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    Fear of tempo variation.

    Does anyone else think this is a problem in modern metal? It seems like the vast majority of bands stick within 20bpm +/- of a given tempo. You almost never get an album that has fast songs/mid paced songs/slow songs like, say, Heaven and Hell or Piece of Mind.

    Agree? Disagree? Personally I think it is one of the worst aspects of modern metal.

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    It's certainly one of the biggest shortcomings of my own compositions. :\

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    Agree 100%. There's actually precious little variety in terms of rhythmic feel as well.
    "The greatest power one may possess -- in any situation -- is simply not to care what happens.

    "In fact, it's the only power, all others being a semblance and mockery of it. But you must also not care about possessing the power itself. So fuck it."

    Thomas Ligotti

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    We have a range of about 60-80bpm, one or two tracks are 180bpm, sometimes pushing 200, whereas others are very much closer to 120bpm. I enjoy that bit about it.

    I'd agree though, I'd love to hear more variation.

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    Actually it was stupid of me to try and qualify it with BPM, 40 BPM variation is a pretty wide range. It's more feel than anything. Revelations (back to the PoM example) feels vastly different than The Trooper, and I haven't really got that from a modern metal recording. I'm not saying classic metal is better, I love both in different ways. But the whole "12 song album where every song has more or less the same feel" thing is really fucking tired.

    For some styles of extreme metal (Bloodbath) it makes sense, but in others it's just disappointing.

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    Yep, my old band had too many tempo changes, within a single song The fans are the problem. If you can't keep up continual, consistent moshing/headbanging the entire set, people get pissed off. We got away with it by being spastic and shreddy, so they could stare at our hands when we weren't playing moshy parts, but some crowds were just not having it

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    I actually wasn't referring to tempo changes within a song, I was referring to different moods of individual songs on an album.

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    I noticed this problem with the first Fool's Game disc.

    For disc two I intentionally wrote at varied tempos. I am most comfortable around 160-170, but the new disc as 113, 120, 130 and 155 as well.

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