The band card chronicles, part one

I’ve started my “band cards” as I call them, which hold the information for each band on a index card (and also a word doc.). I’m doing the bands alphabetically, and as I stumble across new bands (or new bands are brought to my attention) that aren’t on my list, I’m adding them to a secondary list. You know, so I don’t get confused.

Here’s the info I’m gathering for each band (I mentioned some of this before, but I’ve added to it):

Band name
Country/City of origin
Date formed
Date disbanded (if applicable)
Website address
Myspace address
Album names, dates
Subgenre classification

I’m also getting logo artwork from each band, as well as an mp3 file to represent each band.

One of the great benefits of gathering this information is that I find out random facts about each band, or I listen to a band I’ve never heard before, and I like them so much that I go and buy an album. Or I find them so laughably bad that I have to mention it in my blog.

I’ve started alphabetically, so currently I’m in the middle of the bands who’s names start with a number or symbol. I’d like to share some of my findings so far:

1349 is the first Black Metal band I’ve researched, and they are firmly entrenched in that subgenre. Stupid me, I thought Black Metal was simply a designation given to bands that dealt with occult themes in their music. Nope. Black Metal has a specific sound, look, and history. I found this definition on Wikipedia to be the most succinct and informative:

“Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. It is typically characterized by the use of heavily-distorted guitars, harsh or shrieking vocals, fast-paced rhythms and melodies, and unconventional song structures..”

Another definition at urban dictionary gets into more detail. You can read it here.

Many Black Metal bands employ corpse paint as well, and are historically mostly from Scandinavian countries.

I also researched a band called 13 Winters. I can honestly say that THIS IS THE WORST METAL BAND I’VE EVER HEARD. My project is still in its infancy, however, so perhaps they will be topped. From what I gather, this band was formed by a group of D&D dungeon-masters who decided to release an album without learning how to play their instruments first. A novel concept, to be sure. Their photos on Myspace are definitely worth a look. Don’t view them if you’re at work, though, because you WILL laugh out loud and draw attention to yourself.

A positive discovery was made when I researched 8 Foot Sativa. I had never heard of this band before, and I was happy to plunk down some money to hear a whole album. I’d classify 8 Foot Sativa as mostly Thrash, with some definite Death Metal stylings thrown in. Their songs are very catchy, but their lyrics (especially on the older stuff) are often disappointing. But that’s true of about 50% of metal out there.

Finally, I’m having a hard time with this borderline band called 36 Crazyfists. Is this metal? If it is, it’s strictly in the “Nu Metal” camp. I’m not sure if it even qualifies as that, though. Their vocalist makes me want to throw up. It’s that emo-whiny suburban white boy stuff that has gotten popular over the past few years. Which is why I’m not sure if I’m being completely objective here. There are hints of metal, but I just don’t know. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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~ by mikehill25 on July 11, 2007.

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