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Old 2009-06-06, 08:29
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Originally Posted by Tzimisce
Any band that sacrifices abrasiveness and heaviness for clarity in its guitar tone is forfeiting its identity as a death metal band.

This is planely ridiculous and equivalent to the equally annoying trait popular among elitist black metallers of disregarding production values. Intricate fretwork does not lend itself to an abrassive tone; the notes become lost in the mix and the artist's true statement is lost. I don't think this is a difficlut concept to understand and, by extension, neither is the fact that clarity of production or tone has nothing to do with which genre a given band falls within (even considering the early constraints of what it meant to be grindcore).

To illustrate this, I'll throw one name into the ring: Death. Unmistakeably death metal, but far, far from being brutal. Extrapolating from the forefathers to the genre as a whole shows that brutality is not the one defining property of death metal. If this was not the case, then why would there exist a specific sub-genre entirely devoted to "brutal" death metal? By your definition, the "brutal" tag for this genre should be tacit given that all death metal has to be brutal. Simple inspection proves that this is obviously not the case and offers a contradiction to your logic.
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