Metallica frontman James Hetfield has declared the metal industry to be overcrowded with lack luster bands that don’t deserve their acclaim.
Speaking with Artisan News, Hetfield agreed that the internet is part of the reason for the influx of average metal bands in recent times, but added that there is a natural order, which separates the good metal bands from the bad: “There are too many bands out there and some have to die off so the strong survive,” he stated.
When asked if he thought rock music is dead, Hetfield replied: “It dying and popularity are two different things. If it’s not popular fine, I kind of like it that way.”
He elaborated: “I love being the underdog. I love being the things that’s not liked. I love to build it up again, that’s part of the mission for me.”
Former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash and renowned shock rocker Marilyn Manson also spoke about the current state of rock. Check it out in the video below.