Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug and in certain corners of the rock and metal world, there are full-blown addicts clamoring for their favorite bands to turn back the clock and sound like they did years ago. Metallica, for example, has been hounded by this very claim since 1991 with the release of their self-titled LP.
So while speaking with Ryan J. Downey of Knotfest, Clutch frontman Neil Fallon, who likely heard some calls for the band to sound like a previous iteration earlier this year after the release of their incredibly adventurous Sunrise on Slaughter Beach, thinks there’s more to it than just fans wanting bands to stay the same forever.
As Fallon says, things would get insanely boring pretty quick if everyone just stuck to their original sound. Humans are strange because on one hand we want variation but on the other hand, change frightens us. If we all learn to accept that change is inevitable and musicians are people too, then maybe we can all eventually learn to be thankful for the music we get from the artists.