I am a transplant to Pittsburgh and most likely won't be staying for more than a couple years and this article illustrates a small reason as to why. "Most metalheads have missed the fundamental point of devotional art..." This tells me immediately that you do not listen to metal or know any real metalheads outside of surface level based judgements gathered from a drive-by of Mr. Smalls on the night of a rare good metal show.
Ghost is art only in that it is a stage production. Comparing the music to King Crimson or Danzig makes me immediately knee-jerk a reactionary thought of hipsters smoking ecigarettes and drinking PBR pretending 'street cred' as they one up themselves on music knowledge. Ghost does only one thing well: Accessibility of mediocre Black Metal. Musically they are closer to Orange Goblin or The Atomic Bitchwax with the lyrics and stage presentation of King Diamond. And no, they don't really do it well. There is a reason they get lumped with Mastodon and Opeth because (and I am guilty of saying this myself) most real metalheads consider them hipster metal. To each their own.
There are bands that do this type of thing better just not as polished or easily palatable. Portal, Gnaw Their Tongues (especially their atmospheric instrumentals,) Menace Ruine, and Blood Ceremony.
Yes, I am a metalhead. I do not like Ghost, but don't care if others do. Music of all kinds is art for the ears and mind. Don't judge a fan by their 'kutte' and don't assume metalheads don't get "art."
Thanks for the great article and pictures, Nick!
Here's a link to our studio page:
Nice piece on a good band
the daily show of bands
these guys seem really smart!
"When we are home, we just practice. We don't have jobs or anything."
Kudos boys! It really shows.
I wanted to see these guys at Altar Bar but I heard the Strip is pretty shady neighborhood.
Mr. Smalls PLZ! ; )
The Flying Society Rulz!!!
i was being sarcastic.
i seriously can't wait to go to these.
Can't nobody party like 45th St. #45th4life
this sounds cool
WAAAH WAAAAH I'M A BABY
PAY ME NOT TO WORK
It's tough for sure. I was in a band that was signed in the early 90's. After we were dropped I took about 9 years off to establish my career (paramedic) and a stable family life. Now I am back slugging it out in the clubs and recording original music. Glad to be back and glad I took the time to establish a strong homefront.
Hey, Mr. Lloyd....I shot these guys at their rehearsal and they were all playing instruments and there was nary a turntable in the room. Lots of musicians record their music and don't necessarily play out live, especially when it comes to electronic music. That's what was meant here, not that these three guys have no experience playing music, just not in front of an audience. They know their stuff and can back it up, as evidenced by a very successful show the week this article came out. So cool your jets.
I'm so excited for February 11th, I'm traveling 6 hours to get to the show!
These guys are fantastic.
turntables (which these guys don't actually use), synths, and sequencers ARE instruments which require just as much skill to play as a guitar would. why should the city paper write about yet another boring pop rock group, regardless of how long they've been around. example: the clarks. the same thing goes for classical and jazz music which has been covered to death.
Prince circa 1982
Yeah Lets celebrate non-musicians in this city full of expert experienced and skilled musicians. "This is my first foray into actually being in front of people, playing an instrument. I was definitely nervous as hell." You don't write about actually muscians who have paid their dues already, but you'll write about some nube who can play a record. There's plenty of real muther f*ckers out here working for a living, find one and write about him or her. You might be surprised .
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