“We try to stay away from a lot of the shit that’s going on out there right now. As far as our influences, what’s informing our music, we don’t pay any attention to chronology. I’m a huge Zeppelin fan, but who isn’t? Does that make my taste antiquated? People seem hyper-obsessed with chronology in metal. If I sit down with a guitar and play some folk songs, people won’t go, ‘Oh man, what’s this Bob Dylan bullshit, what do you think this is, the ’60s?’ No, they’d go, ‘Oh, that’s folk,’ because it’s the form and structure of folk music. But if you come along and play really heavy hard-edged rock music, and people say, ‘Oh, it’s Black Sabbath ripoff music,’ I say, ‘Well, that’s heavy metal.’ ”

Amen to that.

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