During a recent interview with Artisan News, singer Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES spoke about the cattiness in the hard rock and heavy metal scene and musicians' propensity for talking trash against other bands.
"There is nothing more, I guess, cannibalistic than the metal or the hard rock scene, it seems," Andy said (see video below). "And people wonder why we aren't selling millions of records and why we're not at the top of pop and everything. It's because, in my estimation, we have eaten ourselves alive for the last twenty years. The genre itself, the feeling of, 'If something gets successful, let's bash it.' Or in the case of AVENGED SEVENFOLD, how ridiculous is it that one of our own got a Number One record and is doing all this wonderful stuff and everyone feels the need to say something negative to them. It's a real testament to where the dark side, in my estimation, of the metal community, or the hard rock community, where people don't want success for the things that they don't necessarily love."
He continued: "And also, it's really commonplace for metal fans to not give new bands a chance. Just it is. The 'black' album [by METALLICA] still sells more copies… I'm not saying it's not an amazing album, but the 'black' album still sells more copies than any record that is put out every single week than any new band. And it's not to say that any new bands put out a record that's as good as the 'black' album, but I don't think people are even really ready to give it a chance."
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn recently called AVENGED SEVENFOLD's new "Hail To The King" CD a "covers album." Flynn specifically called AVENGED SEVENFOLD out for songs like "This Means War", which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA's "Sad But True", along with others.
In 2011, ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte was criticized after he called Biersack a "f****t" in a Facebook post. He later defended himself via social media, saying he backed gay rights 100 percent, and that in "six months, no one will remember this."
During his acceptance speech at this year's Revolver Golden Gods, Biersack called out people in the audience who were booing his band.
After BLACK VEIL BRIDES was honored with the "Song Of The Year" award for the band's "In The End" track, Biersack went into full-rant mode, flipping the audience off and throwing the f-bombs all over the place.
"Here's the thing — you motherfuckers should have voted for somebody because BLACK VEIL BRIDES won three years in a row," Biersack shouted. He then called out individual members of the audience, saying: "I know that you fat motherfucker and you right there, you hate us, but I'm holding a heavy-as-shit award so fuck with me right now motherfuckers!"
He added: "Here's the thing — BLACK VEIL BRIDES have a song on the radio, you have a fucking fat ass, fuck me, come on! I don't care about what any of you fat bearded motherfuckers say, BLACK VEIL BRIDES won the 'Best Song Of The Year', 'In The End'. This one goes out to Urban Flanders. Fuck you!"