Re: Music You Can’t Stand
From what I can gather screamo is a general term given to anything with extreme metal vocals. That track from Job… was death metal with some black metal vocals thrown into the mix.
Extreme metal is a difficult listen so I can understand people dismissing it out of hand. The music is usually played at such a speed and with such intensity that it comes across as a maelstrom of noise with some guy screaming/growling over the top. You can't just throw it in the CD player and expect to hear it all straight away. Extreme metal demands that you spend some time tuning in your ear. It's like looking into a machine for he first time. You just have a mess of parts that don't mean anything but after you spend some time with it everything starts to come together and gather purpose.
That said, understanding it doesn't mean you're going to like it. Metal like this is aimed at a very small hardcore fanbase. It was never intended to be acceptable to a large audience. Your average person doesn't like to listen to angry, hate-filled music.
Most people here seem to have an issue with the vocals; a mixture of just not liking the screaming or not being able to hear what is being said. Music is essentially a medium. More often than not for an emotion. Love (lust/desire) is the most frequent one and songs are tailored to project it; hence the easygoing clean vocals. Metal (for the most part) focuses on hate/rage and when translated into a sonic form this emotion is far more violent and vitriolic. Screaming is the ideal form of delivery. The problem with making out what is being said is easily solved by just taking out the album and listening to the tracks while reading the lyrics. You have to invest some time in a song and, ultimately, you will get more out of it. Having to read the words means you take them all in and put more thought into them than if you just threw on an album and sang along with it. And if there ever was a genre that warrented attention to lyrics, extreme metal is definitely it. The language and imagery used is far beyond the sing-along muck that passes for songwriting elsewhere.
All of the above is intended to be informative, not a lecture.