VH1 “journalist” launches smear campaign against Bard Eithun

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VH1 affiliated journalist (and I feel guilty for using that term, because seriously, it’s VH1) Zack Sigel apparently was inspired by the recent Disma controversy, and has set his targets on Bard “Faust” Eithun in what is almost certainly an attempt to get his current projects (Blood Tsunami, Studfaust, etc.) pulled from the upcoming Martyrdoom Festival. Unlike Craig Pillard, Faust admittedly does have a criminal record to his name, having been imprisoned for the murder of a homosexual some years ago, but this doesn’t make the apparent goal any more noble. Whether or not Faust is the same person he was 20 years ago, witch hunting is not going to actually reform him, or usher in any sort of actual justice or utopian tolerant social justice city on a hill. Most of this article, however, isn’t a call to action against Faust, although the passages specifically condemning Faust’s actions come off as passive-aggressive at best. Instead, Sigel dedicates most of the article to whining about metalheads not immediately condemning bands for their ideological stances. Ironically he also pushes Deafheaven, despite their own ties to right wing movements, but odds are he won’t be turning on them for that any time soon, lest the ensuing cognitive dissonance explodes and kills everyone in a 500 mile radius.

We’re probably enabling him by acknowledging this article, but if nobody calls out this sort of pseudo-tolerant hypocrisy, everyone gets burnt.

#Metalgate: Jimi Hendrix, Nazi collector


An astute reader spotted this picture of Jimi Hendrix, and in the spirit of #metalgate showing us the more complex world than the good/bad binary in which commerce and ideology define it, revealed this about what’s going on in this picture:

PC police and SJWs look away now. Apparently Jimi Hendrix collected Nazi stuff. In this Retronaut photo of his 34 Montague Square flat’s wall: Luftwaffe Flying Clasp (unknown mission and grade), Krim shield, DAK/Army pith helmet eagle and national colors shields, and Mother’s Cross. To the right, a fireman’s dress bayonet with portapee. Japanese Samurai sword hilt visible above the bookshelf, too. Reckon Jimi and Lemmy talked about more than just scoring drugs.

‘Scuse me while I sieg this heil, eh, Jimi?

Bolivian metal band mixes native instruments, modern technique

Photo: New York Times.

One of the better developments during the past decade is that it’s now acceptable to talk about heavy metal in the mainstream press as something other than entertainment. It might even have, you know, artistic or cultural value and stuff.

A recent attempt looks at the heavy metal of Bolivia, which combines native instruments with modern underground metal technique:

The band members wore black. The lead singer screamed into his microphone and whipped his long, black hair around. The guitarists clawed at their instruments. The drummer pounded with fury. And then the panpipe player took his solo, and the fans packed into the mosh pit went into a frenzy…those songs, characterized by the use of the panpipe, known as the zampoƱa, and a wooden flute called a quena, have a special impact among fans.

The article makes the point that the hybrid style is more accepted among many of the people there, and that it directly references Incan cultural ideas including the ancient moral code that still lives on today in Bolivia.

Our question is: if it’s art, culture and morality there, why isn’t it art, culture and morality here?