Once again we are at the celebratory day of Metal that is called “National Metal Day” and since the whole thing started on 11-11-11 it is in its third year. Now since I have yet to receive a proper greeting card for it at the PiercingMetal Command HQ or even receive a present of some kind I am beginning to think that I have been sold a whole lot of hooey and that this is no real holiday after all 🙂 Despite this little bit of media bill of goods, I do think that it is still fun to envision a special day for “Metal Jubilance” don’t you agree? The issue I found for this years go round was a limited amount of time to come up with something clever about the day like I did last year with my “Principles Of A Proper National Metal Day” so I am recanting them below my official Media shot that was done by my stalwart colleague Skeleton Pete. Oh yeah, I did add a little bit to it and expanded also on some other areas.
PiercingMetal Ken’s Suggestions For A Productive (and Fun) National Metal Day:
1. Listen to some Metal – I know that this one seemed kind of obvious, but I am not making this task easy for you at all. When I say “listen to some Metal”, I don’t mean for you to just dig out the old Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest albums and expect your friends to be impressed by your doing so because that is the stuff that EVERYONE is fully aware of at the end of the day. Instead, I say expand on this and dig deeply into your music library and pull out stuff that you might have accidentally forgotten about a long time ago that can really use another spin in your CD player. If for some reason all that you own is the legacy stuff, then I strongly encourage you to seek out something on the current side because while the Old School support is nice, it does not help the proliferation of the genre in today’s scene much at all. The new bands are the ones that really need our dedication the most. They are holding up the torch.
2. Read up on some historical Metal facts – I know full well that the Metal heads are readers and there are a shit ton of Heavy Metal band biographies out there and even a number of tomes that guide you safely through numerous genre styles that you might otherwise tread lightly upon. With so many interesting stories out there to be told, why not learn a few more of them. In the time that has passed since I first composed this little list, books have been released about Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley of KISS, Corey Taylor, Tony Iommi and even Zakk Wylde has one. Fire up that Kindle or just hit the Barnes & Noble and spend some money.
3. Are You A Musician? Then Play Your Instrument Today: You might very well do this anyway if you are a six-string slinger or skin basher, but in the event that you don’t hone your craft every single day, let “National Metal Day” be the day that you pick up whatever tool is under your command or being learned and try to knock out some riffs. If you are in a band perhaps you can organize a practice for your group or even do a last minute gig. Bring it to the people in the best possible fashion. I actually jammed not too long after first composing this and really enjoyed it’s freeing powers. I might have to do that again a little more often.
4. Go To A Metal or Hard Rock Show: Depending on your location, there should be something brewing in the live sense even if it takes some looking into on your part. PiercingMetal resides in NYC so we are very fortunate with all the venues and happenings that we can discover at the turn of the page. There is literally something going on in every corner of our Metropolis and we love it. You should remember that supporting the shows allow these bands to continue doing their thing and keep coming back to entertain you again and again.
5. Remember the Metal Heroes Whom We Have Lost: It would be respectful to raise a glass and toast a word of thanks to the champions of the craft who have moved on from the physical realm and left us with some amazing music that will forever find them remembered in our Metal hearts. While the list is too massive to cite here are a quick choice bunch who have left us “Dimebag” Darrell, Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele, Mitch Lucker, Phil Kennamore, Rob Doherty, Ronnie Montrose, Mark Reall and so many more. Do this part one better and play some of their tunes at maximum volume. Let them hear you people.
6. Be the best Metal head you can be: Don’t worry about the naysayers to the genre. We know the kind of work and heart that it takes to do this stuff right. Let them have their Pop or Rap drivel. It does not change the way we feel about our music.
7. Support the Social Networking side of the Metal scene: It’s without question that Facebook, Twitter and Blogging have become tools of the trade for the Metal realm nowadays. As a fan you can do your part by “Liking” the resources for Metal that interest you most in Facebook or “Following” their Twitter and now Instagram accounts and be sure to comment on their blog postings. Today’s dynamic finds the bands, press outlets and review mediums all using these items to their advantage and hopefully also engaging you as the fan. You need to do a little more work in Facebook now to see all the posts you like, so be sure to continually visit the sites you like the most and show them some love. Additional tips below.
7a: In Facebook Pages share the posts that bring your friends to the work or the site involved by hitting the little Share button. Of course you should also like these same posts so your News Feed shows anyone who is a friend that “Joe Likes a Post on MEGASITE’s Page”. Believe me it helps. That said, branded pages who work well with others should regularly engage each other via their pages.
7b: In Twitter you can do so much good for the Metal scene. Broadcast your moves properly by tagging the artist you are seeing or the club or the spot you are hitting for a beverage first in a tweet. For instance my tweet for tomorrow’s Morbid Angel show will likely read “Psyched for @morbidangel’s #covenant show @irvingplaza but let’s go to @dukesnyc first!” – You can also direct tweets to people but I admit I am not too good at that one.
7c: In Instagram feel free to like every photo that your favorite musicians or providers of Metal Entertainment share with you because it helps reach more people. Don’t be afraid to post a comment either because you never know if they will reply to you or not. The result might surprise you.
8. Buy something related to Metal whether it be some new or old music, a Metal t-shirt from your favorite band or some kind of cool memorabilia. There is a LOT of great music to grab from labels like Nuclear Blast Records, Spinefarm Records, Metal Blade Records and Road Runner and the wonderful thing is that these particular enterprises actually cater to the genre on the whole. Maybe even snap on some buttons to your leather jacket or take that old denim and patch it up. These are the smaller things that are still very within financial reach even in a trying time don’t you think?
9. Talk About Metal With Your Friends (well, the ones that will listen and find it interesting of course). Trust me it does not hurt to be excited about a band or a genre format enough that you are compelled to discuss it with those folks around you but do it with a sense of respect and admiration. If the person you are pitching it to doesn’t get it straight away, more on for they are not down with your cause. Don’t be argumentative either as I have seen that model backfire on people and it makes folks not even interested in any fashion about what you have to say. If you know your friend loves Sabbath and has no idea about other Doom sounding bands then point him to some if this is your level of expertise and knowledge. This applies to all the genres and word of mouth is a powerful tool even in these days of mass Social Networking.
10. Lastly, I will ask that you try to embrace the whole Metal genre and not just a segment of it. Sure you can have a personal preference but nothing about Metal should be dismissed by you in any fashion. Don’t be someone who writes off any of our vast palette of genre specifications. You’ll build a better framework on defending it against the aforementioned pop drivel in the end by being this way.
What I did once again was direct your attention to some free Metal music download links on Amazon.com – What better way to learn about what is out there than by sampling it for free right? There are a couple of new ones and then all the others that I posted in last year’s missive since we have a lot of new readers to the site since that time. The Scion A/V stuff can be found by clicking HERE. Enjoy.