Play the Musical Spawn Game
Let’s face it, there’s nothing new under the sun. Everyone is a product of their influences. I like to play a game with my friends called “Spawn” which has nothing whatsoever to do with the really overblown mid-90’s comic book.
What we do is express a band or song as a simple equation. Here’s one: Amon Amarth = Bolt Thrower + Manowar.
Or: Pitchshifter = Godflesh + Sex Pistols + The Prodigy. Subtraction is also possible: Chrome Division – Motley Crue = Sentenced, although that’s really just an inversion of the way Chrome was formed. Here’s a better one: Killswitch Engaged – Biohazard = Himsa.
Try to be creative; using bands with pre-established connections is cheating a bit, so no Soulfly/Sepultura or Carcass/Arch Enemy equations. Unless they’re awesome.
Go ahead and do this with your friends, and put some good ones here if you feel like sharing. It’s not Serious Business, so have fun with it.