Have you ever been told "if you ignore them they will go away?" Well it is not the best solution to every problem, but I use this solution for one problem. Have you ever been told your favourite band are "gay", "sh*t" or that a band member you like "sucks?" (I can already see a Kirk? Dave thing coming.)
Well I'm writing to those of you who decide to read this whole article, to simply just don't give a f*ck about what others think about your music, and what you think about other people's music. I am sick of seeing or hearing comments ridiculously shunning a genre of music, a musician or a band etc.
I will use some examples:
Meshuggah. I went to a festival here in Sydney called Soundwave. This was the first time I saw many of my favourite bands and got to see some bands that I've listened to and don't mind. Meshuggah was one of those bands. I over heard these "deathcore kids" talking about how shit Meshuggah are because they have 8-stringed guitars. I wanted to slap them in the back of the head! If you don't like a band, fine! You are entitled to an opinion, we all are. But when your criticism involves judging on how many strings they have, well your opinion becomes invalid. And its not just Meshuggah its other guitarists who play or purchase 7+ stringed guitars.
Slipknot. Now here we go, I have been a Slipknot fan since I was about 13 years old. I am 18 now, and I also got to see for the first time in my life, the band I idolised for many years at Soundwave. But this is not about personal issues. I see a lot of hate towards Slipknot. Why? Because of this Nu Metal/Metal debate. It is getting to the point where I am turning against my fellow metalheads. My favourite band right now is Cannibal Corpse. I'm also a huge fan of Iron Maiden, Ratt, Black Sabbath, Dio, Motorhead, Saxon, Iced Earth, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Deep Purple and many other greats. But the band who really got me into metal and all its sub-genres was Slipknot. Because the first time I ever heard "The Blister Exists" I instantly fell in love with the heavy sounds of metal. Be it Nu, heavy, death, melodic death, power, speed, glam, hair, black, I love most types of metal because of Slipknot.
Why am I telling you this? So you get an idea of what some bands can do for one person. They opened my ears to a whole different world of music, and when I grew my hair long, wore baggy torn black jeans, a denim vest with my slayer and Iron Maiden patches, I thought being a metal head was like a brotherhood, where it was us against the rest of the world, but now its us against each other. Because some of us don't like some music. fair enough, but when my friends who are the "deathcore kids" and even some friends who listen to mainstream music, I don't b*tch to them about their music, when they ask I say "Its not my thing, but if you wanna listen to it, who am I to stop you?"
I know there will always be a troll out there looking to stir sh*t, and the occasional obnoxious twit who thinks they are better than everyone else and in power because they are always "right", but lets take it upon ourselves, not just metal heads, but all musicians to just accept each other for our choices, our mistakes, our differences and stop acting like a bunch of "Tipper Gore's"