Robb Flynn takes to Machine Head’s Facebook page to criticize Avenged Sevenfold’s latest chart topping release
Here at The Monolith, we don’t often publicize or draw attention to ongoing drama or feuds between bands, because it can be quite petty and ugly business. At the same time though, we do try and offer a slightly alternative perspective to some stories that are doing the rounds at the moment. Robb Flynn, the often outspoken frontman of Machine Head has taken to the band’s Facebook page to level criticism at Avenged Sevenfold‘s new chart topping album, Hail To The King. In his rant, he makes many jokes about the derivative nature of the album and refers to it as a “covers album”. Here’s the full extent of what he had to say:
Congratulations to Avenged Sevenfold on their latest “covers album” coming in at #1, who knew that re-recording Metallica, Guns N Roses, and Megadeth songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!
I’m on fire!!
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Avenged came in at #1 in multiple countries throughout the world. I’m happy for them. Good band. And while I like the new record, and really dug the last record “Nightmare”, hopefully we’re all coming down from our post-orgasmic #1-album-bliss, because it’s time to call a spade a spade!! It’s time to poke a little fun at A7X, cause there’s some blatant jackery goin’ on there wiggas!!
So here are my top 10 jokes about the new Avenged Sevenfold record:
10) Avenged Sevenfold – “Now with even MORE Metallica”
9) Avenged Sevenfold to change name to “Sad But Two”
Number of “spurting penises” drawn on Avenged logos suddenly skyrockets
7) Eyeliner sales skyrocket as thousands of heartbroken goth girls realize “Hail To The King” is actually “that ugly AC/DC bands song ‘Thunderstruck’”
6) After hearing “Heretic”, Dave Mustaine flips out, blames Obama, Metallica and UFO’s for the A7X stealing “Symphony Of Destruction”.
5) After seeing how much success the band Bush had stealing other band names for song titles, A7X decided to steal “In Flames” for latest chorus. Future chorus lyrics include “Tr-vi-um” and “Kill-switch En-gage”
4) Upon hearing latest album, Lars Ulrich goes all gangsta, breaks bottle of Dom Perignon on M. Shadows head, while his 11ft girlfriend put Shadows in headlock, as he screams in Shadows face, “You’re gonna rip off St. Anger next right, HUH? You’re gonna rip off St Anger NEXT RIGHT? HUH, HUH, HUH!!”
3) “Black album” sales skyrocket as fans realise where new songs came from.
2) After hearing Avenged’s Guns N Roses cover “Doing Time”, Axl actually calls Slash, says, “Dude, What The Fuck?!”
1) And the #1 joke about the new Avenged Sevenfold album: Avenged Sevenfold release statement that they’re NOT ripping off Metallica, announce side project with Lou Reed.
Well, that’s a pretty considerable rant right there, and while some of it is a little funny, and perhaps even slightly clever, it seems a little bit peculiar. See, there are certain people out there who seem to think that musicians shouldn’t be allowed opinions of their own, at least ones that they don’t agree with – which means that in this modern world of social media overload it can become quite troublesome for a band to share their honest opinions. More often than not, bands rely on canned promotional statements or use their pages for generic delivery of content (i.e. “here’s our new video!”), over honest expressions.
Now, even though Flynn is really unloading on Avenged Sevenfold here, it’s actually in service of advertising his own blog, that are full of similar rants. That’s all well and good, but what exactly is this in service of? Other than stroking his own ego? Advertising revenue?
Plus, attacking another band that are higher up in the industry is a good way to get attention from various other websites, and let’s face it, Avenged Sevenfold’s 4 million plus fanbase. But surely, it’s only going to generate their ire, and not the same potential that say, a tour with Avenged Sevenfold would? A rant like this is likely to remove that from the realm of possibility. Perhaps Machine Head reached out for a tour with the band and were rejected, prompting Flynn to share “what he really thinks”. I mean, let’s be serious here, every musician has a negative opinion about other people’s bands, but most tend to keep it relatively quiet.
What I’m getting at here, is that while this is all really entertaining, it’s a direct appeal to that very human aspect in all of our brains that likes to shit over everything. Machine Head are hardly a band beyond reproach, and regardless of your opinion of Avenged Sevenfold (no matter how true his statement may be), it seems pretty callous to trash their latest album in service of trying to get more memberships to the Machine Head fansite.