nightsblood wrote:The millennial snip was a last-second addition, meant mainly for some humor and to highlight just how different- and difficult- it was trying to hear obscure 80s metal music in 1996 vs doing so today. There is a bit of a misunderstanding among some younger fans re: why some older fans are against having everything uploaded onto the internet for everyone to easily consume. It struck me that my story was a pretty good example of how much time/effort/patience it used to take for us to get to hear an album we were interested in. I'm definitely not saying that things were better in the good ol' days ("Make Analog Great Again") or bashing younger fans for getting to hear things more easily thanks to the internet- if there had been an easier way to hear stuff like Ostrogoth, Oz, and Virgin Steele back then, we definitely would have done so!
I understand the implied comparison. I don't understand the motive or principle behind it.
Depending who you ask, I could very well be in that group being born in '84. Time lines seem to vary but I'm of an almost nonexistent minority. I know of no one my age outside the internet, let alone younger that even knows who Ostrogoth are. The closest I've come are a couple of guys that like some of the more mainstream Metallica/Megadeth material for example and that's even a rare occurrence in this neck of the woods outside of guys in their 50's/60's that have since moved on or listen only to lighter "classic rock" now. They clearly aren't millennials though...
Regarding the internet, it's one of the greatest inventions to date and due to ease of access, has grown more fans of the era. I don't see that as being a negative personally. I realize some of the crate diggers from the earlier days may be jealous that they had to invest more time finding material of an obscure band they saw mentioned once in a magazine but times have changed and technology has moved forward. In a way, it's like a parent wanting a better, easier life for their children. To add to that, I know for a fact that those involved are using the internet to listen to and discover new bands themselves so in the end it's a hypocritical contradiction. They would essentially hate what they have become...
One could argue that refusal to share something simply because it took a long time to find a copy or in the more likely case because the person in possession of said item feels they are the only one deserving of listening to it is short sighted and detrimental. Do these guys plan to be buried with these records knowing they were of a select few to ever hear them? Do they realize that this actually hurts any legacy of these bands that they hold in such high regard?
I do know one thing and it's that the band's behind this material never released it with the intention for it to not be heard. If that was the case, it would be pointless to ever actually perform live or record an album.
At the end of the day that mentality serves no real purpose and the opposite is not something that I would link specifically to millennials regardless whether you consider my age group as part of that demographic.