A Month Without Metal

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Have you ever felt compelled to do something crazy as a means to challenge yourself? I don’t mean like American Ninja Warrior or trying to squat 600 pounds even though you know your feeble little toothpick thighs will snap under the pressure and you will die. I mean a test of the mind. A test of your will. A test of being dumb and giving up metal for a month.

This dumb little genre of ours is what I spend roughly 85% of my time listening to, the other 15% spent on a mix of Tom Waits and 80’s/90’s pop Pandora. Why would I want to extrapolate that 15% into 100% of my listening? Well, just to see if I can make it, to be honest. I’ve been listening to this stuff for a decade now and my listening frequency has only increased as I’ve gotten older. Metal albums release in such great numbers with such frequency that I generally have something playing at all times when at home. I have to because there’s just so much to listen to at any given time. Even now I’m having trouble wrapping my head around giving that up for a month.

I admit I’ve already cheated by selecting the shortest month of the year (EXCEPT IT’S A GODDAMN LEAP YEAR UGH), but that’s pretty much where the cheating stops. I won’t be listening to any metal (or prog/dad rock…) voluntarily. I’ll be giving updates on how all food tastes less delicious without Mastodon. I’ll inform you of how The Smiths are good, but their eponymous debut isn’t as catchy as Abbath‘s. I’ll keep my truck tuned to the local butt rock station because that kind of suffering makes for great reading. Plus, why NOT select the option with the most suffering? Embrace the void when at all possible.

SO: As I go on this seemingly endless voyage across the wastes known as “other genres of music”, feel free to give me recommendations. What non-metal albums are you jamming? Do you listen routinely? Can you please tell me what happened to those other Jonas brothers? Like, why did only the one become popular? I’ll be sure to create a playlist of what I’ll be listening so you can fully experiences the depths of my desperation and suffer along at home should you so choose. Anyway, I’ll leave you with some choice metal cuts as I fling myself into the void. DIE FOR METAL AND OCCASIONALLY 80’S POP.

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  • Leaf,

    How will you ever bear an entire month wo/ metals?

    Plz respond,

    GL

    • Eliza

      I wouldn’t.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I love puns. This is a great pun.

  • I’ve given up alcohol for over a month… I’m not going to give up metal. Fuck that bro.

    • COAL ROLL

      that would be certain void for you

    • Leif Bearikson
    • Dagon

      I should probably do that to cut some weight. I’m fat.

      • I lost 30 pounds while not drinking. It fucking works.

        • Dagon

          Food is a bigger problem than booze to me, but I think cutting back wherever I can will be helpful.

          • Good luck.

          • Dagon

            Thanks.

          • Waynecro

            In addition to being high in calories and sugar, booze has a lot of strange effects on your metabolism. Plus, getting drunk often leads to eating a lot of garbage food (what scientists call “getting the booze munchies”). If you cut booze, you’ll probably see some positive effects.

          • Dagon

            That was a good reply.

          • Waynecro

            When I quit drinking, my late-night Jack in the Box runs dropped by 100 percent. True story.

        • IronLawnmower

          I don’t drink and I’m still chubby. How does this work son

          • Exercise and diet helps too.

    • Waynecro

      When I was in college, a friend bet me $100 I couldn’t go without booze for a month. I won the bet and then spent all the winnings on booze.

      • Boss the Turbid Ross

        As one should.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    A month without metal is pretty hard.

  • more beer

    Maybe I will give up breathing too.

    • Boss the Turbid Ross

      And beer.

  • Shit is incredible. Tangerine Dream >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srVzEMM9d0U

    • more beer

      Pretty good movie too.

      • Indeed! James Caan is the man. Sad to see Willie Nelson go though 🙁

    • Leif Bearikson

      Oooo I will be stashing this one for later.

    • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

      I still have the original Legend soundtrack that they did (wasn’t used in the film, though, sadly).

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Exactly what is fair game for you? Are prog and classic rock not considered metal to you? If so listen to some Kansas, some Molly Hatchet and I guess The Guess Who is fine as well.

  • This would appear to be a perfect time to post this BREAKING GNUS.
    John Carpenter is releasing Lost Themes II, and actually playing shows!(I’m sorry, 4 shows is not a tour)
    http://www.fangoria.com/new/john-carpenter-announces-tour-lost-themes-sequel-album/

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Neofolk

  • BobLoblaw

    Shostakovich and Prokofiev are good metal substitutes. The Mars Volta and T.R.A.M are always in rotation for me.
    https://youtu.be/KLwxdm1OmNQ
    https://youtu.be/Zgjv0PQiJCs
    https://youtu.be/nBX8an0PY5c

    • I listen to The Mars Volta on a pretty regular basis, seen them 5 times.

      • BobLoblaw

        Saw them once with Soundgarden a few years ago. Amazing live, did they play anything you recognized or was it all new stuff?

        • Except for 2011 which was a “secret” show, everything was pretty standard for the period it was released in.

          • BobLoblaw

            I think they played one song from Frances the Mute and one from The Bedlam in Goliath.The rest was stuff i didnt recognize.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Listen to some Wu Tang Clan and Public Enemy. You can never have enough. Delve deep into the solo careers of the Wu and their affiliates.

    • Boss the Turbid Ross

      The correct answer. Also BDP and Eric B and Rakim.

      • more beer

        Eric B for president. Also if you are gonna go all back in the day hip hop. Don’t leave out Kool G Rap and DJ Polo!

        • Boss the Turbid Ross

          Slick Rick and Grandmaster Flash!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
          • more beer

            While I like both of them. I do think Kool G Rap is much better. Many tried to copy his style. But none were successful.

          • Boss the Turbid Ross

            I wasn’t trying to top anyone, just adding to the list.

          • more beer

            Just my 2 cents. He was just a very influential rapper. So many of the old school rappers cite him as a huge influence.

          • Boss the Turbid Ross

            Right on man.

          • Boss the Turbid Ross

            Ho. Lee. Shit.
            Kool G Rap is intense, that dude has a sick style with his lyrics.
            Thank you, more beer, for making me listen to him. I knew the name, but hadn’t really listened to him before.

          • more beer

            Yea dude he was way ahead of his time. I certainly recommend Click of Respect, Live and Let die, Wanted: Dead or Alive and Road to the Riches. All of those albums are good. This guy has a flow like no one else. Plus it’s hard as fuck.

          • Boss the Turbid Ross

            I was listening to part of Road to Riches earlier, but the first song i heard/watched was Ill Street Blues. His storytelling is flawless.

          • more beer

            Yea they don’t make rappers like him anymore.

          • Boss the Turbid Ross

            Some of them try to rhyme, but they can’t rhyme like this

            Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

          • more beer

            Hahaha!!! It’s like the guy doesn’t even breath when he raps.

          • Boss the Turbid Ross

            You’re right, his flow is very fluid.

      • Óðinn

        Gang Starr and EPMD.

  • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

    Been jamming a lot of these guys lately. Old school Icelandic post punk.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfb55nBp770
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WN9cyj2WyU

  • COAL ROLL

    I don’t have the willpower to even try something like this

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Same.

  • Boss the Turbid Ross
  • Dubs

    I like to listen to movie soundtracks and film scores when I’m not jamming metal.

    • I could listen to the Blade Runner soundtrack for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.

      • Dagon

        Drive has a pretty tight OST too.

        • That movie fucking kicks SO MUCH ass.

          • Saw The Big Short last night – this was one of the things they showed before the previews. I like Drive but lolz.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqs7857hksM

          • Dagon

            Great, now I’m shopping online for a suitable Table Of Business.

          • Dubs

            Ha, Stockhausen talks about this all the time. “Hey kid, you want a toothpick?”

          • Holy shit. “Look at all this ranch”

          • Dagon

            I ain’t gonna lie, I used to drive my car around 3 AM listening to that OST for a while. Helped clear my mind.

      • Boss the Turbid Ross

        Vangelis is the man.

      • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

        Anything Vangelis is excellent, including the soundtrack for Chariots Of Fire.

      • IronLawnmower

        Synths till death

  • When you’re done with this month-long experiment, there’s another one I’d like you to try.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMwCfTBjLaw

  • Fine Sexy Ladies
  • O_O

  • Inb4 dead congregation releases a new song and you can’t listen to it

    • WHAT!?!?!?!

    • Leif Bearikson

      Don’t you put that on me, Ricky Bobby!

      • I’ll be sure to relentlessly tag you about it in the fb group 🙂

  • BREAKING NEWS: “TRUMP ANNOUNCES VP RUNNING MATE PHIL ANSELMO”

    Associated Press: “Trump announces Vice President candidate Phil Anselmo, of southern death metal band Pantera fame, on the same day as caucusing in Iowa kicks off. Trump, “I was really looking for a strong running mate with similar notoriety, hate speech, and general buffoonery as I. Being America’s sole laughing stock is hard, but I relish in it! I reached out to Mr. Anselmo after his nationwide public shamming this weekend. Huh, and to think I was afraid I wasn’t going to find someone that was opening racist as I! Apparently even I can be wrong!”

    STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL NEWS UPDATES AT THE FIVE O’CLOCK NEWS HOUR.

    GL

  • Dagon

    Listen to this album and then give that Tinder date a call:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpOSxM0rNPM

    Listen to this song and feel like Paris Hilton reminiscing of his good days with Sharon:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYM-RJwSGQ8

    Listen to this and get pumped because WAVES is dropping on February:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu8YkQ-5I5M

    Honestly though, if you ever have an itch to jam some hip hop let me be your guide. We can break it down chronologically/geographically.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Waves is gonna suck

      • Dagon

        Nah

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Yeh

  • nbm02ss

    Can’t go wrong with Woven Hand.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j46Oa69LZ0

    • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

      Good pick, and loved his stuff with 16 Horsepower!

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      YES

  • Brock Samson
  • Dagon

    Speaking of 2016 non metal shit, I’ve been listening to this a lot. Grimy rock band with lots of distortion and feedback. I think it’s an all girl band.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7ZpPsaMNMM

    • Dude! heard these gal on Fresh Air the other day. Pgood!

      GL

      • Dagon

        I know, right? One of the best releases in January for sure.

        • Dude, it is rocking and rolling for sure!

    • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

      Good pick! Haven’t heard them in quite a while.

  • Vault Dweller

    When I go ‘not metal’ it’s typically still alt-rock (and ex-nu-metal) type fare; Interpol, Our Lady Peace, Sevendust, Deftones, A Perfect Circle…
    but I’ll dig into some rap (Run the Jewels, Blackstar, Common, Talib Kweli/Mos Def solo shit, Spose, got a Wu-Tang album as well)
    and some psychedelic jam bands (Lotus, Papadosio, Big Gigantic, The Malah) from time to time.

    I also listen to a lot of KMFDM, but not much other industrial shit at all.

    Good Luck, Brave Warrior, Don’t Die.

  • Stanley

    Classical is the way to go. After a month long submersion, you probably won’t miss metal at all. Here is one of my favorites to get you started.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNymNaTr-Y

  • megachiles

    I listen to a lot of bluegrass and American folk when I’m not listening to metal. There’s a ton of great musicianship, and banjos+fiddles>>>>>everything else.

    John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and the Carter Family (and their offshoots) are good places to start.

    If you’re willing to brave some country motifs, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Lyle Lovett are great songwriters. Townes in particular wrote about some darker shit.

    Also go listen to some P-funk if you wants to get funked up.

    • “…. I’ll just lay around this shack till the mail train comes back..”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDgYN5qeG4Y

      • Cripple Creek might be a bit cliche, but I do not care.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4sqishGuYw

        • megachiles

          Fuckin’ banjos, how do they work?

          • Two words: HAMMER CLAW lolololz

        • RJA

          I have a near mint copy of this record. Thought it was a pretty nice piece until I just looked on ebay and saw a number of copies to be had for 10 bucks – at 10 dollars it’s a must have though!

    • Boss the Turbid Ross

      Make my funk the P-Funk.

    • RJA

      I listen to a share of bluegrass – the last one I listened to I really liked (great concept by the way) was Noam Pikelny plays Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe.

      • megachiles

        I’ll have to go check that out!

    • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

      Ever seen Be There To Love Me: The Townes Van Zandt Story?

      • megachiles

        I haven’t! I know what I’m watching this weekend.

        • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

          It’s really good. Definitely not the feelgood movie of the year, of course.

    • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

      Cool story, i got to meet Doc Watson in my American Folklore class

    • Dubs

      My friend Andy writes good “Cowboy Poetry” music inspired by TVZ.

      http://www.andyhedges.com/

      • megachiles

        Nice, thanks for the recommendation! I’m gonna give his new record over work this afternoon. I like what I’ve listened to so far

        • Dubs

          Awesome. I’ll tell him you said that. He plays a lot of shows around Texas and New Mexico. Has played at a fest in Marfa several times.

    • Dubs

      I just watched this movie for the first time last weekend.

      • Oh nice, it’s a bit cheesy at times but I really enjoy it. Did you like it?

        • Dubs

          I loved it.

          • That ending is some, uh… Heavy emotions.

          • Dubs

            My wife actually seemed pretty upset about it. It’s way sadder than you’d expect going in.

          • Yeah, despite the heavy violence, it’s a very warm movie.

    • Leif Bearikson

      This movie is underrated as fuck.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Tommy Emmanuel – The Mystery
    Michael Manring – Thonk
    Attention Deficit – The Idiot King
    The Aristocrats – Tres Caballeros
    Portishead – Dummy
    5 for trio – genetiquement modifie
    The Bad Plus – Prog
    Toad the Wet Sprocket – Fear
    Depeche Mode – Ultra
    VAST – Visual Audio Sensory Theater
    Christopher Parkening – A Tribute to Segovia
    Alex Skolnick Trio – Veritas
    Simo – Let Love Show The Way

    • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

      My favorite VAST album would have to be ‘Turqouise And Crimson’.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crhBBU2FJqQ

      • Guppusmaximus

        Yea, that wasn’t a bad album. I just wish he stayed with the new-agey industrial-ish mix like he had on the first album. It had a Depeche Mode / NIN style to it while sounding fresh. His samples were impeccable and the production while slick didn’t remove the human element, imho.

        • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

          I’d have to check out the first album again. I haven’t heard that since around 2000.

          • Guppusmaximus

            IMHO, it was his best.

    • wow VAST

      • Guppusmaximus

        I guess you could call them my guilty pleasure but as the years have progressed I found that album to be not only timeless but a real progressive effort almost envelope pushing for its time. Just a damn good album.

        • yeah that debut was a zinger. i remember being in a record store recently and finding the VAST album April (from 2007) and picking it up. it was pretty meh.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Agreed. His later material was lackluster which was a shame. Not sure what happened – he kinda went all folk-ish (if I remember correctly). It just didn’t have that zeal

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Mainly blues, jazz, prog rock, southern rock, soul and old-school hip hop when I’m not listening to metal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmD16eSy-Mg

  • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

    When I’m not listening to metal, I usually jam some synthpop and dreampop. I keep it more or less 50/50 nowadays.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr7ZWQGNB4g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr_HIrfr7is&list=PL7CZ4TImzrFk6vci4vWnMfHmYPV0rgSDR

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Sue me, but this is pretty fucking good as well imo.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgD0w4nhsYs

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Everything Swans is good. Super pumped for the new one this year.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        It’s going to be the last one with the current line-up. Look forward to see what they’re gonna cook up.

    • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

      This one took a while a while to connect with me, but once it did, it did it hard!

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        As with most Swans stuff, you have to be patient. I think Gira has been on fire since 2010. My Father…, The Seer and To Be Kind all put you in some kind of hypnagogic hallucination state.
        The earliest records such as Filth and Cop were really more of an endurance test than anything else. But that’s the way they were intended to be…

        • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

          The Seer might damn well be their best one, IMO. That and The Great Annihilator.

    • Óðinn

      You are correct.

  • Scrimm

    When I’m not listening to metal I listen to metal.

  • The latest Julia Holter album is fucking my face. Occasionally trippy, but always cozy indie hipster shit

  • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

    Mustachebear, i love you for including Thou.

    I listen to a lot of hiphop working out. And some post that doesnt verge into metal.

    My diet is primarily metal and some hiphop peppered in tho

  • COAL ROLL

    Brooks & Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker, Dwight Yoakam…yee haw

  • BobLoblaw
  • Owlswald

    Begin with Our Oceans. https://ouroceansband.bandcamp.com/

  • Stanley

    You could also just listen to Tomhet and Rundtgåing av den transcendentale egenhetens støtte on repeat.

  • Also, epic space jazz

    https://youtu.be/NtQRBzSN9Vw

  • though my Zune has a rotating roster of heavy metal albums, there is always some Crippled Black Phoenix on it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hww41CRS0E

  • Guppusmaximus

    Actually, I think I need like a year off from Metal after trying to listen to that new Dream Theater clusterfuck… *facepalm*

  • Betty White’s Chewy Booger

    Subtle, yet sophisticated and classy (thanks to Brock Samson for getting me into them).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-TDt9yFgK0&index=7&list=PLlBEtsTcrACoLIRjchCS0-OKZxewpFkLZ

  • Metal is a huge part of my general musical choice. But when I don’t have metal, I listen to:

    Neofolk, Videogames OST, Movies OST, Dungeon Synth (thanks Masterpants), Punk, Post-Punk and some Jazz. Folkloric Venezuelan music always help, too.

    Good wishes in your adventure, moustache bear.

    • Dungeon Synth>>> I need a good rec from someone….

    • Some picks:

      Neofolk: check out my few articles on the genre, but Váli is my fav project right now.

      Videogames OST: Zelda, Castlevania, Warcraft and old FF soundtracks are my favorite, but I enjoy a lot of different tunes from different games, like Street Fighter, Smash Bros and some indie games like Sword & Sorcery EP.

      Movies OST: I liked the Hans Zimmer score for Interstellar, but yup, my fav OST is Lord of The Rings trilogy music. I can enjoy eerie horror music too, like The Thing soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

      Punk: I had an anarcho.punk phase and I still dig the stripped down three-chords punk. Also mainstream pop-punk when I’m nostalgic.

      Post-Punk: The Cure is one of my favorite bands ever.

      Jazz: I don’t have mind for Jazz everyday, but fusion, be-bop and bass-oriented jazz is cool to me for some moments. The Mahavishnu Orchestra is probably my fav jazz related project, not strictly jazz, but it have some touches.

      Venezuelan Folk music: I enjoy tunes from Simón Díaz.

  • Get down with some blues. Might as well embrace the sadness if you’re going cold turkey on metal for a bit.

    http://youtu.be/pFhDLKWhiwI

  • IronLawnmower

    God speed you crazy bastard. Punk isn’t metal so you can listen to that I suppose. Don’t know why you’d want to subject yourself to that of all things though.

  • Boss the Turbid Ross

    Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Hohn Lee Hooker.

  • Waynecro

    Men must test the power of their will from time to time. This is the path. Godspeed you on this perilous journey. Testing your mettle by not listening to metal. Heh.

  • tigeraid
  • Waynecro

    This song is definitely not metal, but I like the way the pace and dynamics start changing at about 2:34 (it really takes off at 3:07). Plus, I love this lady’s voice so much I want to marry it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e_CCrcSC_E

  • Max

    In my car I have a couple of CD-Rs filled with pop music, electronica and non-metal rock from the ’80s until now. Just anything I’ve heard that took my fancy, pirated from YouTube or wherever, and bunged on a mixtape.

    I have to say, a lot of the time I really prefer it than playing metal while driving. Music which is slower than extreme metal, or more sparsely arranged, or with simpler melody, translates much better over engine and traffic noise.

  • A month without metal would be tough and–furthermore–pointless. But I do occasionally fast for a week, which includes listening to a lot of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8heCttqF3E

  • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

    We ents have songs and poems that last more than a month. A month is a short time, young human. Do not act hastily.

    • Boss the Turbid Ross

      Words to live by.

  • Stockhausen

    tomwaitstomwaitstomwaits

    • Boss the Turbid Ross

      tomwaitstomwaitstomwaitstomwaits

  • EsusMoose

    Closure in moscow, mars volta, Godspeed you black emperor, Do Make Say think, god is an astronaut, explosions in the sky, Fly Pan Am, Silver mount zion aojdsjflsadf band, Adebisi shank, Chance the rapper, the Bronx, tricot, mouse on the keys, fox capture plan, PM today, Agent Fresco, Dirty loops, Future of the Left, Failure, Kendrick Lamar, Death grips, My Dick, Punch Brothers, TV on the Radio, Andrew w.k., SIgur Ros, White lung, Depeche mode, You Slut!, Maybeshewill, Toe, Dream the Electric Sleep, Dave Grohl and friends, Phantogram, the Afrgahn Whigs, Joey Bada$$, Have a Nice Life, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Physics house band, Brontide, Hella, Telefon Tel Avin, Jaga Jazzist, Mogwai, Don Caballero, Mono, The Dear Hunter, And So I Watched You from Afar, Bats, Battles, You Bred Raptors?, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastrorius, Aphex Twin, Crash Kings. A mix of Post rock, Math rock, prog rock, indie, electronic stuff, Rap/hiphop, party, punk

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Driveradio.be for synthwave, Cryo Chamber bandcamp for haunting drone.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Midlake: All their records are pretty different. The textures and counterpoint on this one are super metal to me just done entirely folk style.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFutJpmpnYM

    also Everything Everything: Progressive Pop basically, but they don’t waste anytime trying to be a rock band. That’s not just my take, they’re intentional about that. Also killer musicians

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjKcmZGhUrQ

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