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Heavy Metal Gets Socially Conscious
Washington Times ^ | 8-10-06 | JUSTIN M. NORTON

Posted on 08/10/2006 11:35:30 AM PDT by JZelle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Heavy metal singer Chris Barnes didn't know what people would think of "Amerika the Brutal," an anti-war song he wrote after his cousin deployed to Iraq in 2003.

He heard a number of complaints - but also received supportive e-mails from American troops in the war zone.

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: activistactors; cannibalcorpse; chrisbarnes; emo; heavymetal; hollyweird; music; protest; rock; shutupandsing; worthlessnoise
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I wonder if they plan to play in Iran?
1 posted on 08/10/2006 11:35:30 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: JZelle

"I wonder if they plan to play in Iran?"



Or if they'll sell more than 10,000 albums. What a bunch of America-hating losers.


2 posted on 08/10/2006 11:40:11 AM PDT by FarRightFanatic
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To: JZelle

The question is, is it good? I don't mind messages in music (even if I disagree) if it rocks.


3 posted on 08/10/2006 11:41:00 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: JZelle

I always liked Judas Priest....music for warriors.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 11:41:38 AM PDT by darth
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To: JZelle
Was that subjected sufficiently to disambiguation? I mean, was the heavy metal properly identified as manganese, molybdenum, or vanadium?
5 posted on 08/10/2006 11:42:27 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Mathew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: JZelle

"Metal music in the 1980s was often homophobic and "very white," she said, but current bands tend to be socially conscious and suspicious of political power."

But are they still "homophobic" and white? Methinks the answer is a resounding YES!

What a retarded article. "Normally we could care less about white people and their music but since they are speaking out against America, they are A-O-K."


6 posted on 08/10/2006 11:43:42 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: JZelle


Oh wow, a rock band against conservatism. I'm stunned.

Bono's going to be mad someone stole his spotlight.


7 posted on 08/10/2006 11:43:52 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: L98Fiero

The article contradicts itself too. In the beginning it says Heavy Metal artists are starting to become socially conscious rather than merely into the whole dark arts thing, and then at the end it says Heavy Metal has always been socially conscious.


8 posted on 08/10/2006 11:45:25 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: JZelle
Screw social consciousness, I'm hungry.

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9 posted on 08/10/2006 11:45:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: JZelle
A socially conscious heavy metal rock band - as long as they have electricity coming out of the outlets and the freedom of expression...
10 posted on 08/10/2006 11:46:44 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: cripplecreek

HAA!
JAMES!!


11 posted on 08/10/2006 11:48:17 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: JZelle
Try some of this out. Not all metal.


Kill A Commie For Mommie

He's Got A Plan

Zippo Hero


Seven Dead Monkeys Page O Tunes

12 posted on 08/10/2006 11:49:42 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather be carrying a shotgun with Dick, than riding shotgun with a Kennedyl! *-0(:~{>)
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To: ex-Texan

I believe the metal was identified as lead, not of the type used for airships and therefore worthless. :)


13 posted on 08/10/2006 11:49:45 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: RandallFlagg; cripplecreek

Yep. Probably hunting with The Nuge.


14 posted on 08/10/2006 11:50:07 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: JZelle

Funny how they only write about lefty pacifist dorks. Why don't they go interview Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, or any member of Slayer?


15 posted on 08/10/2006 11:52:31 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: JZelle

What a bunch of whitebread homo pantywaists from the suburbs.


16 posted on 08/10/2006 11:52:40 AM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Right of Center is metal.
17 posted on 08/10/2006 11:55:23 AM PDT by evets (08-22-06)
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To: L98Fiero

Judas Priest "Turbo" is about as far from homophobic as one can get! (an 80's metal album)


18 posted on 08/10/2006 11:57:44 AM PDT by Unassuaged (I have shocking data relevant to the conversation!)
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To: JZelle

Gawd, is this gonna be about Rage Against the Machine?


19 posted on 08/10/2006 11:58:11 AM PDT by Xenalyte (I dub thee Sir Phobos, Knight of Mars, beater of ass.)
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To: lesser_satan

When I was searching before posting this, I came across a thread about a conservative dude in Candy Striper Death Orgy:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1487935/posts


20 posted on 08/10/2006 11:59:09 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: Xenalyte

Does thier amp go to '11'?


21 posted on 08/10/2006 11:59:25 AM PDT by Ueriah
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To: lesser_satan

"Why don't they go interview Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, or any member of Slayer?"


"Normally we could care less about white people and their music but since they are speaking out against America, they are A-O-K."


22 posted on 08/10/2006 11:59:46 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: JZelle
Blah blah blah.

Whining happens in all musical genres.

Besides, they're only a little after Metallica:

Attack
Bullets are flying
People are dying
with madness surrounding all hell's breaking loose
Soldiers are hounding
Bodies are mounting
cannons are shouting to take their abuse
With war machines going
Blood starts to flowing
No mercy given to anyone hear
The furious fighting
Swords are like lighting
It all becomes frightening to you
Know death is near
No remorse

And what about Black Sabbath?:

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight
They leave that all to the poor
Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait 'till their judgment day comes

Or Megadeth's Peace Sells, but Who's Buying?:

What do you mean, "I don't believe in God"?
I talk to him every day.
What do you mean, "I don't support your system"?
I go to court when I have to.
What do you mean, "I can't get to work on time"? I got nothing better to do
And, what do you mean, "I don't pay my bills"?
Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

If there's a new way,
I'll be the first in line.
But, it better work this time.

What do you mean, "I hurt your feelings"?
I didn't know you had any feelings.
What do you mean, "I ain't kind"?
I'm just not your kind.
What do you mean, "I couldn't be president, of the United States of America"?
Tell me something, it's still "We the people", right?


23 posted on 08/10/2006 11:59:57 AM PDT by eyespysomething (There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold, so he turned the sun up.)
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To: Unassuaged

Well, isn't Halford gay? ;-p


24 posted on 08/10/2006 12:01:09 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: JZelle

They suck. This is the only they're going to get any press.


25 posted on 08/10/2006 12:02:05 PM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: Ueriah

RATM's amp no doubt does go to 11, but that decibel would discombobulate the sensitive small insects that live in their hair and ears, so they don't crank it.


26 posted on 08/10/2006 12:06:55 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I dub thee Sir Phobos, Knight of Mars, beater of ass.)
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To: L98Fiero

Very!!


27 posted on 08/10/2006 12:09:30 PM PDT by eyespysomething (There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold, so he turned the sun up.)
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To: L98Fiero

"Well, isn't Halford gay? ;-p"


Yep.


28 posted on 08/10/2006 12:10:47 PM PDT by FarRightFanatic
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To: JZelle; xsmommy

Sounds like Emo to me.


29 posted on 08/10/2006 12:10:51 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

"The question is, is it good? I don't mind messages in music (even if I disagree) if it rocks."


They suck.


30 posted on 08/10/2006 12:11:52 PM PDT by FarRightFanatic
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To: FarRightFanatic
Who could have guessed?

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Still an awesome singer though.
31 posted on 08/10/2006 12:12:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: JZelle
More uneducated boobs climb aboard the Democratic Party led bandwagon and bash America because it's the trendy thing to do, and it sells albums to the unsophisticated masses.

And most of these "bands" suck ass. They are a poor representation of heavy metal, and for this article to even imply that they're the successors to Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden is a sacrilege.
32 posted on 08/10/2006 12:21:01 PM PDT by spinestein (Follow The Brazen Rule)
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To: JZelle
Among National Review's list of 50 Greatest conservative rock songs:

09. "Don't Tread on Me", by METALLICA
18. "Cult of Personality", by LIVING COLOUR
28. "Janie's Got a Gun", by AEROSMITH
29. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by IRON MAIDEN
38. "I Can't Drive 55", by SAMMY HAGAR
46. "Wind of Change", by SCORPIONS
49. "Abortion", by KID ROCK
33 posted on 08/10/2006 12:25:09 PM PDT by Moral Hazard (The "missing links" in evolution are nothing compared to the extraneous links in intelligent design.)
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To: JZelle
The one thing Set Putnam was right about: Chris Barnes Is A P@ssy

"YOU GOT KICKED OUT OF CANNIBAL CORPSE BECAUSE YOU SUCK"

(warning, graphic lyrics!)

34 posted on 08/10/2006 12:37:44 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: Moral Hazard
Don't forget about Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society. He dedicates the song Genocide Junkies to all of the troops fighting terrorism and all those "p&ssy MF'ers" over there.


35 posted on 08/10/2006 12:42:56 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: JZelle; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bamabaseballmom; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Brian Allen; caver; ...

Rock & Roll ping!

For anyone who doesn't know, Chris Barnes was kicked out of Cannibal Corpse because he sucked.


36 posted on 08/10/2006 12:44:59 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: JZelle
1. No good music (or anything else) ever came out of Bizerkeley, CA. Remember this is the same town that gave us Green Day... the Descendents cover band.

2. Cattle Decapitation are bunch of whiners and p#ssies. They were supposedly beaten up by a group of Christian HxC (hardcore) kids at one of their shows... but they have been known to lie about stuff in the past. (here is the singer b@itching about getting his butt kicked from the stage.) You really shouldn't listen to any metal band that can't fight.
37 posted on 08/10/2006 12:52:46 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: JZelle

I must've missed his song "Irak the Brutal".


38 posted on 08/10/2006 12:57:26 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Moral Hazard
I got "Winds of Change" to play after Sting's "Russians", which I have as a wonderful reminder of just how wrong leftist musicians were during the Reagan era. Just about every point Sting makes in that song has been proven wrong over time. Hey, Sting, Mr. Reagan did protect you and did win the Cold War, whether you believe in winnable wars or not. Shut up and sing, idiot.
39 posted on 08/10/2006 12:57:49 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: L98Fiero

Another attempt to co-opt the music of teenage rage and channel it to socialist politics.


40 posted on 08/10/2006 12:59:03 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: weegee

Well put.


41 posted on 08/10/2006 1:01:38 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: JZelle

MSM dictionary

Socially Conscious = Extreme Anti-American Leftist


42 posted on 08/10/2006 2:21:59 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: RandallFlagg

Love James...


43 posted on 08/10/2006 2:23:06 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: lesser_satan

Or Iced Earth.


44 posted on 08/10/2006 2:23:50 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: Moral Hazard

"29. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by IRON MAIDEN"

Huh?


45 posted on 08/10/2006 2:25:27 PM PDT by Sofa King (A wise man uses compromise as an alternative to defeat. A fool uses it as an alternative to victory.)
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To: Unassuaged
Judas Priest "Turbo" is about as far from homophobic as one can get! (an 80's metal album)

Geez, who couldn't figure out Rob Halford was gay even back then?

46 posted on 08/10/2006 2:26:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Unassuaged
Judas Priest "Turbo" is about as far from homophobic as one can get!

Well, Rob Halford is gay, so I doubt Priest would be homophobic.

47 posted on 08/10/2006 2:39:37 PM PDT by RogueIsland (.)
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To: spinestein
And most of these "bands" suck ass. They are a poor representation of heavy metal, and for this article to even imply that they're the successors to Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden is a sacrilege.

Agreed, 100%.

48 posted on 08/10/2006 2:44:02 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: darkangel82
I'm a part-time gigging musician who's played a lot of heavy metal over the last 20 years and I know from experience that the good metal bands from the seventies and early eighties really knew their chops and were masters of their instruments. It's difficult to play much of that music because of its generally challenging nature. Nearly all of this "nu metal" crap is extremely EASY to learn and master and the times I've had the displeasure of playing it I've practically fallen asleep standing up on stage because of it's predictability and simplemindedness. Just drop tune the guitars to low D and bang away one the one beat of every measure. YAWN!!!

The one glaring exception to this rule is the group "Tool". Nobody can play their music well, except them, but while their lyrics tend to be cynical (and disturbing!) they aren't following the same lowbrow "blame America first" fad that other, lesser groups are following.
49 posted on 08/10/2006 5:49:22 PM PDT by spinestein (Follow The Brazen Rule)
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To: spinestein

"nu metal" isn't even deserving of the term metal. I call it f-ing garbage.


50 posted on 08/10/2006 6:16:45 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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