There is no doubt that thrash metal titans Slayer have influenced most metal bands in some way, shape or form since their debut in 1981, with fast-paced classics such as War Ensemble, Die By The Sword and of course, the mecca of thrash metal songs, Angel Of Death. But have any metal bands after Slayer’s prime influenced Tom Araya over the years? Probably. I mean, Slayer did try to keep up with the late ’90s and head in a groovy nu-metal direction with the atrocious Diabulous in Musica. But, in a recent interview with Noisey, the 54-year-old mentioned one genre that he has never been impressed by: GRINDCORE!
Grindcore – a genre which has existed since the late ’80s – has definitely taken a strong influence from thrash, death metal, hardcore-punk, and Jim Carrey. But when Araya was asked if he thinks metal would ever be accepted by mainstream society, he talks about this new form of metal that’s more acceptable and produced well.
Hey, wait a minute … Grindcore isn’t new, nor is it produced well, and it certainly isn’t acceptable in the mainstream. What could he be talking about?
“Yeah, the new metal that’s out there, grindcore I guess it’s called? They have these crazy names that are little sentences—Pierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, they all have names like that—and I’ve noticed that it skipped us. Because this new metal has found its way into mainstream, it’s more acceptable, as opposed to what we do and what we’ve done, because it’s played on the radio.”
Oh, okay then. I guess Pierce the Veil and Asking Alexandria being in the same group as Napalm Death and Carcass is news to everyone. Boy, is that genre ever-evolving unlike thrash metal!
Hey, wait, I’m Thrash Holly, I shouldn’t be making fun of the genre I represent. D’oh! Continue on …
Does Tom Araya think that this new thing known as “grindcore” is stealing the thunder from Slayer? Apparently not.
“Well, no. [Laughs] They haven’t stolen any thunder, believe me. They’d like to think they have, but they’re not doing anything that impressive to me. There hasn’t been a band, any new bands where I’ve gone ‘Woah, what is this? This is fucking amazing!'”
Interesting! So the frontman of one of the biggest bands in metal couldn’t give a crap about new bands. I wonder where he discovers this “grindcore” stuff from though. Surely it’d be while he’s on the road?
“I’m familiar with them because my kids listen to the music. My daughter, she’s up to the latest trend, the latest things in music. She says “What do you think?” “Eh, it’s good. Produced well. What’s the rest of the record sound like?” “I don’t know,” she’ll say. Well, you gotta listen to the rest of the record! You can’t just listen to one or two songs. To me, it’s about the album. If a band has any true worth, they have to have a great album. Every song on the album has to be like, ‘Wow, dude, this is really good.’ You don’t get that a lot of that now.”
Tom Araya’s daughter listens to grindcore? What a nerd! But I will give Araya credit there; music should be about the album. Kids, if you really, really like a song you hear by a band, go and check out their album(s), because there’s probably better songs on it.
So, Tom Araya isn’t impressed by grindcore, but the Hardcore Champion also isn’t impressed by a certain sound. Cause for years, I was wondering why I never really liked Kerry King’s solos, I didn’t know what to compare it to, but I knew they sounded horrible. Then this happened.
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