Angry Metal LisaIt is not often that I feel the need to write a screed. Indeed, since the famous “On Objectivity” I have been remarkably quiet. Only Steel Druhm has weighed in with his angry opinion on a few things. But something has been growing in me. A seething blackness, a deep, dark, hatred of something that I simply cannot hold my tongue about any longer. Sure, this isn’t as high brow. On the other hand, the thing pisses me right the fuck off and I need to sound off a bit.

This pest of which I speak is: capitalization and its misuses in the heavy metal music industry. First, let me say, there are a number of different ways to do capitalization. It’s true that there are different rules and that we can use them differently. For example, in Sweden and Finland, it is expected that only the first letter of a title is capitalized. For example, one doesn’t write Till Fjälls, one writes Till fjälls. In Swedish (Norwegian, Finnish, etc.) this is acceptable and fine. In American English — the lingua franca of Angry Metal Guy (as it were) — this is not the case. Nay, indeed, when we capitalize here we capitalize every word in the title that is not a preposition or article (if said preposition or article is not the first letter in the sentence). For example: “The Bloody Fields of Flying Unholy Death that Broken upon the Fields of Demons, Who Enraged by Battle  Let a Mighty Scream.” Boom.

That means that we do not write titles like this: “The Epic Thing Of Epicness That Is Epic And Mightily Over Capitalized.” Nor do we write things like this “I forgot how to do proper capitalization in american english.” Neither of these are correct. The problem is that while the latter might work in other variations of the English language, the former — that is capitalizing everything in the name — is always incorrect. ALWAYS.

Here’s another thing I hate: excessive capitalization of band names. Sure, we bold the band names on this website mostly out of tradition from when I worked at Unchain the Underground. But I gotta be honest with you: the excessive capitalization irritates me. I’m not sure why I need to write IRON MAIDEN when Iron Maiden will suffice and everyone will know that it’s a band name because (wait for it) IT’S CAPITALIZED. When I write in all caps I’M SCREAMING OUT OF FRUSTRATION not trying to enunciate that there is a band name in the title.

Normally, however, I just ignore these problems. But lately I’ve been getting a ton of mp3s with the meta information already embedded and some DOUCHEBAG PROMO GUY decided that he needed to CAPITALIZE THE BAND NAME and iTunes grabs the meta information. Then I get stuck fucking around with some DOUCHEBAG PROMO GUY’S unnecessary capitalization. I spend hours and hours of my life de-capitalizing band names and correctly editing the titles of songs to the proper format (Songs to the Proper Format). It drives me totally crazy.

So listen up promo persons who most likely don’t have English as a first language: there is actually a capitalization standard. LEARN THEM OR FACE MY WRATH!

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  • Faustian Bargain

    Grammar nazi. There are rules and they should be followed according to certain audiences, but fucking tagging on a metadata? Are you serious? You have OCD dude.

    • Hahahaha… OCD. LOL

    • Hahahaha.. OCD. LOL

    • I’m not sure what you mean. It’s not interfering with my life.. except for the hours and hours and hours and hours and hours upon hours that I spend correcting said meta data. But you know, it’s just part of the blog work… normal people do that kind of stuff.

      Right?

      • Kalsten

        I understand your pain. Happily, for dealing with the metadata problem, I found a very nice and time saving program called Tagalicious, which analize your music and compare to databases, offering you “usually” a better information to put into your metadata. Even covers, year of the album and lyrics. It is really a nice piece of gold. I don’t know if there is a Windows version (I don’t know what you AMG use), as I work in Mac, but you can give a try.

        But I understand you. It is a pain in the middle of the balls. BuT It C0uLd bE W000rZe, r8?

      • Faustian Bargain

        i just think if a band wants to capitalize their entire name, then so be it. There are no rules when it comes to these things. some of it may simply be the visual aesthetic of capitalization. you are in for a long and tough road if that is really something that makes you angry. i used to be a bit of a grammar nazi when I was in graduate school, but now that i have been in the real world for many years, and found out no one gives a shit, well, i don’t either; that is unless I am writing for a particular purpose or audience that would expect it. I should have wrote this all in caps. Instead I did the opposite. Hope that makes you feel better. hehe….sorry..i had to do it.

        • Faustian Bargain

          And capitalizing a band’s entire name, or genres or an album title I think is a great idea when reviewing or writing an article about music. it allows the reader to very quickly scan what they are about to read, and decide if they want to spend the time to read it. its a good thing.

          • Nah, you don’t need to capitalize genres ever, and capitalizing the full name of bands is really unnecessary and looks bad, IMO. I bold them, as said. But it has become a standard in the industry that every new promo I get has the name capitalized and that’s fucking stupid. Like somehow I’m not going to know the band’s name if it’s not capitalized.

            And now, because I use iTunes, the capitalized meta data is getting STUCK in iTunes and I can’t change it even though I want to.

        • Actually, there are rules for those kinds of things. But, in any case, I think it looks retarded. There are few bands that capitalize their names on purpose, anyway. Sure “IWRESTLEDABEARONCE” does, but those guys suck ass. Other than that, I can’t think of any but SYN:DROM. The others usually get capitalized because of labels.

        • Also: OBVIOUS TROLL IS OBVIOUS.

          • Faustian Bargain

            I am Trolling because I think your rant is obnoxious? Just keeping you on your toes their Angry Metal Guy. Sensitive?

      • Shawn

        I am the same as you when it comes to keeping a clean and consistent music library. I recommend that you download a free software program called TagScanner. The program allows you to painless modify the details of one or many audio files. You can also specify a naming convention for each of the details; However, I am not 100% certain there is an option for the type of casing you desire since it is slightly more complicated from a programming perspective.

        Also, did anyone else starting reading this thinking we were going to get an ‘Angry’ lesson on the current state of the metal economy?

      • Joos2000

        Absolutely. Incorrectly (and/or offensively) tagged songs is anathema in my collection.

      • Joos2000

        Absolutely. Incorrectly (and/or offensively) tagged songs is anathema in my collection.

        It’s one thing if the logo for the band, which is typically stylized and appear alone in a picture. However, when it’s tagged with capitals and appear with normal text in itunes/a review or whatever, it sticks out like an eyesore and makes me annoyed.

      • Joos2000

        Absolutely. Incorrectly (and/or offensively) tagged songs is anathema in my collection.

        It’s one thing if the logo for the band, which is typically stylized and appear alone in a picture. However, when it’s tagged with capitals and appear with normal text in itunes/a review or whatever, it sticks out like an eyesore and makes me annoyed.

  • Fisting_Andrew_Golota

    But should “samey” be capitalized?

  • On promos, you can guarantee some idiot has capitalised “Of”. Any band or album name with “of” in it, will be “Of”. Which looks really bloody stupid. And yes like you AMG I have to wade through the media tags on my files and sort them out. Though it’s probably less annoying for me because I won’t let iTunes near any computer I own. :)

    • It annoys me to no fucking end. Honestly, I just get so irate. And I know, I know, it’s not that big of a deal, but it just looks retarded.

      • Is it okay to capitalize “Ov”?

        • OV ISN’T A WORD! >:O

          • By the beard ov Santa, I say, let vs khristian “ov” an official English word!!!

          • Harrumph. Next you’ll be telling me KVLT isn’t a word. That’s always caps-lock, isn’t it?

          • It’s right up there with “samey.” Punishable by death in some countries.

        • Only if yov are a trve, kvlt kvrmvdgeon.

  • disqus_OMQ9SLueJJ

    “So listen up promo persons who most likely don’t have English as a first language: there is actually a capitalization standard”

    I guess it’s even more likely that they DO have English as their first language…otherwise they’d know all the standards and rules pretty well, y’know, from actually LEARNING about them.

    • I get all my promos for Europeans. They don’t know the rules, either.

  • Now for the ultimate question: should you capitalize genres when writing about music? I personally do but there’s a lot of people who don’t.

  • fumigate

    Did the “Fumigation” promo push you over the edge? sorry dudeson.

    • Who?

      • fumigate

        oh you never got it? i’m sure someone sent one in its over-capitalized glory, ah well for the best maybe hahaha

        • It’s possible we did. We get tons and tons and tons of promo, so I apologize if we missed it. Over-capitalization is a serious problem, however.

  • I actually capitalize the first letter of every word in every title in my music library. It may be grammatically incorrect, but I couldn’t stand stuff like “Salt In the Sea” or “The Storm Before the Calm.”

    This solution also cleared up any confusion on how to capitalize any new songs coming into my library: if Nile enters, it’s Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld, if Moonsorrow enters, it’s Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa.

    I also recapitalize IWRESTLEDABEARONCE as IWrestledABearOnce and similarly recapitalize all vildhjarta as “Vildhjarta.”

    I prefer my stuff to be uniform, and I couldn’t find a good uniform solution that made sense unless I just went with all words capitalized at the beginning.

    • Well, you’re doing it wrong. ;)

      Also, you shouldn’t have Iwrestledabearonce in your discography. Shame.

  • Realkman666

    I’M SCREAMING OUT OF FRUSTRATION’s eponymous album will be EPIC!

  • MetalMartin

    That explains why I got the latest BLOOD MORTIZED “The Key To A Black Heart” all capitalized in iTunes. Good post. Totally agree. I waste myself a lot of time doing that.

  • Anthocerotopsida

    This really speaks to me. Ain’t no rage like a grammar snob’s rage. There are those who will get it and those who will call you a grammar nazi, but we grammar snobs know what’s up.

  • Colin Stuart

    Oh my, the time I spend fixing metadata is absurd.

  • KingKuranes

    I was really hoping that “The Bloody Fields of Flying Unholy Death that Broken upon the Fields of Demons, Who Enraged by Battle Let a Mighty Scream” was a real song title. But it’s not :(

  • Holy shit, I agree with AMG about 70% of the time but I super big time agree with him here. Over-capitalization *is* a serious problem and capitalization of “of” into “Of” is the worst offense of all and drives me totally nuts batshit insane as well. I also spend way to much time correcting meta data for THAT VERY REASON. And there are tons of ofs in bombastic metal titles. (Incorrect apostrophe usage is also super annoying.) OK, I’m done. But thanks. I thought I was the only one that got inordinately bothered by this. Whew, thanks. Tack så mycket from a native English speaker.

  • interwebs762

    “Metal Reviews, Interviews and General Angryness”
    Why is this capitalized?

    • Metal Reviews, Interviews and General Angryness is what I wrote. If it shows up as ALL CAPS that’s not my choice.

  • What about diSEMBOWELMENT?