Hi, I'm the "two cents" guy. I listen to metal songs on YouTube, though mainly remasters/remixes. This is a compilation—of interviews I've given with Bryce Barilla, State of Mercury and Ahdy Khairat, but also videos of theirs on YouTube that I've commented on in the past, and other music reviews/write-ups I've done.
My interviews focus on the history of these musicians, and the approach to making their content.
Bryce Barilla: Bryce's initial approach was more conservative. He remixed and re-recorded old Metallica songs, but didn't mess quite as much with the song structures themselves. Over time, though, his approach to the format has become increasingly experimental, rewriting the songs, but also—re: with his latest material—improving on the audio production by leaps and bounds. Read my interview with Bryce, here.
State of Mercury: Out of the three, Mercury's approach has been the most ambitious, songwriting-wise. His top-notch playing allows for a total reinvention of the riffs themselves. The sheer number of changes makes his material a challenge to analyze in terms of direct comparisons, but there's always lots to find and appreciate. Read my interview with State of Mercury, here.
Ahdy Khairat: Although I was intrigued by GuitarRazze and Creblestar, Ahdy is what got me into analyzing metal on a regular basis. A professional producer/sound engineer, his material is entirely remixes and remasters, but the quality of his approach is unparalleled. Read my interview with him, here.
You Tube Commentaries
These are the videos by each musician that I've given my two cents on. To read the comments themselves, click on a video and look for comments made by the user "Nicholas van der Waard" (all comments start with "My two cents:"). Not every comment is pinned/hearted by the content creators, so you may have to do a little searching.
State of Mercury
Check out two of my other interview series: Hell-blazers: Speedrunning Doom Eternal, and the Alien: Ore" Interview Project.
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