The Haunted’s Ola Englund Calls Nergal ‘Old Metal Fart’ Over His Complaints About Metal

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Recently, Behemoth singer Nergal shared that he feels metal has become too “robotic” sounding nowadays. He offered up some strong claims, such as that “Ninety-nine percent of the records, they sound robotic.”

On his YouTube channel, Ola Englund of The Haunted uploaded a video where he reflects on Nergal’s recent comments regarding modern metal production.

Englund not only agrees with where Nergal is coming from but says that the two of them are “old metal farts.” Reflecting on Nergal’s comments, Englund shares the following (which has been transcribed by Ultimate Guitar):

“Metal news magazines online can quote me on this one when I say that these are the words of an old metal fart – just like me. I absolutely agree with what he’s saying right here.

“I grew up on albums that were not recorded on a computer; where bands had to really perform well, really know their music before they even hit the studio. And you know, they would just perfect their craft and get a real live groove happening on an album.

“I’m used to that, I bet that Nergal is also used to that. Nowadays, when you hear death metal bands that have 240 BPM per minute songs, and it’s just a grid of kicks, and snares, and perfectly synced guitars – it is a little bit weird. It does sound robotic.”

However, Englund also understands that some music listeners may prefer the sort of modern music production that he and Nergal are not super fond of. Continuing, he goes on to add:

“But that’s the thing about music, the newer generation that grew up and started listening [to metal] later – they’re used to this. Maybe that’s a sound they like, this completely robotic, super-tight kind of sound. So, I guess it’s really subjective.

“A guy like me, and a guy like Nergal – we like when stuff is grooving. I’ve said this a bunch of times, but I like to leave mistakes in albums, because it’s the mistakes and the grooves that make an album unique. I see Nergal is getting a lot of shit for his statement right here. But to some extent, I kind of agree with him.

“I can still enjoy a really good modern death metal band where everything is robotic; that has its own flavor to it. But I, personally, like to hear when a band is playing, you know, off the top of their lungs, and you can almost hear the wheels coming off a little bit. You know, it’s supposed to hurt. A lot of things are polished today and it doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t hurt the ear. I like when it hurts, if that makes sense.”

What do you make of Englund’s points about Nergal and modern-day metal production?

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