It was in January 2010 that Vice ran around east London spray-painting that clearly-quite-imitable Slayer logo all over the place. The one that really stood out at the time was this one on Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church. Metal is bad. Religion is good. That’s the juxtaposition. Right? Well, this week, even a Manchester reverend was extolling the virtues of Heavy Metal.
There is lots of evidence both ways:
- Dio – God Hates Heavy Metal
- KISS – God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You
- Avenged Sevenfold – God Hates Us
- Lamb Of God
- Slayer – God Hates Us All (err, everything?)
- Varg Vikernes
- Underoath – LOL!
Yeah. For every positive message that KISS gave out during Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, there’s Dio saying the complete opposite. For every unintentional joke song that emo shits, Underoath release, there’s another burnt down Norwegian church littering the Nordic countryside. Pah. Fuckit. Maybe beer just tastes better with Heavy Metal on in the background.
Alternatively, you could dissect it completely. The Telegraph gave lots of information and a bit of opinion in this and this whilst spelling Led Zeppelin wrong, The Guardian is easily the best of the broadsheets with this beautifully digestible list of five reasons why Heavy Metal is great. Here’s a taster:
Heavy metal encourages kids to be loyal
Metal fans do not write off bands after one album, nor desert them when someone younger and more fashionable comes along. Nor, though, is their loyalty blind: if a metal band makes a substandard album, their audience declines. Unlike most other forms of rock, however, the fans return when the music improves. See Iron Maiden, who reached No 1 in the album charts last month for the first time in 18 years.
You can see more awesome photos, like the one at the top, at Righteous Zine.