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Code Orange Say The Metal Scene Needs To Be More ‘Forward-Thinking’ If It’s To Compete With Other Genres


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Code Orange have shared their belief that metal needs to be more ‘forward-thinking’ if it is to once again thrive at a higher level. While the genre has always maintained a loyal following, it’s commercial viability has eroded in recent years, having been outpaced significantly by the likes of hip hop and pop. Guitarist Reba Meyers told Metal Hammer of what she feels is part of the problem:

“I love metal, but there needs to be more forward-thinking. It’s expected to be the most forward-thinking genre, but right now I think it’s falling behind some other genres. You look at a metal festival lineup and the headliners are all just bands from the 90s. If you look at festivals like Coachella, the headliners are modern acts.

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The festival runners who maybe say, ‘Oh they don’t have a following enough,’ it’s not just up to them – it’s up to the entire industry. Whenever you push these bands as ‘small’ they’re going to be looked at as ‘small,’. A lot of that is up to perception.”

Vocalist, etc. Jami Morgan added:

“Metal has this amazing, loyal fan base and amazing bands that have paved the way or are still groundbreaking. But, are any of the new bands some of the biggest bands? No. In rap, or any other kinds of music, are the newest people the biggest? 100% That’s the problem.”

You can find the full feature on Code Orange in the latest issue of ‘Metal Hammer.

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