- Feb 9, 2007
It depends, however, when it comes to black metal of that vein, I would say it's a different animal. While I may highly disagree with many viewpoints of what bands like that present, I can listen without my IQ dropping if I choose to listen, firstly because the musical aesthetic just presents itself as much more serious than groove-southern-metal-stomp-whatever, and secondly because although many viewpoints like that are either uninformed, one-dimensional, or for shock value, that still isn't nearly the same as out and out being a dimbulb, which is most of the Pantera vibe for me both lyrically and musically.
And yeah, I could say there is merit there, obviously, nobody can realistically say there are many bands with absolutely no redeeming factors, but little things like the guitarwork in 'Floods' or the random intelligent sounding line Phil may tend to throw in with the rest of the dregs does not greatness make, no?
I still don't think their music has to be intelligent (even though I really wouldn't categorise black metal as "intelligent" just because it sounds serious) to be good. There's a lot of stuff out there that's meant to be a fun, non-serious listen - examples being punk and hard rock. I personally don't see any reason to use seriousness as a measuring stick for a good band, although I suspect that many people here do.
As to how good their songwriting is, I've acknowledged that it's not stellar, and they're very much a hit-and-miss band, but I think if you're open to the genre they're definitely worth a listen. Not sure what else I could say about them besides that.