#MetalGate pointed out the unsaid obvious: that “social justice” is destroying metal from within. Today we further explore this fertile (and obediently ignored in the media) topic with a small update on Baltimore-area SJW deathpunk band Bestial Evil, who recently fired and then rehired their drummer for his association with naturalistic and possibly right-wing civilization renewal group “Wolves of Vinland.”
The Wolves of Vinland identify themselves as a neo-tribe, sort of like Goths or punks, of people who choose an alternative lifestyle that is also a breakaway in outlook and behavior from the norm in our society, from within our society. Some call them eco-punks while others make the predictable virtue signals. Whatever they do, they make it look refreshingly non-modern.
Drummer Evan Phillips thought so, too, and he joined the Wolves of Vinland. This was not a problem until the most recent Bestial Evil meltdown began: the debut album Infectious Cross was released and promptly ignored for being both generic and mediocre, at which point vocalist Shawn Wright began to spin out of control. His statements became more incendiary and more SJW-friendly as he tried to rally the audience the band anticipated would support them, who as it turns out prefer another $6 of Pabst Blue Ribbon to purchasing an album that sounds like a call to spray the public crucifix with Lysol after a busload of kids on a field trip had been pawing it.
And then, the drama intensified… Bestial Evil cancelled its scheduled shows as the lineup, always fragile, began to fragment:
We do not know why second guitarist Kevin Rucker suddenly left the band after the release of the debut album. With his departure, Bestial Evil loses its token minority member. This inverts the balance: instead of being paragons of SJW, Bestial Evil are now what SJW identifies as the enemy: a bunch of white guys enjoying their privilege (to make humdrum deathpunk while working day jobs in food service). And so, it becomes important that Evan Phillips might be associated with a group that, whether pro-Caucasian or not, is certainly not pro-SJW, which is what Bestial Evil needs it to be.
Shawn Wright and his team gave Phillips an ultimatum: drop out of the Wolves of Vinland, or drop Bestial Evil. Phillips probably thought about that for a few seconds before accepting the latter. After all, Bestial Evil had their swing at the ball and it was a miss. Not a terrible miss, but a whiff nonetheless: there was no interest in cookie-cutter death metal/crust punk with few high points and a lot of predictable ones. And so he left, at which point Bestial Evil hovered near the collapse point.
But somehow, this situation was reversed. We will probably never know the negotiations, but I imagine it went something like this: if you come back, we will let you determine the direction of the next album. Instead of just being a drummer, Phillips gets to be the musical leader of the band. Either that, or it was a full palette of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Five days later, the band announces his return:
The clown show continues. SJW is a brain-parasite that turns people into ideological zombies. Like other forms of mind control, it works through guilt and the implication of being socially abandoned for failure to adopt it. Bands like Bestial Evil like it because it offers them a way to sell their music to a captive audience just like punk has been doing for thirty years, since no one has any ideas there either. And yet, like all infections, the more it succeeds, the less it has to work with.