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--- Quote ---Earlier today, I stumbled on an editorial written by Jonsan van Johnson basically calling out Inquisition for being nazis. Jonsan was tipped off when he heard the track “Crush the Jewish Prophet” from the band's 2004 release, Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer.
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Taboo, scary or merely rebellious stuff has always found a home in metal. I think we're seeing a problem where some ostensibly taboo content is today actually publicly safe just about anywhere. Lyrics and imagery can glorify the mass death of Christians yet nobody much cares at all. Bands aren't banned for the safe taboo only for the authentic kind.

As I see it, this is what occurs when "social stratum" intercepts anything. Metal becomes a mere component, badge of identity in an already brimming sea of similarly superficial traits (even multiculturalism's understanding of culture reduces the latter to similarly dire straits).

So, I think dangerous ideas were a way of responding to THIS. The genre would cease to lose appeal if it lost touch with this base (which it has) and people who espouse it are outdated droids as far as the 'modern' fan base is concerned. As it is, Metal can either up the ante (Attack what's politically correct to ostracize itself) but this seems heavy handed and perhaps backwards (to me).

At the same time the "Wimps and Posers leave the hall" becomes harder to hear when all around you are folks debating if Liturgy is metal. Metal is exhausted because a new fanbase has cluttered it. When the genre peters out on all fronts, we shall see if metal makes a grand re-entrance- if it does, then you can thank the stars that Metal has and always will be relevant in the Sea of nonsense- an eternal force to be venerated in its own way.

Though more important than talking about potentially politically incorrect ideas is building your music to be abrasive and not pandering, regardless of 'what you talk about'. Though all of this goes without saying.

Sorry for rambling, just some thoughts.

Jim Necroslaughter:
It's funny, some people might argue that there is no such thing as blasphemy, heretics, or taboo anymore.  they used to say, without God, everything is permitted.  but actually, without God, nothing is permitted.  I think we all know damn well the new taboo and blasphemy.  Give me a day and I could write a Paul Ledney style litany that would so blaspheme the ear of modernity you couldn't even believe it. 

It's because of a shift away from one religious sensibility to another. Granted, there is a parent/sibling relationship at work. Nevertheless, it should come as no surprise that blasphemy against the sacred cows of the parent faith should be endorsed while blasphemy against the sacred cows of the accepted sibling faith would be treated as being blasphemous.

Rip the Traditionalist's flesh
Sodomize the Economist's asshole
Conserve the black blood of the mother of earth
Masturbation on the dead body of the middle class
The God of Progress is dead
and it was only ever a myth
Vomit on those trying to create heaven
Masturbate on paper wealth
Break the infrastructures of industry
Drink the sustainable energy of the earth
Taste the flesh of living beings
Sodomize Employers
Destiny among the stars is a lie
Our society will collapse
Dethroned like all the rest
The past is alive
Humanism is done
Purity is archaic
Cities are burned
Covered in black ash
Rape the Marxist Liars
And the free market scum
Equality will fail
Fuck the Economy
Fuck Growth
Fuck Moral Progress


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