Steel Panther Singer Wants To 'Change People's Perception About What Music Should Be

Bill Bodkin of Pop-Break.com recently conducted an interview with Steel Panther's lead singer Michael Starr.

Steel Panther Singer Wants To 'Change People's Perception About What Music Should Be
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Bill Bodkin of Pop-Break.com recently conducted an interview with Steel Panther's lead singer Michael Starr. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Pop-Break.com: Do you think [the new Steel Panther] record is something a fan of '80s metal who's currently disillusioned with metal today? And let's face how can you not be? I mean, there are no guitar solos anymore. Can that disillusioned metal person listen to "Balls Out" and fall back in love with '80s metal and, more importantly, rock 'n' roll again? Starr: I feel the same way you do - I'm an '80s guy to the core. I love it. But it's starting to feel like a distant memory. With Steel Panther, there are kids who are 14 or 15, who are listening to this and are like "F--k, this is killer!" They don't know why it's killer, but they just know it is and they dig it. It's not like they're referencing it like you and I and are like, "Yeah it's '80s and we dig it." They just dig it because they dig it. And you're right, man, there's no guitar solos, there's no screaming, no straight f--king rocking - that's missing in today's music. I think that anyone who's fresh-eared and never really experience the '80s like you or I did can totally appreciate it. Are there any bands out there today - outside of Steel Panther, obviously - they you feel can recapture the glory days of good rock 'n' roll? [Sighs] No ... not really. There's a band out there called The Last Las Vegas, Nikki Sixx signed them and they put out a song, and it was f--king cool. But God, man, I gotta tell you, there's not a new band out, [except] a band called Reckless Love out of Holland or Sweden - their stuff's a little poppy, they're not talking about f--king and all that sorta shit, the stuff that I dig - but man ... no. That's why I feel our job is to keep rocking and to change people's perception about what music should be. We gotta change the culture, bro! Why do you think it changed? We all know grunge happened, but you would think there would have been some sorta pickup, a comeback. But it hasn't. The '80s are popular because it's retro and only because it's retro. It's never been re-embraced or even re-invented by the culture like disco has. Why do you think the '80s metal sound has never made a full comeback as a viable musical genre in today's scene? Heavy metal was such a special thing. I believe it was started by Van Halen, it was so special. If you agree with me, Van Halen started out in '78 when they really started getting out there. The frontman, the f--king ringleader just rocking, the awesome guitar player, the blonde hair/black hair dude. That whole tandem went 12 years, almost 15. It's hard to duplicate. I think for it to come back you need a band like Steel Panther to really do it. And trust me, I've got my eye out for the next young singer. And if I find someone that I feel posses what we do, I'm going to find him a guitar player and make him f--king do metal. What do you think the qualities that singer has to have? Here's what I feel is missing in today's music - it's called charisma. Where the singer is singing, looking at people in the audience and making the crowd feel like they're a part of the show, talking one-on-one with the crowd, really bringing them in. Steel Panther, I believe, has four guys like that. We all have charisma, that thing where people feel like they're part of the show. We're fun to watch there's moves to watch. We're good looking guys who love to rock and aren't fat. These are qualities you have to have as a lead singer - especially charisma, man. Going back to the record, how do you think "Balls Out" differs from your last record "Feel The Steel"? Well, some people say it's more mature of a record, and I would think it's more of an immature record. It's not like we're breaking any new ground with our lyrical content, but I think the band still stands strong and we're singing about shit people have a hard time talking about. Some guys are afraid to ask their chick to let them fuck them in the ass. "Critter" is a perfect instructional song on how to do that, and I don't think we had anything like that on "Feel The Steel". So in that respect, it's different. But here's the key difference between "Feel The Steel" and "Balls Out". "Feel The Steel" features songs we wrote over a 10-year period. "Balls Out" we wrote over a year period, but it was also inspired by actually putting "Feel The Steel" out and going out and tour. So I think that is evident in music. So it's not more mature, we're just a little more worldly now. Read the entire interview from Pop-Break.com.

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    rockstarbear
    Michael Starr looks like a chubby David Lee Roth. Scratch that, a thinner Vince Neil.
    switch625DL
    Really? Hair metal was the worst metal of the 80s and is wat led to terrible bands like Black Viel Brides and asking alexandria
    You obviously don't know what are you talking about. Those bands you mentioned are damn retarded, and as a "80s fan to the core" - I hate them. They have nothing in common with glam/hair metal. Speaking of REAL hair metal- as in every genre, there are some bad bands, but man- most of 80s metal was fantastic. You had explosion of virtuosos, fast and melodic solos, memorable songs, great atmosphere, everything. Without Van Halen, Motley Crue and KISS (and many other great bands) world would've been much worse now.
    Redd_dymond
    Anyone who doesn't like 80s hair metal is lying to themselves. Metal doesn't have to be about being brutal and gloomy, grow up you 14 year olds out there who think it does.
    jordo246
    Eifler121 wrote: 80's metal is good if you are discussing bands like The Cult, Iron Maiden, early Metallica, and that's about it. The rest of that stuff is complete garbage. It is no different than the Jonas Brothers; songs written with no connection to the artists, manufactured to sell albums and tickets, and to get girls excited.
    You just said Megadeth is garbage, I will find you and kill you.
    tomba93
    Really? Hair metal was the worst metal of the 80s and is wat led to terrible bands like Black Viel Brides and asking alexandria he should make metal like 80s doom metal, power or thrash metal.
    Think twice before writing about something you know nothing about. Listen to Van Halen, Mtley Cre, Skid Row, Ratt, Dokken, Extreme, Whitesnake, earlier Def Leppard for example. Huge guitar sound, solos, hooks, great music.
    Mobby32
    You know that this is a joke, right?
    the music is a joke but this guy probably wants kids to have a love for 80s metal again
    switch625DL
    Redd_dymond wrote: Anyone who doesn't like 80s hair metal is lying to themselves. Metal doesn't have to be about being brutal and gloomy, grow up you 14 year olds out there who think it does.
    THIS. LordRyur- I love almost everything that came out in 80s, from pop (yes, pop back then was worth listening) to thrash. But when it comes to hating anything from 80s, I'd hate thrashers because they were "OMG we're so br00tal n' TRV". But hell no, I dig Reign in blood nearly as much as Dr. Feelgood.
    scawti
    I always find it funny how many people don't get Steel Panther are a parody... Russ Parrish is an old school shredder, whose 'character,' Sachel represents all the 80s hairbands who had sessional musicians record all their parts so they could party. They are making fun of the glam metal bands with the drugs and sex... There''s a reason Corey Taylor and not Brett Micheals has a cameo on their first CD.
    Stikit2duhman
    It's kinda funny and sad at the same time how I'm more excited about a mock-rock metal bands new album than all other new music today. even modern rock.
    Eifler121
    LordRyur wrote: scawti wrote: I always find it funny how many people don't get Steel Panther are a parody... Russ Parrish is an old school shredder, whose 'character,' Sachel represents all the 80s hairbands who had sessional musicians record all their parts so they could party. They are making fun of the glam metal bands with the drugs and sex... There''s a reason Corey Taylor and not Brett Micheals has a cameo on their first CD. Corey Taylor isn't much better than Brett Michaels. Nu-Metal is just the late '90s version of Glam Metal.
    Seriously, why does Corey Taylor get any sort of credibility on this website?
    LordRyur wrote: Eifler121 wrote: switch625DL wrote: Best guitarists ever? Find me a guy who taps that actually plays good music, and I'll believe you about Van Halen for maybe one second. You have no idea how much I detest Nirvana, and how far out of my way I've gone to buy my albums, so good call on that one buddy. The best thing that ever happened for the 80's was January 1st, 1990. Theoretically, everything should be okay with you. You hate nirvana and buy records. But WTF? You seem to be f***** in the head. Well, those guitarists I mentioned are not only into tapping. It's just another technique! All of them play good music. Well, I can't help you with your "bad taste" problem. And saying that they didn't wrote songs themselves was plain dumb. The bands I'm talking about are bands like Wasp, Ratt, and Cinderella. I don't like Megadeath, Van Halen, or Motley Crue at all, and when I say that 80's metal sucked, I include them for the most part, but I know those bands and some others wrote their own songs. However, with the exception of Megadeath, their music was written for the purposes I mentioned, not for the sake of making good music or art. I don't see how you could call Megadeth bad. They were the best of the Big 4. Far more technical, raw, and simply.. better. Well, in the '80s at least. Nowadays they're just boring Speed/Thrash. Still better than the rest of the Big 4, though..
    I don't like anyone in the big 4. I like very few Metallica songs; Breadfan and Am I Evil are my favorites, and they're covers. To me, more technical doesn't necessarily indicate better music. I much prefer Black Sabbath over any of these "technical" bands. A lot of musicians are technical in different ways too. Progressive and Metal players are technical in the way they keep themselves structured to scales with odd time signatures and so forth, other bands are technical in how they use sound to evoke emotion. The latter is more important to me.
    Mobby32
    Heavy metal was such a special thing. I believe it was started by Van Halen
    No.
    LordRyur
    Redd_dymond wrote: Anyone who doesn't like 80s hair metal is lying to themselves. Metal doesn't have to be about being brutal and gloomy, grow up you 14 year olds out there who think it does.
    And you don't need to accept crappy pop rock as Metal to have feel-good, fun times! themes. C'mon. I can get love songs from a number of bands that actually played Heavy Metal, I can get songs about having fun, getting drunk, doing drugs, having sex, going for a drive, rock 'n' roll, Heavy Metal, blah blah blah.. And I don't need to bother worrying about generic '80s Pop Rock to get it. Only an incredibly ignorant person would think Heavy Metal is only about being brutal and gloomy.
    switch625DL wrote: Redd_dymond wrote: Anyone who doesn't like 80s hair metal is lying to themselves. Metal doesn't have to be about being brutal and gloomy, grow up you 14 year olds out there who think it does. THIS. LordRyur- I love almost everything that came out in 80s, from pop (yes, pop back then was worth listening) to thrash. But when it comes to hating anything from 80s, I'd hate thrashers because they were "OMG we're so br00tal n' TRV". But hell no, I dig Reign in blood nearly as much as Dr. Feelgood.
    '80s Pop is good. I'm a big fan of a lot of '80s music, too. But dime-a-dozen, MTV-created pop rock bands like Poison, or Cinderella, or the countless other bands that ACTUALLY made up the Glam genre? They don't even compare to the few good bands that got grouped up in with them, let alone Metal. Glam/Hair Metal is based on those bands, not the few Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands that simply had the look. I don't even like Reign in Blood all that much in the first place. Show No Mercy + Hell Awaits > anything else Slayer ever did.
    Roxxie Roxx
    There are a few bands out there that are 80s sounding other than steel panther and reckless love (both of which are excellent). Crazy lixx, wig wam and dirty penny are some examples.
    Ita3rd
    Mobby32 wrote: Really? Hair metal was the worst metal of the 80s and is wat led to terrible bands like Black Viel Brides and asking alexandria he should make metal like 80s doom metal, power or thrash metal.
    You know that this is a joke, right?
    Slivarito
    I mean, there are no guitar solos anymore.
    ...Wut. I don't think I've heard better solos than some of the clean solos from BTBAM, or the clarity and beauty in Cynic's solos, clean or heavy. Also, a solo doesn't have to be "80s hair metal f- yeah!" to be a solo. I don't have a problem with 80s metal, I mean it's definitely not my genre, but I'm ok with it. My problem with that kind of metal is it just comes across as so much wankery. The solos seem more self indulgent than effective or purposeful Now before people go and down-vote me because I didn't glorify what was popular thirty years ago, it's true that if you want fun music, it's true it doesn't get much better than that. For personal preference; however, I prefer a lot more of the progressive and evolved music of today. Obviously the music of today had to get its inspiration somewhere, but it doesn't mean that it can't surpass what it came from.
    scawti
    Corey Taylor isn't much better than Brett Michaels. Nu-Metal is just the late '90s version of Glam Metal.
    You missed the point, Steel Pather is making fun of guys like Brett Michaels. So is there some Stephen Colbert thread where everyone rants he's completely off base for being Republican?
    LordRyur
    Eifler121 wrote: switch625DL wrote: Best guitarists ever? Find me a guy who taps that actually plays good music, and I'll believe you about Van Halen for maybe one second. You have no idea how much I detest Nirvana, and how far out of my way I've gone to buy my albums, so good call on that one buddy. The best thing that ever happened for the 80's was January 1st, 1990. Theoretically, everything should be okay with you. You hate nirvana and buy records. But WTF? You seem to be f***** in the head. Well, those guitarists I mentioned are not only into tapping. It's just another technique! All of them play good music. Well, I can't help you with your "bad taste" problem. And saying that they didn't wrote songs themselves was plain dumb. The bands I'm talking about are bands like Wasp, Ratt, and Cinderella. I don't like Megadeath, Van Halen, or Motley Crue at all, and when I say that 80's metal sucked, I include them for the most part, but I know those bands and some others wrote their own songs. However, with the exception of Megadeath, their music was written for the purposes I mentioned, not for the sake of making good music or art.
    I don't see how you could call Megadeth bad. They were the best of the Big 4. Far more technical, raw, and simply.. better. Well, in the '80s at least. Nowadays they're just boring Speed/Thrash. Still better than the rest of the Big 4, though..
    LordRyur
    switch625DL wrote: Okay, maybe Poison was a little bit too much, but rest of the bands actually could play, perform and write music. Def Leppard, Dokken, Winger, Racer X, Autograph... and the list goes on. Each one had their own sound. If you think otherwise, you're deaf and you should leave music. Anyway, you won't get bigger than them, beacause they have loads of talent.
    Def Leppard was good in their early years, because they played Heavy Metal that was VERY NWOBHM-ish in style. ESPECIALLY on their first album. While the general public remembers them for shit like "Pour Some Sugar on Me" or other crap from their Pop Rock (read: Glam Metal) years, those of us who like good music remember them for their first couple albums, and that's it. Up to, and maybe partly, and hesitantly, including Pyromania. What they're famous for is Glam Metal/Pop Rock, what they're good for was Heavy Metal. And you are REALLY reaching with Racer X. Like.. REALLY. They're about as Glam as Queensryche, and by that I mean not at all.
    switch625DL
    Best guitarists ever? Find me a guy who taps that actually plays good music, and I'll believe you about Van Halen for maybe one second. You have no idea how much I detest Nirvana, and how far out of my way I've gone to buy my albums, so good call on that one buddy. The best thing that ever happened for the 80's was January 1st, 1990.
    Theoretically, everything should be okay with you. You hate nirvana and buy records. But WTF? You seem to be f***** in the head. Well, those guitarists I mentioned are not only into tapping. It's just another technique! All of them play good music. Well, I can't help you with your "bad taste" problem. And saying that they didn't wrote songs themselves was plain dumb.
    LordRyur
    switch625DL wrote: Really? Hair metal was the worst metal of the 80s and is wat led to terrible bands like Black Viel Brides and asking alexandria You obviously don't know what are you talking about. Those bands you mentioned are damn retarded, and as a "80s fan to the core" - I hate them. They have nothing in common with glam/hair metal. Speaking of REAL hair metal- as in every genre, there are some bad bands, but man- most of 80s metal was fantastic. You had explosion of virtuosos, fast and melodic solos, memorable songs, great atmosphere, everything. Without Van Halen, Motley Crue and KISS (and many other great bands) world would've been much worse now.
    As a "80s fan to the core", you should ALSO hate Hair Metal, and realize that it had nothing to do with 80s Metal, or Metal what so ever. The only good Hair Metal bands were the ones that played Heavy Metal, but got lumped into the Hair Metal category because of their looks. W.A.S.P, early Motley Crue (After Shout at the Devil, they can **** off), early Twisted Sister, etc. '80s Metal was great, but not because of those crappy Pop Rock bands masquerading as Metal. WELL, maybe you're right. Maybe that MTV-created fad DID help out.. Without all that shit, the metalheads wouldn't have had anything to rebel against, and wouldn't have so fervently created everything good about Metal. So maybe. MAYBE Hair helped, because it was so bad, so manufactured, and commercialized that it forced everyone to make something good.
    switch625DL
    '80s Pop is good. I'm a big fan of a lot of '80s music, too. But dime-a-dozen, MTV-created pop rock bands like Poison, or Cinderella, or the countless other bands that ACTUALLY made up the Glam genre? They don't even compare to the few good bands that got grouped up in with them, let alone Metal. Glam/Hair Metal is based on those bands, not the few Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands that simply had the look.
    Okay, maybe Poison was a little bit too much, but rest of the bands actually could play, perform and write music. Def Leppard, Dokken, Winger, Racer X, Autograph... and the list goes on. Each one had their own sound. If you think otherwise, you're deaf and you should leave music. Anyway, you won't get bigger than them, beacause they have loads of talent.
    Eifler121 wrote: 80's metal is good if you are discussing bands like The Cult, Iron Maiden, early Metallica, and that's about it. The rest of that stuff is complete garbage. It is no different than the Jonas Brothers; songs written with no connection to the artists, manufactured to sell albums and tickets, and to get girls excited.
    I wouldn't be surprised if you'd be 10 years old nirvana fan. Ever heard of Van Halen? If I'd met you, I'd beat the shit outta you for being THAT dumb. EVERY band wrote their songs by themselves. You can check it in the album sleeves (if you BUY music to support the artists). Garbage? There was no other genre to has THAT many virtuosos. Gilbert was glam for some time, Malmsteen, Van Halen, George Lynch, MAB, Warren DeMartini... Those are the best guitarists in the world, so shut up and learn, kid!
    buzerumton
    there is guitar solos in todays music
    austin.stocksti
    I just banged my head 4 times on the table to see if it'll make me think of one band that uses fast melodic guitar solos.. Couldn't think of one so I'm gonna keep doing it until I do. I'm gonna lose all my brain cells in my head before there will ever be a good guitar solo in today's rock music.
    LordRyur
    scawti wrote: I always find it funny how many people don't get Steel Panther are a parody... Russ Parrish is an old school shredder, whose 'character,' Sachel represents all the 80s hairbands who had sessional musicians record all their parts so they could party. They are making fun of the glam metal bands with the drugs and sex... There''s a reason Corey Taylor and not Brett Micheals has a cameo on their first CD.
    Corey Taylor isn't much better than Brett Michaels. Nu-Metal is just the late '90s version of Glam Metal.
    Eifler121
    switch625DL wrote: Best guitarists ever? Find me a guy who taps that actually plays good music, and I'll believe you about Van Halen for maybe one second. You have no idea how much I detest Nirvana, and how far out of my way I've gone to buy my albums, so good call on that one buddy. The best thing that ever happened for the 80's was January 1st, 1990. Theoretically, everything should be okay with you. You hate nirvana and buy records. But WTF? You seem to be f***** in the head. Well, those guitarists I mentioned are not only into tapping. It's just another technique! All of them play good music. Well, I can't help you with your "bad taste" problem. And saying that they didn't wrote songs themselves was plain dumb.
    The bands I'm talking about are bands like Wasp, Ratt, and Cinderella. I don't like Megadeath, Van Halen, or Motley Crue at all, and when I say that 80's metal sucked, I include them for the most part, but I know those bands and some others wrote their own songs. However, with the exception of Megadeath, their music was written for the purposes I mentioned, not for the sake of making good music or art.
    Megadeth2011
    Redd_dymond wrote: Anyone who doesn't like 80s hair metal is lying to themselves. Metal doesn't have to be about being brutal and gloomy, grow up you 14 year olds out there who think it does.
    This guy wins the argument. I hate it when people rag on 80s hair metal bands just because they're labeled that... While I'm not a big fan of Poison, Motley Crue, Warrant, Skid Row, etc. I do enjoy songs by each of those bands, and for somebody to just trash them because they were popular is close minded and immature. Poison is on my ipod, and so is Behemoth. I like both genres. It's possible to listen to both and be vocal about it.
    BlackSaint
    Ha these guys are great! They let us open for them when they came out and played Chicago. Hilarious!
    Mobby32
    Really? Hair metal was the worst metal of the 80s and is wat led to terrible bands like Black Viel Brides and asking alexandria he should make metal like 80s doom metal, power or thrash metal.
    Eifler121
    switch625DL wrote: '80s Pop is good. I'm a big fan of a lot of '80s music, too. But dime-a-dozen, MTV-created pop rock bands like Poison, or Cinderella, or the countless other bands that ACTUALLY made up the Glam genre? They don't even compare to the few good bands that got grouped up in with them, let alone Metal. Glam/Hair Metal is based on those bands, not the few Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands that simply had the look. Okay, maybe Poison was a little bit too much, but rest of the bands actually could play, perform and write music. Def Leppard, Dokken, Winger, Racer X, Autograph... and the list goes on. Each one had their own sound. If you think otherwise, you're deaf and you should leave music. Anyway, you won't get bigger than them, beacause they have loads of talent. Eifler121 wrote: 80's metal is good if you are discussing bands like The Cult, Iron Maiden, early Metallica, and that's about it. The rest of that stuff is complete garbage. It is no different than the Jonas Brothers; songs written with no connection to the artists, manufactured to sell albums and tickets, and to get girls excited. I wouldn't be surprised if you'd be 10 years old nirvana fan. Ever heard of Van Halen? If I'd met you, I'd beat the shit outta you for being THAT dumb. EVERY band wrote their songs by themselves. You can check it in the album sleeves (if you BUY music to support the artists). Garbage? There was no other genre to has THAT many virtuosos. Gilbert was glam for some time, Malmsteen, Van Halen, George Lynch, MAB, Warren DeMartini... Those are the best guitarists in the world, so shut up and learn, kid!
    Best guitarists ever? Find me a guy who taps that actually plays good music, and I'll believe you about Van Halen for maybe one second. You have no idea how much I detest Nirvana, and how far out of my way I've gone to buy my albums, so good call on that one buddy. The best thing that ever happened for the 80's was January 1st, 1990.
    Eifler121
    80's metal is good if you are discussing bands like The Cult, Iron Maiden, early Metallica, and that's about it. The rest of that stuff is complete garbage. It is no different than the Jonas Brothers; songs written with no connection to the artists, manufactured to sell albums and tickets, and to get girls excited.
    Red Death
    Dude, seriously? For one, Steel Panther is a parody band. It's not supposed to be taken seriously. Stop being so uptight and just enjoy some good music. And more importantly, half the guys commenting on this article have been metalheads longer than the rest of you have been alive, so why don't you stop being so close-minded and immature and stop your criticism and ask THEM what metal is all about.
    tomba93
    There's a reason there aren't as many 80's sounding bands. Its because its ****ing cliche now.
    Oh really? Listen to this:
    n1ckyspad3s
    To everyone who thinks this shit or dead or cliche why don't you go research a little thing call the new wave of swedish metal. Here's a few modern day sounding bands that are totally 80's metal: Crash diet, Reckless Love, Enforcer, Cauldron, White Wizzard and Crazy lixx and Veins of Jenna. History is repeating itself, and just like glam bands and Heavy Metal bands from the U.K. got popular in the late 70's and early 80's, the same exact thing is happening here, it's the late 2000's and early 2010's and i promise by the time this decade is through metal will rule again.... We have bands like dirty penny, V1C3, the last vegas, buckcherry, hinder, A7X and Black Veil Brides carrying the flag, these guys are a parody but there's other bands out there today who are just as good if not better as bands from the 80's who are gonna keep it alive and bring it back, i promise you. The 80's will forever live because it is so loved and was sooooo good. History will repeat itself i guarantee it.
    IAmTheNite
    ...Wut. I don't think I've heard better solos than some of the clean solos from BTBAM, or the clarity and beauty in Cynic's solos, clean or heavy. Also, a solo doesn't have to be "80s hair metal f- yeah!" to be a solo. I don't have a problem with 80s metal, I mean it's definitely not my genre, but I'm ok with it. My problem with that kind of metal is it just comes across as so much wankery. The solos seem more self indulgent than effective or purposeful Now before people go and down-vote me because I didn't glorify what was popular thirty years ago, it's true that if you want fun music, it's true it doesn't get much better than that. For personal preference; however, I prefer a lot more of the progressive and evolved music of today. Obviously the music of today had to get its inspiration somewhere, but it doesn't mean that it can't surpass what it came from.
    That would be the corporate logic to place your bets of Lil' Wayne, Justin Bieber and the like. Metal is the force with the one way ticket and a zillion defamatory comments on the rebound.
    LordRyur
    scawti wrote: Corey Taylor isn't much better than Brett Michaels. Nu-Metal is just the late '90s version of Glam Metal. You missed the point, Steel Pather is making fun of guys like Brett Michaels. So is there some Stephen Colbert thread where everyone rants he's completely off base for being Republican?
    You missed my point, I don't care if he had Corey Taylor OR Brett Michaels. They both suck and were in crappy bands that were over-hyped by the mainstream and moronic fans. I understand they're making fun of Brett Michaels, but they should be making fun of hacks like Corey Taylor, too, not having him cameo on an album.
    IcanHasBass wrote: There's a reason there aren't as many 80's sounding bands. Its because its ****ing cliche now. The good metal bands get big because they innovate and change how metal has been sounding. Honestly. If metal had kept the same sound for thirty ****ing years. Jesus christ, I don't even want to think about what kind of shit I'd have to sift through.
    Except, there ARE tons of '80s sounding bands. I can still find Thrash Metal, I can still find Speed Metal, I can still find Doom Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal. It HASN'T changed one bit. There are creative and innovative bands, but they still play Heavy Metal as it should be, as it was perfected in the '80s. "Heavy Metal's greatest strength is that it doesn't evolve, because people keep liking it the way it is" - Lemmy. Let's face it: Aside from the early '90s being the best for Death Metal and Black Metal, Heavy Metal hasn't changed a bit since the '80s, and the only shit you have to sift through are all the apparently "innovative" (read: not at all) bands that "change how metal has been sounding" (read: bullshit), by making non-Metal music that they claim is Metal (read: Nu-Metal, Metalcore, and Deathcore)
    IcanHasBass
    There's a reason there aren't as many 80's sounding bands. Its because its ****ing cliche now. The good metal bands get big because they innovate and change how metal has been sounding. Honestly. If metal had kept the same sound for thirty ****ing years. Jesus christ, I don't even want to think about what kind of shit I'd have to sift through.
    Skarson
    Redd_dymond wrote: Anyone who doesn't like 80s hair metal is lying to themselves. Metal doesn't have to be about being brutal and gloomy, grow up you 14 year olds out there who think it does.
    Nobody ought to have a different opinion than me! I only recognize two kinds of metal, and cheesy hair metal is the kind that's too mature for 14-year-olds.
    LordRyur
    Eifler121 wrote: I don't like anyone in the big 4. I like very few Metallica songs; Breadfan and Am I Evil are my favorites, and they're covers. To me, more technical doesn't necessarily indicate better music. I much prefer Black Sabbath over any of these "technical" bands. A lot of musicians are technical in different ways too. Progressive and Metal players are technical in the way they keep themselves structured to scales with odd time signatures and so forth, other bands are technical in how they use sound to evoke emotion. The latter is more important to me.
    When I say "technical", I mean.. more thought required than the average Thrash. A lot of Megadeth's earlier work is essentially sped-up Jazz riffs. But yeah, I'd much rather listen to Tony Iommi play than some overly-technical hack completely mis-understand the point of being "Progressive" or "Technical". However, I would not put Megadeth into that group, and I would definitely not put the entirety of Metal in that group either, not even the majority.
    zeek7pc
    rockstarbear wrote: Michael Starr looks like a chubby David Lee Roth. Scratch that, a thinner Vince Neil.
    HHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Best quote ever.....
    LordRyur
    Eifler121 wrote: 80's metal is good if you are discussing bands like The Cult, Iron Maiden, early Metallica, and that's about it. The rest of that stuff is complete garbage. It is no different than the Jonas Brothers; songs written with no connection to the artists, manufactured to sell albums and tickets, and to get girls excited.
    And bands like Trouble, and Saint Vitus, or Bathory and Venom, or Death Strike/Master and Possessed, or Running Wild, or Omen and Jag Panzer, or, or...