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1  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / MISSplaced metalhead: Play the f***ing music and don't "bitch" about it. on: December 26, 2008, 01:07:28 am
OK, so I am pretty much risking all posting this.  I hope the mods are not upset with me--I know at other forums, they do not allow my view because it's considered the "F" word, not "fuck"--the OTHER "F" word...

For quite some time, I have had many questions about where I really stand in the metal community.  I'm trying to make this more of a broad issue as it affects a LOT of people, but I am drawing on my personal experience for more background into this.  I am a metalhead and prefer metal at it's extreme, especially death metal.  I also happen to be a woman.

I don't have many female friends who like the same type of music.  The ones who do I couldn't really talk to them about this, except for the collective agreement that the slutty chicks who kiss all the guys in the mosh pits give the real female metalheads a bad name!

I have read many books about metal culture, gender and metal, misogyny in metal--you name it.  I even wrote a final essay for my music history class and I titled it "The Discouragement and Involvement of Women in Metal."  Authors such as Deena Weinstein and Robert Walser write a lot of academic material regarding this in their books.  There is another book I might check out by Natalie Purcell.  Still, after all this reading and thinking, I feel out of place.

Many would say to "quit bitching out it" and accept the fact that in both metal culture (especially death metal) and western culture in general, women are conditioned to try hard to look "hot" and dress sexy.  There ARE women in metal who are not promoting this "hot n sexy" look, but unfortunately, there is still encouragement for that to happen.  The magazine Revolver has published "the hottest chicks in metal" pictures.  And even worse, the popular death metal zine, http://www.thegrimoire.com/ , promotes using women as "sex pawns" and even has video clips of horror involving "rape orgies" against women.  Hey, I'm no stranger to this.  I listen to Cannibal Corpse and other death metal acts that use or have used seemingly misogynist lyrics.

I have tried to accept the fact that "women are seen as pawns" as I still have yet to see the promotion of nude men on any of those metal zines--no I don't want to see it at all, but I sure wish they would quit reducing women to tits and twat.  But I am actually a musician and not only live and breathe and eventually die in metal, but I PLAY it too.  And I don't want to be some softie metalcore/symphonic/operatic/pop-metal singer who plays glam riffs--nooooooo!  Unfortunately that is what people expect--the element of surprise is definitely a valuable and shocking one that I carry--consider it a weapon.

I just wanted to state that I get offended by the misogynist approach that death metal has but I continue to listen to it, play it, and go to the concerts.  Hey, ask me about the Zimmer's Hole concert I went to--actually, don't ask!  I am offended by the misogyny in metal because I am not sure how to react to that crap.  I do NOT believe in censorship at all--nothing should be forced away, all art should be available for those who wish to pursue it.  BUT I wonder--am I welcome in this genre?  Either way, no one steps on my toes--I'll keep playing until I die, even if I have to work a shitty job doing tech support for people who can't even tie their shoelaces (no my job isn't that bad--I actually really like it--I'm just saying worst case scenario).  Are women in metal viewed as just more "Grimoire Girls" or as clean operatic singers?  I really hope my post here isn't being offensive--I'm trying to figure out some things as well as promote discussion.  I will sent message to mods to make sure I did not step out of line.  Thanks all for reading, look forward to reading your thoughts.

**Edit:  I couldn't figure out which mod(s) to email/PM this to, so if you are mod and reading this, please let me know if this is a bad post.  Also I could not find rules on the board except no spamming and I don't think this is spam.
2  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: 2008 Awards on: December 26, 2008, 12:38:02 am
I LOL'd as some of the ones you mentioned are exactly what I was thinking!

Did you read the list on http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/14830/.html (Top 10 Albums You Dont Want to Find Under The Tree Tomorrow, all 2008)?
3  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Metal Festival on: November 09, 2008, 04:03:49 am
one band I wish I could have seen is death. R.I.P. Chuck. Had I been born a few years earlier I would have
4  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: November 09, 2008, 03:55:22 am
holy shit. Just saw Dismember, Augury, and Unleash the Archers. Ok it ended a couple of hours ago. I was blown away
5  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: September 23, 2008, 12:25:45 am
I can't believe I saw Carcass live. And I
was at the front. I didn't know until tonight (the night of the concert) that this was Carcass' last show of the tour.  Did you know that?
6  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: September 22, 2008, 03:24:53 pm
Wont let me post in navy. Oh well. Alice Cooper was awesome!  I was at the very front practically falling over the barricade. I got guitar picks, play money, and a popped balloon. A group of metalheads have invaded the ferry ( we live on an island). We're all on our way to Carcass in Vancouver, bc!  And I sure hope the sound is good for opeth in October.

Edit: added the navy color tag to my post. And now I'm at starbucks. Doors to carcass open in just over 30 minutes.

7  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: September 18, 2008, 09:00:46 am
haha so I told my buddy that I'm downloading "death magnetic" but I told him not to tell lars!  Does anyone here really listen to metallica anymore?  I have something funny to say about the album but don't want to offend.

I guess a lot of fans were surprised about the reunion. I'm just glad they're coming to Vancouver....and I'm going. I still have 3 tickets left to sell though. Unfortunately most people around here aren't "br00tl" enough to know who Carcass is, at least not in Nanaimo!
8  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Bands You Just Recently Realized Ruled on: September 14, 2008, 11:12:11 am
Yeah, thanks to Pheno to recommend Turisas--spinning on my playlist!

A band that added me to their MySpace is Luna Mortis, formerly known as The Ottoman Empire.  Melodic, fast, progressive...they're actually from Wisconsin.  Check them out!  http://www.myspace.com/lunamortismusic 
9  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: September 14, 2008, 11:04:47 am
Update:  I got MORE tickets...going to see 1) Alice Cooper 2) Carcass 3) Opeth 3) Amon Amarth 5) In Flames...top that!  Wink

Oh, but I didn't buy Metallica yet...don't know...
10  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: 2008: A good year for Doom on: September 14, 2008, 11:01:57 am
Daylight Dies - Lost to the Living
11  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: July 26, 2008, 01:13:16 pm
I live on an island so sometimes it's hard to get to shows as most are on the mainland. And I think a lot of bands don't play in Canada, especially not in western Canada. I wish I was tall!
12  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: The Album Covers of Tomorrow... Today! on: July 19, 2008, 07:46:53 am
LOL @ the DragonForce one...SO true!  Cheesy
13  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Live Shows on: July 19, 2008, 07:44:17 am
Oh I just bought 4 x tickets to Opeth in Vancouver for October 3 and 4 x Amon Amarth tickets to Amon Amarth also in Vancouver for October 6.  THAT is going to be an awesome week!  \m/
14  Heavy Metal / Metal Discussion / Re: Where you don't expect to find metal on: June 30, 2008, 05:49:39 pm
Hey, a while back I found death metal band Cookie Monster--they're from the Philippines.  I added them to my MySpace as that's where I found them.  http://www.myspace.com/eproxxx is their page on MySpace.  I have Filipino heritage too, so I thought it was awesome!  \m/  When I visit my relatives in the Philippines, I'll have to see Cookie Monster.
15  Heavy Metal / Musicians' Corner / Vocals in Metal - for you audiophiles out there on: June 30, 2008, 02:14:37 pm
Hey y'all, I have this issue with the vocals in my song "Shedding the Ashes."  I have created two different mixes of it and put it on both http://www.facebook.com/pages/m-Mad-Metal-Mage-m/10764875925 and http://www.myspace.com/madmetalmagemusic (if you don't see it on Facebook, it's probably because it's still processing).  Anyway, I somehow felt that the vocals did not have enough punch to cut through the rest of the mix, especially the guitars, so that's why I remixed it.  But in the end, both mixes sound very similar, so I am stuck with the same problem.  I discovered that the "sound enhancer" in iTunes (go into the iTunes preferences and then the playback tab at the top) really changes how the mix sounds.  I realize that this is true when you play back the song in a car system, iPod, computer, or any other device.  I've been listening to the balance of vocals and guitars in lots of other metal songs, and I know that the vocals are supposed to be buried but present.  I think I'm going insane!  If anyone has time, could you please listen to both mixes and inform me which one has better vocals in your opinion?  Then what I'll do is listen to what you found and see how it sounds for myself.  Thanks a lot.  If anyone has experience with mixing vocals in metal, I'd appreciate any tips.

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