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!"

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