EDIT- 3/18/17- As some of you have tried to bring to my attention in the past, it is clear that CAS is nothing but a satire/troll site. I’m leaving the post up but the point is moot.
I am sure that last week you spent your St. Patrick’s Day doing what I was doing… no not drinking green beer, but frantically trolling the net to find out more about the announcement that Alysia White Gluz had taken up the reigns as the new lead singer of Arch Enemy. Ok so maybe you found other pursuits like watching paint dry or figuring out what green clothing you were going to don that day. So in case you missed it here’s the skinny: Angela Gossow had stepped away from the stage into the role of manager and White Gluz left The Agonist to front AE. A link to their first single (War Eternal) in this new configuration can be found here.
Anyway the news left me truly bummed. But rather than wallow in my sorrows or make up my mind that I simply would never like AE with White Gluz I went and did some digging to find about more about her. I checked out some Agonist videos and then started reading her official FB page. When I got to something she posted on February 8th I stopped cold.
She had reposted something from a FB group called “Christians Against Slipknot” which claimed that metal will destroy families and pollute children’s mind. White Glutz posted it with the comment, “Please tell me this is a joke.”
Unable to resist the urge I did some digging. The page is a series of pictures and post that rail against the dangers of heavy metal. Based on what I read one can infer that listening to heavy metal will cause you to become an unemployed, murdering, Satan-worshipper. In fact very few of the posts had anything to do with Slipknot per se.
Their posts were so absurd (for example on March 18th they picture a picture of Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and claimed that his devotion to demonic heavy metal caused his somewhat troll-like appearance) that at first I thought it might be a parody (Simply Red- metal? If you say so.). Yet the mission statement and explanations are so extensive that I had to conclude that unfortunately the page is entirely serious.
My point is not bring more attention to a seriously deluded group of people but rather to ask the question, why in the world do so many Christians still have a problem with rock and roll, particularly when it gets heavy and loud?
It’s not like this is a new issue. Any music that made people want to dance or have fun has suffered the condemnation of people claiming to act in the name of God. So why can’t we Christians wrap our heads around the idea that just because something is new, or if we just don’t “get it”, doesn’t therefore mean that it is therefore automatically bad.
I get that most metal acts try to generate a dark and menacing image. Some go to great lengths to create an association with evil. Yet it is the widely accepted fact that in the vast majority of cases all the corpse paint and pentagrams are simply part of the act. There are a few exceptions like Deicide and Deathspell Omega who leave no room for doubt that their image and lyrics also reflect deeply held personal beliefs.
But even in those rare cases when you are dealing with the proverbial true believers it only begs the question of what purpose does “protesting” such bands actually serve?
In reality it only brings more attention. As a parent I know that the surest way to get your kid to think something is cool or interesting is to repeatedly condemn it. I can recall from my own experience as a teenager who specialized in trying to shock my parents that nothing could make a band cooler than knowing that their name, album art or lyrics was going to give my mother a heart attack.
So why do some Christians keep banging their heads against a wall instead of just accepting that some people just want to bang their heads? I don’t really know for sure, but I am quite sure that Jesus is probably more concerned with issues like poverty, starvation, war and preventable disease than he is with Slipknot.