Who was more influential to their genre of music Hetfield to Thrash or Cobain to Grunge?
Please explain why?
- Kind of a tough question. I would have to say James simply because it is very very rare a Metal band does not cite Metallica as an influence.30
- I would say Cobain, simply because no other grunge band really measured up to Nirvana's popularity in 90's. Metallica competed with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.12
- As much as I love Hetfield and what he has contributed to the music world Id have to say Cobain...The sound Nirvana created started a new generation (grunge) that killed rock n roll....many feel he and the band are pioneers of grunge more so than Hetfield is to Thrash.
even though Metallica is giving credit by other bands Id still say Nirvana just because when they came out people looked up and said WTF....either liken em or hating them..Metallica was still underground and didnt garnish the attention that Nirvana got even though videos/news/music were more open towards the end of the 80's and start of the 90's helping to spread the appeal of Nirvana...and others started to tire of the Hard rock and Poser rock that took over in the end of the 80s music scene:)21
- I have to say Cobain as of now.
Sadly people get blown up after they die and not while they are alive. Though I'm sure Hetfield knows that he is an enormous influence.20
- Cobain has probably become more iconic since his death but as far as inflence there is literally a ton of so called Nu-Metal bands that cite Metallica as a major influence. Therfore I say James.
BTW this is a very interesting question.20
- In my opinion, grunge is a genre. Well, sort of a sub-genre, related to punk. But it definitely has it's own sound. I mean, compare Nirvana to Green Day. Both are, technically, punk, but they sound completely different. Nirvana is grunge. Green Day is punk. Does that make sense?00
Grunge isn't a type of music, it's not even a sub genre. Most of the Seattle bands would fall under the category of "hard rock" or "heavy rock" Nirvana was practically a punk band (no surprise considering they had dozens of punk influences) I'm not sure how much they influenced the other Seattle bands, but it couldn't have been a lot since they all had a unique sound. Cobain influenced a lot of crappy "post grunge" bands, and wannabes.
Hetfield is thrash. His voice (although it has changed over the years) always seems to keep the perfect mix of yelling and singing. Although Metallica aren't thrash anymore, and haven't made a metal record since 1988, they have influenced and inspired, countless bands.
I give Hetfield the win. But Cobain sure could scream. Cobain was actually a big Metallica fan, with "Ride The Lightning" being one of his favourite albums, and whiplash being one of his favorite songs. He went to see Metallica at a gig in Seattle in 1992. He was in the snake pit. Kirk talks about that gig on youtube, and about Cobain being there.
Here's the link
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