MILLION MAN wrote:
Metal fans, however, will be fans FOREVER… so long as you keep on giving them that thing they like. They will buy your records, see your concerts, buy your merch, write long-winded reviews of everything you do. They will PROSELYTIZE for you. If you want anything resembling a long term career, these are the people (okay, guys mostly) you need to court.
E.g. me. I'm seeing Iron Maiden this summer. This is a band I discovered when I was 10. And Iron Maiden, minus a few disastrous missteps (which the band openly acknowledges were missteps), has stayed pretty true to what they were doing on those first three records. Same goes for Priest... they'll be touring as long as they're physically able to. But they probably won't be doing much material off Turbo.
So yeah, it’s nice to see more boobs and less beards and your shows. But you’re seeing them en route to the cut out bin and State Fair circuit.
Well put, sir.
You guys gotta be kiddin'. Metal fans are some of the most fickle, whiny, picky, close minded haters any musician has to put up with. They've got 10,000 dumb little rules you've got to follow (while still posturing as a "rebel" even) and they throw a bitchy little internet fit over whatever you do. Every goddamn one of the artists mentioned in this thread puts out every record they make to choruses of "they sold out"; "I haven't liked anything since the first album"; "the songs sounded good live but the production sucks"; "I don't like the new direction"; "OMG! They CUT THEIR HAIR!"; "I hated the last record even though every else loved it"; and other similar complaints. Every one of them has endured long dry spells in their popularity with fans bitchin' left and right about every damn new idea they have on one hand and about how their new album is just more of the same only not as good on the other. Every one. High On Fire's fans are loyal? Have you read this site?
This new song doesn't sound "pop" to me at all. It sounds "rock'n' roll" rather than "metal" I guess, but that just isn't a bad thing in my book. A whole record that sounds Neil Young & Crazy Horse-ish and a whole record of stylistic expansion sounds fuckin' cool to me. Frankly, from the perspective of my job at the record store, this sounds to me like a much harder sell then a record with them just bringin' the heavy,