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MASTODON's Brent Hinds: Who In Their Right Mind Thinks JUDAS PRIEST Sound Like A Metal Band?

Uhh…everyone?

Uhh…everyone?

Mastodon's Brent Hinds has a weird love/hate relationship with the heavy metal genre. In 2015, he controversially stated "I never really liked heavy metal in the first place [..] I’ve been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I fucking hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band." This led to a bit of backlash from the band's fanbase.

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In an interview earlier this year, Hinds said that his quote was taken out of context, stating "said 'I fucking hate most heavy metal,' is what I said. I don't like a lot of it. There's a lot of cookie-cutter bullshit out there, in my opinion, and I don't like it. So I was just being honest. And they just took the 'a lot' out and just put 'Brent Hinds hates metal…'"

On a recent appearance on The Jasta Show, Hinds doubled-down on his statement and decided to rope Judas Priest into it:

"I don't. I don't really [like metal]. [I grew up listening to Judas Priest, but] Judas Priest is not metal, people, it's rock 'n' motherfuckin' roll! Who in their right mind that has a brain in their head thinks that Judas Priest sounds like a metal band?"

When Jasta pointed to the legendary Priest album Painkiller, Hinds responded:

"To me, that's just hard rock 'n' roll. I'm not buying into that. I heard all Judas Priest songs, I went on tour with them, I know them all personally, they're amazing people.

"They truly think they're metal gods, like Rob Halford's like, 'I'm a metal god.' That's weird to say, but whatever. [Chuckles] Like, just don't say it, it just makes you sound weird when you say it."

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All of this begs the question – if Hinds doesn't consider Judas Priest metal, then what exactly does he consider metal? Is he talking about deathcore? Metalcore? What exactly does he not like?

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