Monday, March 22, 2010

Death Metal Review

For the last couple of weekends, Leland has been playing a lot of shows with his death metal band, Throne of the Wretched. When he started this band, I told him that I would probably not be going to a lot of his shows. Not because I don’t want to be supportive, but because I do not like death metal music.

I went to his first show, well, because it was their first and a lot of our friends were going to be there…so I basically went to hang out with my friends, not to support my husband.

Last weekend Leland played two shows. Again, I wasn’t planning on going, but the singer quit so Leland had to step up and do the vocals. If you didn’t know this by now, Leland is a bit of an egomaniac, so I just HAD to go to the shows and see him as a front man. He did an awesome job, but my intentions aren’t to stroke his ego.

The death metal scene is unlike anything else I have ever seen. At both shows this past weekend, I was one of maybe three women at the venue. I am assuming the other women were also wives or girlfriends of members of the other bands that were playing. The members in all four bands pretty much looked the same. They were all wearing some sort of death metal t-shirt, several of them were promoting Satan with sayings such as Who needs a God when we have Satan? Leland was wearing a t-shirt from a band called Carcass, and other guys were wearing t-shirts from bands called Cannibal Corpse, Maggot Twat, and Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza. Death metal is high class, isn't it?

All of the guys there must have been trying to look metal because they all seemed to wear the same scowl and looked as though they were just waiting for the chance to eat someone alive. If I had encountered any of these guys on a dark street, I would definitely be reaching for my mace and brass knuckles. But I wasn’t on a dark street, so what did I do?

I talked to the scary guys.

As it turns out, they weren’t scary people and didn’t want to eat my face off. Some were soft-spoken and shy, some were friendly and outgoing, some just wanted to talk music. None of them were scary and no one tried to get me involved in any weird Satan worshipping rituals. They were just interested in playing heavy music and supporting the death metal scene.

I found the whole night to be sort of funny. For some reason I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw Leland playing and singing…well, death metal singers don’t really sing, they growl. Leland’s fingers were moving faster than I had ever seen before, and though the music is as far from mainstream as music can possibly get, their musicianship was more technical than I have ever seen. No, I still don’t like the music, but watching the members of all four bands play really made me appreciate death metal.

But not enough to enjoy it when Leland BLASTS the music in the house and in the car.

33 comments:

MiMi said...

Death Metal scares me. Are they really satanists, or is it just a facade so they scare their fans???

Mayra Elisa and Pooh Bear said...

=D lol...they didn't eat your face out.

I rather encounter a hard metal guy than a ghetto gangster...that has intimidated me in the past. Scary times.

JP said...

yeah add me to the column of people who don't get death metal... But to each their own. I don't get opera either so.

And I'd think that you'd really appreciate fast fingers... ;)

Sir Thomas said...

what part of DEATH dont you understand....

I dont trust it...

JenJen said...

Hahaha awesome!! I think the image someone portrays with his or her clothing is so freaking interesting. I've met bonefied cowboys and rodeo ladies who wear nothing bu Wranglers and Stetsons....gangstas who wouldn't be caught dead with mud on their shoes....and punk lovers who have more colors in their hair than Rainbow Bright. The one thing all these people had in common? They were real, interesting, not-at-all cliche people. Moving around a ton and being thrown into diverse environments is so freaking cool. It knocks my socks off every time.

Dollface said...

Im glad you had a good time!! Some times the scary people are not so scary :)xoooxxoo

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

There is something so engaging about seeing a band in person! It's been forever since we've been to a concert-- when is Leland's band playing next, LOL?

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Vodka Logic said...

Not a fan of death metal either but nice to see you support the husband... I figure all these tough guys need a place to hang since most are prob pussy whipped at home..not Leland of course

(and I am kidding)

strugglingwriter said...

Not a huge fan of death metal, but don't hate it either. Not really my style, I guess.

I can, however, appreciate musicians doing their thing. Watching it done live. Kinda like you said.

The Random Blogette said...

I am not a fan of death metal either. I like the hippie shit like Dave Matthews band. (I am far from a hippie.)I do applaud you for putting up with it and actually going to a concert!

Ian said...

*some* and I mean *some* Death Metal RULES!!!!!!!!!

Elle said...

Death metal isn't my thing either, but it's interesting the things we can learn about people by just talking to them, isn't it?

Like you, I would've assumed that these guys would eat my face off, sacrifice me to satan, or who knows what else. However, in that environment I would think at least some of them might be like my husband who doesn't try to eat my face off (not in a bad way anyway) or sacrifice me to satan, and so I'd probably talk to them like you did. Then, I'd feel ashamed that I thought they were going to eat my face off.

Much More Than Mommy said...

I admire you going to support him, because that music scares the crap out of me! ;-)

Amy said...

I have NO knowledge of death metal music. I like loud, hard music, but I'm more of a *gasp* mainstream girl.

Good for you for being supportive and talking to the scary satan dudes;)

foxy said...

Hahahaha.... I used to date a drummer from a death metal band called Deth Kultur BBQ. So I know exactly what you're talking about with the "growl". Though I didn't necessarily love the music, we always had a good time at the shows.

Mrsblogalot said...

I never got Death metal until I dated a base player in a death metal band and heard them do a Canibal Corpse cover ...er...tune. There was just something about it.

They are not face eaters at all (-:

Matty said...

Now that's a twist that you don't care for the music and he plays it.

RN Mama said...

Trust me, they secretly wanted to eat your face off!

Katie said...

My bf is a free-lance musician and I occasionally tag along to his gigs. Mostly I get tired of sitting at the bar by myself so I don't go very often. Don't get me wrong - I'm very good at being a social butterfly and talking up people I don't know, but sometimes sitting at the bar with a book is all I'm interested in - and that attracts some winners for sure!
I read your comment on Elle's blog so I stopped by to say hi =)
Katie

carma said...

Please tell me that Murderboner is not defunct - I'm assuming that is is non death metal band?

You are a kick a$$ wife going to his show and "listening" in the house and car

aladdinsane12 said...

maggot twat...that makes me want to barf.

and yeah, death metal guys are totally secretly sweet. we're lucky gals :)

i'll have to see lee's band the next time he has a show!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

holy shit...they still have death metal????

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

Also not a fan, don't get it. But isn't kinda of hot to date a musician? So naughty girl like,.. and to top it all, a dead metal musician. That is so bad, and you are married to him! Sigh,...

Frugal Vicki said...

I was a little groupie girl after college. I had my boyfriend that was the lead singer. It was death metal that was also weirdly soft and awesome at times. For some reason, singing men turn me on. don't know why. Maybe hubby should join a band. that would spice things up a bit.

Holly said...

That would be a scene I am totally unfamiliar with. I like how you say they don't sing, they growl. When are you going back?

JennyMac said...

Glad they didnt eat you alive?

And wait, you have brass knuckles?

Tracie said...

Where can I get one of those t-shirts?

Stephanie Faris said...

It is funny...you assume guys like that will be really rough but often it's all just performance.

McVal said...

lol! My son is like that too. He tries to get me to listen to the stuff he likes, but if I hear one more song where someone is growling or graveling... AAAAAHHHH!! I'll growl back! he hates it when I do that...
p.s. I'm glad they didn't kill you!

Katie said...

I've been reading some of your past posts and I've been cracking up with laughter and been concerned with the rocky state of the in-laws.
Thanks for stopping by to say hi - I really appreciate it! I'm glad I came across your blog - I look forward to future posts!
=)
Katie

TheSingleGirl said...

I'm giggling.

That is all.

T!nK said...

i'll stick to miley cyrus hahaha!

Intense Guy said...

Kind of like the rude boys that ride hogs huh? All looks and no(t much) substance huh?

:) I don't think I could even "sing/grow" death metal well...

Rock 'em Leland!