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Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?

Are offensive or dangerous ideas metal?
May 05, 2014, 08:10:00 PM
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.


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 The genre would cease to lose appeal if it lost touch with this base (which it has) and people who espouse it are outdated droids as far as the 'modern' fan base is concerned.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.

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

No particular strand of political incorrectness is important and in fact adopting one may end up a distraction. The essence is contra humanism with all of its derivatives like weakness, pity, commercialism, ecocide and equality (anti-excellence) generally.

In past decades, metal was on the front against advanced Christianity right when it was leaving tradition behind and turning completely into a kind of bourgeoisie humanitarianism. Empty pews and bankrupt charlatans eventually was the result, so the crowd has shed its church trappings and gone secular instead.

This is a positive development but it opens up new ground for metal to step in and confront in a sort of Homeric Western classical versus postmodern secular humanism war. The usual PC suspects won't be able to convincingly cry foul.

A Satanist statue cast in bronze is just months away from completion, and activists hope that it will find a home on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Ultimately, the statue — which features the seven-foot tall, horned figure of Baphomet fawned upon by two exultant children — is intended to stand directly next to a highly controversial monument of the ten commandments that was donated by a state legislator in 2012 and subsequently placed on the grounds of the Capitol.

The Baphomet figure, complete with a goat head, angel wings, and a beard, comes from a recently-formed New York group identifying as The Satanic Temple, which raised over $28,000 on Indiegogo earlier this year to commission a sculptor and create the piece. Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucian Greaves tells ABC News that the statue is a symbol to "celebrate our progress as a pluralistic nation founded on secular law."


And who among you considers this to be a good thing?

It's so redundant and boring to kick the beaten faithful anymore they only collected 28k for their Baphomet statue. Developers of twinky dink independent video games can rally 20 or 30 times as much cash from donating customers before product delivery. There is almost no news coverage and no chatter at all about this in the Bible Belt.

Picture an emperor giving himself a coronation ceremony every day for fifty years and you have our revolutionary left. They're stale, insane and ridiculous but still throw a fun party all the time even as most revelers have long since stopped attending.

And who among you considers this to be a good thing?

Twenty years ago, I would have thought it was great.

Back then I thought evil conservatives were in control of the world and running it into ruin.

Now I see that what happened in the 1980s was a brief respite from the otherwise monolithic advancement of Crowdism, and was also tainted by it.

Reading through materials from Hinduism, the Greeks and the O9A also affirmed to me the idea that basically all religions are the same, but popular voices keep trying to impose either dualism or materialism on them, making them incoherent.

Now, I think it's a tame rebellion. Smashing any kind of traditional value at this point is a trend.

In my view, that's also what slaughtered black metal... it needed new targets. It should have gone with the "wolves" theme more than the "Satan" theme at that point.

But to some degree, the Satan theme is all Slayer's fault.

And who among you considers this to be a good thing?
Twenty years ago, I would have thought it was great.

Well, that's a relief :)