Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows Once Thought Of The Offspring As ‘Sellouts’

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M Shadows: DimzQuitz, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons / Ixnay on the Hombre: Enrique Chagoya (cover illustration), Sean Evans (art direction), Columbia (label)
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Recently, via his Twitter account, Avenged Sevenfold frontman M Shadows spoke to his enjoyment of punk, while also calling himself out for some past elitism. Specifically, Shadows brings up that of The Offspring and their 1997 studio album, Ixnay on the Hombre.

Per a recent post, Shadows mentions when he first heard The Offspring and the record of theirs that he fell in love with. However, with the arrival of Ixnay on the Hombre, the Avenged Sevenfold singer found himself turned off by the band, referring to them as “sellouts.” That said, he is also aware of this elitism and points it out. Per M Shadows:

“I first heard @theoffspring on the world famous @kroq when I was a kid. I bought their 10 million selling album ‘Smash’ and fell in love with it. By the time their next album came out I called them ‘sellouts.’ Yep, I was that guy.”

Among the many replies associated with this post, one Twitter user shares that it was almost a trendy thing to call bands “sellouts” at one point. Per that user’s tweet:

“It was almost a thing to be cool to call a band ‘sellouts’ especially if a band went on the radio. I’m looking at you Matt haha kidding, but maybe I feel that term doesn’t exist much anymore? I’m all for cheering a metal band on to be on the biggest stage they can play”

M Shadows then replies to this user, sharing what his favorite era of punk is:

Yeah. It was def an era… punk had such a raw sound but when @NOFXband, @badreligion, and all those epitaph and fat bands hit the scene it was more polished… so the old schoolers hated it… the next gen got even poppier…my fav era is 90’s epitaph and fat bands”

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