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MASTODON's Brent Hinds Says His Hating Metal Quote Was "Taken Out Of Context"

Posted by on January 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

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Back in 2015 in an interview with Guitar Player, Brent Hinds was quoted as saying "I've been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I fucking hate heavy metal, and I don't want to be in a heavy metal band." Naturally everyone lost their minds over it, and Hinds said he was kidding about the quote.

Now Hinds tells Eddie Winter (below) that the quote was taken out of context, and then goes on to explain that he was misquoted. So the quote wasn't taken out of context then, Guitar Player misquoted him and that's a whole separate thing. Taking it out of context would be just taking a portion of the quote and saying that's all he said, but a mis-transcription is different.

"[The Guitar Player quote] was taken out of context. I said 'I fucking hate most heavy metal,' is what I said. I don't like a lot of it. There's a lot of cookie-cutter bullshit out there, in my opinion, and I don't like it. So I was just being honest. And they just took the 'a lot' out and just put 'Brent Hinds hates metal … These guys, I mean, they need people to come by and visit their web site, and how are they gonna do that without taking people's quotes out of context? They've gotta somehow sell magazines, so I can understand why they're doing it. But just keep me out of it. I don't really do that many interviews because of that kind of stuff."

Again, a mistake in the transcription is one thing, but to blame a magazine who quoted you in an interview that you agreed to is just silly. So magazines are supposed to edit out all the things you carelessly said in an interview so you won't land in the limelight? Come on. That is, if Guitar Player quoted him correctly.

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