound like traditional folk music at all.

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  4. Can folk be that one 80's pop band Men With Hats... you know, they did "we can dance"

    I could get into that.....

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  5. DEATH IN JUNE and those renaissance festival neo-neo-pagan bands don't even live in the same musical dimension.

    I always thought ILDJARN was dealing with dark forest spirits and the ancient forces of nature. And being raw as fuck.

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  6. "I don't care about other kinds of music, I only like metal. So therefore everyone else is exactly the same. HEH"

    brilliant 3 year old logic

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    1. joke's on you fag, i fucking hate metal

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  7. neo folk sucks mad balls and is for fucking queers. No trill musician (metalhead or not) would listen to that homosexual garbage. Anyone who listens to that shit probably only has for the last couple of years, probably has Aids and obviously knows nothing about music to be stuck on such a shitty genre

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  8. especially that faggot who listed Death in June up above

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  10. Yeah, that type of neo-folk (god, what a stupid name for a genre) sucks balls, but I can get down with stuff like DI6, Arbeit and Corde Oblique.

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