Speaking to Claudio Cicolin from Italy’s Lezioni-Chitarra.it, former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has shared his thoughts about current state of heavy metal.

He talked on heavy metal and said ‘normal people out there are going to find it interesting in 2019’.

Here’s the statement:

“‘Heavy metal’ as a genre, if you have to stick in that genre, it’s really quite limiting, especially in the world of commercial music. But heavy metal as spirit and heavy metal as a way of life and a sound that you love is not limiting at all.

As a matter of fact, it’s one of my biggest thrills to add an element of heavy metal into music that heavy metal doesn’t belong [in] — like, the ultimate poppiest, poppiest music, but giving it a big, heavy, distorted guitar and a wild guitar solo.

It’s, like, so illegal that it’s cool… it’s just like infecting this world with heavy metal. That’s kind of what you have to do — you can’t do this traditional, old-school, heavy metal, purist stuff and think that normal people out there are going to find it interesting in 2019, but I think people — especially lately — are finding ways to have that glorious fuzzy guitar sound mixed into other genres, and that’s going to happen more and more.

I think that’s what is going to keep hard music alive — the way people invade popular, mainstream music with the feeling of heavy metal.

Click here to source of the statement. (Blabbermouth)

Watch entire interview below.