Metal Music, its misrepresentation in society and its impact on adolescents

Bobby Bevilacqua

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In today’s society, music is everywhere. It’s in our cars, on the television, in movies, on the computer and on our phones. Needless to say, it’s a major part of the everyday American lifestyle. Since the days of Elvis Presley, there have been concerns about if the music, whether it be the content, image or the message effects society, particularly adolescents, teens and young adults. When Elvis Presley was gyrating his hips in the 50s, parents were worried that it was corrupting the youth. The same thing happened with the social revolution in the 1960s. But perhaps the most criticized type of music of all time is Rock and Roll, first popping up in the 1950s and exploding in popularity in the 1960s. With bands focusing on the new sound of the electric guitar, along with a bass guitar and drums, the genre began to gain steady airtime. As with most genres of music, it continued to evolve and create new types of music. And in the 1960s, kick started by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, Heavy Metal was born. Continue reading

The Transcendence of Myth through Music

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Greek mythology and the stories surrounding the in-depth culture originated over three thousand years ago, with stories of gods and goddesses permeating the ancient Greek society. The stories were told in many ways: literature, poem, spoken word, theater, and more recently, film and television. But perhaps the most lasting use of mythological adaptation and representation in forms other than written is musically. With mythology being as old as it is, it is quite impressive that it is still being represented in modern society. It is more common in film, where people can tell a story and use visuals, but in music, people may not recognize the references. Yet bands across all genres and musical performers across many generations have used songs and music as a way to continue to tell these stories and continue the tradition of Greek mythology and the lore associated with it. Like an epic poem or a novel, music is something that crosses all generations and time periods, with music from the 1930s, like Frank Sinatra, still being played and cherished today. Music, like mythology, transcends time, and songs about the stories and lore of Greek mythology allow for the tales to continue in a new form for future generations to learn from and appreciate. Continue reading

Album Review – Jomsviking by Amon Amarth

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Amon Amarth have cemented themselves as one of the best bands in the melodic death metal genre, crafting their own unique sound and brand of music since they were formed back in 1992. Some of the criticism the Swedish band receives comes from the fact that they have been consistent with their sound, creating an aura of similarity on the last few albums. But they broke the mold a bit, and delivered with one of their best albums to date.

With Jomsviking, Amon Amarth took a crack at their first ever concept album, weaving a tale of love, murder and revenge based on the story of the legendary Jomsvikings, a fierce group of Viking mercenaries in the 10th and 11th century. Here’s Hegg’s own description of the album (From Metalinjection.net);

“It’s a pretty simple story where a young man is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee,” … “But he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The story of the Jomsviking is in the background – it’s the way he finds to go back and claim his revenge. The way the story evolves is not a happy story… it’s a tragedy, I guess! But I like sad endings, because they’re the ones that affect you the most.” – Johan Hegg Continue reading