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Metal Masters' Righteous Revival

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Toronto Star wrote an article about how "evil isn't what it used to be."

Parents groups, conservative politicians and religious wingnuts worried daily that exposure to metal was promoting everything from promiscuity, substance abuse and casual violence among teens to an overall increase in Satan's power over the surface of the earth. Tipper Gore, of the then-notorious Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), claimed the music told young people "It's okay to beat people up" and successfully lobbied for warning labels to be affixed to potentially offensive recordings. Geraldo Rivera presided over a straight-faced, primetime "news" special exploring the links between heavy metal and Satanism.

Ozzy Osbourne — already notorious in the midst of his drunken "lost years" for biting the heads off a dove and a bat (the latter, in Ozzy's defence, was accidental) — found himself dragged into California court over the first of two ludicrous legal claims that his song, "Suicide Solution," had convinced an unfortunate teenager to kill himself. British metallers Judas Priest would face a lawsuit of their own in Reno, Nevada a couple of years later when the families of two more suicidal teens claimed subliminal messages on the band's 1978 album, "Stained Class," had coaxed the boys to "do it." Slayer would be next in court in the '90s when three teens who murdered, then raped, a 15-year-old girl in a horrific "virgin sacrifice" claimed the band's blood-spattered lyrics were responsible.

Those days, of course, are over. Metal is no longer the bogeyman it once was, having been usurped as Public Enemy No. 1 during the years hence by gangsta rap, raves, Eminem and whatever else parents just don't understand at a given moment.

The principle figures from the heyday of heavy-metal hysteria, meanwhile, have become rather quaint, oddly lovable figures in middle age. Osbourne is a bumbling TV dad. Alice Cooper can currently be seen shopping for school supplies in an ad for Staples. Metallica engages in therapy and group hugs before the cameras in the new documentary Some Kind Of Monster. Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is hanging with Emmanuel Lewis on MTV's The Surreal Life. Even young buck Marilyn Manson has massaged his ooga-booga public image with a thoughtful appearance in Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine.

Source: Toronto Star

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1. Kevin writes:

Hey jackass, Tipper Gore is a liberal, not a conservative! The PMRC was made up of more liberal Democrats like Tipper than conservative Republicans. I'm sick of hearing sh**ty comments about "conservatives" and how they are all so afraid of metal music. Look, there are just as many "liberals" (if not more) that hate our music. The new FCC outrage that started with Janet Jackson tit is headed by a liberal democrat, not a conservative. Liberals are p***ies, conservatives are fighters. Maybe you should be listening to Moby........just a thought.

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2. KMADD writes:

Hey I know this is unrelated. But could somebody tell deathbringer that
there is a virus/spam search engine that is invading this site, My Norton
firewall is constantly batting this virus for 2 days. And when I try to email
him it did not come through. Thanks for anybody relaying this msg.

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3. deathbringer writes:

Sorry, I changed my email address due to spam and have not fixed the contact form yet :-o

I doubt there's anything (virus/spam) coming from this site, but what is your antivirus software telling you is the problem when you visit this site? Please reply to news@metalunderground.com (which works for now, but will also be shut down in the future due to spam....)

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4. METALFAN writes:

Kevin...Your absolutely right!!!!!f*** the heel with everybody how hates metal man...christ afraid of metal ,what kind a dom sjit is that man? it's just good music with "creativitie"!!!!
As if they whould ever be able to do the things metallica did or any other f***in great metal band!!!!!
I'm rather a conservative than a liberal!!!

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5. METALFAN writes:

Minor correction...It's not christ afraid of metal but more like CHRIST,are you afraid of metal?

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