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Five Minutes Alone With Killswitch Engage's Adam D

Find out what Adam thinks of nu metal, metal elitists and Bullet For My Valentine...

HI ADAM. HOW’S SHIT WITH YOU?

“I’m hungover as shit but it’s gonna be OK, man!”

OH DEAR. HEAVY ONE?

“I know, I know. I do this every fucking night, who am I kidding?”

YOUR MUSIC HELPED DIRECT THE NU METAL GENERATION TOWARDS MORE TRADITIONAL METAL. THAT’S PRETTY COOL

“I grew up – I’m old as crap – on the more classic metal styles, and punk and hardcore, so when nu metal dropped, it baffled me. Like, you have seven strings and you only use one of them?! But hey, a lot of people seem to like it, so no harm, no fuss. I always gravitated more to the sleazy underground. I’m a metal dude, you know? I live the metal lifestyle. Instead of getting on the bandwagon with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit, I was listening to Carcass, NapalmDeath and stuff like that. The nu metal scene was never something that I really understood.”

SO FOR YOU IT WAS ALWAYS A CASE OF WANTING TO GO AGAINST THE TREND?

“Exactly. We’ve never been good on trends, obviously – you can tell by the way we look! We do what we want and don’t give a shit. I think that’s important for a band. It gives a band personality, you know?”

A LOT OF THE BANDS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED YOU – AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES ETC – SEEM TO RESPECT WHAT YOU DID FOR THE SCENE, TOO.

“Yeah, all the bands that were influential to us, we’ve been able to meet a lot of them and they’ve all been really nice. It’s funny to grow up listening to these bands, and now there’s a mutual respect. It’s the coolest feeling in the world.”

YOU’RE HITTING THE UK WITH BULLET NEXT MONTH. WHAT WERE YOUR INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE GUYS?

“That they were cool because they were actually playing guitar, with real parts. They were a metal band, it was awesome. We had a blast on that Mayhem tour we all did together. It was 2009, I think.”

WHAT WAS THAT TOUR LIKE?

“That was like the magic Mayhem year. It was just so much fun – everybody was having a blast.”

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