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.