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Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li: 'I thought metalcore was going to die years ago. It's 2017..."

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:37 AM PT


In a recent interview with Nocturne magazine, Dragonforce guitar player Herman Li was asked if bands need "a gimmick" in order to stand out. In his response, Li ponders the existence of metalcore in 2017:

"Yeah, or you can say that it's the 'X' factor. Some bands just have it, and others don't. And, to be honest, I don't listen to Ghost, but I get it. I never listened to stuff like Slipknot, and when we did the tour with them, I thought, 'Okay, I get it.' Disturbed and all these bands I have no interest for. But when you see them live, you think, 'I get it why people like this.' That's what's setting all these people apart. Even me not liking the band, I still paid attention to that. But you can't simply create that thing, it has to come together. You can consciously think about it but it either comes or it doesn't.

"To be honest, I think that it's great that some bands set themselves apart because I'm sick of all these bands trying to sound the same. [Imitates growling] I mean I thought metalcore was going to die years ago. It's 2017 and people are still coming out playing the same thing. Fuck. I can understand that it's cool. It's kind of a scene, and you go out and have a good time. But, musically, they are not challenging themselves because maybe they haven't grown into it yet. Some bands like Bring Me The Horizon, I never liked their music, but I can see they are challenging themselves and grown to another level. But some bands just keep doing the same thing. They're not doing their own style, they keep doing a style that everyone else is doing. That's fair, it takes the time to grow but it has to be organic, so I'm contradicting myself. [Laughs] How can people grow if it's not organic, that's what they want to play and that's how it is? So don't listen to me."

[via Blabbermouth]