Rock and metal bands, especially those that are a bit out of the mainstream, are having a hard time with album sales. Even though it was a very trendy group, Avenged Sevenfold struggled with the disappointment of album sales.

Thrash metal legend Exodus is struggling with album sales. Speaking in an interview with “From Zero to Hero” drummer Tom Hunting said:

The sales are what keeps us going. If nobody bought the music at all, we would probably be forced into retirement, ’cause a lot of bands – aside from Metallica or Beyonce or people who come out of the gate selling 800,000 copies the first day – we have to tour.

We’re basically traveling t-shirt salesmen. And it’s OK, ’cause it takes us to amazing places in the world, and we love seeing other cultures and having other foods and seeing how the rest of the world lives.

I think it’s the best education you can get in your life, for sure. It takes away any illusions or ignorances about the way the rest of the world gets on and lives. So it’s fine.”

Boxed album sales continue to decrease every day. The music industry is now shifting to the internet and into the digital world. Bands that want to survive in this sector need to turn to digital and succeed in social media.

You can watch the entire interview from below.