Why do you worry about this when the issue of peek oil is right around the corner?
Howdy, new guy here. Just wanted to mention that the Peak Oil scenario is conspiracy propaganda aimed at getting us consumers to ACCEPT insanely high (and rising) prices at the gas pump. I highly recommend checking out Lindsey Williams' "The Energy Non-Crisis" on Google Video or Youtube. Just about everything that is fucked up in the world is tied into the machinations of power grubbing oilmen and bankers. (If you don't see it yet, I think you will sooner or later. It's getting harder for them to keep all the heads of the Hydra disguised.)
As to the topic of a metal revolution of some kind, I suppose it would be nice. I'm not sure what Hessianism is and I don't really need to know the details. What I wanted to do is to comment on the idea of music as a vehicle of change.
When I was an optimistic youngster, my goal was to be just like Kenny Rogers in the song "She Believes In Me", to wit:
And she believes in me, Ill never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl, I could change the world
With my little songs, I was wrong
Now, I don't play country music. I loathe country music, BUT I remember just about everything I hear and if the message fits, use it. Back to the optimistic youngster days:
I knew that the world was fucked up when I was a kid, I just didn't understand HOW (or why) it was fucked up. I knew that armed with the power of reason, if I could communicate a better idea to the masses, then I could (theoretically) effect change. The main question seemed to be "What means of communication should I use?"
Writing, while a natural talent of mine, is something I have no real passion for. And what good is writing anyway? I've been reading brilliant op-ed pieces by regular folks all my life. Has ANYONE EVER acceded to their common sense? Hell, no! The wonderful, functional ideas of normal, logical people are routinely ignored by people whose income depends almost entirely on ignoring wonderful, functional ideas. Fuck writing (except to vent and bitch for MY OWN pleasure. . .ahh, Hedone!)
Anyway, I thought music would be a better vehicle. And it's not. Within the overall commercial music industry, anyone with 3 brain cells knows that the pop garbage that gets spewed on radio and TV has no redeeming musical, lyrical or artistic merit. The message of that kind of music seems to be a universal "Yes, yes, that's it, let your mind atrophy...stay on your couch...play Madden2007 instead of picking up that football...you LIKE food rich in cholesterol...think what we tell you to think...vote for who we tell you to vote for...do only the drugs we approve of..." and so on.
The metal community, while not a pawn of the conspiracy for the most part (there are exceptions..or "ek-sep-shones" as Hetfield would sing it, and isn't that funny, he's one of the eksepshones himself) doesn't really have much of a chance of getting out a unified message because the metal community itself isn't unified.
Which type of metal do you listen to? Just one? A few? All? Which metal symbolism appeals to you the most? Halfordesque "Running Wild" type individuality, the ol' reliable Satan-as-an-anti-societal-symbol viewpoint (or Cthulhu, if you're named Azagthoth), or maybe you just like vicariously venting your wrath by imagining shoving your arms into someone's rotting bowels up to your shoulders and looking for secret messages in their entrails? Metal is too fragmented to present any kind of unified message.
And I think that metalheads, again for the most part -- I can't say this applies to everyone, are too focused on their own definitions of what is metal and what relates to metal to try "coming together" philosophically with other metalheads.
Maybe if some metal bands started explicitly saying things like "Kill your masters or you will be tortured to death in a FEMA concentration camp in a few years", THEN we could have some kind of revolution. . .oh, wait, COC already did that with "Vote With A Bullet". I give up for now.