Robb Flynn Blasts Rolling Stone For Excluding Exodus + Testament On ‘Greatest Metal Songs’ List

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Recently, Rolling Stone released a feature where they named what they consider to be the 100 best heavy metal songs of all time. The list features a variety of songs throughout metal’s history, but it also dismisses quite a few bands.

Among those who have been taken aback seeing that certain legendary bands do not appear on the list is Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn. In particular, Flynn takes issue with the publication not including Exodus and Testament in their feature.

While he is happy to see Machine Head’s “Davidian” on the list, Flynn took to Instagram and wrote a lengthy statement to Rolling Stone regarding how important Exodus and Testament are to heavy metal’s history. Below is everything he had to say to Rolling Stone about them disregarding both bands:

“I’d like to personally thank @rollingstone for the inclusion of ‘Davidian,’ from Machine Head’s 1994 debut album ‘Burn My Eyes’ in their Top 100 Greatest Heavy-Metal Songs of All Time. It was a rare and delightful compliment from a magazine that has largely paid us no mind for the last 29 years.

“Once the surprise of being mentioned subsided, I decided to go through all ‘100 Songs.’ Sure, there are many, many questionable choices on the list, but there are two glaring omissions I HAVE to mention.

“No Exodus? No Testament?

“Bay Area Thrash Metal is still an extremely vital and powerful force in music, and it wasn’t just Metallica that brought it to the World. Upon formation, Exodus were literally the most exciting band around. Crafting timeless songs like ‘Bonded By Blood,’ ‘A Lesson In Violence,’ or their own ‘pit anthem’ – ‘The Toxic Waltz’, all deserve similar honors on such a list. When I was a teenager growing up in the Bay Area, I cannot express how important and influential Exodus and guitarist Gary Holt were and remain. Without Gary, there is no Robb Flynn. Without Exodus, there is no Machine Head.

“And when it comes to Testament? The word that continues to flash before my eyes is ‘impact.’ I can assure you that every single Rock/Metal guitar player on the face of the planet’s collective jaws hit the floor when they heard Alex Skolnick play. His adding of classical arpeggio sweeps into songs like ‘Over The Wall,’ and ‘Disciples Of The Watch,’ was game changing. Soon everybody from Kirk Hammett of Metallica to Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest was doing it. The commanding bellow of singer Chuck Billy was an absolute precursor to the Death and Black Metal vocal that would soon follow and continue until this day. That’s undeniable impact.

“Again, we are humbled, honored, and grateful for our welcome into your ‘Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Songs of All Time’. Lastly, on behalf of the Heavy Metal community, thank you for representing our genre in your publication.”

What do you make of Flynn’s points to Rolling Stone about Exodus and Testament?

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