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PostSubject: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:29 am

I know they have always gone together in some respect. From Slayer to Poison to whatever new crap is out there [ie: Butcher Babies, etc]. Personally, I always found it silly and somewhat off-putting. Yeah, it's a visual thing and it does not really affect the tunes. But, call me cynical [who? me?], but I rather have a band grab a Heineken, tune up, and rock out.

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:57 am

I agree that it has it's place and is definitely connected with Metal (from Glam to Death, mascara to corpse paint) to our beloved Genre. I certainly don't think it's a necessary part of Metal; nor does it enhance or detract from the music.
I do, however, feel strongly that Kiss wouldn't have a career without it! Laughing very hard
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:11 am

the sentinel wrote:
I agree that it has it's place and is definitely connected with Metal (from Glam to Death, mascara to corpse paint) to our beloved Genre. I certainly don't think it's a necessary part of Metal; nor does it enhance or detract from the music.
I do, however, feel strongly that Kiss wouldn't have a career without it! Laughing very hard

I tend to agree about Kiss gossip
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:16 am

It adds to the peculiarity and mystery and outrageousness of rock and metal music. It also makes the musicians look different and more star-like when compared to the ordinary Joe. Part of the show. Just like clothes and pyro and lasers.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:19 am

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Personally, I always found it silly and somewhat off-putting. †Yeah, it's a visual thing and it does not really affect the tunes. †

If you don't think makeup affects the tunes, then why do you find it off-putting? This is a common pitfall of hair metal critisizers: "music is not about makeup and hairspray. Only the songs matter. OMG I hate their hair I can't listen to them!" That's contradicting yourself.

Leather jackets and denim can also count as a "costume". It is deliberate and meant to convey something.

Either way, makeup is supposed to get a reaction. It's outrageous. Like smoking or holding a bottle of Jack in your photo shoot.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:51 am

Whether it's this



or this



or this



It's all just showbiz and if the music is good I can deal.

After everything they said though my favourite make up metal moment was this



Still love the song though!



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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:58 am

Lari wrote:

Leather jackets and denim can also count as a "costume". It is deliberate and meant to convey something.

F that shit. With that logic, whatever you are wearing right this second is a costume. Nice performance Lari.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:04 am

UNCLE SAXON'S KICKASS CDS wrote:
Lari wrote:

Leather jackets and denim can also count as a "costume". It is deliberate and meant to convey something.

F that shit. †With that logic, whatever you are wearing right this second is a costume. †Nice performance Lari.
Only if I wear it in public. I'm at home right now, so no.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:10 am

Both Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine enforced a strict dress code in the early days of their bands, it had nothing to do with 'just turning up & plugging in'
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:16 am

The look of a band/performer never really mattered to me. As long as the music is something I can get into, the act can look like a bunch of Buddy Hollys or in make up and spandex or whatever as far as I'm concerned
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:16 am

Boris2008 wrote:
Whether it's this



or this



or this



It's all just showbiz and if the music is good I can deal.

After everything they said though my favourite make up metal moment was this



Still love the song though!

The middle picture makes me think of Heart's Asian counterparts circa 1985. Lol.

True statements though, Boris.If I like the tunes, I don't care about the make up or costumes.



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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:53 pm

007 wrote:
The look of a band/performer never really mattered to me. As long as the music is something I can get into, the act can look like a bunch of Buddy Hollys or in make up and spandex or whatever as far as I'm concerned


That's me too.† I actually don't care about the look of an artist/band at all; to me all that matters is the music and if I like it, I'm in.

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:04 pm

Boris2008 wrote:





For anyone who doesn't know this band, yes, that's a dude on the far right. And he plays a mean guitar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizaki

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:37 pm

Lari wrote:
Boris2008 wrote:





For anyone who doesn't know this band, yes, that's a dude on the far right. And he plays a mean guitar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hizaki



Wow, I never would have suspected that was a guy.† And you're right, he can definitely play.

But you know what bugs me about that video?† Not the fact that we have a dude who sure as hell looks like a girl; it's that I hear a bunch of other instruments in there that no one appears to be playing.† Is he playing with a backup tape?† In some of the shots we see portions of the drum kit but nothing moves while the music goes on and I clearly hear cymbals.† Now THAT'S irritating to me.

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:33 pm

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Wow, I never would have suspected that was a guy.† And you're right, he can definitely play.

But you know what bugs me about that video?† Not the fact that we have a dude who sure as hell looks like a girl; it's that I hear a bunch of other instruments in there that no one appears to be playing.† Is he playing with a backup tape?† In some of the shots we see portions of the drum kit but nothing moves while the music goes on and I clearly hear cymbals.† Now THAT'S irritating to me.[/quote]

Versailles are the one band where I do wish that people would stop going on about the dude in a dress and listen to the music but to be honest, the way they look is absolutely at the front of what they do so I guess it's understandable that people focus on that. This was a solo spot in the live show, so that why the camera is on Hizaki. just for you Toho, this is the whole band



They are all really talented players but I think most would be put off by the overly theatrical nature of the band and the Japanese lyrics so actually the album I would recommend is his solo disc



Good luck finding it these days though!

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:30 pm

Unfortunately that Versailles video says "This content not available in your country due to a trademark complaint".† And actually Japanese lyrics puts me off way more than any costumes or makeup.† I just have a hard time listening to something not sung in English.† Yeah, I know, that's my fault not theirs' but there it is.

That Rose Quartz song is pretty good but there are no vocals, what does the rest sound like?

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:52 pm

tohostudios wrote:
Unfortunately that Versailles video says "This content not available in your country due to a trademark complaint".† And actually Japanese lyrics puts me off way more than any costumes or makeup.† I just have a hard time listening to something not sung in English.† Yeah, I know, that's my fault not theirs' but there it is.

That Rose Quartz song is pretty good but there are no vocals, what does the rest sound like?

There are no vocals on any of that album. It's a collection of instrumentals that he has done with his three most recent bands (Hizaki Grace Project, Versailles & Jupiter) and if you dig guitar albums it slays!

This is Jupiter



Maybe that's allowed in the U.S.A lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:53 pm

I grew up on KISS so obviously I have no problem w/bands in makeup...

It's like any other gimmick. It works for some bands, on others it looks goofy.

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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:59 am

It doesn't bother me really what they look like. I can rock out to Twisted Sister who looked like a bunch of drag queens or somebody like Tora Tora who wore ripped jeans and a t-shirt.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:03 am

Nowadays, as I look back for older bands I missed from "back in the day" the look (hair, make up, clothes) helps me determine what they will probably sound like. I sometimes run across pictures on other forums and wonder if I would like them. If they are glammed to the hilt- I figure something like "Theater" era Crue or Nitro. If they are t shirt and jeans - Tesla. Denim and leather - Savarage, Shok Paris sound. It's by no means an exact science, but it usually comes pretty close.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:22 am

the sentinel wrote:
Nowadays, as I look back for older bands I missed from "back in the day" the look (hair, make up, clothes) helps me determine what they will probably sound like. I sometimes run across pictures on other forums and wonder if I would like them. If they are glammed to the hilt- I figure something like "Theater" era Crue or Nitro. If they are t shirt and jeans - Tesla. Denim and leather - Savarage, Shok Paris sound. It's by no means an exact science, but it usually comes pretty close.
Exactly! Not only do nowadays bands sound too much alike, they also look alike. Everybody uses the same amps, mics and they all look like this:



And you can't tell if it's death metal or thrash metal or classic metal or nu-metal and then you've wasted time (hopefully not money) when you discover they sound like Killswitch Sevenfold. There's this "metal" look that is all encompassing. I look like I could be in that band. And I'm not. I think a band should look like they are a band. Like they are a separate unique entity. Those guys hang out together. A stage look. Something.

Though glam bands do look different, even nowadays. They use eyeliner. But so pop punk bands... just look at Green Day.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:24 am

Btw, props to Uncle Sax, for coming up with a topic that I do not think has been discussed before on this board.

Even if we don't agree on the subject matter
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:50 am

Lari wrote:
Btw, props to Uncle Sax, for coming up with a topic that I do not think has been discussed before on this board.

Even if we don't agree on the subject matter

Good point, Lari. Agreed.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:58 am

"Costumes" have always been a prevalent part of any and all musical genres and this "look" is the driver for first impressions. Even you don't want to admit and sure things are certainly different now that we are older (and maybe wiser) and the musical climate is vastly different as well.

Example of which, when guys like John and I in the heyday of pawn shops and second hand store scrounging, wouldn't give a disc a second look if it didn't have a band picture meeting one form of criteria or another to distinguish the band as some variant of what we would like... Sure an exception or 2 can be had (Ice Water Mansion comes to mind, great disc that upon first glance appears to be a fusion jazz disc, no pix or anything eluding to the hard rock greatness inside or even the elusive Tacoma band Pharaoh with their insanely non descriptive cd that you would walk past every time, but again within is Motley's Too Fast For Love revisited). Hell I have been fooled a time or 2 by what "looks" like a hard rock band that isn't.

Point being image is a big part of perception and obviously helps sell records.
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PostSubject: Re: Make up and Metal   Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:46 am

I sold a couple of copies of that Pharaoh disc for huge money.
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