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In my opinion "Battle Metal" is not even near to a real genre. As many of us probably know it all started when Turisas released theis album "Battle Metal" and people started calling their music that. To me it only seems like another unnecassary term for folk metal. The music is great, I think. But do we really need to call it battle metal, we already have 'viking' and folk metal. What do you think, do you consider it a real genre?

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"?

if i were to have my say' date=' all subgenres would be out the window and i would just called everything either "metal" or "heavy metal" i'm sick of people arguing over subgenres :L[/quote'] I'm also sick of people arguing about genres but I do think that they're necessary, we don't need any extreme vegetarian hardcore trance with influences from classic glam or such crap that people come up with but the genres we have do help us when it comes to finding music that's similar to the music we enjoy.

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"? I mean, I'm sick of the argument too, but imagine if you didn't have subgenres. Would take you a year to find music that you would enjoy .. .

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"? i suppose, it is a good way of linking bands that have the same lyrical themes and same sort of guitar tones etc, they are necessary just . . . not to the extreme extent of combining like 7 other genres into one word like has already been said

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Meh' date=' i'm glad there is subgenres. Makes it easier to find music that you like ..[/quote'] Agreed. Not all metal sounds the same/has the same purpose/is the same metal. There should be classifications. That's why metal is more organized then say Rap or Pop.

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"? Without this I'm not entirely sure where we'd put Battlelore. They seem a bit too slow to be power metal, but they definitely aren't gothic metal either.

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"? battle metal? WTF? next someone will invent world of warcraft metal oh god I don't want to live in a world of WOW metal...goes into self imposed solitary confinement seriously though its not a genre its the theme of lyrical content

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"? if we're going to create a genre of metal for lyrics exclusively about battle why not one for political metal, or environmental metal, or my ex is a bitch metal (examples of all three can be found in certain Megadeth songs), seriously how far do we really need to take this whole genre thing?

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"?

any battle or viking metal band can probably be placed comfortably into one of the proper sub-genres i.e. black' date=' death, doom etc[/quote'] No, Viking is different enough to deserve its own genre IMO, but "battle metal" is really just a lyrical classification, there aren't many bands in this field and it's basically just symphonic folk metal. Einherjer are Viking, but with more power metal influences than many of their peers.

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Re: Battle Metal, just another ridiculous "genre"? Meh, I never saw much point in Battle Metal as a genre, nor Viking metal, as far as I can see they can be variously distributed between Folk, Gothic and Power Metal. I think genres are important, for much the same reasons as Apoc gave, but they should be few and simply defined, and it should just be accepted that a lot of bands won't fit perfectly into one style.

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