Over the weekend, Metalgate apparently became a thing. Video games & metal teaming up to fight against social justice hipsters could be the Superman/Batman: World’s Finest of internet shit fights. If it was real, which I have my doubts about.
Metal, Punk and Hip-hop are three of the genres of music that tend to be overly concerned with rooting out the phonies, though the difference between Metal and the other two is that the subject matter of the music is significantly less likely to reflect that concern.
I’d say more on the subject, but frankly a lot of it hits too close to home and is too personal for me to talk about at this time in my life. Though the band I was in wasn’t metal per se, we had some cross-over fans and following and were one of the most hated and controversial group of rockers in the state. We’ve had people rush the stage and tear up our stuff, we’ve been attacked, but we were also provocative as hell and nothing, not even recently murdered local celebrities, was off-limit.
A part of me wants to be all “Fuck, yeah, metal, sign of the horns!”, but there’s a lot of stuff in some metal I’m not as comfortable with as I used to be, and getting rid of albums with album art depicting some really bad shit happening to naked women took a surprisingly big chunk out of my collection of favorites.
As I’m no longer a musician, in the music business, or even really much of a consumer of music these days, I’m probably going to end up sitting this one out. Mostly, I just want to know what the story is behind the geeky black kid wearing the Hvis Lyset Tar Oss Burzum T-shirt.
P.S. Also, god, years later people keep mislabeling Gallhammer as black metal. They’re not black metal! The fact that idiots kept calling them black metal is one of the reasons they had such a hard time. They were a great sludge metal band, but if they kept being judged as a black metal band, well of course the band that growled instead of screamed and didn’t use tremolo at all would be considered a shitty black metal band.