In a recent interview with Belfast Metal, former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley said that “heavy metal isn’t the most popular music in the world anymore”. Here’s the statement:

“There are no big [new] heavy metal bands. There are million-pound deals anymore. Heavy metal isn’t the most popular music in the world anymore. It’s not like the ’80s, when it was on TV in the daytime. That’s the difference.

We do have a core; we’re not disappearing. Heavy metal isn’t disappearing, and it is a genre, and when it’s done well, it is this incredibly powerful thing that really takes you out of yourself, and that’s what I like about it.

We are full of clichés and we are full of cheesiness, and I admit that, but what we do, when we do it right, we take these bits of cheesiness, we take these clichés, and we go, ‘Do you know what? We’ll just put that in there,’ and that’s the thing where everybody, they won’t go, ‘Oh, it’s cheesy.’ They’ll go, ‘Oh, I love it!’ We love that, and that’s part of it which I hope will never, ever change from metal.

There’s bits where you get interested. There are some bands that have intelligent lyrics that want to make you think a bit, and there are some bands who are a bit more, ‘It’s all a big party, and that’s what we’re doing, so if you come to see us, it’s party time.’ I think we all have those different parts, and metal is vast in that — rock and metal, and I’m very glad to be a small part of it.

You can listen the entire interview from below.