When asked about the current state of metal genre, most fans will likely share a less optimistic stance. It's definitely a complex matter we have at our hands, a question Trivium frontman Matt Heafy recently addressed while stressing the importance of keeping the metal bond alive.
"State of metal in 2013 - it's in a great place and it's also in a bad place," Matt told Metal Hammer TV. "I think the fact that there is so much - I always talk about being acceptant of all styles of life and all genres of music - but there is a lot of manufactured nonsense out there. Purely talking about pop and pop country and pop rap and whatever is going on in the hardcore scene right now."
Heafy elaborated further, "When I think of hardcore, I think of metal - I think of things I love. In my head, I know what they should sound like. And I can see what these bands are all copycatting off of each other's copycatting and not quite making anything original - not making anything of their own. They just keep copying a form of a copy.
"I know I've been looking for that young new metal band. Where are the kids picking up guitars, saying 'Hey, I wanna be like Iron Maiden. Hey, I wanna be like Metallica?' Instead, it's bands that are putting weird dance music in with heavy music, which is fine, I guess they're doing something that kids love. But for me as a metal fan, I'm missing out on where are the young kids picking up guitars and starting metal bands."
After noting that "a few last hopes" exist and praising the fact that Metallica and Iron Maiden are currently bigger than ever, Matt focused on the importance of staying true to the metal lifestyle.
"It's like, kids, pick up your instruments and start writing some great metal songs and get out there and play music from the soul, play music from the heart, play music that isn't written by some multimillionaire who's just pumping out pop dribble."So metal's always there," he continued. "Ever since metal first spawned - it's been there. I know people keep talking about record sales and saying that the state of people buying CDs is bad and that's why labels are getting cut and downsized and that's why bands are disbanding and disappearing. Yet these pop bands are selling millions of records."Maybe it's less millions than usual, but we as fans of metal need to not just look at it as a genre, a thing we turn on casually. It's a lifestyle, it's far beyond something that we casually listen to. I think that metal fans and metal bands need to support each other and help bring each other further versus trying to drag each other down."Not saying it's a common feature, but I definitely don't see enough of a brotherhood. I think we need more of that and we need more kids [to] start playing metal again," Heafy concluded.
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