The opening fanfare is all I need, alan. Greatest thing to EVER happen in music if you ask me. Chills every time.
Look, aggressive music comes in many forms and has an important place in the history of music. It is there any time a musician rejects the status quo. You can find it all throughout the history of classical music, jazz, electronic music, and in the avant-garde styles. Great punk and metal exploit the failures of "popular" music and of "popular" culture through a deliberate disrespect of everything it holds dear. The music itself is a deliberate, structured - and in some cases - a highly sophisticated, highly technical and insanely complex failure to be popular and approachable (cf.The Dillinger Escape Plan
) . Guitar distortion is a deliberate failure to present clean tones. Blast beats are a deliberate failure to keep an pleasant rhythm. The myriad of growls and high pitched vocal styles are a deliberate failure to be inviting. And in this attempt to reject popular music and culture, metal and punk have been tremendously successful in producing spectacular failures of "popular" music. It is so wonderfully against the grain, so wonderfully challenging and so wonderfully unappealing. But you know what? That is what it is there to do.
So I don't really disagree with alan or the others with similar opinions in this thread. The only difference is that I know why I am listening and I know what I am listening FOR. I am a fan of rebellion in every sense of the word and when it comes to music, metal and punk, done the way I like it, is pure rebellion.
But to bring this full circle I will reiterate what I wrote on page one: that every form of music will show its ability to be a distraction, no matter how sophisticated or pleasant it is, it will become a distraction on the path. So in the grand scheme Mozart is just as much a distraction as Mayhem.
Just my opinion.