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I didn’t know they re-formed!
They didnt! Just started a new band, Cendric and Omar.

I saw them before their last CD...Noq...I cant spell it. We bought tickets under the guise of it being a Rodriguez show and last minute they announced on the radio...Its a Mars Volta show. They demoed the last CD live...it was great.
 




I know this thread is more oriented toward classic metal, but can anybody explain to me why death metal lyrics cause so much controversy when they're completely unintelligible? Like Cannibal Corpse, they claim to be saying all sorts of shocking things, but for all anybody knows they could be singing the lyrics to Louie Louie. Are there really people out there who can understand their singing?
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I know this thread is more oriented toward classic metal, but can anybody explain to me why death metal lyrics cause so much controversy when they're completely unintelligible? Like Cannibal Corpse, they claim to be saying all sorts of shocking things, but for all anybody knows they could be singing the lyrics to Louie Louie. Are there really people out there who can understand their singing?
Yes, the guitar player in the band. Needs to know when their solo is coming up...
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
I know this thread is more oriented toward classic metal, but can anybody explain to me why death metal lyrics cause so much controversy when they're completely unintelligible? Like Cannibal Corpse, they claim to be saying all sorts of shocking things, but for all anybody knows they could be singing the lyrics to Louie Louie. Are there really people out there who can understand their singing?
Supposedly. I guess.

I was never a fan, so I tuned the genre out early on.
 

reelo

Adventurer
I know this thread is more oriented toward classic metal, but can anybody explain to me why death metal lyrics cause so much controversy when they're completely unintelligible? Like Cannibal Corpse, they claim to be saying all sorts of shocking things, but for all anybody knows they could be singing the lyrics to Louie Louie. Are there really people out there who can understand their singing?
Hey, Chris Barnes, the original singer, used to grunt quite unintelligibly, but George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher isn't too hard to understand.

As for the lyrical content of CC, they're the musical equivalent of slasher- and gore-movies. Bad taste, good fun, very tongue in cheek.
 

As for the lyrical content of CC, they're the musical equivalent of slasher- and gore-movies. Bad taste, good fun, very tongue in cheek.

I'm familiar with their lyrics from lyric lookup sites like Genius.com, but in the actual songs I can't make out one word of what they claim to be singing, even if I'm reading along as they're singing. It's basically like the whole song is naturally a radio edit because the gory verbal imagery is every bit as inaudible as it would be if it were simply beeped out entirely.


And it's annoying because most metal bands with these kind of lyrics seem to also be unintelligible like this because they gravotate toward death metal which in turn gravitates towards this kind of unintelligibility.

Can anyone recommend a band that has Cannibal Corpse-esque lyrics but crystal clear vocals?
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Where does The Cult fit in? Old skool or something else?


Quite like this song and didn't discover it to around 1996.

Came out more or less the same time as grunge. Oops.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I’d consider The Cult to be a (great) hard rock band, right on the edge of old-school metal, with a good dose of goth thrown in.

I never got to see them, but actually HEARD most of an arena show they did in San Antonio* while I was sitting on a walkway between two dormitories, with bats flying overhead. By a trick of acoustics, it couldn’t be heard on most of the campus.



* sometime in the fall of 87, 88, or 89.
 


Herschel

Adventurer
The easiest way to keep them separate these days is by guitarists since both singers are pasty, aged Grecian Formula aficionados. Reeves Gabrels with The Cure looks like your car salesman uncle while often playing slightly quirky-looking Reverend axes while The Cult's British biker bartender Billy Duffy can take a big, hollow-body Gretsch that feels like someone put six strings on a bathtub, sling it mid-thigh and manage to still look cool.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
The easiest way to keep them separate these days is by guitarists since both singers are pasty, aged Grecian Formula aficionados. Reeves Gabrels with The Cure looks like your car salesman uncle while often playing slightly quirky-looking Reverend axes while The Cult's British biker bartender Billy Duffy can take a big, hollow-body Gretsch that feels like someone put six strings on a bathtub, sling it mid-thigh and manage to still look cool.
Also, there has only ever been Billy Duffy slinging a 6-string for The Cult. The Cure has had several guitarists over the years.
 



Zardnaar

Legend
BTW, @Zardnaar , don’t be too self conscious about the confusion. I kept confusing Bob Seeger and Eric Clapton for YEARS.

Beyond the big hits on the radio I didn't know much. Think I was 9 when I started listening to music with my first albums aged 10.

Took a few more years to really get into under my own initiative.
 

Thunderfoot

Adventurer
OMG. I finally made it home...
So', a lot has happened over the years I've been gone. I'm no longer married, she left after 31 years in the middle of the COVID lockdown. I'm playing drums and singing almost weekly in a classic rock band and currently have a session recording gig in Nashville. I hope this is the start of me being able to post more often. But its nice to see so many familiar faces are still here.

Love to you all.
Thunderfoot
 

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