Fan wars, what is that? I see it as when fans of one band attack fans of another. An example: Nightwish started out with Tarja Turunen. There were creative differences and Tarja wanted to leave, and she did. When Anette Olzon became the new singer, there were some fans that were complaining that all the songs she sang fit Tarja’s voice better. Some fans really liked Anette’s voice and became a fan of her. So now there were fans who sided with each other that Tarja was better because she was the original voice of Nightwish. Then there were the fans that stuck up for Anette and said she had every right to be a member of Nightwish. The war between Tarja fans and Anette fans was born. Some of the fans didn’t want to give Anette a chance. Put yourself in her shoes. How would it make you feel if you were chosen to sing with a band like Nightwish and the fans weren’t very receptive to you? How would it make you feel if all you ever heard was, “The original singer was better; this new one sucks.”? You would probably feel like crap! Here you are working your ass off doing what you love and you’re getting crap from fans that think you killed off the original singer. She left because she got sick and was pregnant. She felt replaceable since the guys had Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz sing in her place without even asking her about it. Floor Jansen has done a great job stepping in and taking over vocals in Nightwish. You rock, Floor!
Different bands can actually be friends with each other. From what I have seen with the metal community in Europe, the bands are a close knit community. They are like family and help each other out when needed. I have seen Elize from Amaranthe and Alissa White-Gluz from The Agonist tour with Kamelot, Manda and Charlotte (from Delain) sang a duet on Nemesea’s latest album, pictures of Tarja and Floor….I could go on! There is no reason to bash or attack other fans because they like Within Temptation a bit more than Delain. Think about it, the same kind of music is being played but has a different sound to it from different bands. Hopefully you are able to follow what I’m saying. We are all going to like something a little more than someone else, but it’s all the same thing. There are a lot of bands out there that I like and don’t like, but just because there are some I don’t like doesn’t mean I should bash the fans who do.