As many of you have witnessed, the metal community is full of bitchy, whiny mouth breathers. I stated my feelings last year, but now the guitarist/writer for Rings of Saturn now comes out with his own thoughts and feelings on the community.
Over the past month while I was on tour with Suffocation, I received an influx of messages over Facebook, Youtube, etc. full of questions about why I cut my hair and why I changed my attire. A decent amount of these messages (not surprisingly) were filled with hate and/or silly things along the lines of “I have seriously lost respect for you, why would you cut your hair, did you cut your hair because you are getting married, you are not metal anymore, Rings of Saturn sucks now, kill yourself blah blah blah.” As you can imagine… I don’t give a fuck about these messages, and actually think the whole thing is quite hilarious, and I am going to tell you why…Simply put, and in my own personal opinion from experience, the metal community has diminished GREATLY from what it once was when I was growing up. When I was first getting into metal… Deathcore, djent, and many other subgenera did not even exist. Granted, there were some categorizations of metal, but everyone was pretty united on the fact that hey, “You listen to metal, I listen to metal, hell yeah, lets listen together and jam out \m/” kind of mentality. Now a days in the metal community… Everyone labels everything and everyone judges everyone. On top of that, metal blog spots, websites, and nearly any place that has a comment section, is littered with trolls and metal purists who ridicule everyone who doesn’t have the same musical taste or perspective as they do. Even bigger pages like The Summer Slaughter Tour page are having issues with the considerable amount of this hateful behavior going on in their threads, and have released some similar rants as well about it recently and in the past…
The metal community was and is supposed to be about passion and acceptance. It has strayed so far from that in such a short amount of time that it is actually quite disturbing to me since Metal is such a huge part of my life.
With the metal community loosing it’s sight, and becoming a more negative place to be every day, I made the decision a while ago that I don’t want to associate my looks with it at all anymore. I am a musician, and a guitarist, and that is it. I am happy I cut my hair, I don’t want to wear metal shirts anymore, I am moving past it. And honestly, how I look isn’t even relevant, which is why I mentioned that I found the whole thing hilarious. What IS relevant though is what is happening to the metal community, which is why I made this post in the first place. Feel free to check out some great related videos that go more in depth on this topic below…
by CountBlagorath (Official)
entitled: I’m Ashamed to Call Myself A Metalhead
Also, be sure to check out this article,
entitled: “Why your local arts scene is dying.”
As far as Rings of Saturn goes, If I quit, the band ends since I write/compose 85% of it give or take… So I am not quitting, and we will release more new music in the future and continue touring, so you don’t have to worry about that. I am however going to be working on some solo projects and side projects in other genres away from metal in the meantime, so stay tuned for that as well.
For those of you who care about metal like I do, just focus on making the metal community a better place for everyone guys, old and new metalheads alike. Be passionate, be accepting, and stay metal \m/
Incredibly truthful spoken (written) words from a man fed up with the negative vibes coming from every direction. For a bunch of people who bitch about being judged for their looks in society and trying to make a stand for what they believe in, they sure act like hypocrites and judge others as soon as a change has been made. Making personal attacks and ignorant statements, only bring the community down as a whole.
Get your shit together.