Heavy Metal Culture: Don Jamieson of That Metal Show

Heavy Metal, Don Jamieson, That Metal Show.Being a fan of heavy metal means being part of the heavy metal family. As a Metalhead for more than 30 years, I’ve heard this from many people in many different cities.

We may not know each other personally, but we share a similar set of values.

Heavy metal fans tend to be extremely loyal, dedicated, and passionate people. They’re not concerned about what’s popular or trendy. In fact, long hair and black t-shirts have been the uniform of heavy metal since it first appeared sometime in the 1970s (exactly when and by whom is of some debate).

Metal fans are authentic, and their interest in the music transcends time and shuns fads. And we know bullshit when we see it. That’s not to say we always agree. No family ever agrees on everything.

“Metal” comes in many varieties, including but not limited to classic metal, hair metal, doom metal, progressive metal, European metal, speed metal, black metal, and death metal. Even some of those sub-genres have blurred and morphed over the years. But at its core, metal is about power, vitality, and an uncompromising attitude. Metal doesn’t give a fuck what you think about it.

I recently spoke with one of heavy metal’s most prominent ambassadors, Don Jamieson. It only took a few minutes for me to appreciate his love of heavy metal. Don’s childhood in New Jersey was all about the three M’s: malls, mullets, and metal. Many of us who grew up with metal in the 1980s and 1990s—even outside of the Garden State—can relate to that sentiment.

Don is an incredibly humble individual, the salt of the earth. He loves what he does and he makes no apologies for it. Jamieson has a soft spot for 80s hair metal (he’s practically neighbors with Sebastian Bach, the lead singer of Skid Row from 1987 to 1996) but his tastes in metal go far beyond that. He loves the early heavy bands such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest as well as the titans of thrash like Metallica and Megadeth. Don is as comfortable talking about 1980s Ratt as he is the 1990s stoner rock scene of Red Bank, New Jersey, which spawned bands like Monster Magnet and the Atomic Bitchwax.

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  • echar

    You know… You Know… You can Deal… You Know!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHNIv9fQ5M0

    • The Well Dressed Man

      This guy!!!!!!

      He’s actually speaking the truth. I went to see an old buddy’s new metal band the other night, and was wearing my South of Heaven t shirt. Hi-fives and mosh-pit tackle-hugs all around.

      • echar

        I saw Slayer at this small warehouse the night before A Tool concert. Dead Skin Mask played and I had to enter the pit. I ended up getting head butted by a native American dude and chipping my tooth. I know!

        • Adam’s Shadow

          Craziest fucking show I ever saw: Pantera and Slayer In San Jose, 2000 (I think?); Morbid Angel opened, and Static-X was there too. It was absolute anarchy; the security had no control whatsoever, there were roughly three separate fights on the floor every time the lights came on between sets, and the cops showed up near the end of Slayer’s set (before Pantera started), only to walk right the fuck back out. I was on the floor (the entire floor was basically one giant pit) for all of Pantera and Slayer, and got bruised up pretty good; my buddy Matt got bit on the shoulder during Dead Skin Mask when he was up front. Good times, good times.

          • echar

            You’re a damn veteran!

  • Rus Archer

    um
    pretty sure uniform clothing and dress = the very definition of trend and popular
    sadly, metal = about as conservative as it gets

    • InfvoCuernos

      Ya, because we all know that metalheads are so christian.

      • festernaecus

        … conservative in that they fear and abhor change of any sort. And there are plenty of backwards, homophobic, gun-fondling jingoists listening to heavy metal. Iced Earth?

        That being said,

        SLAYERRRRR

    • The Well Dressed Man

      for somebody whose avatar looks like trogdor the burninator you sound kinda un-metal

      • Rus Archer

        speaking of metal
        what the hell ever happened to that next fantomas record?

        • The Well Dressed Man

          One of the most epic lineups in history. I’m very fortunate to have been there for the 1st 2 shows ever! Mike might still be touring behind the new Tomahawk, and Buzz is always on the road too it seems. Lombardo prolly has some free time tho :/

  • The Well Dressed Man

    Metal is that strange glue which holds together the core of my connection to the outside world. It’s a primal layer of ossified juvenilia that will never change. Without any ground to stand on beyond the particular working-class neighborhood I’m from, metal ooozed my essence toward weird fiction, polyhedral dice, anglophillia, occultism, independent pharmacology, free jazz, punk rock, 12-tone serialism, analog electronics, outsider art, and kinked up tattooed women.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Couldn’t have said it better. Especially the women part- the crazier, the better. Before I can be interested in a woman, I ask myself: ” Would Lemmy hit that?”. Probably why I have shit luck with long term relationships, but great luck with short ones.

      • Rus Archer

        lemmy likes dudes

        • InfvoCuernos

          Lemmy has a son, so more likely, Lemmy likes whatever.

  • http://jthorn.net/ J. Thorn

    I’m convinced that it will be metal and cockroaches left at the End of Days ;) Thanks for reading and for the comments…

  • emperorreagan

    Maryland Deathfest is the highlight of the month of May every year for me.

  • http://darkangelights2009.tumblr.com/ darkangelights

    Atomic Bitchwax name sounds cool

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