There's no love lost these days between Avenged Sevenfold and Machine Head -- or at least Machine Head bassist and frontman Robb Flynn.
Flynn has made a series of disparaging remarks about "Hail to the King," A7X's chart-topping new release, calling it a "covers album" and "blatant jackery" of Metallica, Megadeth and Guns 'N Roses.
Flynn also wrote a "Top 10 jokes about the new Avenged Sevenfold record."
A7X guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells us he's disappointed by Flynn's remarks but did not bash the bassist in return:
"Everyone's entitled to their opinions...I try not to focus on an of that. With any negative comment we've been faced with in our careers we've been very fortunate to have been given some truly amazing compliments. (Metallica drummer) Lars Ulrich sent us a text and congratulated us on our No. 1 album around the world. To me that's the stuff I focus on. That was huge and, y'know, just monumental for me. It made me feel really great."
Vengeance does, however, acknowledge that the "Hail to the King" track "This Means War" has a definite Metallica flavor but doesn't think it's that big a deal:
"To say that anybody that's ever picked up a guitar and looked in the mirror wearing a Metallica shirt saying, 'Someday I would dream...to be in a huge metal band,' to say that they haven't been inspired by a band like Metallica or something, that would be almost a sin."
A7X is on tour in North America until October 26 and starts a European trek on November 6. The group will also be part of the Soundwave Festival tour during late February and early March in Australia.
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