Machine Head’s Robb Flynn recently discussed the current state of metal music and his love for “stark pop” with Metal Hammer. When asked about the overall well being of metal in 2014 Flynn he said “it all goes in cycles.” According to Flynn “We kind of had a little bit of a peak in the mid-2000s – there was a lot of cool new stuff and right now it’s starting to get a little kinda samey.” In his interview, the singer/guitarist explains:
“I don’t… You know, I don’t really keep up on the state of metal enough to really be… you know, a commentator about it. I mean, I think that there’s always gonna be good stuff coming out, and I think that there’s always gonna be loads of crap coming out. I just try to keep my ear to the street and listen for new stuff that is exciting to me. And that goes for all music, because I don’t just listen to metal; I listen to hardcore, I listen to hip-hop, I listen to melodic, Coldplay-type shit — and so, for me, it’s just listening to music.” After this Flynn clarifies his interest in stark pop stating “What is it about Coldplay that I like? You know, I haven’t heard any of their latest stuff, but the first two records, I really like those first two records. Just like, probably for the same reason that I like The Cure and just depressing, stark pop shit. Something about that’s always… I’ve always been drawn to that, for some reason.”
It’s pretty understandable why he might be a little depressed, in that the band was forced to postpone their tour so they could continue to work on their forthcoming Bloodstone & Diamonds. It’s still due out on November 10th, but it seems like it’ll come right down to the wire.