Is it a Rip-Off? PAIN OF SALVATION vs. KATATONIA

Take a listen to this track, and let me know which category you think this example falls into:

  1. This is a rip-off! Some bastard stole some other bastard’s jam!
  2. This is an homage. This is too similar. The artist is merely giving a wink and nod to a predecessor.
  3. This is a coincidence. Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox both invented photography independent of each other, after all. There are only so many ways to make music.
  4. This is an accident. Yeah, it’s probably inspired by the older piece, but they probably didn’t even realize it.
  5. You are smoking. Don’t even see it.

PAIN OF SALVATION – “Beyond the Pale” vs. KATATONIA – “My Twin”

Two of my very favorite bands from my college years, but is one of them a treacherous thief?

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