Apparently, the individual claiming to be Brutal Records‘ Michael Howard sent a cease-and-desist letter to METALLICA‘s legal team alleging that the heavy metal giants copied riffs from INCUBUS‘ song “Hunger for Power” on Hardwired…To Self-Destruct track “Moth into Flame” and “Spit out the Bone”.
Now, band has released a statement on their Facebook page saying they have nothing to do with this. Read the entire statement below:
“It’s been circulating that supposedly an individual is claiming that METALLICA copied one of our songs called ‘Hunger For Power’ and that this individual supposedly sent a cease-and-desist to METALLICA.
“To all OPPROBRIUM fans and METALLICA fans, we OPPROBRIUM would never send a ‘cease-and-desist’ to METALLICA. We OPPROBRIUM have nothing to do with this. We love METALLICA and we are fans of METALLICA ourselves.
“We do not know the reason why this news is spreading. We love METALLICA and are fans of METALLICA and would never do such a thing against METALLICA.
“This individual is claiming that he holds the rights to one of our song ‘Hunger For Power’, and it’s not true. We OPPROBRIUM hold all the rights to all our songs.
“This individual is spreading lies behind our backs. We OPPROBRIUM are surprised concerning this, and are very sad.
“We OPPROBRIUM love METALLICA and would never do such a thing to METALLICA.
“OPPROBRIUM does not support this individual nor are we responsible for the actions taken by this individual.
“We OPPROBRIUM are on the side of METALLICA and not on the side of this individual that is spreading this lie.
“Thanks to all OPPROBRIUM and METALLICA fans, and please keep in mind that this individual is doing this on his own and we (OPPROBRIUM) have NOTHING to do with this. This is a very sad day for our band.”