Back then, Dapose said he listened
to death metal bands with names like Suffocation, Morbid Angel,
Emulation and Gore Guts. "I didn't like it when I first heard
it," he said. "Then I found myself listening to it, and
it became this infatuation. That's why I joined a death metal band.
We got really good at playing that style, but after awhile I got
out of it because I was sick of the negativity involved with it."
Through his friendship with Jacob Thiele, a former Westside High
classmate, Dapose would eventually meet The Faint and contribute
to 2001's Danse Macabre before becoming a full-fledged member
of the band. "I traded the spastic idea of music being really
aggressive and pissed off for the idea of lyrics that actually meant
something, and a song that makes you feel something other than just
the energy charge from death metal."
Success with The Faint soon followed, and although Dapose loves
playing The Faint's brand of no-wave electronic dance music, his
fascination with death metal never faded.
Enter Precious Metal, Dapose's one-man death metal project that
will debut Friday night at Sokol Underground. Standing alone with
an electric guitar and a microphone, Dapose will perform his brand
of death metal over prerecorded drums and keyboards. More than just
a side project, he says it's a chance to influence the direction
of a musical style that has become stagnant.
"Death metal is fun, but it's limited in its negativity, which
is old and boring," Dapose said. "There's some good gore
bands out there like Cannibal Corpse who present music in a horror-movie
way. It's completely disgusting to read the lyrics, but you get
a kick out of it. I like that, but at the same time, that's not
the only thing I want to hear and think about. Every other band
that's not painting a picture is pissed off and hates everything,
and it's kind of juvenile and not thought-out.
"It's hard to express something positive in death metal because
the frequencies and sounds aren't pleasant," he said. "They're
satisfying, but they don't make you smile or hold your fist in the
air and go 'Yes!' I'd like for that to change, and I think there's
a way to do that, but it probably won't be popular. Metal heads
like their metal the way it is."
metal is fun, but it's limited in its negativity, which is
old and boring."