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?
I wouldn't call them sellouts. If you know the history of the band you already know that their change from traditional metal to more prog/symphonic metal was a slow natural progression. If Criss hadn't gotten killed they probably would have continued on the Edge of Thorns sound instead of going straight up TSO style with Dead Winter Dead. He always struck me as the metal guy in the band.
Of course I'm biased toward the progressive side, as Streets is in my top 5 albums, ever, by anyone.