Deicide’s Glen Benton laments state of metal scene: “All we have is a bunch of wannabe-Weezer-looking dudes trying to play metal”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 30.4.2024

In an exclusive interview with Francisco Zamudio of KNAC.COM, Deicide‘s frontman Glen Benton didn’t hold back when discussing the current state of the metal scene. Reflecting on his early influences and lifelong dedication to the genre, Benton reminisced about the raw authenticity of metal’s past.

However, his nostalgia was tinged with disappointment as he critiqued the contemporary metal landscape. Benton lamented the proliferation of subgenres and the absence of iconic frontmen, asserting, “Metal was metal back then.”

Benton’s critique extended beyond music to aesthetics, as he called out what he perceives as a trend towards conformity. He expressed frustration with the rise of “wannabe-WEEZER-looking dudes” sporting a uniform of black-frame glasses and trucker caps.

For Benton, metal is about more than just the music – it’s about embodying a distinct identity. He emphasized the importance of authenticity and visual representation on stage, advocating for a return to the bold and unapologetic personas of past metal legends.

In Benton’s eyes, maintaining individuality and staying true to the essence of metal are paramount. His outspoken stance serves as a rallying cry for authenticity in an ever-evolving musical landscape.