The Bizarre, Awful World of Dubstep Metal

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Recently I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, the guitarist for local metal band Rebuild, and he was complaining about the wave of dubstep that has infiltrated metal. As a genre, metal has historically always adapted to include whatever modern mainstream trends were going on at the time, and metalheads have never, ever been happy with it.

It was only a matter of time before dubstep worked its way into metal and frankly the results have been less than satisfactory. Because I'm a total masochist, I decided I would delve into this burgeoning crossover genre to find the worst of the worst and present them to you today. This is how not to do a dubstep/metal crossover. Take notes, metal bands.


Attack Attack!
Attack Attack! was one of the first bands to jump on the bandwagon and start incorporating all kinds of electronic dance music into their deathcore songs. The sad thing here is I actually like the metal parts of this song a lot, and even the synth choruses are fun in a super-cheesy way. It's just that awful bridge that loses me.


Enter Shikari
I actually used to really like the synth touches that Enter Shikari incorporated into their music. But then they started to follow trends in electronic music, including full-on dubstep songs like this one that just made them into a gigantic joke. This might be the worst combination of sounds ever put to tape. And this was a SINGLE. Who thought this was going to get airplay and why?!


Korn
How does an aging nu-metal band stay relevant? Apparently by collaborating with the hottest dubstep artist of three years ago, Skrillex. Wait, what? No, that's a horrible idea. Predictably, the whole thing turned out to be a bizarre abomination that probably just badly damaged the careers of everyone involved.


Asking Alexandria
How could Asking Alexandria possibly make their barely passable mainstream metalcore worse? They got Borgore to do an official remix of their song "The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)." It's not just awful, it's also amazingly boring and poorly constructed as well.


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5 comments
amy.p
amy.p

Some of these sound okay, coming from someone whose musical tastes span several genres and enjoys blending sounds when well done. Also, songs like these could provide a bridge to metal for those who denounce it.


In fact, I first got into metal BECAUSE of the bands that used synthy sounds.

amy.p
amy.p

Some of these sound okay, coming from someone whose musical tastes span several genres and who enjoys blended sounds when well done. Also, songs like these could provide a bridge to metal for those who denounce it.


In fact, I first got into metal BECAUSE of the bands that used synthy sounds.

Alan Beito
Alan Beito

This is terrible...music is going down hill so quickly!

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator

These are all pretty terrible, so kudos for that, I think.

Wolgr
Wolgr

@amy.p Same here, and I personally enjoyed both Skrillex & Korn and Celldweller, but it's all a matter of opinion and how you got into music I guess.

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