Thursday, May 24, 2012

A guilty pleasure: Psychosocial by Slipknot

And the rain will kill us all
Throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

Thursday's will be designated as guilty pleasure days, so I can share with the world my rock and roll confessions. 

My name is TonyDoug and I am a fan of 'Psychosocial' by Slipknot. Thank you. Before you dismiss a band of mask wearing Midwesterners who suck from the nu metal teat, think about the guilty pleasures you have in your musical heart before you starting hurling boulders from your glass house.

Nu metal has its fair share of detractors and I'll be the first to admit that the genre is loaded with copycat acts, but the same can be said of pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, etc. Every genre has a blueprint for success and nu metal relies upon blending metal with elements such as funk and hip-hop which is covered in a heavy layer of growls and screams. You have to sort out the good acts from the bad to find some gems, and that's how I discovered 'Psychosocial'.

It happened while talking to a friend about the lameness of nu metal. I'm from the old metal school of Sabbath and Judas Priest, so we were discussing the decline of metal since the 1990s and how nu metal fueled that decline. My friend and I started watching clips of Korn, Drowning Pool, and Slipknot to show how the genre was nothing impressive. For some reason, we clicked the video of 'Psychosocial' and after a few minutes of listening to the song I thought to myself, "This is actually pretty good."

During the following weeks I started listening to the song more and more until it clicked in my head that 'Psychosocial' was a jam.I've also gained a bit more of an appreciation of the genre. I know for a fact that some metal heads will be reading this and will comment about the greatness of current some acts from Scandinavia, but give this old school fool time to get caught up in the world of metal. Baby steps.  

Dismiss the band or even the genre if you want, but when I'm having an awful day, I hit play for this song because it gets me motivated and releases all of the aggression in a positive way. The video is below and play it if you want your face melted. Don't be afraid to get amped and rip up a few phone books. THE LIMITS OF THE DEAD!!!!

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