Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comments on Metal Videos

Here's something I've been wanting to start for a while. We've all seen Youtube comments. They're one of the internet's dark secrets, hidden away at the bottom of every video. No type of video is ever safe, not even metal videos with under 1000 views. There is always at least one person with a keyboard and a loose understanding of the English language who thinks their opinion is more important than everyone else's.

In fact, metal videos have some of the worst comments. For some reason, people feel the need to go on music they don't like and leave a comment proclaiming their distaste with the music no one forced them to listen to. It's utterly baffling why this situation would ever occur, but it does and it leads to some of the funniest comments out there.

I'm starting a movement. Send screencaps of stupid or funny comments on metal videos or related pages (with context if needed) as a message to the Facebook page or as an email to I'll keep collecting them like I've been doing for a while, but I'm only one person and I only watch so many videos.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys can find. They will be posted at regular intervals over on the Facebook page, so give it a like if you haven't already.

-Zombie Viking

Monday, April 28, 2014

My Life As a Non-Elitist

I previously wrote a post about being a music elitist. I'm not going to link to it here because I'm embarrassed, but I'm sure you can find it if you really want. It's a moot point though because something magical happened over the blog break, my musical tastes expanded.

One of my biggest musical pet peeves used to be slow songs. I just didn't have the patience to listen to them. I used to go through albums and delete the slow songs before I added them to my library. But now I give them a chance. I guess I got more patience and there's now a bunch of slower songs that I enjoy just as much as anything else. I started something with myself to ensure that I actually gave every song in my library a fair shot. I really don't want to fall into the category that so many people find themselves in, of having a large music library and skipping over half the songs. So now when I listen to my music, I put it on random and put my phone in my pocket. If I actually don't like a song I'll delete it. But I ended up actually liking a lot of the songs I had previously always skipped over. There was actually a lot of awesome music that I kept skipping over. Here's an example of a great song that I previously would have skipped over or deleted. Shame on me.

I was also able to expand my musical horizons. I think that was just my desire to not only listen to as much music as possible, but also to as many different types of music. I've added electronic, rock, and even some metalcore to my music library. I was never against these genres because they do have awesome music, but it just felt weird adding these songs to my library. I've always listened to metal that takes influence from other genres so it's a natural extension to actually listen to music from these other genres regularly. There is so much awesome music out there that I might have missed - that I still might miss - but I will never stop expanding my horizons. I have a friend (you know who you are) who once said to me that it's a shame we'll never be able to listen to every single great band out there; there's just too many. We can always keep searching for music and find as much as we can, it's all anyone can do.

-Zombie Viking

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I'm Back (Again)!

Well, it seems it's finally time I got off of (or rather, sat on) my lazy butt and wrote some new blog posts. I've got the trifecta of singles from upcoming albums playing (War Eternal from Arch Enemy, To Hell And Back from Sabaton, and The Essence of Silence from Epica) and I'm ready to crank out an update.

School is complete for another year and this time I get an actual break. I'll be working for the next 16 months and going back for my final year of university in September 2015. That means one very important thing: more free time! I plan to post on this blog at least semi-regularly with all my fantastic observations and opinions that I'm sure you're just dying to read. That being said, expect a slow start. I do have a few things that I want to write about, but I definitely need to get back into the writing mood. I prefer quality over quantity. Everything will be posted on the Facebook page, so if you haven't liked the page, there's a button in the top right of the blog.

As for what I want to post about, here's a couple things to look forward to. I'll be attending Paganfest America this Thursday May 1st. Expect a writeup Friday or Saturday. Hopefully I'll be getting a new phone so I can post some decent concert pictures. But if not, I'll include the same crappy quality photos I've been taking up until now, hurray!

In the long term, I'm hoping to have a series of posts dedicated to a little project of mine. It's been my dream for a while now to actually make some music. The biggest hurdle is the fact that I have absolutely no musical talent and don't play any instruments. However, I've downloaded FL Studio and the necessary add-ons to make some sweet sweet metal. If I can make something that doesn't sound like complete garbage I'm going to post about it every step of the way. It can be done though, I've seen it with my own ears.

That's about it for now. I'm writing posts as you read this so expect some more stuff very soon! Stay metal.

-Zombie Viking