Rolling Stone magazine shared a top list of 100 greatest heavy metal songs of all time, where Machine Head’s ”Davidian” song was also included in the list, but Robb Flynn criticized the publication for not including bands such as Exodus and Testament on the top list.
Here’s what Flynn said about it:
“I’d like to personally thank Rolling Stone for their inclusion of ”Davidian”, from Machine Head‘s 1994 debut album ‘Burn My Eyes’ in their Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Songs of All Time. It was a rare and delightful compliment from a magazine that has largely paid us no mind for the last 29 years.
“Once the surprise of being mentioned subsided, I decided to go through all ‘100 Songs.’ Sure, there are many, many questionable choices on the list, but there are two glaring omissions I HAVE to mention.
“No Exodus? No Testament?
“Bay Area Thrash Metal is still an extremely vital and powerful force in music, and it wasn’t just Metallica that brought it to the World. Upon formation, Exodus were literally the most exciting band around. Crafting timeless songs like ‘Bonded By Blood’, ‘A Lesson In Violence’, or their own ‘pit anthem’, ‘The Toxic Waltz’, all deserve similar honors on such a list.
“When I was a teenager growing up in the Bay Area, I cannot express how important and influential Exodus and guitarist Gary Holt were and remain. Without Gary, there is no Robb Flynn. Without Exodus, there is no Machine Head.
“And when it comes to Testament? The word that continues to flash before my eyes is ‘impact.’ I can assure you that every single Rock/Metal guitar player on the face of the planet’s collective jaws hit the floor when they heard Alex Skolnick play.
”His adding of classical arpeggio sweeps into songs like ‘Over The Wall’, and ‘Disciples Of The Watch’, was game-changing. Soon everybody from Kirk Hammett of Metallica to Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest was doing it.” […]