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In my last journal, I said that a certain teenage celebrity offending heavy metal, calling it a dark form of music that drives its fans towards "sin" and "anger'.

I originally found this here: www.facebook.com/notes/y-en-el… but it's in Spanish. With the help of Google Translator, I shall do my best to translate it into English. I couldn't find the original letter anywhere else.

I'm warning you now, the translation may be a bit difficult to understand.

Here's that kid's letter:

"I wrote this letter to everyone who has unleashed a torrent of abuse towards me that has become increasingly strained, reaching the physical point during one of my last concerts. Leaving aside what may be an isolated incident (the impact with the bottle that I received), I will focus on young people using the Internet to express their aversion to my music and my person, which I can no longer tolerate.

The people to whom I refer are followers of a style of music they call heavy metal. These adolescents are violent, express themselves poorly and live their lives as a punishment, something bad. I just want to spread the world of music with my happiness and they try to cloud my work with their mournful thoughts. I never disrespected them. I have never mentioned them until now, because I, like any human being, have a limit of what I can tolerate and what I can't.

I have discovered that many people of this nefarious group are willing to have YouTube delete my videos. At learning this, I felt very bad. And bad for you, whose desire is to restrict the freedom of expression of an artist, which I am. Is it good to suppress what you dislike? Your Machiavellian plan will not succeed, Youtube will not delete a runaway success that is good fun, like my songs.

Moreover, I inform you that although I have nothing against you except for how you have hurt me, I profusely reject metal. Why? Because the music is dark, violent, and dull and encourages young people to walk the path of sin and become increasingly enclosed in a melancholy reverie, melodramatic and pointless. I will not lie, I heard metal bands and have rejected them.

To give an example, I will mention Metallica. The singer, Hetfield, is mediocre and shouts excessively, completely lacking the melody with which I was born. And the guitarist only makes noise. Where is the music, then? Another band that I've also heard is Megadeth. I thought it was different, but I was wrong. The singer uses a vocal style that I dislike, like something that makes me feel like crying. And the other musicians in the band... I'd rather not give an opinion.

But beware, this is not aggression; it is a constructive criticism based on the many years of vocal training I've had, thanks to which I have become what I am. In short, live and let live. Coexist. Support diversity. If you respect me, I will respect you.

Your friend, Justin"


NOTE: This is a translation, so they might not be his exact words.

Here is Jame's Hetfield's reply (also translated).

"I have seen the need to respond to the insults received yesterday from Justin Bieber, since his words have hurt my pride for referring to my art and my music negatively. The truth is, I felt really bad last night when I learned this because with all my years in music, I don't know what to do. I honestly do not know that all my years in this career have been disqualified by inexperienced people moving masses in a way that does not please me.

Technically, I could have taken legal action. But I choose not to, due to the boy's age... I will not torment him with a legal procedure. My sources have informed me that [Dave] Mustaine [from Megadeth], who is in his own right, has decided to take legal action but I doubt he will continue. We know that Dave is temperamental, but he has a good heart and this boy knows not what he says.

I'm not criticizing my colleague for going as low as him, but the only thing I do wanna say is [for Bieber to] have respect, which is what he lacks. He should learn that a momentary and transitory success does not rewrite the history of music. I also want to say that he has a huge future ahead and should use discretion. Not for him to impose the market.[?]

What struck me, of course, is your criticism of my public, to whom I owe everything because they made me who I am. They helped me achieve the transformation from being a nobody to being James Hetfield from Metallica. You cannot classify them as depressed, melodramatic, and dark. By doing that, you are trying to say that our style of music influences them to feel hatred. In the end, you're completely disqualifying our [musical] style.

But I know you have not said that with the intention of starting a fight. I think those were not your words, but the words of the people who give you work.

In regards to your accident with the person who threw the bottle, I completely reject this behavior because it is a symbol of ignorance and total disrespect for the person who is on stage, giving everything to entertain the public and even give a bit of joy that illuminates their lives.

The letter is short because I saw the need to respond, but I have time to spend on better things, like spending it with my family.

I hope this war of words has been ended now. I send you warm greetings and welcome you to visit the band on our upcoming concerts. I hope nobody is offended by this, and if so, it was not my intention.

With Love. James"


Keep in mind, these may not be Hetfield's exact words. They were translated from Spanish.

-M^3 :rzero:
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:iconarval6:
arval6 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
The maturity of James Hetfield as a senior musical stalwart shows.
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kaspersoldal Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
"artist"?. How can autotune and money make you an artist?
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supermrsuper Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
what i have learnt from going to festivals  the metal heads that go to such festivals like download or bloodstock are some of the kindest people in the world    and the people who are into pop music like beiber (they normally call themselves lads) are violent thugs who only have 2 things on their mind   sex and punching...
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Kratos182 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oooh justina....
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theshadyartist Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
HAHAHA THAT GAY FAGGGOT DARED TO BEAT METAL? HIS DAY OF DEATH, OUR DAY OF SALVATION
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Draco-94 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013

Wow, I can't believe that a spunky little twat who entirely relies on auto tuning is commenting on Hetfield's voice. Even using auto tune, B-boy isn't nearly as good as Hetfield's raw voice.

I also think it's amazing that he, a boy who spits on his fans (literally) dares to speak about respect. I honestly hope he further provokes Hetfield so I can watch the child get crushed.

I do love the level headedness Hetfield handled this with though. Sick burn, man.

Also, B-child is NOT a artist. Otherpeople write his lyrics for him, and he talks them into an auto tuner. If he wrote his own lyrics, he would be an artist. He doesn't. He isn't.

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:iconilikebloodinmystream:
What a useless attempt at representing music, beaver has reached an infinity all time low
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:iconilikebloodinmystream:
GO JAMES!
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JakLover18 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I find it funny how this moron tries to demand respect but then he goes and disrespects some of the most legendary musicians out there at least James didn't have to demand respect he earned it.  He wishes he had half the talent that metal musicians have.  This little girls career needs to end already.  I love Metallica and Megadeth and I am definitely not a violent person.  Plus I find it hilarious when he said that metal makes people walk the path of sin yeah tell that to the little child that smokes pot. I really cannot stand this little kid I can see why he got dumped. 
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Yami-Marik93 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I heard Justain Beiber thought "Schools Out" was made by "Black Sabbath" until he was correct that the song was originally made by "Alice Cooper".

every band from different genre should be able to know what song was made by without an accidental Law suit
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hail-swinehouse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here here, zero tolerance on Bieber.
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive:
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lunagoth Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing about Metal is, although the lyrics are hard to catch, they're always beautiful, poetic, brave, and good God, how many stories have I written just by listening to this genre. Compare to Pop music which is repetitive and it's about love love love and fucking love. Or rap which all about party, hedonism, and consumerism.

But the problem is, many people here used Metal in a wrong way. They claim to be best Metal fans, dress on its fashion and doing riot things, like vandalism, mugging, etc. It really gave Metal genre a bad name, and I'm really sad about it. Those people should love Bieber instead of Metal.
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Yami-Marik93 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Heavy metal is not about teaching people to do wrong, Heavy metal has more excitement to it. its like a wake up call, summon us from boredom. and the way beaver said something about Metallica or Megadeth. Metallica and Megadeth did not insult him, it sounds like beaver wants to take over the realm of metal and wipe it clean and corrupt it with his style of music, infecting us with teens pop music, turning us into something that's hard for me to describe or compare. there have many use for Heavy metal bands or songs that can be use for movies, storys, comics, video games or something challenging for instrument player to learn how to play. it also teach us not to do something so reckless like the movie Terminator(Military need to be careful with the IQ increase and be self aware to exterminate all life forms.) I think Justian needs to keep his thoughts about Heavy Metal bands to himself instead of insulting them.
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Cromysonsis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
James Hetfield.... such an amazing and rather kind soul. I hate Justin with a burning passion, with this and when he said he didn't know what german meant (me being a german) god that kid was just put on this earth to piss everyone off. To of any of you Beiber fangirls who will proceed to bitch and judge me, Fuck off, let me have my opinion, and have a nice day.
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vanhalenman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I may not be a huge fan of bands like Metallica and Megadeth (I'm more from the school of Van Halen, Rush, the Cult and Def Leppard) but I do enjoy certain bands like Skid Row and Judas Preist and hell, even the odd Metallica song is alright. Though I may not be the typical "Metal Head", when someone like him bashes Metal, they may as well be talking shit about my family cause you metal heads and us classic rockers are like family. Think cousins.

One part that actually made me laugh out loud is when he said he was writing that letter as "Constructive criticism". As if he has the balls to constructively criticize someone who has been in the music industry since the 80's, done countless world tours and has accumulated more fans around the world and sold (not to mention recorded) more albums in the last 30 years than I'm guessing he ever will in his entire career. The fact that he became so famous, so quickly and at such a young age, means he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He hasn't had to work for it like other "artists" have. (I quoted the word artist because I barely see him as one. Eddie Van Halen on the other, one HELL of an artist). Which brings me to my next point: "I, like any human being, have a limit of what I can tolerate and what I can't." He must not have a very high level of tolerance if he's freaking out over a water bottle being thrown at his head. Try having a beer bottle thrown at you by drunken rednecks while you're making 100 bucks for the night (which you have to split between your band, and most of it goes to new gear) and then sleeping in a van packed with your gear and band mates and then head off to the next shitty little town to play where your getting more shit thrown at you until you've eventually worked hard enough and long enough that one of your demo tapes gets picked up by a producer who just happens to like what they heard barely enough to give you a shitty little record deal where you made dick all from the sales. That's how 90% of the bands who are still alive and kicking today from the 60's, 70's, and 80's, the REAL artists, that's how come they are still as famous today as they were back then.

Beiber hasn't earned what they earned.
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree.
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undeadhero143 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Undeadhero
Well ,I am a metal fan
Yes ,I do feel angry sometimes
I do love fighting ,but only when my opponent want to ,and no hard feeling after that ( it's kind of a complicated twisted men's friendship I can not explain )
I do feel like smashing something
I do ( rarely) want to kill some morons that pissed me off
But hey ,I did nothing to get me in jail
Just because he hate musics other than his ,he rich and famous ,so he has the right to insult our music ?
I hate rap songs ,yet I never insult any rapper or their song
See how Mr Jams respond to his insult ? he act like a man ,so does his music ,is that somehow dark, violent, and dull and encourages young people to walk the path of sin and become increasingly enclosed in a melancholy reverie, melodramatic and pointless ?

To you ,Mr.Bieber ( see ,respect)
Live on your rainbow and let us enjoy our moments of actually thinking about something ,just sing your song to your fans ,count your money ,have sex with your girls , enjoy your oh so meaningful life and stay away from the music that you think are dark, violent, and dull and encourages young people to walk the path of sin and become increasingly enclosed in a melancholy reverie, melodramatic and pointless
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pokemonyugiohgx4eva Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Well, never mind. Pop was here longer but the metalhead stage has lasted much longer, even it's not my generation favorite music. There are tons of metalhead's today. That type of music will never die. It's a part of history. I am 16 and I don't like my generation much because most of them are too lazy to spell. That or, they forgot how to spell. Heck, last time I checked, I have a reading textile that is higher then a 12th grader. I am only in the 11th now. I always had a very high reading textile since 6th grade.
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It has actually been proven that many gifted children listen to heavy metal:[link]

And I agree with your previous comment. Justin Bieber's a moron, and now he's trying to be "cool" by saying One and Fade To Black by Metallica are his "jams". And did I mention that he also thought "School's Out" was by Black Sabbath? And when the reporter corrected him & told him it was by Alice Cooper, JB said, "No way, man! Ozzy wrote that song!" -_-

That kid will be irrelevant in a few years' time, I'm sure of it.
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pokemonyugiohgx4eva Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I can believe that. Man, Justin is not smart he is a singer and he doesn't know about the history of music? I have always figured someone that listen to heavy metal tended to be above average intelligence.
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:iconmabmeddowsmercury:
MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why you can tell that he doesn't listen to it. :XD:
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pokemonyugiohgx4eva Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Not true. I listen to Megadeth and I am not a violent person. I am quite the opposite actually. I hate fights and want peace. Otherwise, I tend to be emotionless, but that's only because I see no reason to express emotion unless necessary. I have depression and yet, I don't think of life as a punishment. Everyone has their days filled with melancholy and days filled with joy. For I am defiant to what Justin has said. I agree with James Hetfield, I would classify the letter as being disrespectful. Because if you don't like heavy metal, who cares? Everyone has different tastes. I for one, don't hate Justin Bieber but I dislike his music. In my opinion, it's tasteless. Like water. Speaking of water, just because someone that likes heavy metal has thrown a water bottle at you, don't list every metalhead under that list. I am a metalhead myself and I don't regard myself as a violent child. (I listen to rock and roll too.) I would not say Justin's letter is constructive criticism, because a band can't randomly change into something less depressing. As long Justin lives, there will always be heavy metal and or so called "depressing music." Besides, heavy metal and rock and roll have been here longer then hip hop or pop. Not as long as jazz, no but rock and roll and heavy metal have been around since the 70s I think. Please correct me if I am wrong about how long it's been around. Anywho, I will hope that Justin understand that not everyone is going to agree on music or on his.
-Athena
That is my honest opinion in letter form. Sorry if it's wrong. XD
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:iconilikebloodinmystream:
Everyone in this comment section deserves a medal.
NOTE: Rock's been around since 40s, metals been around since the late 60s
METALLICA FOREVER!
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TheEternalDrummer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
James' reaction was polite, correct and civil. How Justin reacted to this chain of happenings is a shame, and is not approval. I had respect for Bieber, and his fanbase, but this letter was not needed and was pointed to a group of people who made mistakes, but most of us metalheads had nothing to do with this.

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I'm not crazy, i'm an airrplane
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree.
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Azley Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bashing groundbreaking bands like Metallica or Megadeth and comparing it with the stupid preteen shit he makes? Made me lol so hard.
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danoattack Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Justin Beiber has no say in this. He hasn't even been on the "Hollywood scene" for three years. As for trying to bash Megadeath, bad mistake on this little girl's part. I am a proud believer of all kinds of music, but this really gets me going. The way I see it, you have to take negative comments no matter where they hit you. Bad Beiber, Bad!

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Can you hear me you peers and privy counsellors
I stand before you naked to the eyes
I will destroy any man who dares abuse my trust
I swear that you'll be mine
The seven seas of Rhye
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KISS ARMY SOLDIER.
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I agree..

Nice signature, by the way.
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Man! Now I have even MORE reason to hate that little Bieber twat!:X
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:iconmabmeddowsmercury:
MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what my mom said today? That the only reason why Usher chose to support some talentless kid from the middle of nowhere is because he's fucking him... HER! Sorry. :lol:
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
LOL! Good one!:lol: There's a demotivational poster which would go perfect with your Mom's joke!:D
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The worst part is, (or best part, depending on how you wanna look at it) that she didn't really sound like she was joking. I was laughing my ass off, and she just says, "IT'S TRUE!" :XD:
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Your Mom= :iconmegaepicwinplz:
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Yami-Marik93 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*takes the flashy :iconmegaepicwinplz: and shove it in Justians eyes as he seziures. then put the flashy back*
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gunmoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LMFAO!:XD:
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:bow:
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SillySquirrel120 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Wow... i just realized how much of a spoiled little brat that Justin is. :|
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:/
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shangri-lah Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
i'm gonna guess that this whole thing started with the metalheads, hip-hoppers, and punks flagging his videos and flaming them (just playing the devil's advocate)

i think James is right though, Beavers management probably made him write this
i have never met a 16 year old who wrote so eloquently
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"i have never met a 16 year old who wrote so eloquently"

Unless you're me! LOL! Just joking!:XD: (I'm actually 17 btw).
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shangri-lah Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
it's very rare to find someone who is eloquent and born after 1990
i think i'm quite eloquent (i just turned 18) but i think that's cause i'm not like most people my age
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah! I find myself to be good at writing, but I don't think of it as an expertise though...
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shangri-lah Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
the problem is alot of young people disregard things like reading and grammar and vocabulary nowadays
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:icongunmoon:
gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it's a shame! I'm not much of a reader but there are books that I enjoy reading which does NOT include Twilight, or as I call it, Twatlight!:XD:
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shangri-lah Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
well i've always viewed the Twilight books as a mormon tract
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:icongunmoon:
gunmoon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I just view them as an embarrassment to real vampire books IMHO...
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MabMeddowsMercury Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha that's true. :XD:
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lizziedeviant Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
HA my jaw dropped to the floor while I read that XD This Beaver person is just like any other troll. Honestly besides the fact that he can't hold a candle against Metallica's or Megadeath's music, he sounds like an ignorant holier-than-though moron saying "To give an example, I will mention Metallica. The singer, Hetfield, is mediocre and shouts excessively, completely lacking the melody with which I was born. And the guitarist only makes noise. Where is the music, then? Another band that I've also heard is Megadeth. I thought it was different, but I was wrong. The singer uses a vocal style that I dislike, like something that makes me feel like crying. And the other musicians in the band... I'd rather not give an opinion." Wow, just wow, because his whiny little pubert-less voice is pure music from the heavens, right? The boy doesn't know what he's tang about... -.- This whole letter seems like a lot of WAA WAAA WAAAAMBULANCE to me. And kudos to James for his educated response.
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