You constantly hear musicians saying “rock is dead”. A local metal show (or even a touring one!) might have 50 people there max on a given night, and people are keen to give up on the scene they once loved. As a recent father and 60+ hour a week worker, I sort of get it – when you have bills to pay and a family to feed, attending a reckless, heart-pounding metal show is often pretty low on the list of things to do.
That being said, metal is not “dead”, no matter what anyone tells you. Even though I personally may have a lack of time to attend shows, I still feel the power of metal within my soul. No matter how old I get, I will always feel metal running through my veins. And apparently vocalist Johnny Crowder of Dark Sermon does, too – he’s someone who lays it all out there every night, whether it’s a tour halfway across the country, or a local show at Transitions Art Gallery in Tampa.
He had a pretty powerful statement to make on metal as a whole earlier today while on tour. Check out what he said below!