Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
Would you call the former members of Savatage "sell outs"? This is a thread about heavy metal and all of us that like heavy metal know this term is used in this genre of music.
Which leads me to the Euro Metal thing that I do not like. You know... the metal with a very prominent keyboard part/sound. Keyboards are not that bothersome to me... Ozzy used them well in his band, Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark", Dream Theater and even Black Sabbath. Hell, I used to play some keyboard in metal bands (used in about 4 of 40 songs in a gig lol). But that Euro thing (sorry but cannot think of a better term) where the keyboard has that high-pitched/whiny sound. No offense to Captain13 (and thanks for the videos!), but that Alestorm band has that darn keyboard sound. Like fingers on a chalkboard to this old metalhead.
As Iron Maiden wrote on the back of their Piece of Mind album... "no synthesizers or ulterior motives"! Then of course they implemented guitar-synths two albums later (ugh). We do not hear Bon Scott mention keyboards/syths in "Let There Be Rock", right?
Yes, I would say they sold out, but I don't think "selling out" means what it used to.
As far as keyboards go, I prefer my metal without them. Some of the Euro bands are using them to create a symphonic sound and I like that. As far as the 80's stuff, I would have preferred Rainbow in the Dark and The Final Countdown if they had used guitars for the same purpose. I know you were just using Alestorm to make a point, but I don't take them seriously, and I prefer the keyboard to a real bagpipe