This is a spin-off to the “how to become a rock fan” that we posted last week. Done in the way of a short narrative, it is markedly different to the way we helped you out with becoming a rocker. As you scale the heights of Mount Olympus to bask in the glory of the gods of Heavy Metal, let Lawrence Muchemi’s Odyssey be a guide to your heart. You will find helpful aids in what heavy metal sub-genres to start with, the role of the Mosh-pit and growing pains.
Lawrence Muchemi is one of the key figures in the contemporary Kenyan metal scene. He is most well known for his vocal ability. He fronts local metalcore band ‘Irony Destroyed’. Aside from that, he is also the drummer for the upcoming progressive metal band ‘The Seeds of Datura’. His personal music collection is to die for. He is a fan of death metal and frequents the online radio show, Death FM. But like every metal-head, he wasn’t always a decorated metal head.
“I was once a rock head lol, then “metal to midnight” happened…at first, I wasn’t for it completely because of all the misguided stereotypes. However, as time went by my playlist was completely “metamorphosed”. The genre that most metal heads start off with is metal-core since it has rock elements e.g. clean vocals and lyrics (love stuff) bands like Kill Switch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, As I Lay Dying etc.”Oh and str8up, red hot rock Wednesdays plus the rumble used to play some Slipknot, Amon Amarth, Eluveitie tracks…am pretty sure they played a role in shaping my ear.
The mosh-pit is amazing and shouldn’t only be confined to metal only in my opinion…many times when we club with my fellow compadres (metal-heads too) we mosh to everything and funny enough there’s always two or three characters trying to keep up with the awesomeness.”
“My first mosh-pit was a Murfy’s fLaw performance at our school bar…I had never felt so alive \,,/ ha ha…rock band? I know…they were exceptional. Worst mosh-pit injury has to be a headbutt on my lower spine…the punches and the kicks were off but the back ache was there for a while. It was awesome \,,/ it was March from the Undergrounds Rise (2014) LYT were on stage at that time…the crowd was fucking wild.”
“Dude of course…mainstream music is BS. But since I also started out there I try to refrain my negative attitude towards it… and yes metal had changed my perspective towards life. 80% of my close friends are metal heads….and as they say, show me your friends and I’ll know who you are. Friends help one build character…so in a sense metal built this character.”
You can check out the projects Lawrence Muchemi is involved with here.