Metal, like punk, once a lawless wild west where no attitude or ideology was unwelcome or too extreme. But after hipsters unifed the masses of 90’s counter cultures into one mainstream culture, a far left ideology was adopted by and heavily policed within nearly every sub/counter cultural music genre (metal included). Despite this being the exact opposite of what metal has been about for many decades, the desperation to fit in has left many of the aging neckbeard social outcast fake metalheads to adopt this heinous bastardization of music’s most honest genre and collectively enforce these new mainstream social rules. And just like in the mainstream culture of today, breaking any of these rules (or having broken them in the past before these social norms were instituted) is designated with a swift lifetime band from showing yourself in public in the U.S.
Lately, a lot of metal bands have been getting in trouble for doing things that progressive liberal culture finds unacceptable. Many bands have been confused by the rules, as progressive liberal logic is absolutely nonsensical, and therefore musicians struggle with the details behind this new social paradigm. Having fought the left in our culture war for several years now and being often confronted with these nutcases, I determined it would be in the best interest of metal’s very badass musicians understand what crimes and behaviors are okay. Please find below, a very thoroughly researched look into the disturbed mind of Social Justice Warriors:
Chart 1: Individual’s Morality
ASSAULT (MALE VICTIM) YES
ASSAULT (FEMALE VICTIM) NO (Unless you’re signed to Profound Lore)
PEDOPHILIA NO (Unless you write for MetalSucks)
GRAVE ROBBERY YES
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT MEN YES
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT WOMEN NO (Unless you write for MetalSucks)
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT WHITES YES
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT ANY OTHER RACE NO (Unless you’re signed to Profound Lore)
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT CHRISTIANS YES
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT ANY OTHER RELIGION NO
SAYING MEAN THINGS ABOUT LGTBTQ NO
Metal is facing a decisive moment in time. As a genre and an entire sub culture, it’s threatened with a massive flux of outsider interest into what was once an isolated community forged in passion. Metal was a cause for tight bonds among like minded disillusioned youth that wanted nothing to do with the status quo, a lawless free for all where no ideology or point of view was too extreme. Thus grew a voice to rally against the farce of mainstream politics, social acceptability, resolute contentment with mundane lifestyles and herd mentality. Though acts like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden were to find great success within the public large, they laid the groundwork for that rebel yell that gave the disgruntled youth the foundations for connecting with others so disconnected. And with such a ground roots movement that metal was, true artists and musicians who may have never have been given an opportunity to rise otherwise were now rising and exponentially so. Quickly NWOBHM became speed metal became death metal became black metal. Then, as with all great explosive cultural movements, metal began losing its traction and sight of its original goals of fighting against the mainstream culture of quantity over quality. But it is now that we see its greatest threat in its acceptance by the masses. Now it is being taken for a boutique exotic exploration into what most really don’t want to explore: cold unforgiving reality.
Death Metal Underground’s wise founder Brett Stevens posted a thoughtful article last weekend about the duality of exterior and interior being. It describes how in these modern times we’re seeing an illusion of non-conformity that masks the conformity of thought and nature within. This is an effective tactic of those in power be they media, silicon valley, deep state, or (in the case of metal) record executives and journalists: get people to look different, but think the same. This also masterfully articulates why metal is at its lowest creative point in the entire history of its existence: fans and musicians alike have accepted conformity of thought and sound through satisfaction with mere non-conformist aesthetics and culture. And the only way to escape this rut is to violently rebel against everything we have been conditioned to believe is “metal” and “metal culture.”