Too Heavy To Hug #665

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Too Heavy To Hug #665

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The most amusing metal news recently has to do with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington losing his shit about people calling the band sell outs because apparently two new singles from their to be released album have been described as “adult contemporary”, which to me, means sounds like Celine Dion or KD Lang, I dunno, I haven’t listened to them.

Bennington said to Kerrang Radio “…if you’re gonna be the person who says, like, ‘They made a marketing decision to make this kind of record to make money,’ you can fucking meet me outside and I will punch you in your fucking mouth.”

What’s brilliant about this is Chester has channelled that “cash me ousside how bow dah (you know what I mean)” girl and literally threatened anyone who calls them sell outs. I’m kinda torn about this because I respect Chester’s don’t give a fuck attitude, but I don’t really care for Chester or Linkin Park at all. I think if more metal musicians had Chester’s attitude then the metal world would be a better place. Slayer, for one, should definitely have adopted this attitude when their snowflake fans had tantrums about that Trump insta pic Tom Araya published as a joke.

Hey Chester, listen up: Linkin Park has actively sold out. Linkin Park sold out when they released that god awful Hybrid Theory and has sold out with every subsequent album release since. Follow me on Twitter and we’ll catch up next time you’re in the area.

On a serious and sad note, RIP Chris Cornell. You have been an inspiration to so many musicians that without you’re music genius, heavy metal would not be the way it is now.

In other news

Sikth will release their new album The Future In Whose Eyes? on Friday June 2.

Fleshgod Apocalypse with special guests Hybrid Nightmares, Earth Rot and Hollow World will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday June 3.

Anathema will release their new album The Optimist on Friday June 9.

Frankenbok with special guests Dreadnaught and Superheist will play Melbourne’s Croxton Bandroom on Friday June 16.

Arcadea will release their self titled debut album on Friday June 16.

Entrails will release their new album World Enferno on Friday June 16.

Igorrr will release their new album Savage Sinusoid on Friday June 16.

Dragonforce will play 170 Russell on Wednesday June 21.

Dying Fetus will release their new album Wrong One To Fuck With on Friday June 23.

Goatwhore will release their new album Vengeful Ascension on Friday June 23.

Primordial will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Friday July 7.

Frankenbok will release their new album Vicious, Lawless on Friday July 14.

Thy Art Is Murder will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Saturday July 29.

Tool tribute band Third Eye will be at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on Saturday August 26.

Ministry and Filter will be at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Saturday September 30.

Anathema will play 170 Russell on Wednesday December 6.

Paradise Lost will be at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Saturday December 16.

If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to [email protected] or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug

Paul S Taylor