Mastodon's Brent Hinds: 'I F--ing Hate Heavy Metal'

Brent Hinds of Mastodon
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Brent Hinds of Mastodon performs at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on May 19, 2015 in New York City. 

He's not too big on talking to the press, either.

If you listened to last year's Once More 'Round the Sun, you know Mastodon isn't as metal as it once was. That's not to say it was a bad album (it wasn't!) but its big choruses and slick production announced Leviathan was pretty far in the rear view mirror. 

In a June 22 interview with Guitar Player, Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds came clean about his attitude towards metal, and didn't mince words. Maybe this explains the band's recent trajectory: 

I never really liked heavy metal in the first place. I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, Mastodon drummer] and Bill [Kelliher], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I've been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I f**king hate heavy metal, and I don't want to be in a heavy metal band.

For a guy who hates metal, Hinds has sure gotten a lot of mileage out of playing heavy guitar music without losing his band. Once More 'Round the Sun wasn't brutally heavy, but it certainly wasn't surf rock. If he ever goes and starts a chillwave side project, though, we'll know not to be surprised. 

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He also admitted he hates doing interviews and would rather just play the guitar and not talk to people about it: "I have to talk about things I've talked about over and over and over and over again." 

Well Brent, after this line about heavy metal, we've got bad news for you… 


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