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‘Metal Is Not Safe; It’s Nonconformist’

Howie D. from Hard Edge Radio and National Rock Review recently conducted an interview with HELLYEAH and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray.

On what he would still like to accomplish with HELLYEAH:

“I just wanna fucking… I wanna do my thing, and I wanna fucking… I wanna continue this legacy that I’m talking about that’s been going on for so long. It’s really fucking important to me. There’s a lot of shit out there and a lot of things out there that are trying to dumb music down. And it’s frustrating as an artist, it’s frustrating as a metal kid, it’s frustrating as a metal fan. You know what I mean? I think people have intentions and I don’t think that the business people’s intentions are the best. They certainly don’t support the listener as much. The business and the fast-food world is fucking dumbing music down, and it’s fucking sad, and people need to stand up and kind of reel themselves in. I know I have. But I’m a fan of buying records, I’m a fan of whole albums, I’m a fan of bodies of work. A single is just one single. It’s like looking at a puzzle, and the puzzle is made up of ten or eleven pieces, or twelve pieces, and you’re trying to look at the picture that the puzzle creates by looking at one piece. It’s not the way music is supposed to be listened to. It’s certainly not the way metal music has been made to listen to. Metal music is not easy. It moves and it flows and it ebbs and fucking… If you look at a landscape painting, it’s, like, ‘Ah, that’s easy’ and shit. You look at a Jackson Pollock [painting], and it’s, like, ‘What the fuck?’ You’ve gotta wrap your head around it a little bit. That fucking vanilla music that’s just completely safe, that’s not metal. You know what I mean? And that’s what I love about metal: metal is not safe; it’s nonconformist. And that’s why I think… My goal right now is to just remind metal kids: don’t just follow suit. Stay on your path and continue to fucking support heavy metal — however that is. You know what I mean? Don’t let people dumb it down to where it doesn’t mean anything.”

(Read more at Blabbermouth)

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