Metal Musician Writes Open Letter to Metalcore, Tells It to 'F--k Off!'

"Only people who want to hear it are people interested in s-it like crying and flowers!"

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The Hell frontman Nails recently penned a steaming open letter to the metalcore genre, telling it to simply "f--k off." Without any ado, read it below (via Metal Hammer).

"DEAR METALCORE, JUST F--K OFF," the musician kicked off the Caps Lock piece. "I AM WRITING YOU THIS AS AN OPEN LETTER, NOT BECAUSE I AM TOO MUCH OF A P-SSY TO SAY IT TO YOUR FACE, BUT BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIND YOUR F--KING ADDRESS IN THE YELLOW PAGES.

"PLEASE STOP. NO ONE F--KING CARES ANY MORE. IT'S DIFFICULT TO WORK OUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT FROM ANYONE. I SAW A FEW METALCORE BANDS OVER THE SUMMER AND I'VE NEVER BEEN SO F--KING FURIOUS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. THESE GUYS GET UP ON STAGE, SHOUTING 'WHICH OF YOU MOTHERF--KERS IS READY FOR A GOOD F--KING TIME?' AND THEN PROCEED TO SCREAM EVERY DETAIL OF EVERY ROMANTIC FAILURE THEY'VE EVER HAD. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT MATE. THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DO WANT TO HEAR IT ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN S--T LIKE CRYING AND FLOWERS.

"A TIP FROM THE TOP THOUGH, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO STOMACH YOUR OVERLY-SENTIMENTAL, GROTESQUE CIRCUS OF HEARTBREAK IF YOU WEREN'T SELLING T-SHIRTS TO PRE-TEENS THAT LOOK LIKE SOME KIND OF SWEARY, MISOGYNIST VERSION OF ADVENTURE TIME.

"YOU'RE CONFUSED, METALCORE. IT'S ALMOST UPSETTING. TAKE 'ALONE' BY FALLING IN REVERSE. IT'S CLASSIC METALCORE. VERSES ABOUT HOW YOU'RE SHAGGING MY HYPOTHETICAL WIFE, THEN A (BEAUTIFULLY SUNG) CHORUS ABOUT HOW YOU'RE FED UP OF BEING ALONE AND YOU MIGHT NOT MAKE IT HOME AND NO ONE'S ON THE PHONE AND DIAL TONE AND PAYDAY LOAN. JUST F--K OFF.

"SO METALCORE, TO AVOID FUTURE HEARTBREAK AND TO SPARE US ANY MORE METALCORE ALBUMS - STOP BEING SUCH A C-NT.

"YOURS SINCERELY (AND WE ARE ALWAYS SINCERE), NAILS. THE HELL," the letter concludes.

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    thusuntotyrants
    Who is The Hell? Never heard of them
    knægt
    They're some "we're super special awesome hardcore". But they are terrible live.
    SofaKingMatthew
    I HAVE NO IDEA BUT HE IS SO FILLED WITH METAL RAGE HE TYPES TO THE PRESS IN ALL CAPS AND USES ESOTERICALLY CRYPTIC AND OVERLY ORNATE SPEECH TO SHOW HIS BLOOD IS MADE OF VOLCANO LAVA BUT HE CAN ALSO PROBABLY SOLVE A RUBIC'S CUBE IN A REASONABLE TIME FOR A HOBBYIST. HAIL BAPHOMET.
    mykahgump777
    their lyrics are super deep bro, better than that shit metalcore. just watch that video in the article, so beatiful
    bobmarley_fan
    It seems like they should be an extended episode of South Park Everybody dies...They killed Kenny! You Bastards!!!! The kids try to find Kenny's real killer among a group, of terrible, death metal bands.
    dethinatedoom
    At least it isn't mellodramtic, pretentious, acceptance seeking, "what would girls like" horse shit. I mean **** man, at least it IS edgy. Which what heavy metal should be.
    dethinatedoom
    What is metalcore? Garbage. That's the point here.
    Cavalcade
    Ctrl+F says you left more than 20 comments here. Didn't your doctor already tell you to avoid things that raise your blood pressure? Like dumb opinions?
    Metallichemical
    Yeah... He can slam metalcore all he wants, but in my opinion, his band sounds like utter shit!
    dethinatedoom
    Id rather see them live than any boring metalcore band. At least they have balls.
    8StringTerror
    >have balls I didn't know whining about an abstract thing in an open letter because you need publicity qualifies as having balls.
    dethinatedoom
    I don't think you know him or his motivations at all. It may be raw but he's sincere. Metalcore is garbage. His band is raw and it's real. Metalcore bands just want acceptance.
    8StringTerror
    I think there's not much 'real' or 'raw'to this music, not that there's something like 'tr00 metal'anyway. Bashing on the lyrics of metalcore (which I am not a fan of, sorry do disappoint you) and then having uninspired lyrics like "Shit just got real", "You're a ****ing joke" is quite laughable. Using two-stringed instruments might be maybe a bit original, but the amount of musical creativity they are able to pull out of their instruments is just disappointing. All I hear on this particual song is chanting that shit just became real,that chuggy riff and the simple bendy riff the entire time. The. Entire. Time.
    Paul476
    Actually, from the 2 videos I've seen so far I think they're quite balanced musically and did a fairly good job on their instruments, even though I don't think their music should be taken too seriously. The lyrics wouldn't allow it, but I think that's just what they're shooting for.
    Linkerman
    What. The. Hell. Metalcore lyrics usually aren't nothing special, but the lyrics of their song, "Everybody Dies ", are especially bad. Also, judging from that song, their band is pretty mediocre and it didn't gave me any desire to listen to their other songs. I'm not the biggest metalcore fan, but there are a few metalcore bands much more interesting than this band... So this rant comes across as either butthurt, a publicity stunt, or both.
    RedEyeShred
    Completely agree with you there. And there are some fantastic musicians in Metalcore bands. Matt Heafey, Corey Beaulieu, Michael Paget, Synyster gates (though A7X aren't quite metalcore anymore, really), Adam Dutkiewicz, Joel Stroetzel to name a few. Tough I do agree that the lyrics in metalcore aren't usually anything special.
    Shavyi
    Trivium is definitely not metalcore. I see absolutely no similarities between Ascendancy and Sempiternal by Bring Me The Horizon for example.
    legendaryjj10
    Ascendency is a metalcore album. The scene has changed since 2003 but that album was considered a landmark for the genre at the time. Now Trivium has always been a metal band and not a hardcore band, but metalcore is a fusion genre. It can either be metal influenced hard core or core influenced metal (or both). I don't like how the dude basically slagged off the entire gene because of a bad group of bands. I find the majority of metalcore distasteful to my ears but I can recognize that there are artists within with merit still. Having said that there are a number of shitty bands dominating in the scene right now. But that will pass and a new annoying trend will emerge. Metalcore is basically the same as nu metal was. Over saturated with garbage but still containing some good gems.
    dethinatedoom
    Steve Vai, and Malmsteen are all great musicians but are rarely ever write a moving song. Can't think of one really. Just a bunch of wanking. Not to say that all virtuosos lack soul. See Buckethead and Guthrie Govan.
    dethinatedoom
    Dont think about it too hard mate. Metalcore is terrible. Dont really care who says it. The Jonas Brothers could say so and they'd still be right.
    iommi600
    "A TIP FROM THE TOP THOUGH," Wild child here, ladies and gentlemen. Take a bow, mr. "I'm Angry And I Live In My Parents' Basement". You sound like bollocks too, you shithead.
    dethinatedoom
    It still has more emotional power than all of metalcore put together.
    iommi600
    Not something to brag about though, is it? The act of flushing a dead fish down the toilet conveys more emotions than all of metalcore put together.
    BottleOfSmoke
    I just watched the first minute of the video paired with the letter, and while I do really agree with the content of the letter itself, I can confidently say that it's author isn't doing anything more for music fans that the people he's criticizing.
    Alex011
    That's because the author is a persona, think of a less-exaggerated, tough guy approach to Oderus Urungus (RIP).
    dethinatedoom
    forget the video, forget the poster, the message stilll stands and I say we carry it on with us!
    archangels
    "THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DO WANT TO HEAR IT ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN S--T LIKE CRYING AND FLOWERS." This guy can't seriously think it's possible to be metal AND hate flowers, right?
    ivanh1997
    Except Falling In Reverse isn't metalcore in any way. The whole metalcore hatred thing is getting really old. Mainly because the people who bash it haven't the slightest god damn clue what metalcore is. It's the mix of metal (mainly thrash and heavy) with hardcore punk. ACTUAL metalcore is like Earth Crisis, Converge, Terror, All Out War, Disembodied, Merauder. Why so many people are so ignorant about this genre yet constantly bash it just baffling.
    Absurder22
    Actually it's mostly thrash, melo death and groove. Although it could lean towards a post-hardcore side too (the ones most hate). I dunno, most metalheads give props to early metalcore, nobody shits on Converge.
    HitmanJenkins
    That's why a lot of people refer to the early bands like Converge, Botch and Earth Crisis, as well as the bands who continue these sounds as "Metallic Hardcore" nowadays, it just saves the confusion and makes it a hell of a lot easier to find bands like that.
    Dabassandme
    Who was this letter addressed to? Who opened their mailbox one day, found a letter with the name 'Nails' on it, opened it and read the words above? This is a pretty well prepared desperate cry for attention, despite the fact that nobody actually cares. Therefore, you should probably spend more time trying to write decent music rather than letters that nobody cares about, addressed to no one.
    the.cake.is.a.l
    There are more capitals in this one article than David Draiman's twitter.
    svelle
    Two Adventure Time avatars directly below each other, well that's a coincidence. Also, I don't hate Metalcore and this guy is a douche...
    piotr.rudnicki.
    Yeah, there's absolutely NO WAY he has written it to promote his unknown band on sites like this, it's not like it made the front page...
    fugazimats
    I really don't think that was the intention. The Hell are a fairly well known band. This has to be ironic to some extent but because The Hell are kind of metalcore themselves.
    cyclonus
    Got a point with Falling in Reverse. The band in general are just total shite
    dcbellair
    While were on the topic, you know what else is getting old? ...These posts Permission granted to stop listening to genres that you dont like.
    Akkeli
    I was thinking the same. Can't people just ignore music that they don't enjoy?
    Audiophile88
    Why metal-people are always so immature?
    mp8andrade
    Have you listened to his song? It's not even metal, more like a hardcore+djent mess.
    Ondskapet
    People throw the metalcore tag around and mostly use it for bands they dislike, I'm not sure that many people understand what it is. It's Hardcore music with metal influences. Which is pretty much how the band in this article sound. When thinking about metalcore, maybe one should think about the bands that helped pioneer the genre like Killswitch engage and As I Lay dying, not the infinite number of bands trying to imitate them.
    mp8andrade
    Couldn't agree more. I've been listening to bands like KSE, old-school Bullet for My Valentine, old-school All That Remains (Fall of Ideals) and when I listen to these new bands people label metalcore I just feel like everything I know about musical genres is a lie.
    kaiserfrager
    Who The Hell are they?...
    dethinatedoom
    Not corporate enough for you?
    kspoth08
    Damn wrote the same song when I was 14 and my parents would let me go out past 10. Should have recorded it
    Blew1
    Uhh...aren't The Hell... Metalcore!? They're pretty textbook if they're not. I suppose saying a genre you belong is shit is one way of advertising yourself...
    Absurder22
    "IT WOULD BE EASIER TO STOMACH YOUR OVERLY-SENTIMENTAL, GROTESQUE CIRCUS OF HEARTBREAK IF YOU WEREN'T SELLING T-SHIRTS TO PRE-TEENS THAT LOOK LIKE SOME KIND OF SWEARY, MISOGYNIST VERSION OF ADVENTURE TIME" lol
    Sir_Taffey
    Metalcore... Depends because I don't shut myself in with one genre. I have no real problem with it because it's one way of expressing yourself and it's one focus of emotions. That's why the huge spectrum of metal exists today. many opinions, many expressions. So bashing it is pretty arrogant. "Tip from the top", I suppose he knows exactly what he's talking about when the music was pretty generic and the music video the same, with some pretty uninspired lyrics there. If you don't like it then ignore it. That's how things fade out of existence in this industry.
    jacobm3412
    Metalcore as a genre isn't bad. people just hate the oversaturation of generic sounding metalcore bands but I am certain there are bands who take the genre and elevate it to something interesting as its true of every genre (which is ironic because this band is in a similar position. Another band that plays the most generic version of a genre (of which there are thousands of bands already))
    Yohanu
    Honestly, I have yet to hear a single metalcore band that isn't total trash. Either they have been whiny/angsty teenager tragedies, or wannabe-Panteras shitty era (Cowboys and forward). If I've missed something, I'd be delighted to get some "education".
    christian.howel
    If you're looking for lyrical complexity in at least Post-hardcore, I'd suggest La Dispute. Their early stuff has some relationship-based shit but take it a little more maturely than most "OH IM SO LONELY WHINGE" bullshit. Their later albums are much deeper in tone and topic, especially Wildlife. If you just want something musically more complex, I'd say Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, August Burns Red (though they have some religious lyrics so my fellow heathens out there may not enjoy it), Fall of Troy, and some early Dir en grey.
    BottleOfSmoke
    Never heard of this guy, but I'm going to go ahead and agree with everything he said. Even though I wouldn't be so blatant and shouty about it.
    mp8andrade
    He knows not all metalcore bands are like Falling in Reverse, right? As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Trivium (yes, some people consider Trivium metalcore) are actually really good and have good lyrics, not like "Everybody dies, everybody f***ing dies"
    Abacus11
    The all-caps thing is obnoxious. He makes a few good points but Falling In Reverse is hardly "classic metalcore". Are they even a metalcore band at all? The first time I saw a video and hear a song of theirs I thought that they were a joke... and a fairly funny one. When I found out that they're (apparently) a serious band the cringing never ended. I can agree that the genre has been stale for a long time but using FIR as an example of how bad metalcore has become is like saying that punk rock sucks because of Blink 182. They are EXTREMELY late to the party and barely represent the genre (if at all).
    RTurner2886
    Thats exactly the reason i dont listen to metalcore. i could stomach it if the songs had some sort of ulterior meaning, but they just dont. and the worst part about it is, the bands are typically pretty good musicians. I could be a potential fan of the genre, if the content wasnt so whiney and generic. Im sure im gonna get yelled at by a bunch of metalcore fans, but its true. ive tried on multiple occasions to like the genre, and it all just sounds the ****ing same to me. its basically the eighties glam scene, except they wanted to still be edgy or whatnot.
    bornindarknesst
    That's hilarious. They bash bad metalcore while playing bad metalcore. Shit guitar, shit vocals, fake drums, fake attitude, is there anything that this band bashes that they don't do themselves?
    Spyan
    Obviously Hell is trying to get attention through ranting because they couldn't achieve that with their music (most retarded lyrics I've ever heard). But you have to hand it to them, all the emo aspects (the whining, the bullshit lyrics about heartbreak, the clean sung choruses designed to wet 16 year old panties...) of SOME metalcore bands (BMTH anyone?) sure suck and are in complete contradiction with the brutality of the music. That being said, I like metalcore bands more than Hell. Sounds like retarded unimaginative hardcore written by very white frat boys that say "bro" all the time.
    ewolf5150
    back in the day i hated metalcore. it slowly became one of my favorite genres years later. it gets tons of hate but there was a bunch of great music that came from metalcore. its pretty much dead now anyways, so i don't know wtf this nobody is bitching about
    RebukePete
    Why do people not understand what metalcore is? You have to be a hardcore band to be a metallic hardcore band. It's not that difficult to comprehend.
    w77yyz
    Sounds like a publicity stunt to get you to watch their vid. – as they are otherwise obscure nobodies. I guess UG got sucked in. Pass.
    AspieKid1991
    They sound like a crap version of the bands that they're slagging off. Their music is basically metalcore itself. The same riff throughout the entire song. I won't bother even listening to any more of their music, because if this is to go by, it won't be that decent. Some of the worst lyrics that I've ever heard too. I mean it makes 'Seventeen' by Ladytron sound like poetic, lyrical genius. (I'm a LT fan btw).
    Fatewhip
    I don't know why so many people think thats all metal core is... There are really good metal core albums out there... An Ocean Between Us, This Darkened Heart, The Poison... People seem to just focus on the bad metal core. I am here to tell you Its not all bad, people.
    mykahgump777
    to begin with this guy is just looking for publicity. falling in reverse weren't even metalcore to begin with i think, its like whiny punk singing with occasional rapping, either way they suck. some metalcore bands are good
    MaggaraMarine
    Hating a genre is just stupid. There are good and bad bands in every genre. I would say most metal is crap. But there are many really good metal bands too. You just can't base your opinion of a whole genre on one or two artists. And I don't even listen to metalcore. But whatever, the guy who rants is an attention wh0re and an obvious troll. (I mean, who writes in all caps?)
    Yohanu
    Manilla Road doesn't play metalcore, ergo metalcore is shit. So is this guys band though.
    MeritGamer
    These guys might be crap but so is metalcore. It does sell to prepubescent kids and adults who never grew up so in a sense, it sure is a successful genre. Pretty much metal Taylor Swift.
    steffens64
    falling in reverse ''classic metalcore'', you ignorant ****, just go and die like everyone else, ****ing dumbass, meaningless lyrics, awful guitars, awful screams, awful band.
    dethinatedoom
    Metalcore is superficial and bland.
    SkepsisMetal
    yes. converge, the dillinger escape plan, coalesce, misery signals, liferuiner, rites of spring. all superficial. all bland. they have nothing on the majesty of heavy metal today. they can't hold a candle to the likes of five finger death punch, bring me the horizon, the sword, dragonforce...the epitome of deep heavy metal. trv br00tz \m/
    dethinatedoom
    all of those band are awful. i saw converge live along with mastadon, dethklok and high on fire. And they were just noise.