During a recent interview with Christina Rowatt, Tool and Puscifer’s Maynard James Keenan shared his views about the way ‘heavy music’ is understood and put Metallica on the table.

Maynard James Keenan is one of the most active and successful rockstars of all time. His band, Puscifer recently released their new album named ‘Existential Reckoning.’ Maynard James Keenan’s fans praised Puscifer’s new album and applauded it as one of his best works.

During a conversation with Christina Rowatt on ‘The Void with Christina,’ Maynard discussed the term ‘heavy music.’ Maynard stated that most people think of certain heavy metal bands when they talk about heavy music.

However, he claimed that this is not the only way that heavy music can be understood. While people think of Metallica or Slayer, Maynard said that for him heavy music is not directly related to the rhythm or the music itself, but the emotionality and the mood of the piece.

Maynard claimed that as an artist, he finds more creative and productive space in a moody piece rather than a musically heavy piece. The ‘weight’ of the music, which is often related to its acoustical qualities has a different meaning for Maynard James Keenan.

Maynard James Keenan argues that the heaviness of a piece, for him, comes from the mood rather than the sound that the instruments produce. He gives examples such as PJ Harvey who is an alternative rock musician, the American indie-rock band Low, and Gillian Welch whose music is a combination of a lot of genres.

Maynard argues that the names above are better representatives of ‘heavy music’  as ‘they’re uplifting but emotionally sad.’ Maynard’s view on heavy music will probably become a matter of discussion but seeing new perspectives on fixed terms such as ‘heavy music’ is always interesting.

Here’s what Christina Rowatt asked him:

“What feels like heavy music to you, what has weight?”

To which Maynard James Keenan replied:

“For me, the weight comes from mood, so I find a more creative space and a more productive space in a more moody piece.

So as far as weight, I think most people kind of think of weight in terms of Metallica, you know, some of the heavier bands – Slayer – but I find weight in things like PJ Harvey and Gillian Welch, and a band called Low.

That’s where I find weight – in those almost… they’re uplifting but emotionally sad, but because they’re sad, they’re uplifting to me.”

You can click here for the source, and listen to the interview below.