Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dubstep for metalheads

Well, to call this "dubstep" would be pretty inappropriate; it only sort of mimics the general ideas of dubstep, basically overdriving them very much in the same way that slam death does with brutal death metal. I was pretty down on dubstep until I encountered this stuff- colloquially called "brostep" for its idiocy and single-minded focus on heaviness. It's little surprise that much of the material in this style is made by members of death metal bands; it's very clearly designed with that ear for brutality and filth. Tomba, below, is my favorite so far; check it out even if you've hated other dubstep. You might find something to enjoy.

Oh, and to avoid any accusations of hypocrisy: I don't like dubstep. However, I do enjoy the dubstep that sounds like what I already love.

3 comments:

  1. Percival TipplebottomOctober 2, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Although you've tried to qualify this post, I think you're giving far too much credit to the death metal angle here, similar to the indie/hipster black metal stuff you railed against a few posts ago. Dubstep and drum&bass has always been full of heavy, brutish nastyness in and of themselves. They don't need metalheads to show them what heavy is.

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  2. no, of course there's plenty of heaviness within dubstep/dnb/what have you, but the particular style of heaviness expressed here seems to come from a distinctly metal perspective. i feel like even if i didn't know the history of the guy behind tomba i would have guessed that he had a significant background in extreme metal. i've heard heavy dubstep from non-metal guys, but the metal background of tomba seems to color it in a distinct way for me.

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  3. this is great. and i don't even think it's particularly stupid music... one-dimensional? absolutely. but there's a lot more going on than a couple riffs over virtually unchanging rhythms (ie. like half of the music i/we listen to).

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