Behemoth frontman Nergal gave modern extreme metal bands quite a ripping, calling their work "dull, boring masturbation."
Chatting with Andrew Epstein, the frontman was initially asked about the band's place on today's extreme metal scene.
"Today's extreme metal scene is all about making a lot of noise and just playing millions of riffs within one song, and I don't really see the point in doing that. You know what I mean?" Nergal replied.
"To me, it's masturbation, it's dull, it's boring, it's flat at the end of the day," he continued (via Blabbermouth). "When you listen to those kinds of records, it doesn't [do anything for] me at all. I grew up listening to extreme metal bands like Slayer, even Blasphemy, the most extreme bands ... or Mayhem ...
"They would still make songs, you know what I mean? There was a place for a chorus, a place for verses, a lead ... And we keep that formula going. Even though our music is different, we are in a different place, we still compose songs, and that's what people dig after all.
"I mean, the things that have hooks and that are memorable, I'm not doing this to attract people, I'm doing it to attract myself, because I grew up that way, I was raised with that kind of music, and I appreciate it in other bands, so I definitely wanna do it the same in Behemoth," the musician concluded.
The latest Behemoth studio effort, "The Satanist," saw its release on February 3 via Nuclear Blast Records, landing at No. 34 on the US Billboard 200 chart.