Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Fusion Metal

Something that has often fascinated me with metal music is the fusion of different musics to create something new.  There are the popular metal fusions such as folk metal or opera metal, but there are also some genres that stand alone, that fuse metal with some altogether… different.

Take Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica. Starting life as a Metallica cover band, with a difference, the band is made up of 3 classically trained cellists and a drummer. Their music borrows elements from a wide variety of genres, but they are effectively a band that plays metal on cellos.

What about Argentine tango metal band Solsticio who play metal fused with their country’s national dance – the Argentine Tango?

How about Mexican dance metal band Saideth who combine melodeath, power, thrash and heavy metal with trance, dubstep, psycho and even some folk?

Then there is Swedish swing metal band Diablo Swing Orchestra who call their music soprano swing with a heavy twist.

And finally, German a Capella metal band Van Canto who are made up of 5 vocalists and 1 drummer. Two vocalists sing the lead vocals, the other 3 create the guitars and bass through their voices.

Fusion has been happening for decades in music. Rock and roll, for example, started as a fusion between blues, gospel and country music and so this idea is nothing new. Artists like to challenge themselves and provide listeners with something different and unique. I think these bands have certainly succeeded in achieving that. What do you think?

Do you know any other bands that fuse something different with metal?  Perhaps you are in that very band? Please comment or contact Femetalism on the Contact Page so we can take a listen.

Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on CultNoise and Femetalism.