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|Am I the only person that whoever I meet that has or wants to start a 'progressive' rock or metal band that 'doesn't sound like anything else' ends up sounding like stand ins for Tool? |
Not to slag on Tool (even though I'm not really a fan), but how is music progressive or unique if it sounds just like a band that has been around for nearly 20 years?
Anyone else get that? Or am I just jinxed in this regard?
Posted: 5/22/2007 12:40:42 PM
|You aren't the only one. I would love to start a progressive metal band and not have it sound like Tool (or anyone else for that matter, especially like some of the European "progressive metal" bands that are coming out that sound pretty cheesy ie Firewind, Pagans Mind, etc...) I enjoy Tool although 10,000 Days didn't do much for me. I guess since Tool is one of the VERY few "progressive" bands to have mainstream success, they're going to influence a lot of guys. Even when you look at Dream Theater, (my favorite band ever) those guys have their own sound but you can still hear influences from other bands. |
I guess this is the biggest reason I enjoy Porcupine Tree so much. They have a very unique sound that I've heard no one else mimick... Well, not yet anyways. Best of luck!
BTW... Nice screen name!!! Too bad Frank's not around to criticize the record industry... Man, he would have a lot to talk about now!
Posted: 5/22/2007 2:18:30 PM
|Tool hit the mainstream and so are gonna be more influential than heavier and for me more progressive outfits like Isis, Jesu and Pelican. Out of like twenty potential bandmates only one or two may have heard of the latter bands whereas they all would have heard Tool.|
Posted: 5/22/2007 2:45:28 PM
|If you mean they sound like Tool in the sense that all the tunes they write are in drop D...then it's not surprising...guitarists like Adam Jones are a dime a dozen....athough I can appreciate some of the stuff he does....when it comes to his rhythm...he's stuck in a very tight stylistic box...most of the credit for his grasp of odd time has to go to Danny Carey anyways.....|
....I'd really have a hard time saying a band sounds like Tool...Adam Jones aside....there are few drummers out there who can pull off what Carey does...and try matching the lyrical genious of Maynard.....
I'm lucky enough to be jamming with a group that are influenced by everything from Tool to John Coltrane....us two string players jump between bass & guitar too...so that helps change up the jams.....
....if you see someone with potential....offer them some Zappa, Belew, Fripp, Eno.....just keep branching out...planting seeds....Carey's got a spot on one of Adrian Belew's latest albums "Side One" ....great start.....
Posted: 5/23/2007 4:55:01 AM
|You nailed this one perfectly!|
I've come across tons of bands that have tried to create a new sound and most of the time, they're a c-list version of tool. My advice for bands is to go with what a- what kind of music you personally enjoy playing and b- what genre you can do best. It's going to be damn near impossible to find a new sound since almost everything has been done before. New does not always mean good.