*bangs head repeatedly*


Heavy-Metal-fans-at-Blood-007boydFor those who tend to rock

Brian Boyd, of techno music-kicking and ‘lethal dance cocktail’ infamy, gives YOU the extended middle finger.

First of all, you can’t put Megadeth up against Miles Davis (that’s like comparing and contrasting Jedward and Tom Waits). And if metal isn’t taken seriously, it’s because half the time it comes across as more choreographed than an all-in wrestling match and makes your average panto look like Ibsen.

There’s more hair and make-up on show at an average metal gig than then at a Girls Aloud performance.

Apart from writing essays and giving presentations about the history of heavy metal (for the love of God!), students who go on to the second year will be shoved out to play some gigs as part of their course requirement. Whereas some students are sent into obscure, draughty rooms and given dead animals or dead bodies to practice on, heavy metal degree students will be giving it the “Hello Cleveland!” in order to earn course credits – an appalling vista.


It’s only rock ‘n’ troll.

But he does seem to like it.

We don’t need no high-cost, high-brow, heavy metal education (Brian Boyd, Irish Times)

Previously: Irish Times House Mafia

Pic: NME

21 thoughts on “*bangs head repeatedly*

  1. Marcel

    Wow, utter rubbish. Even if this is supposed to be an opinion piece, it still is armchair journalism at its worst. Nice to see that the Irish Times pays their journalists money for saying ‘I hate metal and Burger King’ in 700 words.

      1. cluster

        A perfect example of the self-limiting, narrow-minded conservatism of so many Irish people.

        1. Bankery

          Bahaha!! Clearly tongue in cheek.
          I listen to everything. Techno, classical, psychedelia, metal, you name it and I’ve got it somewhere in my collection.
          I just find these ideas of how people talk down about other music fascinating, it’s all subjective. I often find stuff in the top ten unobjectionable too, wouldn’t be a fan, but it’s got it’s merits.

    1. Tickle (Now with 100% bland self-indulgent posts!)

      It’s along way to the top…. if you want to rock and troll…..

  2. A Sirius case of the ABMs

    Latest in the series of ‘Articles on things I know nothing about by Brian Boyd’

  3. Ciaran

    pretty sure the IT just employs Brian Boyd as link-bait to get their numbers up.
    i don’t particularly like metal in most of it’s guises/sub-genres, but the article is so daft and ill-informed, that one can only assume it’s yet another attempt to goad people and drive the IT site hits up.
    either that or for a music journalist, Boyd is incredibly stupid.

    1. KirkenBrenner

      Looks like my comment here got deleted too.
      The mere mention of Ian O’Doherty must have set the mods off.

  4. DonBosco

    There seems to be some confusion between childish opinions and news. The intern that normally catches that probably had an exam or something.

  5. chopser

    This is the same Brian Boyd that called Swedish House Mafia dangerous underground dance music.

  6. LeScull

    It seems the 90+ comments on the Irish times website responding to the ill informed, sneering Brian Boyd,
    The paper of record my arse

  7. Bobs Fettucine

    Between Boyd, Jim ‘Dude’ Carroll and Guna Doolally the IT have nobody with a shred of credibility writing about music.

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