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  • Reese Burns

    The only thing wrong with samples is the fact that it’s tough to make them compelling to listen to.

    • GardensTale

      Especially on repeat plays.

      • Nag Dammit

        They tend to be employed in a really ham fisted way and are often really poorly chosen or worse, just bear no relevance to the music whatsoever. DJ Shadows Endtroducing took the application to the nth degree and mixed samples from metal, hip hop, jazz, pop whatever to create something new and vital but the results aren’t always as compelling.

        However, a great sample (Chaplin’s speech from The Great Dictator seems to be popular as it is also used in Paulo Nutini’s Iron Sky) can elevate a song to the next level but they often do not carry enough weight when taken out of their original context to do so.

        I guess you’re taking a bigger risk as a metal band employing samples than if you’re a hip hop artist, especially as fan expectation would be that the song containing the sample be replicated in a live environment.

        But bad sampling isn’t exclusive to metal, there are plenty of bad examples of sampling in pop music too, especially where the new song so closely resembles the sampled original it may as well be a cover (read anything by Flo-Rida or Akon).

        It just comes back to (as the reviewer suggests) whether the sample is relevant to the music and whether it enhances it in some way. Otherwise it’s just fluff.

        • Nag Dammit

          P.s. apologies for soiling this site by name checking such acts. It was done purely to prove a point.

    • ssorg

      In the interview with Ruins of Beverast (Alexander von Meilenwald) on Bardo he talks about how he tried to use samples within songs to dramatic effect… overall I think RoB uses samples pretty well, and better than most. Still it pales into comparison to the use by, say, Skinny Puppy, which while ostensibly not metal, uses samples to build the sort of oppressive, disorienting atmosphere many metal bands strive (and fail) to achieve.

    • John

      Hey man, I don’t know how to personally message if there is a way, but found a new band for you to check out since you also enjoy Australian metal bands. The band is named “The Stranger” and they only have one self-titled debut, but it’s a fantastic album I think.

      • Reese Burns

        Thank you very much for the heads-up, man. I really appreciate it, I’ll give em a listen ASAP!

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  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    So, an album created around samples… and there isn’t a sample posted.

    • GardensTale

      If they got nothing up, we can’t put anything down. Delicious irony though.