Damn you Olympic games

If you asked me a year ago if I planned on watching much of the Olympics, I probably would have said “Eh, maybe a few events.” Little did I know I would turn into a super sports nerd overnight. I think part of the problem is that it only comes around every four years. So you forget about them, forget how intense they are. Then, when they arrive, you’re completely unprepared. And your world gets rocked.

In addition to the Olympics, I’ve been planning my wedding with my lovely fiancee, Sarah. Like the Olympics, you have no idea how much it will dominate your life until it happens. It’s been fun, though, and it’s amazing how generous people are.

All right, enough with the off-topic stuff. Let’s talk some metal. I picked up the new Decrepit Birth, finally, and it did not disappoint. It’s brutal and technical and progressive, as if they listened to nothing but late Death and early Gorguts before recording this album. One of my new favorite bands.

Another album I downloaded recently was the Pat Boone album of metal covers: “In A Metal Mood”. If you are a fan of metal, I highly recommend this album. It is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever heard. The best way I can describe it is lounge versions of metal songs. He does some good ones, too: Holy Diver, Enter Sandman, Crazy Train. Yeah, try and imagine a lounge version of Crazy Train. It happened.

In my studio, I started on a new drawing after finishing the Subgenre Interactive. This new drawing (not titled yet), is a representation of which subgenres dominated the metal scene throughout the years. Unfortunately, this is another study, because the data I need to put this drawing together has not been gathered and filtered yet. So I used my best judgement and knowledge of metal history to put together what I thought this drawing would look like with the appropriate data. The data I’ll end up using is the number of albums released in a given year for each subgenre. The number of albums will then be broken down in to percentages for that year (for example, thrash probably represented 45% of the albums released in 1988). The subgenres are color coded yet again (with watercolor), and I used the half-circle timeline device. Here is an image of the drawing in process:

You can see how glam metal (colored pink) reached it’s peak (and dominated the metal scene) in the mid 80’s, then quickly fell off and represented a very small segment of heavy metal from then on.

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~ by mikehill25 on August 22, 2008.

One Response to “Damn you Olympic games”

  1. i love this drawing, very novel!! great post about metal, even though im not the biggest fan in the world…very readable, ta

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