DRAGONFORCE’s HERMAN LI: ‘I Thought Metalcore Was Going To Die Years Ago’

In an interview with Nocturne Magazine DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li says he’s tired of generic metalcore acts and that he thought metalcore was going to die years ago.

He says:  “I think it’s great that some bands set themselves apart [like GHOST and BABYMETAL] because I’m sick of all these bands trying to sound the same. [Imitates growling]

“I mean, I thought metalcore was going to die years ago. It’s 2017 and people are still coming out playing the same thing. Fuck. I can understand that it’s cool.

“It’s kind of a scene, and you go out and have a good time. But, musically, they are not challenging themselves because maybe they haven’t grown into it yet.

“Some bands like BRING ME THE HORIZON – I never liked their music, but I can see they are challenging themselves and have grown to another level. But some bands just keep doing the same thing.

“They’re not doing their own style, they keep doing a style that everyone else is doing. That’s fair, it takes the time to grow but it has to be organic, so I’m contradicting myself. [Laughs] How can people grow if it’s not organic, that’s what they want to play and that’s how it is? So don’t listen to me.”

The musician also noted during the chat: “To be honest, I don’t listen to GHOST, but I get it. I never listened to stuff like SLIPKNOT, and when we did the tour with them, I thought, ‘Okay, I get it.’

DISTURBED and all these bands I have no interest for – when you see them live, you think, ‘I get it why people like this.’ That’s what’s setting all these people apart.

“Even me not liking the band, I still paid attention to that. But you can’t simply create that thing, it has to come together. You can consciously think about it but it either comes or it doesn’t.”