Comedian Bill Bailey
recently discussed his passion for metal music and the genre's overall appeal, also touching on the subject of his favorite metal acts.
When asked by Metal Hammer
on whether heavy metal needs approval from mainstream critics, Bill was quick to answer: "Do you know what? No. I don't think it does. It would seem like metal's been assimilated by the Borg.
"Metal's never been assimilated, and that's part of its allure,"
he continued. "It's managed to maintain this sort of 'otherness,' this distance from mainstream music, and I think that's a good, healthy thing. It shows that for music to be popular and connect with people, it doesn't have to be filtered into the mainstream. When I played Sonisphere, there were 50,000 people there to see metal."
The comedian also reminisced his 2011 Sonisphere festival performance, calling it a life-changer. "I remember looking out and seeing this field of arms! Metalheads, people in Slipknot masks, singing, arms waving!"
he said with excitement. "I thought, 'This is brilliant!' It was a life-changing moment and I have no fear of anything now."
As far as his personal favorites go, Bailey singled out Deftones
and their latest release "Koi No Yokan
," as well as Opeth
, Mars Volta
, whose "immense sound and passion"
appeals to him greatly.
So do you agree with Bill here, is nonconformity really one of metal's top charms? Let us know in the comments.