The procession of rock (part 5)
Dublin bands that made a name for themselves in the mid-80s left an imprint of Irish folk ballads on a rock and roll guitar base. The success was so impressive that they began to talk about the Irish invasion. The first and loudest of all declared themselves “U-2”. They began with the performance of simple rock’n’rolls, gradually improving the technique of the game, they recorded three albums and became quite famous in their homeland. In 1982, they meet with producer Brian Inou. After completing his school, U-2 released their famous album Unforgettable Fire in 1984, which sold in the United States with a circulation of 9 million. For a group almost unknown, it was a triumph . The next disc was released only in March 1987 and already in April became gold and took first place in all charts, and all 10 of its compositions were headed by 10 popularity tables of the magazine “Melody Maker” – an unprecedented case from the time of the Beatles.
Post-punk reached its pinnacle, shocked America awarded U-2 with the title of the best band of the 80s. It was a victory, but it broke something in post-punk, and he began to fall apart before his eyes.
But fortunately, all rock is not based on pop rock, since the time of hard rock, rock has been divided into two directions: rock itself and hard rock, which subsequently gave rise to a kind of peculiar metal culture. So, in heavy music things turned out perfectly and it won new frontiers. But unfortunately since the advent of heavy metal, it has become the so-called “underground”, i.e. underground music not for everyone.
The beginning of the 80s went under the victorious procession of heavy metal, but it became less and less heavy and more commercial, which of course the majority of young people who wanted to rampage too did not like it. And in the early 80s, new music began to emerge – thrash metal. Thrash incorporated punk rock and heavy metal, incorporating rigidity, speed of the first and melody of the second. Thrash became the most difficult direction of music, this was mainly achieved by bringing the speed of the game to the physical limit, maximum distortion of the sound of the guitar (thanks to the same Distortion effect) and maximum acceleration of the rhythm section, which began to resemble a cononade, by introducing a second bass drum. But thrash did not consist of only one speed, it was remarkable in that there was a melody along with speed, and frequent sharp changes in rhythm made it inimitable. Thrash originated in America, and as an alternative to the beginner becoming pompous heavy metal. Parents of trash are considered to be such groups as Metallica, Slayer, Celtic Frost. In his infancy, thrash mainly praised aggressiveness and militancy, but very soon its level increased sharply and at the same time as music became more complicated, thrash groups sang about pressing issues – the nuclear threat, political instability, protest against drugs, abortion, suicide, historical mistakes of mankind and generally what is such a person.
As I have already noted, Metallica is rightfully considered one of the pioneers of this style. Its phenomenon is that without “forty-fives” and spectacular videos, going onto the stage without makeup, without broadcasting songs on radio and television, to the accompaniment of ridicule from a solid musical In the press, the group not only stood at the head of the new heavy underground, but also gained a reputation as a supergroup outside of it. “Metallica” plays “refined metal”, free even of “hereditary impurities” – the rhythmic richness of the compositions, the extreme laconicism of musical themes, the hidden dynamics of arrangements instantly distinguish the group from many similar ones, taking as their basis the external signs of the “metallic” metal. In their works, the musicians are so honest and sincere that it seems that the 70s – with their compromises, fatigue, hypocrisy, pragmatism, inferiority complexes and an animal fear of the future – never existed. A group capable of destroying the legacy of the “post-reformist decade with a guitar riff “, can justifiably claim the title of the heiress of the 60s, the era of Woodstock and naive” children of flowers. “Only” Metallica “is not naive, but extremely bitter – the loss of colorful illusions, its time and its cruelty, and nevertheless She is then the second generation of Woodstock. But the story of Metallica is not only the sincerity of the 60s, with their challenge to prudish morality; this is the end of the 70s, when the “new wave” of heavy metal in english again raised the question: how to live on? The frantic dynamics of the music of Motorhead, Saxon and Diamond Head gave him his answer: salvation is in motion, in speed – water does not flow under a lying stone. Stop talking, it’s time to get down to business, man himself is the master of his fate! The band’s history begins with Danes Lars Ulrich, who was seriously involved in tennis, so serious that he became Copenhagen junior champion. In 1980, his parents moved to Los Angeles.