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The Totally True Story of the “Say You Love Satan” Murder

The 1980s, for those unlucky enough to remember, were a time of great terror. Commies, Nukes, Drugs, and especially Satan kept otherwise reasonable seeming people up at night with worry and dread.

Rock and Roll music, especially that perceived as under the loosely applied label ‘Heavy Metal’ often got the blame for sending the precious children down that murky path of moral turpitude, degradation, and eternal damnation.

It was in the paper, so it must be true.

It was in the paper, so it must be true.

Rational Wiki describes it thusly:

In sociology, Satanic Panic is a phenomenon characterized by widespread fear about the presence of Satanic ritual abuse in one’s community, state or country. The recent phenomenon of Satanic Panic originated during the 1970s[1] and gained traction during the 1980s and 1990s, when a widespread belief took hold within American[2]evangelical Christianity that a vast underground network of Satanists is in control of secular society. Satanic Panic seems to have disappeared entirely by the 2000s, perhaps because fundamentalists now have other things to panic about.

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Metalhead Kids Are All Right

Who would have guessed that the most stable adults were metalhead kids? Pacific Standard on the unexpected benefits of being into metal:

Among Americans’ periodic periods of panic over the corrosiveness of pop culture, the 1980s campaign to vilify heavy metal music stands out for the decibel level of both the music and the protests.

Photo: Jurek D (CC)

Photo: Jurek D (CC)

With dramatic testimony in courtrooms and at Congressional hearings, concerned parents and even government officials warned that groups like Iron Maiden and Metallica were enticing our teenagers into moral and spiritual darkness—up to and including devil worship.

So now that three decades have passed since this alleged attempt by Satan to infiltrate young brains via eardrum-shattering sounds, how are those headbangers doing? Did their punishingly loud and intense music send them spiraling into lives of despair?

Not so, according to a newly published study. In fact, researchers find that former metal fans “were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently” compared to their peers who preferred other musical genres, and to a parallel group of current college students.

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Way More Metal Than You Are.

Do you know what’s totally metal? Being in a Black Metal band, but being unable to perform. Because if you do play a gig, you could wind up with your head chopped off.

That’s what the metal lifestyle is like in Saudia Arabia, as this Vice interview with ‘Mephisto’  from Black Metal band Al-Namrood attests. Read on, headbangers:

Black metal bands have never been keen on religion. However, in parts of the world where religion can actually be oppressive, bands inspired by Bathory and Mayhem and Burzum are few and far between.

That’s presumably because it’s a lot easier to be in an anti-Christian metal band in the US, than in an anti-Islamic metal band in Saudi Arabia. In America, your obstacles extend to overhearing your mom tell a friend you’re just “going through a phase.” In Saudi Arabia, you face social ostracism and the possibility of imprisonment or death.

With that in mind, you’ve got to give it to Saudi Arabia’s only black metal band, Al-Namrood, whose lyrics include all sorts of things that could get them executed.

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Heavy Metal and Yoga Mix in Black Yoga

YO)))GA_Logo_purpleThe Village Voice profiles Kimee and Scott Massie, whose “Black Yoga” class trades New Age soundscapes for heavy metal, stoner rock and more:

This is Black Yoga, a take on the ancient Indian practice/frequent girlfriend bonding ritual for those who “get bored with the sound of birds and waterfalls,” says Kimee, who concocted the class with her husband Scott (vocalist of a thrash band called Storm King). The room is dark, the new-age talk kept to a minimum, and the soundtrack a mix of trip-hop, industrial rock and doom metal.

“I don’t think of it as better or worse than your typical yoga class–just different, for a different crowd,” says Kimee (who also teaches more a traditional class at a suburban health spa).

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Talking Heavy Metal with Sam Dunn of Banger Films

DunnAlong with Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn runs Banger Films. Over the past seven years they have created Global Metal, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, Metal Evolution, and Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland. Dunn also has a documentary in production aptly titled, Satan. Sam is a Canadian and a musician as well as a film director. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including Bruce Dickinson, Geddy Lee, and the late Ronnie James Dio.

The widely-successful series that aired on VH1 Classic, Metal Evolution, chronicled the history of heavy metal through the decades but did not include the most recent strand, extreme metal. With an IndieGoGo campaign running through October 8th, Dunn hopes to raise enough money to finish the episode on his own. Sam is an intelligent, articulate, metalhead and I enjoyed talking to him about the moms of Slayer, Norwegian church burnings, and Satan.… Read the rest

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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.… Read the rest

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Napalm Death’s Music So Loud It Could Damage London Museum

ShaneEmburyNapalmDeathbymjcuevasCould this be the ultimate compliment for a metal band: their planned gig at the venerable Victoria & Albert Museum in London has been canceled as the museum is worried that their music is so loud it could damage the building, reports Reuters:

London’s famed Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has canceled an experimental concert by extreme metal band Napalm Death, fearing the noise level could damage the 104-year-old building.

Ceramic artist Keith Harrison from the V&A, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, collaborated with Napalm Death on a set to be played through a sculptural sound system which would disintegrate under decibel stress.

But museum officials said the one-off performance, scheduled for Friday in the V&A’s Europe Galleries, had been canceled out of concern it was not only the intended sculpture that would be damaged.

“A further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building,” a museum statement said…

[continues at Reuters]

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Botswana is Metal as F*ck

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The Guardian covers Botswana’s small heavy metal scene. Think you’re metal? Hell no, you’re not. Not unless you’re rocking old school head to toe studded black leather in the blazing African summer. These guys rock that look year-round, no matter what.

In the remorseless Kalahari heat, leather is not the most obvious choice of attire. But to a dedicated band of Batswana metalheads, it’s the only way to dress. The country’s heavy metal scene, imported from neighbouring South Africa, may be niche but its fans are passionate about their style. Dressed from head to toe in black leather, sporting cowboy boots, hats and exaggerated props, they draw some curious looks on the dusty streets.

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Jedi Most Popular Alternative Religion In UK

Jedi-temple.info JMANew census statistics from the UK show that Britons are becoming Jedi Knights in droves. The rest are Metalheads.... Report in the Telegraph:
The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer. Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed. Although the number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the past 10 years, they are still the most selected "alternative" faith on the Census, and constitute 0.31% of all people's stated religious affiliation in England and Wales. The latest official population survey also revealed 6,242 people subscribe to the Heavy Metal religion...
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