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Old 2004-11-01, 12:08
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Why face paint is silly

Look at Satyricon's 'Mother North' film clip.

Flip through the cd booklet of Khold's album, 'Phantom'.

Look at any photograph of Cradle of Filth from any point in their career.

More recent CoF aside, the above are bands that I really like, however, the fact that they smother themselves in ridiculous face paint & spend large portions of their time practicing 'eeevil' poses in front of the mirror gives me the impression that they've not quite left high school in any real sense. It also provides the less fortunate with huge amounts of ammunition as to why black metal sucks. Obviously giving a shit about other people's opinions is for gimps, however, do black metallers really need to waste that much energy on looking like fucking forest-dwelling tools just to play good music?

I say no. Creating a cool image is, well, cool. As long as it happens occasionally! But continually decking yourself out in black on white, carrying battle axes, buring trees in the nighttime, etc. is dumb as it ends up defining you more than you define the image. So, I say keep it to a bare minimum, Norway & friends: Your music rules, but looking at you is painful & embarrassing. Why? Because face paint is silly.

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Old 2004-11-01, 12:12
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just depends what you're into, I don't like any of the bands you mentioned and I can't help but laugh at people with facepaint.
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Old 2004-11-01, 12:14
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Precisely.
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Old 2004-11-01, 12:31
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when bm bands are playing live, most people want them to have that particular image to associate with the music, and to most people that i've talked to, the corpse paint contributes to a more enjoyable show. For me personally, i couldn't care less what the image of a metal band is, all i care about is the music.
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Old 2004-11-01, 12:33
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Except King Diamond and Kiss.

Black fingernail polish is extremely gay as well.
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Old 2004-11-01, 12:37
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I'm waiting for a big freaking file to download so I've nothing better to do than keep at this. So:

Agreed. The paint probably does make for a cooler show, I'm sure CoF wouldn't have seemed the same for me if they weren't all decked out, BUT, that doesn't excuse thousands & thousands of glossy or grainy pictures, countless silly poses, & crap film clips. You've a captive audience when you're playing live.
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Old 2004-11-01, 12:46
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Except King Diamond and Kiss.

Black fingernail polish is extremely gay as well.

yeah, those emo fags love it.
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Old 2004-11-01, 12:53
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Black metal isn't just a style of music though, it's a scene, it's a style of dress, people paint their faces and dress in black to associate themselves with a particular style of music and the other people that listen, it unites them under that "gay-facepaint-wearing-blackmetallers" flag. For instance, a death metaller wouldn't walk around in a Britny Spear t-shirt, they would wear a CC tee or something, to associate themselves with that style. It just so happens that B'metallers use white facepaint and battle axes
It does give them a distinctive and memorable image though does it not? Even if you think "Eek, there's those scary facepaint wearing fags!"

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Old 2004-11-01, 12:56
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Maybe its me, but I just dont get it.
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Old 2004-11-01, 14:11
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Don’t let the avatar fool you, I find corpse paint “silly” as well. Some looks cool, like how Gorgoroth looks now. But some is just way too crappy and it’s amazing that they probably take it too serious as well. I do like black metal but they need to take it easy on the make up, even if it does create imagery for the music. Look at Borknagar, they don’t need to look "silly" to make good black metal.
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Old 2004-11-01, 14:26
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Face paint? It is cool for the effect in videos, live shows, BM parties, and Halloween, but very very silly if you walk around everyday with it on.
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Old 2004-11-01, 14:29
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It doesn't matter how it is used, it will always be somewhat silly
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True, but it's all for fun when you get right down to it. It's for the kids amusement.
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Old 2004-11-01, 16:01
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Any man who wears make up of his own free will is a dweeb and loses any respect that I may have garnered for them.
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Old 2004-11-01, 17:23
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better having face paint that full viking armour like Manowar in the 80's.
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Old 2004-11-01, 17:47
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I think some people forget that metal, just like all music, is a form of FUCKING ENTERTAINMENT!!! The face paint is another way to entertain people, not a statement to show how cool someone is. I think it's gay as hell, but I also understand that it's all part of the show. Music is meant to be a form of expression, not as a set of rules to live your life by. It's fantasy, it's a form of creativity, it's illusory. But it's not reality, despite the heart, soul, and dedication that goes into creating it. So just relax and enjoy it, or have a big laugh. Whatever.
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Old 2004-11-01, 18:00
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Wow you hit a homer there, Nessie.
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Old 2004-11-01, 18:51
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i see your point nessie (cool name btw) but someone face painted up doesnt entertain me any more then if it wasnt
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Old 2004-11-01, 19:13
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i like it if they wear it while posing for photos or on stage, because i reckon it shows they care about what they do and go to trouble for it.

with all the metalcore plaguing the scene these days, have a think about this one, maybe one day black metal is all we will have if in a few years poser kids continue to destroy the scene, nu-metal was created, now theyre destroying metalcore.
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Old 2004-11-01, 19:26
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wow....who cares? i dont know about you guys, but when i hear a bands cd i dont see the makeup
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