Is metal going soft?

Heavy metal bands are being forced to put out softer, more commercial music to get played on the radio according to Heavy Metal Bands get Softer for Mainstream Radio. “If somebody is paying you the salary they’re paying me, you make a choice. You have to play the ratings game, that’s how you make money,” said a music director from a top rock radio station who asked not to be named.” Of course not all bands are playing “the game” and certainly any band can legitimately try a different sound for the sake of experimentation or trying something different but such is the sad case for commercial radio that bands that are outwardly non-conformist rock and roll rebels are being forced to play “the ratings game” in the hopes of getting their “heavier” stuff played later. C’est la vie.