The Bizarre, Awful World of Dubstep Metal
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.
I See Stars. Note the guy on the far left who isn't even doing anything.
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! 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.
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?!
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.
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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