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May 19, 2010 3:09 PM   Subscribe

DEEDLY WEEDLY DEEDLY WEEDLY DUMB DUMB DUMB. German band Van Canto perform "a cappella hero metal," albeit with drums. Official site. FAQ. (via)

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posted by Sticherbeast (39 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's excellent. I've heard Bobby McFerrin try a lot of things, but never metal.
posted by cribcage at 3:19 PM on May 19, 2010


Good try, but no Wishmaster post can be complete without the classic Misheard Lyrics!

oooooh, L'Oreal~!
posted by vorfeed at 3:19 PM on May 19, 2010


help i watched the video and now i'm on a horse with a flaming sword and a suit of golden armor please advise
posted by The Whelk at 3:19 PM on May 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


Freakin' great Nightwish cover (but aren't the drums kinda cheating?)!
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 3:22 PM on May 19, 2010


You know, I've always really, really disliked a capella music. Like, would get physically angry if subjected to The Bobs. But this is pretty great.
posted by jbickers at 3:22 PM on May 19, 2010


help i watched the video and now i'm on a horse with a flaming sword and a suit of golden armor please advise

Uh, rock out? Kick ass? Some people wouldn't know majesty if it bit 'em in the face.
posted by adamdschneider at 3:25 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


and also OMIGOD THIS IS SO BADASS
posted by jbickers at 3:26 PM on May 19, 2010


omg Master of Puppets is fuckin' metal as hell.
posted by lazaruslong at 3:36 PM on May 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


LOOKST THOU UNDER THINE THRONES!

THOU GETST A TIARA! AND THOU GETST A TIARA! TIARAS FOR ALL AND SUNDRY!
posted by boo_radley at 4:03 PM on May 19, 2010 [4 favorites]


Wishmaster didn't get me, but Master of Puppets did.

Epic Cheese!
posted by KirkJobSluder at 4:07 PM on May 19, 2010


but aren't the drums kinda cheating?

From the FAQ:

Why do you use drums, an a-capella-band usually doesn’t have a drummer?

Well, we tried some guys imitating a double-bassdrum only with their voices, but they all collapsed after 2 minutes of “Lifetime”.


Yup.
Master of Puppets got me too.
posted by bobobox at 4:17 PM on May 19, 2010


It also sounds like there's a bass...?
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:22 PM on May 19, 2010


Ah, I see from the FAQ that they use some processing on their voices.
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:25 PM on May 19, 2010


Master of Puppets and Fear of the Dark gave me the metal shivers. These guys pass the test.

Is metal skin shivers a thing or is it just me that gets them?
posted by Space Coyote at 4:40 PM on May 19, 2010


omg Master of Puppets is fuckin' metal as hell.

Holy shit.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:44 PM on May 19, 2010


It's called hambone. Learn it. Lose the dang drums.
posted by kafziel at 4:50 PM on May 19, 2010


There is nothing at all I wanted to see today more than this, and i didn't even know it. Deedly indeed.
posted by davejay at 4:51 PM on May 19, 2010


That Master of Puppets is fantastic. It starts out like something you'd see in a Spongebob cartoon or a parody on SNL, then becomes pure Germans-overenunciating-English awesomeness.
posted by davejay at 4:54 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


FUCKIN FINALLY something that I sincerely think is awesome and not have the thread be where all of MetaFilter completely shits on it.

This nearly made me cream my pants holy crap i've lost my ability to use punctuation
posted by sarahnade at 4:56 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


help i watched the video and now i'm on a horse with a flaming sword and a suit of golden armor please advise

You are now ready to try out for the Bowling Thunder team.
posted by straight at 5:00 PM on May 19, 2010


OK, I have to ask - do metal bands take themselves seriously? I've never really got into the genre, although I do like a little now and again (sometimes you have to let go and swish your head about a bit). But would your average metal musician be annoyed at people like Van Canto because they're not giving the music sufficient gravitas, or join in with abandon because they're rocking out and having just as much fun (and bringing similar levels of slightly campy awesomeness)?

Or am I reading this wrong, and in fact Van Canto are deadly serious and consider themselves highbrow art of the highest calibre?
posted by ZsigE at 5:38 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Or am I reading this wrong, and in fact Van Canto are deadly serious and consider themselves highbrow art of the highest calibre?

I think this is a bit like asking if pro wrestling fans know that pro wrestling is fake. The answer is not even that there is no answer. The question itself must be unasked. MU.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:47 PM on May 19, 2010 [6 favorites]


Or am I reading this wrong, and in fact Van Canto are deadly serious and consider themselves highbrow art of the highest calibre?

Well they purport to be German, which makes them much less likely to be joking about this. It's probably very serious to them.

(and yes, there is nothing inherently jokey about Metal. They're just as serious as any other genre. I'm confused why you'd think they weren't. Unless your only contact with Metal is Kiss, The Darkness and Twisted Sister).
posted by Brockles at 5:51 PM on May 19, 2010


Well, as I say I don't listen to much of it, so I'm probably painting with rather too broad a brush. It just sometimes seems that although a prog rock band and a metal band might both sing songs about an epic warrior back in the mists of time with his awesome sword, the metal band are much more likely to hold (like me) the viewpoint that although a great way to rock out and have a great time, it's not something that you'd want to try to subject to too much multi-layered literary criticism.

In a way, I'm talking about music which is the auditory equivalent of a Steven Seagal movie, which I also enjoy - there is absolutely nothing wrong or intrinsically less worthwhile about entertainment that's less cerebral and more fun, but it's still different.
posted by ZsigE at 6:02 PM on May 19, 2010


They need to cover Holy Diver.
posted by ifandonlyif at 6:08 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man, I could really LARP to this.
posted by look busy at 8:21 PM on May 19, 2010


I'm talking about music which is the auditory equivalent of a Steven Seagal movie

It's funny that you bring up Seagal, as he takes himself deadly seriously, or at least he used to. Who knows anymore.

Metal musicians in general (those good enough for you to have heard of, anyway) take their music seriously, I think. The content? Swords and barbarians and stuff? Well, I'm sure some take it seriously, but I'd bet for most it's just something cool and fun. They're not actuall gearing up for war, after all.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:39 PM on May 19, 2010


OK, I have to ask - do metal bands take themselves seriously?

You can take yourself seriously and still have fun and a sense of humor about what you do. I'm not sure that many metal bands do, but some do. I get the sense that most take themselves VERY seriously, though.

As for me, I like metal--sincerely, although I'm not a huge metal fan--and find it funny and entertaining at the same time. And sometimes I just really fucking enjoy the earnest physicality of it, regardless of how silly it may seem if you look at it from the right (wrong?) angle. But I don't think these perspectives (silly/serious) are mutually exclusive.
posted by dubitable at 8:57 PM on May 19, 2010


I heard Lost Forever a few weeks ago and bought two of their albums. Not a fan of metal OR a capella but somehow this works.

Besides, you can't beat an entirely vocal guitar solo for pure awesomeness.
posted by mmoncur at 9:22 PM on May 19, 2010


Wait, wait....this isn't a joke?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:32 PM on May 19, 2010


It's obvious that Van Canto owes some serious royalty payments to one Mr. Strong Bad. Checks should be made out in his name and mailed to Strongbadia, Free Country, USA.

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posted by stannate at 9:45 PM on May 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've listened to Master of Puppets like 10 times now.
posted by lazaruslong at 12:43 AM on May 20, 2010


But would your average metal musician be annoyed at people like Van Canto because they're not giving the music sufficient gravitas, or join in with abandon because they're rocking out and having just as much fun (and bringing similar levels of slightly campy awesomeness)?

The latter, I believe. And I gotta take umbrage to the comparison to professional wrestling, which is just totally off. Professional wrestling (at least the big-bucks pay-per-view stuff) is cynical and fake and driven sorely by separating people from their paycheck-to-paychecks. Metal people are sincere, no matter how cheesy they may appear on the surface. Former metal kid speaking from experience here: At some points in your life, yes, you can honestly be brought to tears by songs about slaying dragons because you honest-to-god relate to them.
posted by jbickers at 3:06 AM on May 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


[tivvg]
posted by sciurus at 5:40 AM on May 20, 2010


So this is like DragonForce meets Jud Jud?

Awe. Some.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:13 AM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Needs a RUMMADUMMADOODOO tag.
posted by well_balanced at 12:04 PM on May 20, 2010


I present for your approval: heavy metal pirates.
posted by cthuljew at 7:26 PM on May 20, 2010


I was always a sucker for Dokaka's Creeping Death cover. He doesn't let a little thing like 'not speaking English' get in the way of bringing the metal.
posted by The GoBotSodomizer at 11:17 PM on May 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Looking back on this post, I realize that what I want to hear is these folks paired with a normal instrumental metal band. With the instrumental arrangement already providing the power and weight, imagine what their voices would add to that. My head asplode.
posted by davejay at 3:14 PM on June 4, 2010


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