Some call it a stereotype, others call it a genuine fact, but being hostile towards change is one of the traits metal fans are known for. It's also a trait of many different people out there, regardless of their music taste, but that's not what we'll focus on right now.
The given matter was touched on by Exodus guitarist Lee Altus, who blamed the younger fans for limiting the genre that was initially about musical freedom.
Explaining to PCM how metal is always dividing into "little tribes," Lee pointed out, "It's all heavy music, it is what it is.
"We started playing metal because it was total freedom, you could do anything you want, and all of a sudden, what we call the 'metal police,' usually the younger guys that didn't grow up and don't understand, they just think that it's only supposed to be this way.
"And we're like, 'No!' When we started out we had a freedom to do something different and there were no limits to what we wanted to do," the guitarist noted.
Further explaining, Altus added, "People just hate change, I've learned that over the years. Every album, if you try to make it a little bit different - and you don't even try, it's kind of a natural progression, there's no reason to repeat the same album over and over and over."
Getting back to his initial thought, the guitarist added, "But yeah, I've learned over the years that every album, somebody will find something wrong with it. You can't please everybody."
Finally, Lee shared a brief update on the new album, pinpointing late September or October as a tentative release date. Stay tuned for more updates.