Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael has spoken out against the negative fan responses surrounding Parkway Drive‘s new album, Reverence.
Winston McCall and co. put the album out last week Friday (4 May) to critical acclaim, with a great number of international media praising the band for their maturing sonic shift. We gave the record a nine out of ten, calling it an “incendiary collection of music“.
Taking to Instagram, Kael hit out at the culture of overwhelming negativity which the Internet has managed to breed in recent years, explaining how the web has become a platform for negativity and criticism as opposed to one of sharing positive experiences. “People are more likely to leave a negative review than to take the time to praise a positive experience.” writes the bassist, making a pretty valid point in the process.
Speaking of Reverence, Kael also came out in support and praise of the record, despite admitting that he is largely unfamiliar with their back catalogue. “When I enjoy new music, I want others to be aware so that they too can share in the experience of something that I personally love.” he wrote.
Read his full rant below.
Notice: Rant ahead in 3…2…I HAVE to make this post after seeing some of the negative comments from “fans” of @parkwaydriveofficial giving scathing reviews of their new record on the social networks. This new album fucking RULES. I listened to “Ire” a bit; but, am only REALLY familiar with #Reverence, their latest record. Doesn’t change the fact that I can enjoy a great record even if I’m unfamiliar for the most part of their catalog as a whole. I’ve listened to it probably 10 times in the past two days of travel and am listening to it as I type our this post. I’ve even gone out of my way to let others who follow me know how much I enjoy #Reverence. When I enjoy new music, I want others to be aware so that they too can share in the experience of something that I personally love. The negative barrage of bullshit opinions for which the internet provides is fucking disgusting and unfortunate. Clearly, the mothers of these keyboard critics failed to teach them, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” This negativity isn’t seen only in @parkwaydriveofficial’s comment section, it’s everywhere. @yelp is just as bad. People are more likely to leave a negative review than to take the time to praise a positive experience. It’s disheartening that a tool as valuable as the internet brings out the worst in people. So, on behalf of #ParkwayDrive who I guarantee are soaking in their own sense of accomplishment in putting out a record of which they are deservedly proud, this #KaelSalute goes out to negativity as a whole bringing vibes down across the internet. I encourage those surfing shit on the internet today – put in half the effort you do in talking shit behind the safety and comfort of a keyboard in promoting positivity for a change. Vibes are pervasive as fuck. The world would benefit from a change in focusing on the positive. Change starts with you. Do that shit. #DroppingTruthLikeABomb #ShitYesSon #PositivelyAffectingLives #Support (? by @slimfotos_music_photography)
Five Finger Death Punch’s new album, And Justice For None, comes out next month.