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The Hell apologize for old misogynist lyrics, call out Emmure and Attila

Posted by on June 23, 2015

The Hell have penned a rather introspective open letter, this time regarding their own lyrical content from their 2013 album, You’re Listening To THE HELL. In this latest message, the band, “collectively apologise for being misguided fucking cretins.”

From the band’s Facebook:

“AT THE TIME THE BAND WAS A COLLABORATIVE STUDIO PROJECT BASED IN WATFORD AND WAS CONTRIBUTED TO BY ALL SORTS OF FUCKING IDIOTS. EITHER WAY, WHEN I JOINED THE BAND PROPERLY LATER IN 2013 FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF THE ALBUM I BECAME AWARE OF WHAT SOME OF THE COOKIE MONSTER LYRICS WERE AND HAVE NEVER PERFORMED THEM AS RECORDED.

I’M SURE I CAN SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE OTHER VOCALISTS ON THE TRACK WHEN I SAY THAT THEY DIDN’T INTEND ANY MALICE AND THAT THE SONG IS ENTIRELY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK, BUT THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT ALRIGHT.”

It wouldn’t be a proper open letter from The Hell if they didn’t take a swipe at some other bands, and Nails doesn’t disappoint:

“I HATE ALL THE FUCKING EMMURES, THE ATTILAS, EVERY SLIMY FUCKING PRICK IN A BAND THAT STANDS ON A STAGE AND BEHAVES IN A WAY THAT PROMOTES INEQUALITY AND BULLSHIT ATTITUDES.”

The Hell took on metalcore last summer, calling out bands that are, “SELLING T-SHIRTS TO PRE-TEENS THAT LOOK LIKE SOME KIND OF SWEARY, MISOGYNIST VERSION OF ADVENTURE TIME,” and taking a jab at Falling in Reverse in the process.

The Hell released Groovehammer last year on Prosthetic Records, shortly after “kidnapping” label owner E.J. Johantgen.

Full open letter from The Hell:

I RECENTLY GOT ASKED TO RESPOND TO THE ALLEGATIONS THAT THE HELL WERE A MISOGYNIST BAND. HERE IS MY RESPONSE.

I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE WOULD THINK WE WERE A MISOGYNIST BAND, BECAUSE OUR FIRST ALBUM CONTAINS THE WOMAN-HATING BARNSTORMER “THESE BUTTERS BITCHES”.

AT THE TIME THE BAND WAS A COLLABORATIVE STUDIO PROJECT BASED IN WATFORD AND WAS CONTRIBUTED TO BY ALL SORTS OF FUCKING IDIOTS. EITHER WAY, WHEN I JOINED THE BAND PROPERLY LATER IN 2013 FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF THE ALBUM I BECAME AWARE OF WHAT SOME OF THE COOKIE MONSTER LYRICS WERE AND HAVE NEVER PERFORMED THEM AS RECORDED.

I’M SURE I CAN SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE OTHER VOCALISTS ON THE TRACK WHEN I SAY THAT THEY DIDN’T INTEND ANY MALICE AND THAT THE SONG IS ENTIRELY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK, BUT THAT DOESN’T MAKE IT ALRIGHT.
EVERY INTERVIEWER THAT BRINGS UP THE QUESTION GETS THE SAME “AH IT’S LIKE HOLDING A MIRROR TO THE MISOGYNY IN THE METALCORE SCENE” ANSWER AND I FEEL THAT’S JUST A TOTAL FUCKING COP-OUT, BECAUSE IT’S JUST COMPLETE BULLSHIT TO COVER OUR BACKS. WHY BOTHER? IT’S A SHITTY FUCKING SENTIMENT THAT IS IN NO WAY REPRESENTATIVE OF US AS A BAND NOW, AND WE COLLECTIVELY APOLOGISE FOR BEING MISGUIDED FUCKING CRETINS.

I HATE ALL THE FUCKING EMMURES, THE ATTILAS, EVERY SLIMY FUCKING PRICK IN A BAND THAT STANDS ON A STAGE AND BEHAVES IN A WAY THAT PROMOTES INEQUALITY AND BULLSHIT ATTITUDES.

I CAN’T REALISTICALLY STAND HERE AND TELL THEM TO TAKE THEIR FUCKING BOLLOCKS AND STUFF IT UP THEIR ARSE IF I’M NOT PREPARED TO DO THE SAME THING MYSELF.

THANKS FOR READING THIS. DON’T BE A FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT.
YOU CAN FUCK BACK OFF NOW.
NAIL$

(via Absolute Punk)

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