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i think its fair to say that METAL fans are a pretty conservative lot. they know what they want and are disappointed when their favorite bands make stylistic choices that deviate too far from their core expectations, which tend to be related to things like TEMPO, TECHNICALITY and extreme DISSONANCE (i.e. BRUTALITY). there is not much room for evolution in that constraint, but such is the case with METAL fandom.
what i like about the ongoing series 11 GREAT NON-METAL ALBUMS FOR METALHEADS on the REVOLVER magazine YOUTUBE channel is how it showcases the DIVERSITY of appreciation by actual METAL musicians. so far this includes NEIL FALLON OF CLUTCH, STEVE VON TILL of NEUROSIS, KIRK WINDSTEIN of CROWBAR / DOWN and RANDY BLYTHE of LAMB OF GOD. their choices range from expected like-minded AGGRESSIVE genres like FUNK, HARDCORE, OUTLAW COUNTRY, INDUSTRIAL MUSIC, DELTA BLUES, PROGRESSIVE ROCK and ROOTS REGGAE to more EXPERIMENTAL stuff like POST PUNK, JAZZ, FOLK MUSIC, GOTH ROCK, KRAUTROCK, AMBIENT MUSIC and even DISCO.
it just goes to show that INSPIRATION comes from anywhere and that ultimately FORM is less important than CONTENT. i remember when i was an english teacher living and working abroad i made a point of attempting to learn and understand local customs and folklore if possible. exploring that which i didnt know made my classroom all the richer for having made the attempt, even if i didnt utilize such knowledge in the classroom. i can only imagine that a songwriter must similarly have their antennas up for new IDEAS and JUXTAPOSITIONS all the time in an effort to make their own craft that much more COMPLEX and ROBUST. hopefully this series will shed light on such outside passions that will lead metalheads to explore the greater world of music beyond NWOBHM, GRINDCORE, METALCORE, SLUDGE, DEATH, BLACK and THRASH METAL.
sadly i doubt it.