Published Apr 24, 2009What's that axiom about it being better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're a fool than open it and remove all doubt?
It would seem as if Underoath guitarist Tim McTague hasn't heard it but he's about to. In a case of "the pot calling the kettle black," the Tampa, FL metalcore dude - whose band happen to be Grammy-nominated - has decided to attack what he feels is a lesser act, artistically.
As far as Exclaim! is concerned, while McTague's words are amusing, they seem somewhat unwarranted. He recently vented his opinion about punk/glam metal outfit Avenged Sevenfold to Metalhammer Magazine.
"What's popular, to a degree, is what pushed me to find something that isn't popular for Underoath," he states. "Chiodos or Escape The Fate, who do kind of the same thing - screaming and singing and whatever - do it their way, so we're like, 'let's do it completely the opposite' because we don't want to be associated with them. People might associate us with Avenged Sevenfold because they're pissed Republicans and 'so metal' but they're a gimmick, they're a circus. They can't play and they can't write a song. What's worse is the way they look."
It gets better. Here's the real foot-in-mouth part.
"If you need to have make-up and crappy names like Synyster Gates to sell records, then you shouldn't be here. That's not rock'n'roll to me. Arena rock maybe, but not real rock'n'roll. If you're basing yourself on how cool you are or how many girls you can trick into thinking your band is cool you can just... take that home."
Going by McTague's rationale, Venom (Cronos, Mantas and Abbadon) aren't rock'n'roll. Not as much as his band's last effort, 2008's Lost In The Sound Of Separation, at least.
We're hoping this is some stupid start-a-war publicity stunt. If not, it's pretty sad. If it is, well, aren't we suckers for diving right in?
Make your call: