It’s a tricky question, but if you’re looking to make a quick buck off your favorite metal band’s newest releases, then it’s definitely worth considering whether or not it’s worth buying.
In the case of the upcoming album Metal, the answer is “not a ton,” according to metal music critic Aaron Gant.
Metal is a notoriously fickle genre, but Gant believes the genre is in a good place right now, with the rise of the streaming service Spotify and the fact that there’s still a lot of music out there.
“In a way, metal is at a crossroads, and it’s just the right time for it to come out, especially given how it’s a hard, fast-paced genre to get into and not necessarily have a steady stream of releases that you can get,” Gant said.
“I think there’s more metal coming out now than there was even a few years ago.”
Gant, who is a longtime Metal fan, said he’s had a blast reviewing metal albums in the past, and he believes the best way to determine if or when a band will be releasing a new album is to look at what genre the album falls in.
“The genre breakdown of Metal is basically ‘metal’ or ‘hardcore,’ but not ‘metalcore,'” he said.
Gant also said the best albums in Metal are ones that are either great songs or albums that are both great songs and albums that offer a ton of emotion.
“Metal is so much more than a ‘metal music’ genre.
It’s much more about how it resonates with people and how it connects with your heart and soul,” he said, adding that he has a hard time getting excited about any Metal album.
But while Metal is still in its infancy, Gant’s opinions on albums like The Last of Us, The War on Drugs, and Rise Against are definitely worth listening to.
“If I were to buy a Metal album right now and I was not expecting to get that ‘lots of emotional roller coaster ride’ type of experience, I wouldn’t buy it,” Gants said.
Metal fans may not be able to get their hands on the band’s new album anytime soon, but they should still be on the lookout for more metal releases in the future.
Check out Gant and the rest of the music critic team’s analysis below.
[Reddit via Metal Discogs]