Before I begin saying everything I feel like saying, I want to explain why I am doing this. Ben Bruce and Danny Worsnop did an interview with Radio.com where they talk about various things, none of which were good to hear. One particular thing that doesn't make sense to me, is to hear Ben say that 90's grunge music killed metal music. Please click here to watch the interview, and then return here. If you do not do so, you might be slightly confused about everything I am about to say.
This interview made me stop and think a bit. It did not make me stop and think that they were right though. I do not think they are right in the slightest, in fact, I feel like they have no room to talk. I am a fan of Asking Alexandria, but I do not think they have room to talk. They appear to live the stereotypical rockstar lifestyle. We all know the kind. Its the kind where you're partying all night, sleeping with random strangers multiple times a night, drinking heavily and doing drugs. Follow all this up with passing out, and sleeping the day away until its show time, and then you do it all over again. This is the life AA has always claimed to live, and yes, they do appear to be living such a life. That is no reason to brag, nor is that a reason to say things such as "Nirvana killed metal." They did not say that in those exact words, but it was fully implied by Mr. Ben Bruce himself.
My immediate though when Ben said that was, "How can one genre totally kill another?" Especially something as different as grunge verse 'heavy metal'. There's a very bold line between the two genres, so how can they be compared? Genres can evolve and fade out, but I fail to see how one that is no where near similar to another can kill another. I've seen a quote that says, "Punk's not dead, it just went pop." That phrase makes sense to me, because "pop punk" is a form of punk, its just simply very upbeat and "poppy". Some like it, some don't. That does not mean though that someone is going to go, "Aw man, I can't be in a punk band! Punk's dead, man." If someone wants to make music in a certain genre, they can do it.
Things just change, that's all. Consider the fact that Elvis Presley is considered to be the "King Of Rock N Roll." I personally do not consider him to be 'rock and roll' at all. I don't quite know what I'd call him, but when I hear Rock N Roll, I do not picture Elvis Presley styles. I think of Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Seether, ect. That being said, as much as I love music, I am horrible at naming genres. I like what I like, and that's honestly what matters to me. Its what matters to most, honestly.
This whole thing has me really wondering. About music in general, and what in the hell Danny and Ben were thinking when they decided to say all they did in that interview. I have already heard some people say that they have lost some respect for them over this, and questioned if Ben was drinking vodka in his water bottle. Given, this was on the heels of me questioning if they were intoxicated in any way while they gave this interview, but still, it was something to consider.
I am not questioning my respect for them, however, I am questioning their respect for the business they're in. To say Nirvana killed a genre they weren't even part of, and then to say Metallica is shit. Its not only setting them up for a lot of malevolence, but it might cost them some fans as well.
Danny and Ben made a big mistake saying all they did in that interview.
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