Sunday Sesh: The Metal Wishlist

MMMMMOOOOOAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR!

Almost a year ago to the day on the Sunday Sesh we discussed things we wanted to GTFO out of metal. Turns out there’s a fuck-tonne of shit that is an instant turn-off for some of us. Who would have thought? Here’s a brief list of some of the things our readers never wanted to hear again in metal:

  • Crappy vocal styles/effects (Good Cop/Bad Cop etc.)
  • Lame edge-lord gore themes
  • Filler tracks (intros, interludes etc.)
  • Corpse-paint
  • Over-compressed production
  • Monotonous lo-fi blasting
  • Robb Flynn
  • Cheesy gimmicks
  • Chug riffs
  • Elitists
  • Bass drops
  • Album cover shirt designs
  • Djent
  • OTT drumming
  • Audio samples from films/TV

And guess what? We did it everyone. None of those things feature in metal anymore. Finally we can rejoice. So today, in order to celebrate, I would like everyone to think of something they want to hear more of. Maybe it’s a genre style, a lyrical theme, a distribution format (physical/digital/endocrinal implant), guest musicians, a certain instrument, some kind of festival/tour idea, something from the past/future, or even a style of album art you’re particularly fond of and would like to see more often.

My requests are pretty simple. Sure, I could pick a heap of things but right now, what I wanna hear more of, relates solely to tone and production. While it certainly wasn’t the first modern release to incorporate a thick natural tone, upcoming French death metal band Cadaveric Fumes’ Dimensions Obscure EP from last year really hammered home to me that there’s really no substitute for organic sounding recordings. Wenceslas’ guitar sound is apparently a result of a simple combination of left, right, and center tracks through a few vintage amps. And the resulting tone kept me coming back to the MLP on a daily basis; it didn’t take long for the riffs and songwriting to hook me, and days turned into weeks, then weeks into months.

Needless to say I was similarly impressed upon hearing Tomb Mold’s debut earlier this year, where the band clearly went out of their way to emulate a rawer sound that harkens back to the underground recordings of the 90’s, without falling into many of the associated pitfalls of the era. The result wasn’t as psychedelic or surfy as Cadaveric Fumes but the muddier sound suits the mephitic atmosphere conjured by the band’s name. I’m not saying heavily processed guitar tones don’t have their place in metal, but I do think that it’s well beyond time that more young bands recognise they don’t have to rely on those modern effects to make a quality contemporary metal album.


So what do you wanna hear/see more of in metal? Let’s hear your suggestions in comments section, maybe post an example if you can think of one. 

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Published on: February 19, 2017

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  • Lacertilian

    Oh, and before I forget. Riff Of The Week will go ahead next weekend, there’s no theme so just send any old riff you’ve got up your sleeve to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com along with your screen-name, a link and time-stamp for the riff, and a short description.
    Already have a few entries so get on it.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    What I would like to hear more of:
    1. Leather
    2. Metal
    3. Spikes
    4. Chains

    • Howard Dean

      Boss is shooting a new direct-to-VHS BDSM special titled “Bossin’ the Ross: Derive sexual gratification from watching David Schwimmer get the shit beat out of him.”

    • Count_Breznak

      What about steel ?

      • JWG79

        Iron, alone, even.

        Heck. What of Bronze?

    • Hans Moleman
      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        HANS UNDERSTANDS

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas
  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Album cover shirt designs work when it isn’t just a square in the middle. I’d rather see them incorporate the idea into an interesting shape. For example; Clutch’s Earth Rocker cover has a round centerpiece which looks amazing on shirts.

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/mno.products/20230/62131bfc115e7e97ed878e5f69978b55.jpg

    • EsusMoose

      “round centerpiece” is a real nice way to say circle.
      I agree, artwork is fine as long as they find a way to have not be a square

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      Album cover shirts are mainly the worst when they’re the only option for preorder bundles

    • Dumpster Lung

      Yes, this x1000000

      Or if it’s still a square, at least dress it up a little bit:
      https://s3.amazonaws.com/mno.products/44013/f94f7c26e6f10d4feaa51a04e079b803.jpg

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        That shirt looks amazing!

        • Dumpster Lung

          Pre-ordered it with the Human reissue. Can’t wait!

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      The album cover for Snake Pit by Harvey Mandel looks a lot like the album cover for Earth Rocker.

  • EsusMoose

    Post stuff that isn’t ultra-reverbed light stuff or just sludge where they forgot to turn off the reverb. Steak Number Eight’s 2015 album felt right to me and hits the sweet spot

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    What I would like to hear more of, is quite simple: forward-thinking metal bands. I can only hear so much of the same sound until I get the “done before, done better”-feeling. If you’re gonna take a tried-and-true sound, you gotta be incredibly fucking good at it (and those bands do exist; Dead Congregation for instance comes to mind) for me to love your stuff.
    Invent your own signature sound; try to create your own world with the metal genre.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok454hznwoc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YWZ58C9Ayc

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

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8ywTPvgilE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwfIXvYb4ig

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUuCvDp89_M

    • EsusMoose

      I wanted to state this but I had to think for examples, it feels like stronk was the last step and now it’s just settled in with a bunch of groups trying to out dissonant each other

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        It’s the same problem with many particular metal styles. Atmospheric black metal, post-metal, sludge, (most recently) dissonant death metal…fuck, even nu metal or metalcore…there’s usually only a few bands able to find some kind of their own signature sound.
        That’s just the way I feel.

        • Dumpster Lung

          I think that’s just bound to happen constantly no matter what, because it’s what people do, but it’s happening far faster now thanks to the internet and how easily accessible everything has become. That, and so much metal seems to be about distilling something down to a single element, atmosphere, technique, or even tone, and then using that as the basis for a new sub-sub-sub-genre.

    • xengineofdeathx

      I really miss Burst =/

    • Eliza

      That’s what I’d like to see too. Also, more bands that blend different styles and genres together.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • Butts4Gutts

    I want more albums that sound like BaN – Odinist.

    • Black Smallbeard

      one of my least favorite BaN albums? not to say I dont like it but . . .

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Dig this one a lot, one of my most played BaN albums.

  • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse
  • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse
  • Black Smallbeard

    i think we can all agree metal just needs more blasting and tremolos and satan

    • KyleJMcBride

      SATAN.

    • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilico

      Metal needs less Satan. More other evil entities from other philosophies and religions.

      • Black Smallbeard

        nah, we reached peak cthulu and i dont give a damn about any Inca deities or any such shit. and viking stuff is overdone too. ill take more OG Satan

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I actually think that these technical death metal bands need to stop using tremolos so much and start using technical guitar duels in their songs. I’d love to see dueling guitars in an extreme metal band. I’d even like for a extreme metal band to have three guitarists who can do lead guitar harmonies as well as having technical prowess. That would be the greatest, especially if they had a piano player. I’m not talking synthesizers either, I’m talking a full blown grand piano.

      • Spear

        Based on your assessment of technical death metal, I’m not entirely sure that you’ve ever actually listened to it.

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          Did you say triple guitar shreds and Spanish guitar? Yay!

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          Also I always preferred deathcore over tech death as I have some attachment to deathcore because I liked it in my final year of high school. In fact I’m planning on seeing Carnifex with a few other bands on March 1st as they’re going to my area. I’ll have to give this a listen.

          • Spear

            Carnifex aren’t really my speed, but they’re definitely one of the better pure deathcore bands out there. Have fun at that!

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            I will.

  • Old Man Doom

    More concept albums that are not about rebelling against some vague tyrant with the power of music and love and shit.

  • Pentagram Sam

    Kinda throwing this out there but it does kinda fit sorta tangentially.

    Really excited for the new Eclipse (melodic rock) album Momentum that comes out MArch 24. Although I’ve noticed in live videos and after the promo vid for the last album, the singer dude Erik isn’t playing guitar live anymore. He does a great job as singer only, he’s been doing this for years but it looks too different to me. So used to seeing him playing his Kramer.

    What are yalls thoughts on when an instrument wielding singer ditches the git? His vocals have improved but it still looks weirdish.

    • GoatForest

      It’s fine for me. Just look at Naglfar.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      “it fits tangentially.” THATS WHAT SHE SAID

  • GoatForest

    I wanna hear more bands that don’t sacrifice memorability for intensity or atmosphere but still maintains those vital attributes:
    https://youtu.be/NKA2xpG9sjI
    https://youtu.be/5NyRmTT8Ei8
    https://anovelist.bandcamp.com/track/function-unknown-2

    • Black Smallbeard

      both of these are killer. new AN was bangin, too.

      • GoatForest

        Damn right.

      • Shakes 999

        AN changed the game for me. I’ve never heard anything that insane in my entire life.

    • Howard Dean

      Still holding out hope that we’ll get a new Funeral Mist album. One part of me thinks the project is completely done, the other part thinks a new album will just hit unexpectedly one day (per Norma Evangelium Diaboli tradition). I liked Maranatha but something akin to Salvation or Devilry would really hit the spot.

      • GoatForest

        Indeed. I fear that the project may have just been subsumed by Marduk, though.

    • xengineofdeathx

      I would say this new Ominous Circle does a great job for that too. https://youtu.be/3c8U6-b0Qp4

      • GoatForest

        Ooooo. Neat.

      • RJA

        Yea – this record looks to be pretty sick!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Fuck yes.

  • KyleJMcBride

    MOAR RIFFS.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Pretty much this…

      Oh, and definitely less Robb Flynn

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Solos that only consist of about 50% weedly deedlies rather than them making up the whole thing.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      And if you’re gonna do the weedly deedly thing at least do it properly.
      https://youtu.be/YS-bSRv0mgw

    • JWG79

      More weedly, less deedly.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Precisely.

    • Count_Breznak

      Solos.

  • JWG79

    More cavernous riffs & cavernous vocals.

    Also possibly more cavernous recording locations. Will accept Cathedrals, if appropriately subverted.

    • Black Smallbeard

      its not generally my thing but i feel like this album did it so well its quickly become one of my favorite DM releases in recent memory
      https://youtu.be/UHbQZMriSTE

    • GoatForest

      I take it you dig Nightbringer.

  • Commander Shephard

    More Cattle Decapitation

    • Howard Dean

      *flushes toilet*

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Dude! Monolith of Inhumanity rips!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IypO8dyibfQ

        • Howard Dean

          Haha, my comment was mostly related to an old Toilet joke where I would rip on Cattle Decapitation since everyone was on their nutz hard about a year or two ago. Just being a contrarian dick. There are a few tracks on that album that are decent, but by and large Travis Ryan’s caterwauling and weird half-clean/half-harsh singing shit annoys the fuck out of me, hahaha.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Haha I think the reason why everyone was suddenly creaming all over Cattle Decapitation is because before Monolith they sucked quite a bit of ass. And then all of the sudden they put out something that was not only good, but that had a few unique features as well.

          • James

            Monolith was huge. Kingdom of tyrants changed the game for me.

          • James

            “Just being a contrarian dick.”.. thats 90 percent the reason this site exists.

          • Howard Dean

            Indeed, my good sir!

          • Dumpster Lung

            hahaha I can see how that vocal style might be kind of offputting for some, but that’s what actually attracted me the most to Cattle Decap. I had heard some stuff here and there but wasn’t real huge on them overall until I heard some of Monolith.

            Then once Anthropocene came out, holy fuck. That might be one of my favorite albums of the last several several years. Loved the hell out of that one.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Monolith >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> their latest one

    • GoatForest

      Always more Cattle Decap.

  • Count_Breznak

    Don’t let Jamie Saint Merat mix another Ulcerate album.

  • Howard Dean

    We need:

    -A new Katharsis album (not gonna happen, but a man can dream)
    -More black metal mixed with the raw punk/oi! sound (this is an up-and-coming sub-subgenre).
    -More black and death metal bands that mix in traditional heavy metal riffing, choruses, and soloing (this stuff is the best stuff).
    -More Bolt Thrower (not gonna happen, but a man can dream).

    • Black Smallbeard

      that punkish/oi bm sound is definitely starting to boom its just the subject matter is by and large not toilet friendly

      • Howard Dean

        I’m a big fan of the sound, and I agree: it’s starting to boom. There have been a lot of good albums the last couple of years. Sielunvihollinen is probably the most recognizable name out of the bunch, but little scenes are popping up all over the place with bands like Malphas, Jugra, etc. It’s just good fast, hard-hitting, primitive sounding punkish stuff. Love it.

        • Black Smallbeard

          i definitely love Sielunvihollinen but, despite some surprising love they get around here, they are definitely not toilet friendly. lets hope the new album is as amazing as their last full length and EP.

          if i started up a new band, it would definitely be in the filthy black n roll kind of vein.you just get the best of both worlds and just not a lot of bands doin it right

      • Dumpster Lung

        I hadn’t caught onto any of this yet, but just looked up Sielunvihollinen (goddamnit that’s a long name to type), and this stuff kicks ass!

        It does look like they’re going with a pretty anti-Islam theme based on that album cover for Tuhontuoja. Is that what you’re talking about as far as not being very Toilet-friendly?

        I guess other bands are writing similar lyrics too? I know I’m loving these riffs though. Sometimes it almost comes off like a darker/grim Kvelertak or old-school Turbonegro, but then again it also has some melodies that might fit on a folkier black metal album, too. Cool sound for sure.

        Hard to judge their intent without knowing the language and what the full lyrics mean, but yeah, looks like it could be pretty divisive.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Traditional Metal riffage, yes please.

  • xengineofdeathx

    I’m not mad at some chugs once in a while.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    These thing I would like to hear more of.

    Crappy vocal styles/effects (Good Cop/Bad Cop etc.)
    Lame edge-lord gore themes
    Filler tracks (intros, interludes etc.)
    Corpse-paint
    Over-compressed production
    Monotonous lo-fi blasting
    Robb Flynn
    Bass drops
    Album cover shirt designs
    Djent
    OTT drumming
    Audio samples from films/TV

  • I’m with the Lizard on this one. We may be witnessing a bit of a renaissance in Death Metal, with bands like Cadaveric Fumes and Tomb Mold not just tweaking the formula but approaching it from a whole new angle.

  • Primordial Chaos

    Wishes, more wicked spirits like these young swedes:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4hKyxz2064

  • Old Man Doom

    Moar frog croak vocals or gtfo

  • Hans Moleman

    Always be monotonously lo-fi blasting.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xi1OCbAbCU

    • Black Smallbeard

      oooooooh

  • Hans Moleman

    I don’t know, more weird shit maybe?

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

  • atchdav

    1. Spaced themed metal
    2. Concept albums

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Space themed concept albums.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Concept albums about space-themed concept albums

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Boom!

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    I think intros and interludes can be great, if they’re appropriately written and placed. Arrangement skills are a lost art in a lot of ways in band music of any genre

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    Metal needs to use different instruments that wouldn’t be expected out of a metal band. I’d love to see a doom band use a sitar or a pedal steel guitar with a lot of different effects.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    I’d also love to see more metal bands cover artists of a radically different genre. I’d pay to see Electric Wizard cover a song like Panama Red or having Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn or Pathology cover Roll With The Changes.

  • Don’t get rid of the elitists. That’s us!

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    I think although deathcore bands are usually bad there are a few I like. What I’d like to see more from them is the sort of twin guitar playing that Thin Lizzy did. Instead of just trying to play as fast as possible and as technically as possible I think more deathcore bands and extreme metal in general should try doing twin guitar harmonies with technical precision, I’d also like to see more metal bands have two drummers. I’d maybe even like to see a deathcore band with 3 guitarists and a piano player as well as a bassist, a drummer and either a designated vocalist or have one of the other members handle vocals.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Less shorter than shoulder length grandma haircuts. Cave or shave.

  • What I need:

    Moar melodies, moar feelings, moar melancholy, moar fantasy, moar music to delve into magical realms, moar occult lyrical themes, moar powerrrrrrrrr.

    What I don’t need:

    Crappy music.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    What is OTT drumming?