Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate recently revealed not being a big fan of the genre labeling, as he finds the musical genres themselves artistically limiting.
"The way I feel about 'metal' is I just don't like genres in the first place," the singer told Rock River Times. "I think genres are limiting and are kind of like wearing handcuffs for a person who's a writer or who is creative, because that means there is this box that you have to conform to.
"Like I said earlier, Chris [DeGarmo] and I were never interested in being confined by other people's vision. Our vision was the one we wanted to explore in, and I think that's a very healthy place to be."
Focusing on the heavy style, Geoff added, "Metal, as a genre, is incredibly limiting - it explores very few emotions, angst and violence being predominant. Once you've written from that point of view, there's only so many other ways that you can fashion and write music in order to express yourself.
"That's what I've always been interested in, exploring all those different facets and all those different emotions of humanity through music. We just didn't feel it was necessary to only spend time creatively exploring anger and violence [laughs]," he concluded.
In recent Tate news, the singer has announced plans to lay low and "disappear" from the music scene for a while. As reported, Geoff has recently lost the Queensryche lawsuit, only keeping rights to "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Operation: Mindcrime II" records.