Metal community can be quite ruthless to newcomers or uprising trends and according to Black Veil Brides
frontman Andy Biersack
, it has been cannibalizing itself for the past two decades.
Discussing Robb Flynn
's Avenged Sevenfold
bashing, All that Remains
' jabs at his own band and metal fans in general, Andy commented: "There is nothing more cannibalistic than metal or hard rock scene, it seems. And people wonder why aren't we selling millions of records or why we're not at the top of pop and everything.
"It's because in my estimation, we have eaten ourselves alive for the last 20 years,"
Biersack further told Artisan News
. "The genre itself, the feeling of if something gets successful, that's bashed. Or in case of Avenged Sevenfold - how ridiculous is it that one of our own got a No. 1 record and is doing all this wonderful stuff and everyone feels the need to say something negative to them."
The singer continued, "It's a real testament to the dark side, in my estimation, of the metal community or the hard rock community. People don't want success for the things they don't necessarily love and also it's really commonplace for metal fans to not give new bands a chance. It's just - it is.
"The 'Black Album' still sells more than - not saying that it's not an amazing album, but the 'Black Album' still sells more copies than any record that is put out every single week
[by new bands]. And it's not to say that any new band's put out a record that's as good as the 'Black Album,' but I don't think people are really ready to give it a chance,"
Black Veil Brides will kick off their European tour later this month to promote the latest studio effort "Wretched and Divine: the Story of the Wild Ones
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