Editorial: March 1996

When I list the following bands what goes through your mind?

  • Delerium
  • Front 242
  • Front Line Assembly
  • Haujobb
  • Leaetherstrip
  • Ministry
  • My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
  • Nitzer Ebb
  • Skinny Puppy
  • X Marks The Pedwalk
The first thing that comes to mind for me is change. Ever single one of those bands on that list has drastically changed it musical direction within it's last two releases and for the most part met with disastrous results from within it's die-hard fanbase because of that change. My next question is why are people abandoning their favorite bands because they suddenly and often violently change their musical direction? Is this genre's audience that close minded? Do they really expect a band to stagnate and produce the same music album after album? Can they really be that stupid?

I came into this musical genre because of the drastic change it exhibited in contrast to the music played on MTV and the radio. With change comes diversity, musical growth, an expansion of the genre, increased audience potential, and artist satisfaction. Every single one of these features yield positive benefits and yet the people who purchase the music run around like chickens with their heads cut off proclaiming that their favorite artists has betrayed them. What kind of nonsense is that? Musicians make music for themselves, not their audience. They surely don't go around and take a poll of every member of their audience in order to determine which samples to use on their album, which basslines to program, or how to write their lyrics? For god sakes, people are now criticizing Ogre's grammar. Since when has Ogre ever used proper grammar and why does it matter? Lyrics are not prose, they don't fall under the jurisdiction of some english grammar manual.

Next time you decide to make a public comment about how much you can't stand to listen to the most recent release by your favorite artists because they've changed their sound, think! Place yourself in the shoes of that artists and ask yourself why is this music different, why have I changed? Perhaps maybe then you'll truly understand that change is a necessary event if this type of music is to survive. Stagnation leads to the eventual death of a musical movement and we don't want that now do we?


[Sonic Boom]

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