Opprobrium have issued the below public statement speaking out against the cease and desist that was sent to Metallica regarding perceived similarities between Opprobrium‘s track “Hunger For Power” and Metallica‘s “Moth Into Flame“. The band have made clear that they had no hand in the matter, with the cease and desist originating from Brutal Records‘ Michael Howard, who released the Opprobrium album in question (when the band were known as Incubus) and executive produced the effort. In the below statement, the band also dispute Howard‘s rights to their song.
“ATTENTION, ATTENTION to all Metal Magazines around the world and all our fans. It’s been circulating that supposedly an “individual” is claiming that Metallica copied one of our songs called ” Hunger For Power” and that this individual supposedly sent a “Cease and Desist” to Metallica.
To all OPPROBRIUM fans and Metallica Fans , we OPPROBRIUM would never send a “Cease and Desist” to Metallica. We OPPROBRIUM have nothing to do with this. We love Metallica and we are fans of Metallica ourselves.
We do not know the reason why this news is spreading. WE LOVE METALLICA and are Fans of Metallica and would never do such a thing against Metallica.
This individual is claiming that he holds the rights to one of our song ” Hunger For Power“, and it’s NOT TRUE. We Opprobrium hold ALL the rights to all our songs.
This individual is spreading lies behind our backs. We OPPROBRIUM are surprise concerning this, and are very sad.
WE OPPROBRIUM LOVE METALLICA AND WOULD NEVER DO SUCH A THING TO METALLICA.
OPPROBRIUM does not support this individual nor are we responsible for the actions taken by this “individual”.
We OPPROBRIUM are on the side of Metallica and NOT on the side of this individual that is spreading this LIE…
Thanks to all OPPROBRIUM and METALLICA fans, and please keep in mind that this individual is doing this on his own and we (OPPROBRIUM) have NOTHING to do with this. This is a very sad day for our band.”