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Telling Faster Louder how happy he is for the new wave of modern musicians, calling them a "new breed of players, with all these new vocal styles," Dave focused on the past, adding: "They had this wave of metal that came through in the '90s and it was called 'nu-metal,' I don't know if you remember it but it was so bad. I would have rather had my eyelids pulled out."
Asked if it's Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park he's talking about, Mustaine explained: "No, no. I can't even remember their names. Linkin Park, those guys are good at what they do. I have no problems with those guys. But I wouldn't call them nu-metal."
Pinpointing the groups he has issues with, the frontman continued: "I'm talking about the bands that wouldn't do guitar solos. Guys who get out there and they'd do rhythms and stuff but they'd never do a guitar solo. It's like ... come on, play a solo. But apparently solos aren't cool.
"It's just funny because I come from the school of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, and man, the riff had to be kick-ass, the lyrics had to make sense, and when it was time for the solo, the solo had to rip your face off," Dave said. "And hey I may not be part of the family anymore, right at the forefront ... but I'm the crazy uncle."
Can you think of any bands to prove Mustaine wrong or would you agree that nu metal is plain bad? Let us know in the comments.