“Don’t let death metal become death by metal”


Oregon transportation authority Tri-Met is running a series of ads on billboards and posters warning people against the problems of distracted pedestrians, especially those lost deeply in their MP3 players. The campaign includes the above amusing reference to death metal, “Don’t let death metal become death by metal,” although both sound pretty cool to us.

This is not Tri-Met’s first mention of death metal in its public campaigns. It also shows up in writings about riders. If anything, this suggests the Tri-Met people are at least aware enough of death metal to deserve more of it in their lives.

Lady on my bus wearing cute pollyanna dress, white rights, black penny loafers and blasting what sounds like death metal.

If you feel a need to spread some of the death metal awareness, consider contacting Tri-Met by sending a copy of Deicide Legion to this address:

701 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 238-7433

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21 thoughts on ““Don’t let death metal become death by metal””

  1. Phil says:

    Don’t you believe anyone stupid enough to cross the road without looking should be left to rot in the middle of the road? Or should medics make him take an IQ test before helping him?

    1. Our society thinks in rigid “silos” or vertical containers. I think I like this ad campaign. It is most likely aimed at teenagers, who are (sorry) clueless. Perhaps natural selection should be allowed to take effect, but in the meantime, I am enjoying the death metal reference in public.

      1. Phil says:

        “Perhaps” natural selection should take place?

        Isn’t natural selection your grundprinzip? Have you finally sold out? Have your sharp edges finally been burred by a loving, tolerant, liberal world?

        1. My grundprinzip (heh) is (realism + transcendentalism).

          1. LostInTheANUS says:

            So homosexuality?

            1. Yes, good summary.

  2. Richard Head says:

    Betcha that pollyanna-dress wearing tart was listening to The Devil Wears Prada. I know how those Xtian scenecore fags do.

  3. Ara says:

    I always fight the urge to listen to headphones when crossing streets or walking my dog. Even if I’m watching, I want to be able to hear the SUV barreling at me without a turn signal while the driver is on his or her phone.

    1. In some areas, listening to music while driving is also not advisable for the same reason: other drivers are oblivious, and every detail can help.


      1. Meek Metalhead says:

        Train tease.

      2. Robert says:

        Lol! That video Brett posted was hilarious! The driver of that car was dumbass 1000x.

    2. NotRoadKill says:

      I have done this, using crosswalks, with headphones probably a thousand times. All you have to do is look over your goddamned shoulder to see if anyone is coming.

  4. Grail's Mysteries says:

    Portland has dozens of “metal” bands and they’re all terrible because they’re the epitome of what DMU has mocked for years: faggy indie rock masquerading as metal. Concerts in PDX are anemic affairs that can only be endured with a stomach full of microbrew. Send a copy of Legion to the TriMet desk jockey with an Indigenous Studies degree and an Agalloch t-shirt under his ironic sweater and he’ll dismiss it as “old hat,” but really he just heard of it two weeks ago and only made it three songs in before getting distracted by the latest episode of that nihilistic soap opera Game of Thrones. I recall an old ANUS article that fantasized about a carpet bombing of Austin; now that I’ve left Portland behind and hate everyone that remains I wish a similar fate upon Oregon’s moldy, decadent city of lies.

    1. Iceman says:

      Just give me a heads up prior to the bombing of Austin.

  5. who? says:

    I’m more concerned about potential problems with my ears.

    Deaf by metal!

  6. Count Ringworm says:

    Shucks, what an idiot I’ve been listening to death metal through my Beats By DreĀ© while I’m crossing the railroad tracks.

    1. If you listen on an Apple product, you’re a Deafheaven fan and will die of AIDS.

      1. Steve Jobs died of AIDS says:

        So I assume the only non-gay Apple products are drug paraphernalia? Guess I`m a faggot for using a ~10 year old iPod.

  7. Count Ringworm says:

    Brett, I’m using my iPad to stream Path Of The Weakening; how long do I have?

    1. Ara says:

      Only Trading Pieces is real.
      (not to me though)

      1. Lord Mosher says:

        Let’s frot!
        Big time.

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