I like when masters of the metal world collaborate to make music. A couple decades ago the word duet would have been more appropriate, but every time I hear the word “duet” all I can think of is Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. So, let’s call these a collaborative effort between metal musicians. Sometimes it can be an epic fail, but more often than not they usually create a great new song or even breathe new life to an older song. This week I am looking at collaborations I thought were done quite well. I know there are much more collaborative recordings out there, but that’s what blogs are about…sharing information. If there is something not on this list you think should be then please, by all means share and share alike. Here are a few I thought up held up well over the years.
The heavy metal drummer is the official timekeeper of the band. Often taking a back seat (literally) to the glitz and glam of the lead singer and guitarists, the drummer has perhaps the most difficult job…especially in metal. First of all, they have to use all four limbs in rapid succession. They must also use said limbs in an orderly fashion of some sort both of which require countless hours of practice and dedication. An indirect benefit of being a drummer is that they get to A. Sit down on the job and B. get a cardio-intense workout while sitting down on the job.
I wanted to take a Theme Thursday and focus some time and energy on the dude (or chick) sitting at the back of the stage somewhat perched up higher than the rest of the band. Some drummers are well known for their drumming while others just drum and that’s cool too. Some metal drummers have made a name for themselves in the business so I wanted to take some time to recognize them, but also note some drummers that you may have not heard of that deserve some recognition.
For many moons men were the dominant gene fronting some of the most brutal and sometimes most haunting metal bands. This is still true as men outnumber women as front-men (front-people, singers, vocalists). Women, now more than ever, are taking the lead role and doing a damn good job maintaining the feel of a metal band, but with (usually) heart-piercing vocals. The other end of that spectrum are bands like Arch Enemy and Kittie whose female vocalists kick you where the pain shoots to your stomach and paralyzes you for a while (men know what I am talking about).
It’s time these women get their own theme of the week at A Metal State of Mind. Let it be known that women and metal unite and kick ass. Here are just a few of the many bands out there with women leading from the front. If you know of any others that kick-ass and take names, let us know.