Its obscure blues influence, drug-tinged culture and black emptiness welcomes wayward souls from the Scandinavian mountains to the South African shores. It is dark poetry at its finest. What is it, you ask?
It’s Heavy Metal music.
It all started with the son of a candy-shop owner named Toni Iommi. This young Italian man had managed to crop two of his right-hand fingertips in a metal factory that he had been working at. Despite the blazing pain, Iommi wanted to play his guitar so he decided to work with what he has. To ease the tension in his fingers, Iommi tuned his guitar to a lower key signature and that brought about what ‘we’ call the master notes of Heavy Metal. These master notes (three adjacent whole tones) propelled a grotesque beautiful tune with a cold accent. It was not something you heard; it was no longer American rhythm and blues nor was it bop beats. This was the beginning of absolute amplification, doomsday and the creation of an alternative lifestyle. This is the foundation of Heavy Metal music.
Toni Iommi and his fellow band members went through several band names and eventually Black Sabbath stuck and thus it was chosen. On a spur of the moment, Black Sabbath wrote a self-titled song. The lyrics of Black Sabbath are anything but cute and this is where things get sticky.
Actually it only gets sticky if you are narrow-minded.
Black Sabbath and many other bands that were dedicated to 'chaos' had a growing fan base. These fans came out in hordes. It was only in the late 1980’s that the term ‘metalhead’ or ‘metal head’ came to be. The truth is the sound of heavy metal music had become seductive as it was different, daring and reflective of the post-war residue. In fact, much of heavy metal music throws a middle-finger to mainstream culture and society. Is it bad to want to rage about politics, war, religion and society?
I’ve heard it, I was told it, my metal head peers have been called it and there is so much stereotyping about us. Metal heads are Satanists.
My name is L. I am 25 years old. I've been going to metal shows since I was 16 years old. With that said, I've been to about 70 metal gigs both locally and abroad. I've also got a ton of metal head friends and I am yet to meet a Satanist! In fact, I don’t even know the first thing about Satanism. Perhaps, the Christian community would like to share their knowledge about Satanism because “Satan/The Devil” is a Christian concept. And yes, all religions are based on a concept. Go ahead, argue on that concept, it amuses me.
Now let’s return to Metal heads are Satanists. According to the medieval Monks, three adjacent whole tones in musical rhythm were considered bad or diabolus musica. This was due to the dissonance it created in music like a staccato effect. Unfortunately, this translated to heavy metal being the ‘Devil’s music’ in Western culture.
Metal heads are Satanists because of the damming lyrics. This one is a little tricky; if you cannot hear the lyrics of heavy metal then how do you know what is being said? Let me ask you, have you had any personal trauma in your life? If you did, how would all the pain, anger and seizing emotion sound in a poem? I guess it won’t sound like Shakira or One Direction. In fact, it would sound like heavy metal.
Metal heads are Satanists because they cut themselves for sacrifice. Just like you get junk Popstars, idiot Hip Hop artists and the Kardashins – you also get some boneheaded wannabe metal fans who think it’s cool to cut. If you or someone you know cuts themselves for reasons unknown or is using heavy metal music as an excuse, please seek help with SADAG immediately.
Metal heads are Satanist because they use the ‘horn sign’. Remember that guy name Toni Iommi? Well, he had a band member named Ronnie James Dio who was brought up on the Italian belief system. The Mediterranean belief system states that if you felt any bad luck or harm near, you quickly formed ‘the horn gesture’ to ward off evil. Dio used the mallochio or horn sign for the first time after playing a show in England. Unfortunately, people who did not like heavy metal music simply misunderstood. In the modern metal world, the ‘horns’ are raised in respect of the musicians not for Satan.
Metal heads are not Satanists looking for trouble and if you are one, I’d like to smack you for giving us a bad name.
That is all,
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