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    Cool How heavy metal got woke

    Metalheads have become the puritans they used to mock.



    Source: Spiked-online

    Metal once prided itself on defying the mainstream and sticking the finger up to respectability. Over the years, the metal scene has produced bands with names like Cannibal Corpse, Bathtub Shitter and The Child Molesters. But now, metal has embraced wokeness.

    Respected metal magazines like Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Blabbermouth, Ultimate Guitar and Decibel have started talking about issues like the representation of women in the metal world and how to counter so-called systemic racism.

    Dissent from woke orthodoxy is dismissed as ‘problematic’ by metal’s gatekeepers. In article after article, woke metal writers talk of ‘uplifting female voices’. Meanwhile, traditional fans who are not very bothered about the gender of their favourite performers are dismissed as ‘representing misogyny and sexism’ and told they are ‘invalidating others’ lived experience’.

    Several years ago, a major sexism scandal rocked the metal community. Revolver magazine produced an annual issue devoted to the ‘Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock and Metal’. But in 2011, it started causing widespread outrage. Articles in Metal Hammer and Kerrang denounced the issue as sexist – as did a metal writer in the Atlantic. Of course, all of the women who got involved did so willingly, and used the issue to promote their bands. Initially, Revolver’s editor refused to cave to the mob, but the longer the saga dragged on the more his and the magazine’s reputation was tarnished. Eventually the regular feature was discontinued.

    Race has also become a hot topic among woke metalheads. Bitch Media and Spin argue that metal is plagued with systemic racism. ‘It’s hard for men and women of colour to see themselves represented in metal bands…’, complains one writer in Bitch Media.

    But the woke critics ignore prominent examples staring them right in the face. There are thriving metal scenes in South America, Asia and Africa, for instance. Bands such as Brazil’s Angra, India’s Demonic Resurrection and Kryptos, and Tunisia’s Myrath have huge followings both in their home nations and abroad. Ironically, Bitch Media, despite its apparent concern for ethnic diversity, has never interviewed any of these bands – nor have Metal Hammer and Kerrang. Perhaps doing so would go against the woke narrative.

    Metal also has an honourable history of outraging religious pieties. During the 1970s and 1980s, bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Mercyful Fate drew the ire of the Christian right for ‘blasphemous’ songs like ‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Number of the Beast’. Satanic imagery has always been a part of metal’s aesthetic, particularly on album covers and posters. But with the emergence of wokeness, there is a reluctance to ruffle religious feathers – particularly when it comes to Islam.

    Two prominent incidents involving Islam illustrate metalheads’ sensitivity to this religion. A few years ago, black metal performer Myrkur said in an interview that ‘Islam and Christianity are two religions which I find are problematic in terms of female empowerment’ – something that she said was very important to her and that she fought for every day of her life. As the interview progressed, she said she felt that an orthodox strain of Islam was ‘invading Europe’. This particular comment understandably drew criticism for comparing migrants to ‘invaders’.

    Following the backlash, Myrkur addressed the controversy in an interview with Metal Sucks rejected her explantation and denounced her as ‘xenophobic’. Other busybodies took to their blogs to claim she was perpetrating a dangerous ignorance that ‘underpinned Islamophobia’.

    Contrast this to the total lack of interest from the woke metal brigade in the difficulties faced by Voice of Baceprot, a teenage, all-girl, Muslim metal band from Indonesia. The girls have gained an enormous audience but have had to deal with hundreds of death threats from hardline Muslims. For performing the music they love, the girls have been pelted with rocks wrapped in paper with profane messages. They have faced flak from family, neighbours and their school. This has largely been ignored by metal’s self-appointed lifters of women’s voices. It was left to mainstream outlets like the New York Times and the Guardian to draw attention to the story. Why were the woke metalheads silent?

    Metalheads used to take pride in provoking outrage. Now they are just as easily outraged as their old targets. Metal is in a bad way.
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    Most of my friends from adolescence are metalheads, and I've never once seen any of them with a copy of a Metal magazine, nor have I ever heard any of them mention such media outlets. I think the people behind these magazines mostly live in a bubble of their own, separated from the vast majority of Metal fans.
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    Metal magazines have been mainstream for a long time. They are run by corporation and like all corporations, they are doing what they need to to protect their image and marketability. They behave the same as any other company in this social media age.

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    I hate the term 'woke' and it's used no less than 11 times in the OP.

    It was originally Negro slang but if we really must use it, wouldn't it be nice to also employ a few variants every now and then?

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    Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Blabbermouth, Ultimate Guitar and Decibel
    That's really the "yellow press" of the metal mags, just as "mainstream" as any other yellow press (Bild, Express/en, DailyMail, you name it). They don't write for a metal, but a mainstream audience. And such are their topics. It's them who "promote" casted(! LOL) metal acts en masse, which no real metal head would ever touch with a ten-feet pole.

    The only mag of some sort of relevance is Blabbermouth because they somehow managed to become the "news source" of metal gossip.

    Unfortunately, Legacy is also going the woke path. Once a respected mag for all things extreme and fringe (subtitle: voice from the dark side), they have gone just as mainstream and politically correct. And it's so tiresome. In each and every single interview the bands are forced/pushed to make a statement against "right wing" ideology, some of the retards have started to gender their review articles, which breaks the reading flow and usually ends the review for me at the first occasion of it (neutral plural of listeners is Hörer, but German gendering rape of the language either makes it HörerInnen, Hörer*innen or what that guy(!) does is writing Hörer und Hörerinnen.... yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn ). It became extreme left-wing when they attempted to do an interview with Varg Vikernes back then after his release from prison and the first album Fallen, discussing months in advance whether yes or no and blah, at the end of cause they didnt, because they dont want to "offer such views a platform". Not stopping the left-extremist writer from going on and on about it afterwards, at some point giving away what they had asked from Varg to submit to, which he of course did not. It was not only to refrain from political statements, which he had have maybe no problems with whatsoever, after all it was supposed to be an interview about the album, but they seriously asked him to "confess to the judeo-christian(!) European values". Not going to happen, sooner hell freezes over LOL.

    After that, however, it really went extreme with them, asking German bands whether they dont find it "problematic" to sing in German and other such anti-German drivel. In the same way they succumbed to left-extremist ideology, the less 'fringe' and 'extreme' the bands they featured became, naturally. From the Voice from the Dark Side is almost nothing left. Ten years ago or so the writers (of whom I some know personally) would have not allowed any Core nonsense in their mag, simply because it's not metal. But it goes so well with their left-extremist leaning, even though they still insist that "music must be unpolitical", but in truth it's only "right-wing" that is not allowed, if you want to kill whitey, that's perfectly okay. Consequently, most Black Metal and Pagan Metal and Neofolk is shunned now.

    Every now and then however they manage to ignore that their "beloved" band (and that's really then personal fandom, which some have maintained) is actually NSBM and openly confess to it even (Forteresse, when they released 'Themes Pour La Rebellion'), but go about in their review that it's just for "provocation" and they cant be serious about it because they're Canadian and what not. Ridiculous LOL.

    It's really sad that the original Ablaze died about a decade ago, they were indeed the Voice of the Extreme Dark Side, and if anything, they had probably become the counterweight to the left-wing extremism of the mainstream by continuing to interview "problematic bands". Then infamous Hendrik Möbus of Absurd bought or obtained somehow the name rights of the mag and made it a political, instead of a music outlet.

    I used to like Ablaze more than Legacy, but it's the only mag left that "accidentially" writes about bands I'm interested in, sometimes. But it becomes more and more annoying. Then again, it's toilet lecture only anyway, so^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    Most of my friends from adolescence are metalheads, and I've never once seen any of them with a copy of a Metal magazine, nor have I ever heard any of them mention such media outlets. I think the people behind these magazines mostly live in a bubble of their own, separated from the vast majority of Metal fans.
    That's what I was wondering about, I've heard of these pro-SJW metal mags before. But it all seems miles removed from the scene and also the alternative music blogs I frequent and it seems to exist in a different universe than the ones SJW-metal journalists inhabit. I would think that they're younger metal journalists, freshly indoctrinated.

    This seems like metal+. All "+" exists in a kind of bubble - it's what SJWs did with atheism+ all over again.

    They reason: there's an aspect of our culture which is not all about muh minorities (yet), it's due to racism. Let's invade that space with our ideology and create artificial "minority" representation for the virtue points.

    Alternative "dark music" (from metal to power electronics) are 99% the domain of Europeans and it inspires the Germanic soul more than anyone else's. That there are very few people of non-European descent listening to this kind of music or making it or going to metal/goth/neofolk/medieval/industrial/dark folk/... festivals, is for the same reason as why Europeans aren't specifically into reggae. And it is completely lost on these fools. Although their accusations are probably just an excuse to insert their ideology everywhere. For them the purpose is not just indoctrination, but also humiliation, perhaps even more so. As long as they can force you to agree with them - hence erase your identity, your selfrespect, your sense of self, your voice - the far left achieves their goal. It's not about the truth of what they say, but the level of nonsense they can get you to agree with - that's what gives them power. If they say the sky is orange, which we all know to be pertinently false, you're still expected to agree with that statement. And if you do, you're no longer a threat but an asset in their eyes. It was like that in the U.S.S.R and it's like that today, for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    Then again, it's toilet lecture only anyway, so^^


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