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I recently saw an old interview with Dani Filth in which, when asked if humour had a place in music, he emphatically answered in the negative. Devin Townsend clearly does not adhere to this view (for which I am glad). Personally I think music is, on the whole, too serious and needs more humour to break things up. What do you think?

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Everybody's different. It's up to the band to make a place for humor in their music. Humor is prevalent in grind and slam. Bands like Type O Negative, Cephalic Carnage, or Faith No More wouldn't be anywhere near as good without their use of humor. On the other hand I can't imagine Jonas Renkse using goofy sound effects or silly puns. When it comes to Dani Filth, eh, you're not laughing with him, you're laughing at him...

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I'm a musician who puts humor in his music. ORCumentary combines 3 of my favorite things: fantasy, metal, and comedy. For me it's an extremely important form of self-expression. When it comes to music, there shouldn't be any boundaries whatsoever. It's art, and as long as the artist is being fulfilled by creating it, it should get made.

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On the other hand I can't imagine Jonas Renkse using goofy sound effects or silly puns.
But wouldn't it be beautiful if he did? The chorus of 'Lethean' punctuated by an ah-oogah horn?

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And then there are Mikael Stanne's clean vocals on Skydancer' date=' a whole different kind of funny.[/quote'] Or on Haven...man, it's kinda sad when you sound like a middle-schooler trying to imitate Bjorn Brem from Gothminister.

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I don't have a problem with schtick and/gimmicks if they don't take anything away from the music' date=' but they all too often do.[/quote'] Sometimes, they don't just take away from the music, but also from the band members' personalities and the listener's quality of life in general. In extreme cases they can actually spread disease. Indeed, the significant uptick in venereal diseases in parts of the United States can be attributed almost entirely to the influence of Butcher Babies, BrokenCYDE and Attila.

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Sometimes' date=' they don't just take away from the music, but also from the band members' personalities and the listener's quality of life in general. In extreme cases they can actually spread disease. Indeed, the significant uptick in venereal diseases in parts of the United States can be attributed almost entirely to the influence of Butcher Babies, BrokenCYDE and Attila.[/quote'] Butcher Babies god almighty they suck.....literally. haha

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I don't usually have a lot of tolerance for humor in metal (Type O Negative excepted) unless it's being deliberately campy. Otherwise it usually ruins the atmosphere for me. I don't mind it in other genres though for the most part. Wonder why?
Crotchduster - Big Fat Box of Shit was pretty entertaining when I was 19-20. Not really sure if it'll hold up (guess I should listen to it again).

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