ART OF DYING, 2012: BANDS LIKE THIS STILL EXIST!
New York City ceased to have a rock radio station many years ago, so I consider myself to be pretty out of touch with what real ‘Mericans listen to whilst driving around in their Ford F250 trucks. But every time I decide to go out of my way to see what kind of rock is popular these days in places where people fear God and deny the existence of global warming, it turns out I’m really not so out of touch after all: nothing has changed! “Loud Rock” is exactly the same as it was when I lived in Michigan between 2000 and 2005; some of the faces may’ve changed (really not very many, though), but the music, production and visual aesthetic are completely interchangeable with any number of bands from that era. It’s completely baffling how little forward progress there’s been in the past 15 years in this genre, yet it’s strangely not that surprising at all that people who actually believe Obama is a muslim fundamentalist and communist (regardless of what you think of the guy’s politics) are so resistant to change.
This rant is brought to you by the band Art of Dying, whose video “Die Trying” you can watch below. Is this Theory of a Deadman? Is this Disturbed? Is this Cold? Is this Crossfade? Who knows and who gives a fuck!