I really wish I was in New York. Really. I very much wish I was in New York in the middle of what needed to happen in 2000.
Why am I saying this? Well, it’s a very core part of me to see things on both sides and in the years since the 2000 presidential elections, things have been very much cocked to a bad side. That’s right, kids. I said “cock”.
To actually point out why I’m proclaiming this, I am actually very surprised to notice a train of thought I didn’t think I’d see. Politics don’t belong in metal? Um…I’m not sure how to react to being told that. Maybe it’s just me, but getting pissed off at the rest of the world and telling them as angrily as you can kind of seems like a pretty fucking good inspiration to get some metal going. It’s obviously been a telling part of metal’s history; “War Pigs” about Vietnam, Death’s entire “Spriritual Healing” album, pretty much anything Sepultura, Megadeth, or Lamb of God has ever done!
I really don’t see where this rhetoric can latch into someone’s mind. Besides gore, death, and monsters what the fuck else are metal bands going to be about? Girls? Um….
So I simply pose this. What are your opinions on political statements in metal? Give me an example. I really would love nothing more than to squash this idiocracy where it stands.
On a side note, anyone noticed the backwards ‘Oprah’ finally bringing in decent bands to play? There’s Chimaira, the Thrash and Burn Tour, and Born of Osiris/Veil of Maya rolling through. Of course, local openers are sought for each. Have any of you forgot about how fucked this venue can be? Do what you want, but I know damn well I’ll be letting every band looking to do these shows what kind of mess they can probably look forward to. Probably the national acts as well. We need diverse, respectful, and modest venues in the Detroit area, not ones tucked away in the ghetto with slimey promoters and bookers who force a faulty “pre sale ticket” policy that hardly any local band can meet, let alone get respect when such stipulations are met. My balls are out on this one.