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Persecuting metal fans… April 14, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

As a metal fan myself (at least in part) I feel for the people in this story.

Emergency services mounted a full-scale rescue operation, including fire engines, ambulances and lifeboats, after a passerby thought a group of heavy metal fans out camping were involved in a suicide pact.

The dress up element involved is interesting – the fans, some of who had face paint and were dressed in black (natch!). They themselves point to that as a reason for their ‘rescue’.

Speaking to the Scotsman, David Henderson, a modern languages teacher and member of the heavy metal band Nyctopia, said: “They kind of made us feel as if we did something wrong, but we just like to go wild camping, drink beer and listen to heavy metal music.”

He said he thought the incident had happened because the group was dressed in black and the children had face paint on. “Because we were all dressed in black and look like heavy metal fans, people sometimes assume we are dangerous,” he said.

Of course metal has always had an element of this – camp I tend to think of it as (you see what I did there!). Alice Cooper, Kiss and so on were early on using face paint (even if both were more glam and hard rock than metal). Ozzy while in Sabbath likewise if I recall correctly. Then there was the influence of goth and post-punk in the 80s. And the fascination with morbidity that wasn’t quite as evident in 1980.

Just on the incident, some ‘rescue’. This last is kind of appalling…

Following the ordeal, the group – which included two 10-year-olds, a seven-year-old and a dog called Jazz – were left on the shore with nothing but a police incident number. They were forced to sleep in their cars because they were over the legal alcohol limit to drive home.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “We were called regarding a concern for a group of people on Sunday at around 19.00. Inquiries were carried out, along with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and they were all traced safe and well at around midnight.”

Thanks but no thanks one can imagine them saying.


1. Gerryboy - April 14, 2018

Sociologists have classified heavy metal folk, some of them called Metalheads or Headbangers, as a ‘Subculture’ but not as a Cult. [*sighs of relief*]


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