Our writer Stephen Hill lamented the dis­solv­ing of sub­gen­res in metal on the Ham­mer site last month, and how it has im­pacted our scene. Un­sur­pris­ingly, you guys had Some Thoughts.

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Letters -


“How many fans were first ex­posed to our world through a taste of thrash, or NWOBHM, or punk in the main­stream and then given the keys to a new world, a new way of life? It must be im­mea­sur­able. That’s the true power of a sub­cul­ture: it doesn’t just de­fine an era, it can ac­tu­ally shape huge groups of peo­ple.”


There are only two gen­res: mu­sic I like and mu­sic I don’t. I don’t give a shit if oth­ers need to cat­e­gorise it. Joe Michael Le­cuyer (Face­book)

Sub­gen­res are a way for peo­ple to feel like they’re do­ing some­thing orig­i­nal. Usu­ally they’re just re­hash­ing stuff that’s al­ready been done.

Jeff Riniker (Face­book)

Gen­res are use­ful for de­scrib­ing a par­tic­u­lar sound. I’m not go­ing to say that Pig De­stroyer and Celtic Frost sound the same just be­cause “it’s all just metal”.

Wy­att Wilcher (Face­book)

Peo­ple were pre­dict­ing the death of punk when I was a teenager. They pro­nounced metal dead in my 20s. Rock was pro­nounced dead when I was 30. I’m 50. I’m not wor­ried about metal dy­ing out, sub­gen­res or no. Lisa Ishee (Face­book)

Ba­sic gen­res are fine, but it gets nuts when peo­ple are like, ‘Check out this band, they are thrash-tech­ni­cal­bat­tle-black­ened-doomy-death-pro­gres­sive-sludge.’ Re­jan Plante (Face­book)

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