The roots of Death metal (Metallus Deathicus) can traced back to 2000 BC when the Anasazi discovered a new emotion: Rage. The Anasazi did not know how to express this feeling, so they kept it bottled up until one day an Anasazi man named Ch'thzhlu'tu (Pronounced tom) lost his temper and hit his best friend Ch'lith Zhu (Pronounced Warble) over the head with a rock. This sound helped relive Ch'thzhlu'tu's rage, so he did it again. Soon, hitting Ch'lith Zhu with a rock became a common way to release rage. But one day Ch'lith Zhu had been beaten so badly that he was just a smear on the ground, so the Anasazi had to hit something else. They made small statues resembling Ch'lith Zhu to hit. These statues became known as Drums. Soon the Anasazi found that drums were not enough, so they added downtuned guitars, basses and incoherent shouting to the sound. However, it wasn't until Cookie Monster in his band Cannibal Cookies that death metal found their trademark vocal style. Currently, Dethklok serves as the ambassador between the world and Death Metal.
Other sources suggest death metal was formed from a over cooked fruit bat that escaped from a George Foreman grill. Ozzy Osbourne then bit the head off the bat and spewed blood over a guitar amp. This caused a paradox in time, merging death with metal.
edit Symptoms of Death Metal
Listening to this type of music usually induces brain hemorrhaging, which leads to bleeding of the ears. Bleeding ears in the Death Metal culture is highly fashionable, which means ears must be bleeding at all times. This shows that you listen to the loud, gravelly buzz noise that is Death metal and are therefore cooler than everyone. It could also mean that you took too many drugs. Other symptoms include: having a neck larger than your head, bloody diarrhea from constant exposure to deadly bass lines, moshpititus, and surprisingly, death.
One of the confusing things for many Death Metal bands is that they are always being told by adoring fans that they are 'sick'. "Dude, that is sick." "Dude, you're sick." "Sick performance." "That's a sick riff." "Sick vokills man." Countless hours in emergency rooms and doctors' offices has not given Death Metal bands the answer they need: namely, why am I always so 'sick'? Researchers in Sweden, Antarctica and other Death Metal hotbeds have spent decades analyzing microscopic bacteria found in the body hair and beards of many Death Metal band members. Dr. DeRay DeVorkian, clinical researcher at the University of Florida believes he may have pinpointed the cause of the universal 'sick'ness found in many Death Metal bands. DeVorkian writes, "My team of researchers believes that the microscopic bacterium known as Metallus Morbidus may be behind the maladies so prevalent in the Death Metal community. We recommend that all Death Metal bands be innoculized at least once a year against this bacteria."
edit How to Recognise Death Metal
As most death metal sounds the same most people cannot tell the difference unless they have spent years blowing their ears out and getting depressed. However there are common characteristics of all death metal that may assist in identifying a death metal band. While to the untrained ear, all Death Metal songs go like this: chuggachuggachugga hurghhh hurggghhh hurrggghhh chuggachuggachuggachuggachugga... those trained in the higher art known as Deathus Metalus (its Latin root), know the following:
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It is also well known that a good Death Metal album is called a "slab" while a shitty one is called "deathcore".
edit Death Metal Guitar Techniques
The guitar techniques of death metal guitarists are named after brutal things they do to people:
- The Chop - Hitting the first string then immediatly hitting the second string with an upwards stroke. Invented by the guitarist of As Blood Runs Black(Jimi Hendrix), chopping is a very powerful technique in the death metal world. The guitarist of As Blood Runs Black named it this shortly after "chop"ping his grandmother to pieces and placing her in a brown paper bag.
- The Chug - The chug can only be performed in drop BLEGH tuning. Hit the string with a hard downstroke while holding one basic fret(mostly used during breakdowns). Invented by the guitarist of Carnifex (Angus Young) after "Chug"ging an entire bottle of Jager, throwing up, putting it back in the bottle, and chugging it again. It's the most brutal form of making a breakdown.
- The Djent - A similar technique to The Chug, but with the notes exceedingly palm muted. Strum patterns are usually created by going "d-jent d-jent d-d-d-jent-jent" or similarly, using the word as a base (Even though the "D" is silent). Just transfer the pattern from the mouth to the guitar.
- The Sweep - This was invented by either the guitarist of All Shall Perish or the ex guitarist of the Human Abstract they fought to the death over it thus causing the downfall of both bands. You use you pick in a sweeping motion while hitting the highest frets on the guitar (78 and 79).
- The Brown Chord - Invented by the guitarist of Cannibal Corpse (Dr. Phil) called the brown chord because it's so brutal and powerful it makes you shit your pants.
- The Squeal - Invented by the guitarist of Slayer (Jeff Hanneman), who heard the noise after killing his own daughter and thought it was the most brootiful sound he'd ever heard. He tried to make the sound on the guitar and finally suceeded once. The only man on earth to master the squeal is Chuck Schuldiner.
- The Ear Rape - Invented by the guitarist from Entombed (John Lennon), this consists of using a clean tone and putting on a terrible 80s sounding chorus effect. So called due to the effect it has on your ears and the guitarist from Entombed using someone's head as a chorus pedal.
- The Chain Gun - (Possibly one of the most difficult of the death metal guitar techniques), it was invented by the guitarist from Decapitated (Osama Bin Laden), this technique is often created by merging your guitar (of course, in lowest tuning possible of Z flat), and shooting it as fast as you possibly could with a chain gun, until the the bullets from the gun hit the strings at a speed of at least (minimal) speed of 66,666 bpm. The resulting sound will usually sound like a chainsaw, or in other words, thick, sharp, loud, harsh, and... well, of course, Deadly.
- The SMASHCRACKBLEEESAAAHHHKKKKK - Invented by the guitarist of Impaled Corpse, the well known Ludwig van Beethoven, when he "accidentally" got his guitar smashed into his head. The collision caused a horrendous sound from the combination of the slight cracking of Beethoven's skull, with the guitar exploding, caused a sound that would only be immortalized into Death Metal, this sound was so horrendous and loud, it caused Beethoven to become deaf, making The SMASHCRACKBLEEESAAAHHHKKKKK the last thing he ever heard. Even though he mourned his loss of hearing, and the sadness of never being able to hear The SMASHCRACKBLEEESAAAHHHKKKKK again, it only encouraged him to spread the sound to all the people around him. So now, if you want to perform the SMASHCRACKBLEEESAAAHHHKKKKK, all you have to do is smash your guitar into the closest person's head. It will be brootiful.
edit The Not So Brutal Invasion of Deathcore
Warning: if you clicked on this because you read the word deathcore, then you suck and your license is hereby revoked. Poser.
One day in an emo fan's black painted bedroom, he imagined up a genre called Hardcore punk. This genre was ultimately going to be destroyed by a hammer in the song "Hammer Smashed Face". However, the song didn't work making Cannibal Corpse more famous than ever.
On one cold suburban morning, this emo known as "I'm going to hurt myself because my life sucks" blended hardcore punk with brutal killing death metal. Thus the genre deathcore was created, with no solos, no death metal riffs, and ultimate emo-ness.
This gave birth to sceneius faggius (more commonly known as "scene kids"). There are many characteristics of scene kids such as; stupid deathcore bandshirts, dyed hair (normally a shade of blue or red), and skinny jeans that are way too tight. Scene kids also tend to have an undeserved sense that they are cool, deep, misunderstood, and original even though in all reality they are the lowest form of life. Scene kids can also be found in many places but, they are most often found at their local mall in the Topic store, which seems to oddly provide them with either sustenance, or justification of their pathetic existence.
Scene kids are known to travel in packs. There are also many ways to deal with scene kids, although there are few effective ones - beating them up simply won't work anymore, due to the fact that they are too stupid to understand that nobody likes them. The most effective eradication methods are either exposing them to the shear power of true death metal (which will cause their faces to melt), or one can burn down all Hot Topics in a twenty mile radius. This will cause them to slowly shrivel up and die, or at least become so much more emo they refuse to leave their bedrooms.
The scene and emo people are instantly killed when confronted by a Cannibal Corpse fan, a band which advocates non-violence in death metalness. The song "Make Them Suffer" is about emos being brutally tortured for invading death metal.
It is of course well known that all true death metal fans carry with them a Metal Card, and that Card should be revoked if they are caught listening to anything core-related.
edit The Squiggly Lines Phenomenon
An examination of most death metal band's logos will reveal a simple equation used to determine certain factors about the band. The rule is as follows:
The harder it is to read, the more death metal the band is.
Some death metal bands choose to engage in the process of 'bleeing' when drawing their logos. In this fashion, bands choose to simply draw random lines instead of actually including their name in the logo. This makes the band even more death metal.
edit What are the people who listen to it like?
The younger generation who claim to listen to the said type of music, are normally poseurs; people who try their best to gain friends of their kind. But of course they should know, listening to Death Metal isn't cool, therefore being cool is gay. Being an outcast is the true calling of the Metalhead. However the people who listen to non stop old-school death metal are proven by science to be the greatest people who ever lived.
The older generation however, consists of fat, hairy, balding, biker men. They usually walk around in lots of leather, and carry bottles of liquor in brown paper bags with them everywhere they go. Some of them wear bandanas, not to be confused with bananas or the duodenum. These such people walk around in packs, grunting when spoken to and spitting when speaking to. Their language is a jumble of 'Eurrs', 'Yrrs' and 'Oiis'. To make it easier to imagine, think of a drunken pirate.
Anyone to confuse Goths or Emos with Metalheads should think twice before addressing a true metalhead as such. Ever had a your gonads smashed by a ball-peen hammer? (quote from Cattle Decapitation's Testicular Manslaughter!) I think not!!
Those who decide to persue the art of Death Metal (or 'stabbing the badger') may decide to go beyond the outer regions of their local guitar store and into the back room, in order to meet with satan himself and purchase a 7-string guitar. This, as many Metal heads, Goths and Madonna fans will know, is the source of all True Death Metal Ability. It is written that World War II began when Hitler was given a 7-string for his 16th birthday.
edit Death Metal as a Weapon
Death metal is more dangerous than one of Bruce Lee's kicks, meaning it could destroy the entire universe with a shock wave of 700,000 beats per minute. Because of it's brutality, Death metal has been used in war for centuries, to brutally crush the enemy's eardrums and turn their balls to jelly. It's lethal properties have been described by fans as "Dude, this album slaughters babies!" or "Man, this track is more brutal than the holocaust." Death Metal should only be used under direct supervision of a parent, guardian or demonic overlord. Death Metal in some cases has been known to be used as a weapon against several other pussy forms of music, for example, Brittney Spears was exposed to 3.3 seconds of Death Metal song "Hammer Smashed Face" she went on to shave her her head and go into hiding, for she had almost died, her music was far too inferior.
edit Clean Death Metal
Clean death metal is just like 'Death Metal' but they also sing and play about cleaning up after massacring people with ice picks and hammers, Such Lyrics like "RIP YOUR GUTS OUT THEN EXTREME CLEANING WITH MY THROUGHLY AJAXS SOAKED CLOTHHHH!!!" This genre came out so people who like death metal are warned of the Effects of AIDS and salmonella whilst killing people. (See the song 'Brutally Disinfecting the Scab' By Brutal Disinfection.)